Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project for a year, covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region, where she lives presently.

Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible); hosted and produced Youthcast, a podcast from the Public Radio Exchange; and worked on other freelance projects in Boston. Emily studied cello performance and music composition at the California Institute of the Arts, then fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on Los Angeles freeways.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

226 Years A Swing State: N.H. Ratified The Constitution 226 Years Ago Saturday

Governor John Langdon's House, Portsmouth, NH
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  Some things never change in New Hampshire – including our position as a battleground state. In 1788, eight colonies had ratified the constitution – but nine were needed to establish the United States of America.

Stephanie Seacord, with Strawbery Banke Museum, says New Hampshire was split. "There were two factions in NH," she says.  One, wanted to stay independent, the other hoped to join the union. The latter was largely based in Portsmouth and led by then-Governor John Langdon.

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NH News
2:32 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Mazzaglia Trial Captivates... But Why?

Defendant Seth Mazzaglia.
Credit Jim Cole / AP Photo POOL

 A recent headline in my local paper, the Portsmouth Herald, reads "McDonough Questioned About Sex, Lies, and Duct Tape."  The story is a tragedy – a young woman died. The details are upsetting.  Yet -  I just read the article top to bottom.  Why? I want to know.  

Walking on Market Street in downtown Portsmouth, I come upon Marlene Allen. “Well, because it’s so lurid!” She says. “that’s like a novel, that’s like Hannibal Lector!”

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NH News
5:38 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Reams Resigns Two Months After Winning His Job Back

  Two months after successfully fighting to get his job back, Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams has resigned.

Attorney general Joe Foster removed Reams from office in November with allegations of gender discrimination, financial mismanagement, and ethical violations.

But a Superior court judge reinstated Reams in April on a technicality. State and county officials still pursued an appeal to remove Reams.

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NH News
5:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Shaheen: Air Force Should Pay For Fallout From PFC Contamination at Pease

Senator Jeanne Shaheen is urging the U.S. Air Force to pay damages related to a contaminant found at a well on Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth.

The chemical, known as a PFC, was used in firefighting foam on the Pease Air Force Base before it was closed in 1991 and declared a super fund site. The well was shut down in May, following a water analysis.

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NH News
6:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

USS California Arrives At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

USS California
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Crews at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are beginning maintenance work on the USS California, the nuclear-powered submarine that arrived over the weekend.

The vessel looks like a 7,800 ton torpedo, and can navigate shallow as well as deep waters. The submarine is designed to attack other ships and undertake special operations, intelligence, reconnaissance and mine warfare missions.

The US Navy calls the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard its “Center of Excellence” for repairing and maintaining fast attack nuclear submarines like the USS California. 

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NH News
5:24 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Pew's Michael Ettlinger Named Founding Director Of Carsey School Of Public Policy

Michael Ettlinger
Credit UNH

  The University of New Hampshire has named a Founding Director for its new Carsey School of Public Policy. 

Michael Ettlinger comes to Durham from Washington D.C., where, he is a senior director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ fiscal and economic projects. 

Before arriving at Pew, Ettlinger was vice president for economic policy at the left-leaning think tank, Center for American Progress. However, Ettlinger says, he believes academics should be apolitical:  

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NH News
5:15 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Massachusetts Man Convicted For Voting In New Hampshire

During the 2008 presidential election and the 2012 presidential election and primary, Lorin Schneider Jr. voted at the Ward 9 polling place in Manchester, NH.

The problem?  He’s lived in Massachusetts for the last twenty years. On Monday, Schneider pleaded guilty to three counts of wrongful voting.

Assistant Attorney General, Stephen LaBonte says in 2012,  state lawmakers changed wrongful voting from a misdemeanor to a felony, which means Schneider was charged differently for the same crime.

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NH News
10:28 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Bee Hotel In Durham Open To Pollinators Only

In UNH's new "bee hotel," Rehan's lab has placed dead broken stems between brick for small carpenter bees, and wood blocks with drill holes for trap-nesting bees.
Credit New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station / University of New Hampshire

Bee populations are in decline worldwide. At UNH, researchers are beginning the first major assessment of diversity in New Hampshire’s bee populations.  Part of that effort involves a "bee hotel" at Woodman Farm in Durham. 

UNH Biology professor Sandra Rehan says the hotel, made of bricks and wood, will provides a habitat for bees to nest and forage freely. The idea, she says, "is to create and maintain native bee habitats to improve healthy pollinator communities." 

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NH News
5:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Shellfishing Banned Off N.H. Coast Due To Red Tide

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Shellfish harvesting is closed in the Atlantic off the New Hampshire coast due to an algal bloom known as a “red tide.” This naturally occurring algae, known as Alexandrium, typically  blooms in late spring and early summer, and can turn water a red color.  However, the algae cause toxins to build up in shellfish that can lead to a life-threatening illness called Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning when consumed. Cooking shellfish does not reduce the risk of getting PSP. Red tides are extensively monitored by New Hampshire’s Department of Environmental Services.

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NH News
5:40 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Durham Police Computers Crippled By Malware

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  A computer virus called Cryptowall crippled the Durham Police Department’s computer system Friday morning.  The virus was a kind of ransomware, which encrypts files, then tries to convince users to pay to decrypt them. Durham Town Manager Todd Selig says a Durham police officer opened what appeared to be a legitimate file attachment to an email on Thursday evening.

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NH News
6:21 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Trauma Statistics Inform New Women's Prison Design

Jodi Holmes (left) and Kara Bouchard converse at a table in the "mall" area at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham.

While you’re binging on new episodes of Orange is The New Black this week, here in New Hampshire, architects are working with the Department of Corrections to design a real $38 million state prison for women. 

And unlike most women’s prisons around the country, this 224-bed prison is being designed for the particular needs of women inmates. 

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NH News
11:45 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Armchair Tour of Smuttynose's New Brewery in Hampton

Lead brewer Dan Schubert adds hops to a kettle of boiling nonfermented beer, or wert.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Smuttynose Brewing Company's new brewery opens Saturday in Hampton, NH.  Below is an audio postcard in which Smuttynose's "Master of Propoganda," JT Thompson, gives a tour of the $24 million energy efficient brewery, which produces 65,000 barrels of beer each day.

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NH News
10:05 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Health Effects of Water Contaminant Worry Pease Tradeport's Neighbors And Tenants

Credit Ian Sane / flickr, creative commons

  There were more questions than answers Wednesday night at a public information meeting at the Pease Tradeport. There, Officials from the Department of Environmental Services, the City of Portsmouth, and the U.S. Air Force tried to address concerns about a contaminant identified in drinking water on Pease. 

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NH News
11:06 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Mazzaglia Trial Begins Tuesday

Credit SalFalko, Mentus Media / Flickr Creative Commons

The trial begins Tuesday for Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old man prosecutors say raped and killed 19 year old UNH student, Lizzi Marriott in October of 2012. 

A jury of 16 will be sworn in at noon.  They're then expected to visit sites in Dover and Portsmouth. There, jurors will likely view the Sawyer Mill Apartment where Marriott's death allegedly took place; dumpsters where evidence was found, and the location on Pierce Island where Mazzaglia told investigators he left the body.

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NH News
5:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Jaffrey Couple Targeted For Securities Fraud

The New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation is taking action against a Jaffrey couple it says has committed securities fraud through a jointly-owned company, Howard Interests. 

Charles Howard III is no stranger to securities regulators.  In 1993, he was sentenced to prison for bank fraud, and conspiracy to commit insider trading and bank bribery. NH Securities Deputy Director, Jeff Spill says the Bureau believes Mr. Howard and his wife, Carolyn began engaging in unlicensed investment advising in 2002, about five years after Mr. Howard was released from jail.

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