Ben Bradford http://wvxu.org en Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators http://wvxu.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 23328 at http://wvxu.org Toxic Leak Taints North Carolina Coal Plants, And Regulators Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future' http://wvxu.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 21364 at http://wvxu.org Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future' Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power? http://wvxu.org/post/are-mini-reactors-future-nuclear-power The U.S. government is investing millions of dollars in what it considers a promising new industry for American manufacturing: nuclear reactors. The plan is to build hundreds of mini-reactors, dot them around the U.S. and export them overseas.<p>Development of these reactors are already in the works, and at one office park in Lynchburg, Va., where one of these reactors is being assembled, the traditional signs of nuclear reactors are nowhere to be found. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:33:00 +0000 Ben Bradford 8771 at http://wvxu.org Are Mini-Reactors The Future Of Nuclear Power?