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Issue No. 7, 15 March, 2012
Mid-America Trucking Show Drawing Near

The 2012 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., is almost upon us, with concerts, seminars and a "listening session" on electronic onboard recorders in addition to the extensive exhibit halls. New this year on March 21, the day before the show, is a special in-depth Fleet Forum for fleet executives and Heavy Duty/Commercial Vehicle industry VIPs, put on jointly by Heavy Duty Trucking and Fleet Owner magazines.

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Truck-Involved Fatality Rate Up 9%

The rate at which fatalities occurred in truck-involved crashes increased 9.4% in 2010 from the previous yearís all-time low, according to an analysis of Department of Transportation mileage data made public last week. The number of people killed in crashes involving trucks increased to 1.28 per 100 million miles traveled, up from 1.17 in 2009, DOT said. While the rate increased year over year, it was the second-lowest truck fatality rate since DOTís National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration began compiling the data in 1975..

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Jobless Claims Match Four-Year Low

Claims declined to 351,000 for the week ended Saturday, Labor said. Claims fell to the same number last month, the fewest since March 2008. Economists had forecast 357,000 new claims, Bloomberg reported. The four-week moving average, a less volatile measure, was little changed at 355,750. Continuing jobless claims for the previous week ended March 3 fell by 81,000 to 3.34 million.

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Police can search cellphones

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that police are allowed to search cellphone data without a warrant when an arrest is involved. In a case titled United States v. Flores-Lopez, the appeals judge sided with other courts in saying that cellphone records, including phone numbers as part of a contact list, are no different than information written on paper or in an address book, which are already subject to search.

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