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NCPR News Staff: Brian Mann

Adirondack Bureau Chief
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. E-mail

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Young Man Accused of Murdering Parents In Ausable

State police say a 17-year-old in Ausable shot and killed his parents early on Saturday morning. Justin McLean has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

Quebec Premier - New York Governor: First-ever Trade Pact

Governor Pataki and Quebec Premier Bernard Landry agreed on Wednesday to spend tens of millions of dollars developing cross-border trade. The pact followed the first-ever New York-Quebec summit. Brian Mann reports from Plattsburgh.
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Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.
Going underground in search of endangered Indana bats.

Endangered Species In A Cold Season: Tracking Indiana Bats In The Champlain Valley

The North Country's frosty spring is a nuisance for humans, but for wildlife the cold weather can be deadly. Researchers in the Adirondacks say bats are especially vulnerable. The tiny animals are just emerging from their caves weak and hungry after a long winter's hibernation. As Brian Mann reports, scientists are keeping a close watch on "Indiana" bats - an endangered species found in the Champlain Valley.  Go to full article

Train Oil Spill

A cargo train struck a boulder on the track near Port Henry just after ten o'clock Monday morning. The Canadian Pacific train spilled 700 gallons of diesel fuel. Brian Mann reports DEC officials are working to clean up contaminated soil near the track.  Go to full article

A Bee Keeper Struggles With Drought and Cold Weather

Brian Mann talks with Todd Hardie, whose Honey Gardens Apiaries keeps bee hives in the St. Lawrence and Lake Champlain valleys. Both regions are famous for their light honey, but have been challenged by drought and cold.  Go to full article

Trails Wet, Fragile at Higher Elevations

This spring's wet, cold weather means hiking trails in the High Peaks are still in soggy condition. The Department of Environmental Conservation is warning backpackers to stay off trails in higher elevations. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton Wants Terror Investigation To Probe Bush White House

New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton says Congress should investigate actions of the Bush White House before the September 11th terror attacks. A spokesman for President Bush says there were warnings last summer that the Al Quaeda group might try to hijack U.S. Airplanes. Brian Mann has details.
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The Politics of Acid Rain: A new Proposal, A Bitter Fight Among Old Friends

For years, environmental groups have been pushing Congress to clean up the pollution that causes acid rain. In February, President Bush unveiled his own plan. The "clear skies" initiative has sparked a bitter debate among environmentalists. Some say the President wants serious reform. But critics say the plan is a sham that gives too much freedom to big factories and power plants. The issue has opened a rift in the way environmental groups see the Bush Administration. As Brian Mann reports, the opening may be enough for the President to move "clear skies" forward.  Go to full article

New Acid Rain Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

On Earth Day, President George Bush visited the Adirondacks to talk about acid rain. Each year, power plants and factories in the Midwest spit out tons of pollution. Clouds of sulfur and mercury drift across the north country, sterilizing lakes and killing forests. The President says his new "clear skies" plan would revolutionize environmental law - ending acid rain, without crippling industry. Critics say the plan would allow heavy pollution to continue for decades. In this second of a three-part series on acid rain, Brian Mann looks at how the "clear skies" plan would work.  Go to full article

Bank Robber Nabbed Near North Creek

The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting that a man has been arrested after allegedly robbing a bank in North Creek. Police say the man was also involved in a hold-up last month in Lake Luzerne. Brian Mann has details  Go to full article

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