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114th Assembly Candidate Says He'll Stick With GOP

Assembly candidate Andy Abdallah says he won't run on the Democratic line this winter, even if he's defeated in next week's Republican primary. Democrats in the 114th district offered Abdallah their slot on the ballot, after their candidate bowed out of the race. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

320 Million Dollar Contract Boosts Plattsburgh Factory

The Bombardier Corporation says it will build a new fleet of commuter cars for New York City's Metro-North commuter railroad. As Brian Mann reports, the 320 million dollar contract is a boost to the company's plant in Plattsburgh.  Go to full article

Algerian Refugees: Unwanted In Canada, Frightened Of Home

The government of Canada is preparing to deport more than a thousand Algerians, now living in the city of Montreal. The Algerians came to Canada over the last decade, fleeing their country's vicious civil war. Many of those on the deportation list say they'll be persecuted or killed, if sent home. But their case is complicated by the fact that Algerian refugees in Canada have been linked to more than a dozen acts of terrorism. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports from Montreal.  Go to full article

Democrat Drops Out: Party's Big Chance Fizzles In North Country

A top North Country Democrat says he's dropping out of the race for the 114th Assembly District. Cliff Donaldson--currently the Essex County Manager--says he was forced by Federal law to end his bid. As Brian Mann reports, Democrats' hopes for this election season have fizzled.  Go to full article

Vermontville Champion Injured in Germany

A top North Nountry ski-racer has been hospitalized in Germany, following a head-injury suffered in a hotel swimming pool. Vermontville's Bill Demong fractured his skull on Wednesday in the town of Winterberg. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Anatomy of A Wildfire: A Conversation With Fire Expert Joseph Kennedy

Brian Mann talks with Joseph Kennedy, a New York state forest ranger, about the science--and the dangers--of wildfires. More than twenty blazes are now burning across the region.  Go to full article

Winning the Wildfire Battle, Forest Rangers Worry About the Long Campaign

Rain showers on Thursday brought relief to firefighters across the Adirondacks. But with more sunny weather in the forecast, drought conditions are expected to continue into the fall. As Brian Mann reports, state forest rangers worry that the current rash of fires could worsen dramatically in the weeks ahead.  Go to full article

Five More Fires Spotted on Wednesday: Huckleberry Fire Nearly Contained

Five new wild fires were spotted on Wednesday, in the Adirondacks, but crews are gaining the upper hand on the largest blaze in the town of Johnsburg. Brian Mann has this update.
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New Chapel For State Prison, Built by State Prison Inmates

A crew of state prison inmates in Ray Brook has spent the summer building a new chapel. The men doing the work come from all the prison's religious groups. Jews and Christians and Muslims will share the chapel. As Brian Mann reports, inmates say the project has brought them closer to their faith.  Go to full article

Wildfires Require More Resources: Johnsburg Blaze at 170 Acres

Wildfires continued to grow on Tuesday, with forest rangers and volunteer fire crews battling a major blaze in the town of Johnsburg. The state continued to build its fire-fighting forces, adding army helicopters and re-enforcements from out of state. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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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:

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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.
 
October 29, 2013 | NCPR · With just a hundred days to go before the Winter Olympic Games open in Russia, even many gold medalists are still fighting for a place on Team USA. Justin Olsen, a bobsledder from San Antonio, Texas, helped the U.S. win a historic gold medal four years ago in Vancouver, but he's struggled to overcome injuries in the lead-up to Sochi.
 
September 10, 2013 | NPR · New York adopted one of the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. — banning the sale of assault rifles and banana clips. Many of the state's county sheriffs hate the law and some say they won't enforce it. The fight over gun rights and gun safety has become a hot issue in sheriff races, as local law enforcement officials seek re-election in rural counties.
 
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.
 
July 11, 2013 | NPR · In Lac Megantic, Quebec, locals are waiting impatiently for answers following Saturday's train explosion that left 50 people dead. The provincial government in Quebec is blasting the railroad at the center of this disaster for responding too slowly — and requesting more aid from Canada's federal government to help the rural town rebuild.
 
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.
 
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April 30, 2012 | NPR · The Obama administration backed off a proposal to restrict kids under 16 from working on farms after a major push by conservatives and farm state Democrats. But farmers themselves weren't too happy about the restrictions, either.
 
February 18, 2012 | NPR · U.S. bobsled racers triumphed at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it's been tough sledding ever since. The American team has lost big sponsors and struggled to win big races. This weekend, the world's top sled teams face off in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the world championships. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports that American athletes hope the home-track advantage will give them a shot at a medal.
 
September 4, 2011 | NPR · The massive clean-up from Tropical Storm Irene continues in upstate New York, but some cash-strapped rural communities say they're not sure how much they can afford to rebuild.