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An Oklahoma district court has blocked new rules that would prohibit trucking companies’ use of third-party agents to provide an established place of business within the state. The Feb. 8 ruling, which stems from a lawsuit filed by ProCert Inc., prevents the Oklahoma Tax Commission from implementing the International Registration Plan requirement. A hearing is scheduled for March 7.

National Transportation Safety Board announced Feb. 5 that a 1999 collision between a tractor-trailer and an Amtrak train was caused by the truck driver’s fatigue and failure to respond to the crossing signals. The accident in Bourbonnais, Ill., killed 11 and injured 122.

Michigan Gov. John Engler’s proposed 2003 state budget includes a 4-cent diesel tax increase. The plan would standardize all motor fuel taxes to an effective tax rate of 19 cents per gallon. The proposed budget describes Michigan’s current diesel taxation system as “one of the most complicated and burdensome in the nation.”

McLeod Software, Birmingham, Ala., last month clarified that it is not McLeodUSA, a public telecommunications company that recently filed for Chapter 11. In correcting a misimpression among some, McLeod Software stated, “McLeod Software is a privately held company that has been profitable for 15 years in a row and has no outside debt.”