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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

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

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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.