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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann
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Bush Administration Moves To Ease Clean Air Rules

The Bush Administration moved yesterday to ease rules designed to force power plants and factories to clean up their smokestacks. Nine east-coast states have filed suit to block the change. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

9/11 Profile: Andrew Lack, President and CEO of NBC

Andrew Lack - veteran news producer and top NBC executive - talks about the impact of September 11th on television journalism. Lack is a new seasonal resident of Lake Placid. He gave his remarks at a luncheon hosted by the Lake Placid Institute.  Go to full article

December Snowmobile Deaths Mount

Authorities say one young person died and a second was injured in a snowmobile accident over the holiday weekend. Seventeen-year-old Christopher Ernest died in a crash near Albany. As Brian Mann reports, the latest fatality follows a rash of early-season snowmobile deaths.  Go to full article

Xmas Storm Hits Herkimer County Hardest

Herkimer County is returning to normal this morning after a Christmas day snowstorm that shut down the Thruway and many local roads. The wintry blast forced holiday travelers to find shelter, but drivers had high praise for snowplow operators who scrambled to reopen major routes. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Snowstorm Hits Region: One Death In Wilton

The National weather service says yesterday's snowstorm set records across much of New York. The brunt of the storm hit in the Champlain Valley and the Albany area, triggering accidents and shutting down parts of the Thruway. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

North Country Charities Face Lean Times

It's been a tough year for many non-profits in the North Country. Charities have seen their investments dwindle, as the stock market spiraled downward. Donors are writing fewer checks - and the checks they are writing often promise fewer dollars. Brian Mann sat down this week with Cali Brooks, head of the Adirondack Community Trust. He found that many groups are trying to hold to their mission, despite shrinking bank accounts.  Go to full article

Warren County GOP Changes Rules, Draws Criticism

The 113th Assembly district - in the eastern Adirondacks - offered one of the few competitive races in this year's election. At one point, four strong Republicans were vying for the open seat. Now, the Warren County Republican Committee has moved to tighten rules that insure party loyalty. As Brian Mann reports, some critics say the new rules will reduce the number of candidates.  Go to full article
Taxco's Templo de Santa Prisca
Taxco's Templo de Santa Prisca

Audio Postcard: Christmas Eve in Taxco, Mexico

Last Christmas eve, Brian Mann found himself in the highland town of Taxco, in central Mexico. The city is famous for its hilltop architecture and its fantastic baroque cathedral, built in the 1700s. Brian went out with his microphone to gather sounds of the holiday season and brought back this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book
Arto Monaco at work on a new comic book

Arto Monaco: The King of Make Believe

Walt Disney opened his first theme park in the summer of 1955. But half a decade before Disneyland, there was Santa's Workshop in Wilmington ? the creation of north country native Arto Monaco. Monaco built a half-dozen theme parks. Most are gone now, swept away by changing tastes. But Monaco himself is still around, still creating make-believe worlds. Brian Mann visited his workshop in Upper Jay and has our story.  Go to full article

Lending a Helping Hand to Fort Drum Families

Brian Mann has a round-table discussion with the Army Community Services staff at Fort Drum, about their effort to help military
families in financial trouble.  Go to full article

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Brian Mann. Nancie Battaglia photo

Brian Mann
grew up in Alaska, where he fell in love with public radio. In 1999, Brian moved to the Adirondacks and helped launch NCPR's news bureau at Paul Smiths College. "I love the chemistry of water and mountains," Brian says. "But I'm also pretty crazy about village life in the north country. It's the kind of place where you know your neighbors." Brian lives in Saranac Lake with wife Susan and son Nicholas. He's a frequent contributor to NPR and also writes regularly for regional magazines, including Adirondack Life and the Adirondack Explorer.

Recent Brian Mann stories carried by NPR:

August 14, 2014 | NPR · Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.
 
July 24, 2014 | NCPR · Small-town startups often struggle to attract serious investors. But efforts are under way to help entrepreneurs outside the urban beltway find financing.
 
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January 2, 2014 | NPR · Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks. Flight delays and cancellations are piling up along with the snow.
 
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December 16, 2013 | NPR · Forty seven people died in July when a freight train derailed and dozens of tanks carrying oil exploded and caught fire. Much of Lac-Megantic was leveled. For the first time since then, freight cars will travel through this week. Officials say they'll only carry "dry goods." Residents are worried.
 
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August 28, 2013 | NPR · For the last four decades the Rockefeller Drug Laws have been impacting many in upstate New York. North Country Public Radio undertook an ambitious reporting project to tell this national story throughout this year, which marks the 40th anniversary of the Rockefeller Laws.
 
July 26, 2013 | NPR · More than two weeks after a fiery train crash left 47 dead in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, the town's center remains in shambles, while a criminal investigation and lawsuits are underway.
 
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July 11, 2013 | NPR · Twenty bodies have been recovered so far. Authorities hold out little hope that any of the 30 other people missing after Saturday's train derailments and explosions are still alive.
 
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February 14, 2013 | NCPR · Forty years ago, New York enacted tough laws in response to a wave of drug-related crime. They became known as the Rockefeller drug laws, and they set the standard for states looking to get tough on crime. But a new debate is under way over the effectiveness of such strict sentencing laws.
 
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February 14, 2013 | NCPR · George Prendes was 23 when he was sentenced under New York's Rockefeller drug laws — tough mandatory sentencing guidelines for nonviolent drug crimes. The 15 years Prendes served for a drug transaction still reverberate for him and his family.
 
November 4, 2012 | NPR · As New York City's first responders begin to show fatigue, and in many cases deal with losses of their own homes, replacement crews of firefighters are getting ready to roll into Manhattan and Long Island. Among them are a group of firefighters from a small rural fire station in the mountains of upstate New York.