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The Week in Review
Commercial Vehicle Training Association
June 25, 2013

In This Issue

A Tap on the Glass
Diesel Price Drops
Relief Funds Available
Counsel's Corner
ATRI Report
Congress Visists Fed Ex
Safe Kids Celebrates 25 Years
New Bridge for Ohio
FMCSA Comment Deadline
PTDI Webinar Avaiable
Inspiring Driver
Sad News - Kim Newman
Top Rookie Contest
TC Center Award
Wreaths Gala
Foley Fast Fax
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Health News
Tap on the Glass
Vol. 90
Managing Monkeys
Whether you're the CEO of a multi-million dollar business, a manager of a team, a supervisor or a hard working employee, chances are there's someone in your working life who will try to load extra things onto you. These 'extra tasks' are often called the 'monkey on our back'.  It's common in a lot of offices where one or more members of the staff is determined to push a problem away from them and give it to someone else, rather than deal with it. Even in your family or personal friendships you can probably think of people who are good at trying to throw those annoying apes onto your back!.. Continue Reading 
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Diesel price dips to $3.838 - The national retail price for on-highway diesel declined three-tenths of a cent to $3.838 a gallon during the week ended June 24, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. Diesel prices nationwide are 16 cents higher than the same week last year ... Continue reading

DOT makes emergency relief funds available to restore Skagit River I-5 Bridge -

When the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed on May 23, we said that DOT would help the people of Washington State in every way we can. And we are making good on that promise.

Yesterday, we announced that we are making $15.6 million in federal emergency funds available to help rebuild this important crossing.

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Trucking Executive Tells House Panel HOS Rule's July 1 Implementation Should be Delayed - The federal hours-of-service rule's July 1 implementation date should be postponed until the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration completes mandated research on the rule, American Transportation Research Institute Chairman Steve Williams told a House panel Tuesday... Continue reading
Counsel's Corner 
Hill Update June 25, 2013m -
  • S. 1156 Understanding the True Cost of College Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2469: To direct the Mayor of the District of Columbia to establish a District of Columbia National Guard Educational Assistance Program to encourage the enlistment and retention of persons in the District of Columbia National Guard by providing financial assistance to enable members of the National Guard of the District of Columbia to attend undergraduate, vocational, or technical courses.

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunities Legislative Hearing Scheduled for June 26th    


Bills to be Covered:    

  • H.R. 331: To direct the Secretary of Veterans' Affairs to permit the centralized reporting of veteran enrollment by certain groups, districts, and consortiums of educational institutions.
  • H.R. 1357:  To amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to improve the Veterans' Retraining Assistance Program by providing assistance under such program for certain training programs that are considered less than full-time.
  • H.R. 1796:  Troop Talent Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2011:  Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2150:   Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act of 2013
  • H.R. 2327:  Veterans' Economic Opportunity Administration Act of 2013... Continue Reading  
HOS Restart Changes to Cost Industry $189 Million a Year, ATRI Says -Expenses Are in Contrast to Benefits

Forecast by FMCSA Upcoming restrictions to the 34-hour restart provision of the hours-of-service rule for truck drivers will cost the trucking industry $189 million annually - a $322 million difference from the $133 million benefit that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimated when it wrote the new restrictions, according to a new American Transportation Research Institute study. FMCSA's Continue reading
Congressional Freight Panel Visits FedEx, Memphis Ports 

A Congressional panel established to identify ways to improve U.S. freight transportation efficiency visited FedEx Corp. facilities and the Port of Memphis, Tenn., late last week, meeting with representatives of the region's freight transportation community. Continue reading
DOT Safety Partner Safe Kids Celebrates 25 Years

Preventable injuries, including crashes and other vehicle related incidents, are the leading cause of death for children in the U.S.  In fact, around the world, a child dies from a preventable injury every 30 seconds.  With safety as our number one priority at DOT, we are working hard every day to reduce the number of injuries in and around cars and on our roadways... Continue Reading. 

Ohio River crossing breaks ground; new bridge means
better connections for people and commerce
- Last August, Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez helped Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and then Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels break ground on the East End Crossing, part of the Ohio River Bridges project. On Tuesday, Administrator Mendez was back in Louisville for the groundbreaking of the second of the two bridges, the Downtown Crossing... Continue reading
FMCSA Medical Examiner Integration Comment Deadline -

Reminder on FMCSA Medical Examiner Integration Comment Deadline  This is a gentle reminder that the comment period for FMCSA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the integration of medical examiner's certification closes on July 9th. The particulars of this rule are available in the  legislative/regulatory alerts section of the AAMVA Web site, with details following below.  It is essential that jurisdictions consider the impacts of the NPRM on their own operations and comment now to avoid unintended consequences that may result once the rule becomes final.  AAMVA again requests states submitting comments provide a copy to AAMVA's Senior Manager of Government Affairs, Cian Cashin, at so that those comments can be reiterated through those formally filed by AAMVA.3.
PTDI webinar Constructing Lesson Plans: Connecting the Dots...from the Classroom to the TruckIf you were not able to attend the PTDI webinar Constructing Lesson Plans: Connecting the Dots...from the Classroom to the Truck on June 12, you may access the recording of the webinar and the PDF of the speaker's PowerPoint slides and other materials discussed.  Continue Reading
American Truck Training Graduate an Inspiration: 
Kenneth Bruner came to American Truck Training through the Workforce program and is doing extremely well giving back to the community by working for The Food Bank.  Roll the Tape 
Paradigm Media Corporation - From Bob Newman: Aside from being our beloved sister-in-law, Kim was an invaluable part of Paradigm Media Consultants.  She brought kindness, trustworthiness, loyalty - and a unique ability to deal with a Husband and Wife team - to work everyday for more than 10 years. Kim was an inspiration to so very many people.  Continue Reading 
Rookie of the Year
Trucking's Top Rookie News  

The submissions have been sent and we will let you know the results as soon as they are released!  

CVTA Board Member Gary Strube will represent CVTA at the awards ceremony.

Travel Centers of America Announces  

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This award recognizes professional drivers who earn public respect for our industry. Fill out this form to nominate a driver, anyone can nominate a driver. And any professional driver is eligible. Please take the time to read over the questions, gather testimonials, and submit once the form is complete. Click Here to download a printable form to submit by mail. Continue Reading 

2013 Wreaths Across America Gala -
September 12, 2013, Washington, DC

This highly anticipated event will raise awareness of and support for Wreaths Across America, an organization that honors our men and women in uniform by placing remembrance wreaths on graves in veterans cemeteries across the United States.  With policymakers, military personnel, and representatives of the media, entertainment world, and pubic expected to participate, the gala will not only benefit our veterans, it will also be a chance to tell trucking's story, one of patriotism, charity, and professionalism.

Trivia Question

The famous Hollywood Rat Pack of the mid-60s was well known for including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford. Who was the fifth male member of the group?

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Trivia Qestion
Answer to Trivia Question

The famous Hollywood Rat Pack of the mid-60s was well known for including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford. Who was the fifth male member of the group?

Answer: Joey Bishop

The group originally centred on Humphrey Bogart in the 50s, and for a time included Norman Fell and 'visiting' members Errol Flynn, Nat King Cole, Mickey Rooney and Cesar Romero. There was also a contingent of high profile actresses, somewhat condescendingly referred to as the "Rat Pack Mascots."
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