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News Reporter and Adirondack Bureau Chief

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Prison Doctor Loses License: Accused of Sex With Inmate

A doctor who worked at the Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone has been stripped of his license by New York's department of health. The doctor was accused of having unprotected sex with an inmate. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Bog River Vote Delayed

The Adirondack Park Agency commission got a first look at a new plan for the Bog River and Lowe's Lake on Thursday. The plan -- for an area near Tupper Lake -- includes a restriction on commercial floatplane use. As Brian Mann reports, the Agency won't vote on the proposal until January.  Go to full article
Chairman Richard Lefebvre
Chairman Richard Lefebvre

Park Agency Chairman Retires: Richard Lefebvre

The Adirondack Park Agency's veteran chairman - Dick Lefebvre - says he'll retire after this week's meeting in Ray Brook. After a decade with the Agency, Lefebvre is seen as a peacemaker. His work brought new credibility to a controversial agency, charged with protecting the environment inside the blue line. As Brian Mann reports, some observers are now looking anxiously to the future.  Go to full article

Wolves South of the St. Lawrence River?

Scientists are testing a wolf-like carcass found on the south side of the St. Lawrence River, in Quebec. Some researchers say a small pack of wolves might be living in the wilderness just north of the U.S-Vermont border. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

First Winter Snowstorm: Centers Around Glens Falls

A snowstorm that hit the southern and eastern Adirondacks knocked out power to roughly forty thousand homes over the last two days. Niagara Mohawk has sent dozens of crews into the region. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
After The Vote, A Piece of Pie
After The Vote, A Piece of Pie

Audio Postcard: A Community Of Voters

Brian Mann spent Tuesday monitoring the polls on the eastern side of our listening area. He dropped in last night at the Saranac Lake Methodist church, where hundreds of voters gathered for a community dinner. Brian sends this election day audio postcard.  Go to full article

Adirondacks, Champlain Valley: Bitter Defeats For Democrats

Democrat David Favro won the Clinton County's sheriff race Tuesday. Favro, a former Plattsburgh police detective, beat Republican incumbent John Lawliss. Lawliss had alienated many top GOP officials in the County. Some - including state Senator Ron Stafford - actually supported the Democrat.

In other races, however, it was a long night for Democrats. As Brian Mann reports, the Republican Party once again showed its clout in the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article
Senator-elect Betty Little
Senator-elect Betty Little

45th Senate District: After 37 Years, A New Voice

Glens Falls Republican Betty Little cruised to a senate seat, in the newly drafted 45th district. Little defeated Malone Democrat Boyce Sherwin and will now replace Plattsburgh veteran Ron Stafford. As Brian Mann reports, Little expects to be a dominant force in North Country politics.  Go to full article

First West Nile Human Case Confirmed in North Country

Clinton County health officials say they've confirmed the first North Country case of West Nile Virus. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting this morning that a woman in her 50's tested positive for the disease. As Brian Mann reports, doctors expect the woman to recover.  Go to full article
Damon Greenberg
Damon Greenberg

A First Taste of Snow: Ski Tour Up Whiteface Mountain

For some in the North Country, the first days of snow can be a hard time. We say good-bye to our gardens and look forward to long months of scraping our car windows and shoveling sidewalks. But for those who love to ski, the first taste of snow is intoxicating. Brian Mann skied Whiteface Mountain's Memorial Highway over the weekend. He sends this audio postcard.  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:

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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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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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.
 
August 29, 2012 | NCPR · New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to decide soon whether to allow natural gas companies to use the controversial drilling technique known as hydro-fracking. New Yorkers are sharply divided on the issue. Industry groups and activists are campaigning hard to shape how the decision will be received.
 
May 28, 2012 | NCPR · Farm worker advocates and top Obama administration officials have been pushing hard for new regulations that would improve safety for teenagers working on farms. But facing fierce opposition from the agriculture industry and its allies in Congress, the Department of Labor abruptly withdrew a set of rules that advocates said could save dozens of lives every year.
 
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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.