Ben Bradford http://aspenpublicradio.org en Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/toxic-leak-taints-north-carolina-coal-plants-and-regulators A broken pipe funneled 30,000 tons of toxic coal ash into the Dan River in North Carolina earlier this month, turning it gray. The pipe has been plugged, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/05/272100015/more-than-80-000-tons-of-coal-ash-flow-into-n-c-river">the spill</a> has reignited a fight over storage of coal ash, and scrutiny of the state regulators responsible for monitoring it.<p>The U.S. Justice Department began a criminal investigation into North Carolina's coal ash ponds and the state's environmental officials last week. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 14531 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future' http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/banks-try-save-big-atms-future There's a drive-thru ATM in Charlotte, N.C., that looks pretty standard, but it has an extra function: a button that says "speak with teller."<p>The face of a woman wearing a headset sitting in front of a plain blue background flashes onto the ATM screen. "Good afternoon," she says. "Welcome to Bank of America. My name is Carolina. How are you today?"<p>She's one of a cadre of Bank of America employees in Florida and Delaware call centers, where they remotely control ATMs across the country. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 07:58:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 12328 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'