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New York, Vermont Senators: $55 Million For Lake Champlain

Senators from New York and Vermont introduced new legislation Thursday, that would spend 55 million dollars cleaning up Lake Champlain. The money would fund programs designed to cut pollution and control invasive species. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Scozzafava Demands Recount in 113th GOP Assembly Primary

Election officials say the high number of absentee ballots are raising questions in the 113th Assembly District Republican Primary. Tom Scozzafava - who lost the initial tally by a narrow margin - is demanding a recount. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

113th, 114th Assembly Primaries: Results

In the 114th Assembly district, Republican incumbent Chris Ortloff overwhelmed a strong primary challenge. Just to the south - in the 113th district - Willsboro town supervisor Teresa Sayward won a narrow GOP primary vote. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Corrections Officer Dies On Sleeping Beauty Mountain; Blaze at 55 Acres

A state prison worker died Monday while fighting a forest fire near Lake George. 51-year-old John Hart was supervising an inmate fire crew. As Brian Mann reports, Hart was working on the Sleeping Beauty Fire, near Lake George, which grew over the weekend to more than fifty acres.  Go to full article

Republican of A Different Stripe: 114th District Maverick Bill King

Chris Ortloff and Andy Abdallah aren't the only Republicans fighting for the 114th Assembly seat. Also on the GOP ballot tomorrow will be Tupper Lake businessman Bill King. King is fiercely conservative - a pro-life member of the John Birch Society, who served on Tupper Lake's school board. Through the summer, his campaign has been largely invisible. Talking with Brian Mann, King says his ideas should be heard by voters.  Go to full article

114th Assembly GOP Primary: All About Style, Insider Politics

This summer, Republicans in the 114th Assembly district have squared off in a nasty primary battle. Chris Ortloff faces a strong challenge from Plattsburgh town supervisor Andy Abdallah. But as Brian Mann reports, tomorrow's vote is less about issues and more about rival factions inside the GOP.  Go to full article

More on the 113th

Martha Foley talks more with Brian Mann about the 113th Assembly district race.  Go to full article

Primary Preview: 113th Assembly District

Voters across the North Country will go to the polls next Tuesday to decide party primaries. In the 113th Assembly district, a strong field of Republicans and Democrats are campaigning hard. At a debate last night in Glens Falls, the five candidates answered questions about economic development and the future of the Adirondack Park. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Democrats Find Candidate: Neil Tallon

Democrats in the 114th Assembly District say they've found a new candidate to run for office. Former Beekmantown supervisor Neil Tallon will represent the party in November's general election. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Lake Placid Faces Costly Sewer Woes; and in Wilmington?Angry Neighbors

This summer, a spill at Lake Placid's wastewater treatment plant sent untreated sewage flowing into the Chubb and the Ausable Rivers. The sewer plant is thirty years old. Village officials are scrambling to raise ten million dollars to build a new facility. But as Brian Mann reports, some residents down-stream worry that the project won't stop the flow of pollution.  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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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.
 
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.