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Brian Mann

Reporter for North Country Public Radio

Brian Mann appears in the following:

Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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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Quebec Town Honors Train Derailment Victims, One Year Later

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Thousands of locals gathered early Sunday morning in Lac-Megantic to mark one year since a deadly train explosion in the small Eastern Canadian city killed 47 people.

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'Hell Must Look Like This': A Grueling Year For Train-Struck Town

Friday, July 04, 2014

One year has passed since an American train derailed and exploded in a small Canadian town, killing 47 people and igniting debate over rail safety and oil shipment. Much of the town remains contaminated, with its downtown and some neighborhoods closed. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports on efforts to grapple with the tragic disaster and rebuild the community.

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N.Y. Governor Says College For Inmates Will Pay Off For Taxpayers

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Andrew Cuomo says funding prison college classes will cut recidivism rates. But critics say it's unfair to pay for prisoners' educations while middle-class families struggle with college costs.

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N.Y. Becomes Largest Prison System To Curb Solitary Confinement

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Reform advocates hope the deal to limit solitary confinement becomes a model for prisons throughout the country.

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Sochi 2014: Get To Know Team NYC

Friday, February 07, 2014

The Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi, Russia. The U.S. is sending 230 olympians - the most for any nation in the history of the winter games - to compete in events from bobsledding to curling. Here are the 42 who hail from the tri-state area.

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24,000 Acres Along Hudson Declared Wilderness Zone

Friday, December 13, 2013

A state panel voted Friday to create the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area, a vast,  new 24,000 acre stretch along the upper Hudson River.  

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Land Swaps on the Ballot

Monday, November 04, 2013

Brian Mann, reporter and Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public Radio (NCPR), talks about the two ballot proposals that involve swapping land in the Adirondacks, one to settle a title dispute and the other to preserve jobs.

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Two Questions About the Adirondacks

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Next month, voters across New York will decide the fate of two historic land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One would settle a long-standing property dispute in Raquette Lake. The other would allow a mining company to extract a mineral called wollastonite from 200 acres of park land in the Champlain Valley town of Lewis.

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As Olympics Near, Bobsledder Still Fighting For A Spot

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

With just a hundred days to go before the Winter Olympic Games open in Russia, even many gold medalists are still fighting for a place on Team USA. Justin Olsen, a bobsledder from San Antonio, Texas, helped the U.S. win a historic gold medal four years ago in Vancouver, but he's struggled to overcome injuries in the lead-up to Sochi.

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New York's Gun Control Law Gets Even More Controversial

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New York adopted one of the toughest gun control laws in the U.S. — banning the sale of assault rifles and banana clips. Many of the state's county sheriffs hate the law and some say they won't enforce it. The fight over gun rights and gun safety has become a hot issue in sheriff races, as local law enforcement officials seek re-election in rural counties.

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Profile: Charles Rangel and the Drug Wars

Saturday, August 17, 2013

In March 1971, New York City faced a growing heroin epidemic. That year, Charles Rangel — then just 41 years old — was part of a delegation of newly-elected black congressman who won a closed-door meeting at the White House with President Richard Nixon.

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Fight Brews Over Who Will Pay To Clean Up Quebec Train Crash

Friday, July 26, 2013

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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New York Politicians Go Head To Head In The Wild

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced off in a rafting race Monday on a whitewater river high in the Adirondack Mountains. It was one part summer camp and one part House of Cards as two of the country's most influential big-city politicians shut off their smart phones and headed into the wild.

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Painful Recovery Begins In Lac-Megantic

Saturday, July 13, 2013

One week after a runaway train derailed and blew up in a small Quebec town, investigators are still searching for the missing. Twenty-eight are confirmed dead. The company that operates the railroad blames the employee who parked the train for the tragedy in Lac-Megantic.

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Residents Search For Answers After Deadly Train Explosion

Thursday, July 11, 2013

In Lac Megantic, Quebec, locals are waiting impatiently for answers following Saturday's train explosion that left 50 people dead. The provincial government in Quebec is blasting the railroad at the center of this disaster for responding too slowly — and requesting more aid from Canada's federal government to help the rural town rebuild.

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Quebec Braces For More Victims From Train Blast

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Police in the Canadian province of Quebec say the death toll following Saturday's massive train explosion will likely rise to 50. The news is another painful blow to local residents in Lac-Megantic reeling from a blast that flattened the heart of their small rural town.

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DOJ: Prison Inmate Population Shows Modest Decline

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

After decades of increasing inmate populations in the U.S., researchers are seeing a slow but steady decline in the number of men and women behind bars. Big states like California, New York and Texas are leading the way in developing alternatives to incarceration — in an effort to trim prison budgets.

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Budget Cuts Could Compromise Safety At Overcrowded Prisons

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Corrections officers in the federal prison system are bracing for possible staffing cuts and furloughs triggered by the sequester. The cuts come at a time when studies show that inmate crowding and staff shortages in federal prisons are already posing challenges for guards trying to maintain order behind bars.

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Prison Time: 40 Years of Rockefeller Drug Laws

Friday, January 25, 2013

Forty years ago this month, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller launched his campaign for what came to be known as the Rockefeller drug laws

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