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Google Seeks OK to Test Drones for Firefighting

Drone carrying a FedEx package Google is asking the FAA for permission to test its Wing drone, shown here carrying a FedEx package, in a firefighting capacity. (Business Wire)

Google asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drones to research how the technology can help monitor and control fires.

Nico Grant | Bloomberg News
February 3, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

California Leads in Electric Vehicle Policies, Practices, Energy Nonprofit Says

California EV Connect charging stations at a Love's Travel Stop in California. (PRNewsfoto via EV Connect)

California is by far the national leader in enabling the use of electric cars and medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks, according to a state-by-state evaluation of electric vehicle policies and practices compiled by a leading nonprofit energy efficiency group.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2021
Government, Business

US Senate Committee Approves Raimondo’s Nomination

Gina Raimondo confirmation hearing Sen. Rick Scott questions Commerce Secretary nominee Raimondo via videoconference during her confirmation hearing Jan. 26. Her nomination advanced by a 21-3 vote Feb. 3. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Bloomberg News)

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s nomination to become the country’s next secretary of commerce advanced to the floor of the U.S. Senate after a committee voted favorably on her qualifications.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 3, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Step Down in Q3

Bezos Bezos (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News)

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos will step down as the online giant’s CEO but will stay on as executive chairman, the company announced Feb. 2.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
February 2, 2021
Government, Business

New 7/3 Split Sleeper Berth Rule Appears Slow to Gain Popularity

Sleeper A trucker watches his satellite TV during a rest break. (EpicVue)

A tweak of the hours-of-service (HOS) rule that went into effect on Sept. 29 has put a new 7/3 split in the mix as an alternative to meet 10-hour off-duty requirements in the sleeper berth. It also may be a bit confusing.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 2, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Oil Jumps to One-Year High on Depleting Supplies

Tanker trucks sit in front of storage silos in Sunray, Texas Tanker trucks sit in front of storage silos in Sunray, Texas. (Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News)

Oil climbed to the highest level in over a year as tightening global supplies and signs of strength in physical markets aided crude’s virus-recovery rally.

Andres Guerra Luz | Bloomberg News
February 2, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Clearinghouse Records More Than 56,000 Truck Driver Violations in 2020

Clearinghouse courtneyk/Getty Images

More than 56,000 drug and alcohol violations were recorded last year in a database intended to track truck drivers’ compliance history and prevent them from job-hopping in the event of a failed drug test.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 2, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

CVSA International Roadcheck Set for May 4-6

CVSA roadcheck CVSA via Facebook

This year’s International Roadcheck is set for May 4-6, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 2, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Missouri DOT Progresses With I-70 Rocheport Bridge Replacement Project

Rocheport Bridge Traffic at the Rocheport Bridge on I-70 over the Missouri River. (Missouri Department of Transportation)

The Missouri Department of Transportation is advancing work on a $240 million project to replace the Rocheport Bridge, a vital freight link that carries 3.6 million trucks per year.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
February 2, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary

Pete Buttigieg is sworn in Pete Buttigieg, with his hand on the Bible held by Chasten Buttigieg, is sworn in as Transportation Secretary by Vice President Kamala Harris Feb. 3. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has a new leader in Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 presidential candidate and the former mayor of South Bend, Ind.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 2, 2021

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