Broadband project key to eastern Kentucky economy

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

In this small southeast Kentucky town, some 440 workers at Blackboard Student Services use high-speed Internet access to handle more than 2,000 phone calls every day from students worried about their college applications and financial aid.

BC-Cotton Bale

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Cotton futures No. 2 closed 55 cents a bale lower to 80 cents higher Wednesday.

Final report: Driver distracted in Md. derailment

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

A dump truck driver who caused a 15-car derailment and chemical explosion was on the phone and distracted when he failed to yield at a private railroad crossing, according to a final report issued by a federal investigative board Wednesday. But the board also criticized federal regulators for allowing the driver to continue operating after his company received multiple citations for negligence.

NBA owners fail to pass lottery reform

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

One of the biggest issues on the agenda when the NBA's owners arrived in New York for the board of governors meetings was thwarting the tanking strategy employed most brazenly by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Duke will not bill customers for taxes

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Duke Energy says it will not charge customers for corporate income taxes that it does not have to pay.

3D Systems shares fall on 3Q outlook

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

3D Systems Corp. shares sank Wednesday after the 3D-printing company said manufacturing constraints would hamper its third-quarter performance.

Nevada fire marshal: smart meters not fire causes

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Nevada's fire marshal says his review of nearly a dozen fires at homes with NV Energy's smart meters found the meters themselves are not starting the fires.

Coakley: No immediate plans to seek graduated tax

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley and Republican rival Charlie Baker sparred Wednesday over tax policy, with Coakley insisting that she would seek to raise taxes only as a last resort and has no immediate plans to seek a graduated income tax in Massachusetts.

A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

| |Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. John McCain, who has found fault with nearly every aspect of President Barack Obama's national security policies.

The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding

|Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.