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Business, Government

Consumer Price Index Falls for First Time in Two Years

Consumer prices fell in August for the first time in almost two years, the Labor Department said Tuesday.

September 16, 2008
Business, Fuel, Government

Oil Continues to Fall; DOE Approves Some SPR Releases

Oil prices continued to fall Tuesday, dropping below $92 a barrel in early trading, while Department of Energy approved oil releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help refineries left with supply shortages due to Hurricane Ike, Bloomberg reported.

September 16, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Technology, Equipment

PeopleNet’s eDriver Logs to Integrate with McLeod’s LoadMaster Software

PeopleNet, which provides onboard communications and fleet management systems, said Monday it is integrating its eDriver Logs automated driver log application with LoadMaster dispatch and enterprise software from McLeod Software.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Logistics

EPA Allows California to Require On-Board Diagnostics in 2010

In a sweeping decision with possible national implications, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted California a waiver that will allow state environmental regulators to implement stringent new heavy-duty vehicle and engine onboard diagnostics requirements for 2010 engines and beyond.

September 15, 2008
Fuel, Business, Government

EU Sets 10% Biofuels Requirement

The European Parliament’s energy committee voted to require that at least 10% of road transport fuel in 2020 come from renewable sources led by biofuels, while adding checks to prevent food shortages, Bloomberg reported.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government

New York Manufacturing Index Shows Contraction

Manufacturing growth in New York state declined this month, showing contraction, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety

Highway Coalition Applauds Rejection of Pa. I-80 Tolls

A coalition of highway users including American Trucking Associations applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision last week to reject tolls on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, though a truckers group in that state warned that officials may seek to privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel

Oil Falls Below $95 as Refineries Escape Major Damage from Hurricane Ike

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Crude oil fell $7 to below $95 a barrel in early trading Monday, a seven-month low, as Gulf of Mexico refineries escaped major damage from Hurricane Ike over the weekend, Bloomberg reported Monday.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government, Safety, Fuel, Autonomous

Court Denies Calif. Port Stay; ATA Files Expedited Appeal

A federal judge last week denied American Trucking Associations’ request for a preliminary injunction against controversial portions of emission-reduction programs at the California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

September 15, 2008
Business, Government

Congress Refills Highway Fund

Congress, after an abrupt about-face by the Bush administration, moved quickly last week to transfer more than $8 billion into the Highway Trust Fund to keep the road-building finance program solvent.

September 15, 2008