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John N. John launches breast cancer awareness campaign, unveils pink fleet

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CROWLEY, La. — In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, John N. John, a Louisiana-based, family-owned transportation company that has been in business since 1925, has launched “Awareness Always,” a yearlong breast cancer awareness campaign in partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The company recently unveiled a new fleet of bright pink semi-trucks that will travel throughout the U.S. and Southern Canada raising funds for breast cancer programs and resources supported by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Sporting the new pink trucks, two drivers hit the road on October 1 with a new mission — logging miles for dollars.

John N. John will donate 5 cents for every mile driven during the entire month of October to help support breast cancer screening programs, research and resources. Weekly updates from the road will track the drivers progress and fundraising goals as they make their way across the U.S. and Canada challenging others to support the cause, as well.

With friends and family members personally affected by breast cancer, the two Awareness Always drivers, Roberto Marquez and Albert Jordan, have dedicated their individual truck routes to loved ones who have fought or are currently fighting the disease.

“We’re a family here at John N. John and we realized that each of us have loved ones or know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. And Awareness Always is about raising breast cancer awareness, not just during October, but always,” said Bill John, president of John N. John. “Our drivers travel thousands of miles for a living, so we decided to dedicate our routes to the survivors, the fighters and the ones who’ve lost their battles with the goal of raising funds, spreading love and inspiring hope along the way the best way we know how — on the road.”

With over 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer estimated to be diagnosed in men and women in 2019 according to the American Cancer Society, the campaign was created in an effort to remind the public that breast cancer is every woman and man’s risk and of the importance of screenings and early detection. The two drivers helming the wheels of the pink trucks were hand-selected by the company based on their personal connections to the disease.

“Seven years ago, my niece Gina lost her battle to breast cancer,” said Albert Jordan, a John N. John employee and Awareness Always driver. “As an “Awareness Always” ambassador, I want to send a strong message of encouragement to every person who understands this battle, because no matter how tough the fight gets, there is still hope and we’re in this together.”

Awareness Always partners with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise funds that support the organization’s life-saving programs and resources.

To learn more about the Awareness Always campaign or make a donation, visit the campaign page or follow along for updates on Facebook.

John N. John operates throughout the United States and Canada providing both general and specialized truck transportation. John N. John is a nationally recognized leader in the transportation of elevated temperature materials that utilizes high tech tank trailers specifically designed for extreme temperature retention.

Visit www.johnnjohn.net for more information.

 

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Love’s, its customers raise more than $3.75 million for children’s hospitals

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Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals on National Coffee Day, which took place September 29-30 during the store campaign. To honor the day, all hot beverages were discounted to $1, with sales going to CMN Hospitals. (Courtesy: LOVE'S)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores and its customers raised more than $3.75 million for sick and injured children through its five-week store campaign to raise funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In the 20th year of the campaign, the company surpassed its goal of $3.6 million and set a company record for the most money raised during a campaign.

“We are so thankful to our employees and customers who not only donate at our stores, but who also go out of their way to raise money for sick and injured children in creative ways,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Each year, we enjoy seeing communities come together for this effort and we couldn’t be prouder to have raised over $3.75 million for this year’s campaign.”

From August 26-September 30, customers could purchase Miracle Balloons, round up to the nearest dollar at registers or pumps or participate in events like 5k runs or fishing tournaments to donate money to CMN Hospitals.

Love’s showed additional support for CMN Hospitals on National Coffee Day, which took place September 29-30 during the store campaign. To honor the day, all hot beverages were discounted to $1, with sales going to CMN Hospitals.

“We are excited about the results of this year’s Love’s fundraising campaign,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of CMN Hospitals. “Not only did 2019 mark a 20-year milestone of partnership between Love’s and CMN Hospitals but more exciting, Love’s also crossed $31 million in donations to help sick and injured children treated in our hospitals across the U.S.”

Of the 170 CMN Hospitals throughout North America, 107 benefit from Love’s annual campaign.

 

 

 

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Average price of gallon of diesel increase half a cent

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The price for the week ending October 14 was 34.3 cents lower than the comparable week in 2018. (The Trucker file photo)

WASHINGTON — The average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel increase four tenths of one cent to $3.051 for the week ending October 14, according to the Energy Information Administration of the Department of Energy.

Normally posted on Monday of each week, the average price chart was released Tuesday because the federal government was closed Monday for the Columbus Day holiday.

All but two regions of the country posted increases led by a 1.9 cent increase in the Rocky Mountain states (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado).

The New England states (Maine, Vermont, Hew Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts) was the only region showing a decline at five tenths of one cent.

The price for the week ending October 14 was 34.3 cents lower than the comparable week in 2018.

 

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DeFazio asks IG to investigate reports of Chao’s conflicts of interest

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In requesting an investigation of Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Rep. Peter DeFazio cites newly-obtained information from a recent media report that suggested Chao used her office to give preferential treatment to organizations and projects in Kentucky where her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is currently seeking re-election. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is requesting an investigation into Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and her reported conflicts of interest.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., made the request in a letter to Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin L. Scovel III.

The letter, sent October 11, cites newly-obtained information from a recent media report that suggested Chao used her office to give preferential treatment to organizations and projects in Kentucky where her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is currently seeking re-election.

Politico reported that 25% of Secretary Chao’s meetings with local officials between January 2017 and March 2018 were with individuals from Kentucky.

DeFazio said the report noted that requests for meetings with Chao are typically forwarded from McConnell’s office to Chao’s chief of staff, who previously worked on McConnell’s Senate campaign, DeFazio wrote.

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation took exception to DeFazio efforts.

DeFazio said the Politico report followed an earlier report that Chao had asked her chief of staff to serve as an intermediary between her office and McConnell’s office, and that he had helped advise the senator and local Kentucky officials on federal grants of particular significance to McConnell.

“These allegations were first raised by left wing advocacy groups and hashed out in the media, and the department has previously fully responded to them. They are politically motivated and intended to waste time. While the Department will always be cooperative and responsive to appropriate requests, DOT looks forward to a prompt and final resolution of these questions,” a DOT spokesman told The Trucker Tuesday.

“Allegations included the steering of discretionary grants to fund these projects,” DeFazio wrote.  “I would expect Secretary Chao to meet with individuals from her home state more regularly than other states, but the sheer volume of meetings with local officials from Kentucky when compared to meetings with local officials from the rest of the country creates an appearance of favoritism that is troubling.  Even more troubling is the fact that McConnell’s campaign touted the Politico article on social media saying, ‘Mitch McConnell is a Kentucky Asset.’”

DeFazio said news reports have also raised questions about Chao’s adherence to her federal ethics agreement in which she agreed to divest certain assets to prevent her personal finances from creating conflicts of interest.

In particular, it has been reported that the secretary retained stock in Vulcan Materials, a stone and asphalt producer, as opposed to accepting a cash payment for her stock options in the company, as provided for in her ethics agreement.

 

 

 

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