In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from San Antonio, Seattle, Madison, Champaign, Columbus and North Logan.

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May 18

Food truck program off to rough start – SAN ANTONIO, TX – It’s starting to become abundantly clear why there remains to be zero interest among food truck operators in Maverick Park, one of the city’s proposed locations for its pilot program. It’s surrounded by nothing. People would have to drive to get there. And while HemisFair Park’s surroundings aren’t as barren as Maverick’s, the trucks have left there for similar reasons.

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Today food trucks, tomorrow the world? Mobile wallet app LevelUp targets Seattle geeks – Seattle, WA – If you’ve gotten a free lunch at a South Lake Union food truck lately, it’s probably thanks to Boston-based mobile wallet app LevelUp.

“I probably see those guys out there at least once a week,” said Mark Worster, founder of food truck locator and resource hub “They’re good to talk to.”

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May 19

Food trucks expand beyond basic items – MADISON, WI – With the sunshine of spring comes a huge craving to fire up the grill and plop on the brats. Such simple, brown-and-sizzle pleasures turn extraordinary about 1,000 miles south.

For breakfast: hot skewers of sausage doused with pancake/waffle batter, sprinkled with brown sugar and kissed with a syrup whose artisan flavors change with the season.

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City to take another look at food trucks – CHAMPAIGN, IL – The city of Champaign plans to revisit the issue of how it lets food-truck vendors operate.

Currently, certain food-truck vendors are registered as peddlers and aren’t allowed to stay in one location very long, unless they’re on private property.

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May 20

Food trucks inspire glut of possibilities – COLUMBUS, OH – I didn’t see the food-truck trend coming.

Americans standing in line in a parking lot to buy ribs? I’d have sworn that the idea wouldn’t work.

We don’t like to get out of our cars. If we could get divorced in a drive-through, we’d do it. (I’d call that business Jiffy Split, by the way.)

But Columbus is crawling with food trucks. Fleets of them fan out across the city every day. Franklinton even has a food-truck food court, with an indoor dining room and rotating vendors.

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Local vendors say popularity of food trucks on the rise – NORTH LOGAN, ID – Walking around a bus yard in Boise, Idaho, Ramiro Martinez saw a variety of buses from different areas, and used for different reason. But was interested in purchasing a bus for one good reason only: To fill people’s tummies.

For $7,000, the bus was his and Martinez quickly went to work. He unbolted all of the seats and installed kitchen equipment; he gave the bus a crisp white paint job, with the words Taqueria “La Villa” in red lettering; and he installed benches stapled with a bright red cushioning and metal “counter tops” lining either side of its interior so people could eat in an air-conditioned environment.

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