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The driverless revolution may exact a political price [Tribune Washington Bureau :: BC-AUTO-DRIVERLESS-POLITICS:TBW]

WASHINGTON _ In its race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for auto companies and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. But at a recent hearing, lawmakers absorbed an economic argument that illustrated how the driverless revolution they are encouraging could backfire politically, particularly in Trump

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Houston Chronicle Chris Tomlinson column [Houston Chronicle]

Nov. 21–The self-driving taxi and the electric long-haul truck will arrive in 2019, marking a turning point in the transportation revolution. Walmart and J.B. Hunt, two of the biggest shipping companies in the country, have placed orders for Tesla’s new electric semi-truck. CEO Elon Musk promises it will go 500 miles hauling 80,000 pounds on

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‘We were the inside girls,’ former Pilot Flying J staffer testifies in fraud trial [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.]

Nov. 21–CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., — The $92 million fraud scheme Pilot Flying J’s board of directors has admitted was carried out by executives and employees could not have functioned without a group dubbed “the inside girls.” On that point, not even the attorneys defending two of them on trial in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga disagree.

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Former Pilot Flying J staffer who struck plea deal resists labeling deceit, fraud a crime [The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.]

Nov. 21–CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., — This young mother felt queasy about lying to trucking companies and ripping them off, but she testified Monday she still struggles with labeling it a crime. “This was Pilot,” Katy Bibee testified Monday in the trial of four former Pilot Flying J employees accused in a $92 million fraud conspiracy. “I

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BRIEF: Groendyke places at national truck safety contest [Enid News & Eagle, Okla.]

Nov. 18–Groendyke places at national truck safety contest Groendyke Transport has placed in two divisions of the American Trucking Associations National Truck Safety Contest. Winners were announced Wednesday during the ATA Safety, Security and HR National Conference in Memphis. In the Over 10 Million Miles category, Groendyke placed second in the Tank Truck/Line-Haul Division. In

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