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Terrorism Suspect Arrested In Montreal

An Algerian man will appear in court tomorrow in Montreal, after his arrest Friday on charges that he aided an Islamic terror cell. The man is accused of conspiring to blow up the U.S. embassy in Paris. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Ausable Valley Voters Approve 17 Million Dollar Budget

Voters in the Ausable Valley school district narrowly approved a seventeen million dollar budget on Thursday. The spending plan will mean an eleven percent property tax increase. That price tag angered some locals, who urged the school district to make deeper program cuts. Brian Mann has details:  Go to full article

Ausable Valley School District Budget Up For Vote: 11 Percent Tax Increase

Voters in the Ausable Valley School District go to the polls today to vote on a new school budget. In May voters defeated a spending plan that would have meant a twenty-two percent property tax increase. School officials say this new budget will mean widespread program cuts--but a local taxpayers' group says the price tag is still too high. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

114th Assembly District Race Is On: Abdallah Will Challenge Ortloff

Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Andrew Abdullah toured the North Country on Tuesday, to announce that he'll challenge Chris Ortloff for the assembly seat in the 114th District. As Brian Mann reports, the primary race reflects deep divisions in the region's Republican party.
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Adirondack Hunting Camps: Traditional Use or Backcountry Condos?

For more than a century, hunters and fishermen in the Adirondacks have leased land for their cabins from big logging companies. But changes in the timber industry - and conservation deals made with the state - are displacing hundreds of hunting clubs. Now, more sportsmen are looking to buy their land, hoping to keep the tradition alive. As Brian Mann reports, the shift is raising new concerns about development in the backcountry.  Go to full article

Ortloff Withdraws: Senate Race Loses Drama, Democracy

The race to replace Senator Ron Stafford lost half its steam last night. Just before a meeting of the Clinton County Republican Party, Assemblyman Chris Ortloff announced that he has withdrawn his candidacy. As Brian Mann reports, Ortloff is stepping aside after GOP officials across the north country threw their weight behind his opponent.  Go to full article

Bush Administration Relaxes Clean Air Act Rules: Raises Acid Rain Fears

New York's Attorney General says he'll sue to block a Whitehouse plan that could mean more acid rain for the Adirondacks. New rules announced Thursday would ease rules for coal burning big power plants in the Midwest. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Jetski Bans Spread: Five Adirondack Towns Now Restrict Personal Watercraft

This week, the towns of North Elba and Chester moved to tighten restrictions on jetskis. Personal watercraft will be banned completely from Lake Placid. On Loon Lake, jetski-riders will face new age and speed limits. As Brian Mann reports, some locals, and some government officials, say the controls are unfair.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh's Mayor Won't Run for Stafford's Senate Seat

Plattsburgh Mayor Dan Stewart announced on Monday that he won't make a bid to replace Senator Ron Stafford. Stewart, a Republican, would have faced Assemblyman Chris Ortloff and Assemblywoman Betty Little in the GOP primary. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

More on the Lake Placid Film Forum

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the latest gathering of film stars, directors, producers and writers in Lake Placid.  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.