Emily Corwin covers news in Southern New Hampshire, and reports on the state's criminal justice system. She's also one of eight dedicated reporters with the New England News Collaborative, a consortium of public media newsrooms across New England.
In a campaign stop in Rochester New Hampshire on Sunday, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence praised the FBI's decision to review emails that may be related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
The well serving Kingston NH’s Fire Department has tested above the state’s standard for PFOA, a water contaminant also found at the former Pease Air Force Base, and surrounding the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack.
The state tested the Kingston Fire Department’s well water first in September. That was after the town began offering the water to residents whose wells are failing due to the drought. This week, a second water test confirmed: Kingston’s fire department’s well is contaminated with PFOA, at a level over the state’s regulatory standard.
Scott McGilvray of Hooksett is President of NEA-New Hampshire, the state’s largest teachers union, and that’s a job he says he’ll keep if he wins a seat on the state Senate. McGilvray says there’s no conflict of interest, because he stopped doing any lobbying work.
The New Hampshire internet company, Dyn, has restored services after a cyber-attack Friday morning.
The Manchester-based company provides internet infrastructure services to major internet companies including Twitter, Etsy, and CNBC.
Dyn says it began investigating the attack early Friday morning as it began to affect websites on the East coast. Reportedly, Dyn customers including Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were shut down or performing poorly.
By 10:30 this morning, Dyn said its services had been restored.
Jim Lawrence, a Republican running for U.S. Congress from Hudson, hasn’t paid property taxes on his home for three years, according to the Concord Monitor, which reported Lawrence owes the town of Hudson $15,614 for a home valued at $289,100.
The issue of “debtors' prisons” in New Hampshire will now likely come before the Legislature. That’s after the state’s highest court rejected change in court rules that would guarantee an attorney for people facing jail time for unpaid court fines.
Jim Lawrence is running for Congress in District 2 in New Hampshire. He’s a Republican, going up against incumbent Democrat, Ann McLane Kuster. His pitch to voters relies heavily on his record as what he calls "a small business owner." But it’s hard to get much detail on what exactly that record entails.
The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) will soon begin to connect 360 Litchfield homes to the Pennichuck public water system. The new water pipes are meant to help homeowners with contaminated wells.
The multinational corporation Saint-Gobain is paying for all of the planning and construction.
Saint-Gobain is the likely source of the water contaminant, PFOA, identified in several southern New Hampshire drinking water sources this year.
A retired New Hampshire state trooper and Army veteran who sued the Department of Safety for employment discrimination has reached a settlement with the state.
Carrie Nolet of Chocorua represented herself in federal court. She says she was passed over for promotions because she is female, and faced harassment for her gender and orientation as a lesbian. She retired in 2013 after 20 years in the department.
As a rookie officer in Nashua, N.H., Sergeant Lakeisha Phelps owned a little blue sports car. “One of the troopers would stop me like every other night,” she says, laughing. Phelps worked midnight shifts, and arrived in Nashua around 11 at night.
New Hampshire’s department of travel and tourism is predicting 670,000 visitors and over $98 million spent by the end of this Columbus day weekend. The Columbus holiday is NH’s third strongest tourism weekend.
Kris Nielson is with the department of Travel and Tourism. She says peak foliage season is a little later than usual, this year. Still, she says, the Great North Woods are at peak,; and the White Mountains are close.
"The color’s been a little bit slower to come in the lakes region and the Seacoast," she said, "but signs are popping up all over."
The Supreme Court has ordered comprehensive written briefs containing details of victim Lizzi Marriott’s sexual past will remain sealed during Seth Mazzaglia’s appeal proceedings. However, attorneys’ oral arguments will remain open to the public – and apparently unrestricted. The justices also did not restrict the content of their written opinion.
A jury convicted Mazzaglia of murder in 2014. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence held a campaign rally in Milford today. Nancy Polydys drove two hours from Scotland, Connecticut, and wore a T-shirt that reads: “proud deplorable” – a reference to Hillary Clinton’s recent description of some of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s supporters.
"I don’t mind immigrants if they come legally," she says, "but we have to stop bringing in all these Muslims."
This weekend is Saint-George Greek Orthodox Church’s 37th annual Glendi festival in Manchester-- the church's largest fundraiser of the year.
Glendi is the Greek word for “celebration," and the festival, which runs from Friday through Sunday, includes live music, traditional costumed dancing, and plenty of Greek food.
Frank Comerford is the president of the church’s Board of Directors, and calls himself "the Irish president of the Greek Cathedral." If he could only get one thing at the festival all weekend, Comeford says, he would get the lamb shank.
The state will offer blood tests to a random selection of residents who use city water in Merrimack. That’s despite the fact that public water in Merrimack is currently below the state’s enforceable threshold for PFOA contamination.
Surrounding the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack, over 600 private wells have been tested for the chemical PFOA, and more than a third have turned up with high enough contamination to qualify for bottled water, new water infrastructure, and blood tests paid for by Saint-Gobain.
In the last couple years, millions of people across the country have learned their drinking water contains high levels of the contaminants known as perfluorichemicals. These are used to make nonstick things like Teflon and pizza boxes. And for those with illnesses that are linked to the contaminant, that knowledge can be helpful -- and frustrating.
Two Republican candidates for the state's 2nd Congressional District went head to head for an hour Thursday night during a debate hosted by WMUR and the Union Leader. Jack Flanagan and Jim Lawrence are vying to go up against incumbent Democrat Annie Kuster.
The Conservation Law Foundation says it will file two lawsuits against the Pease Development Authority over stormwater discharges, which the foundation alleges contains high levels of the chemical contaminants PFOA and PFOS.
Democratic candidate for governor Steve Marchand says he is the most liberal person in this year’s race. But he’s asking people to put aside some assumptions about what the term “liberal” means. Speaking with All Things Considered host Peter Biello, NHPR's Emily Corwin explains.
Biello: First of all, tell me a bit about Steve Marchand. He may be more familiar to Seacoast listeners than to folks elsewhere in the state.
The Radisson ballroom was not yet full, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would not arrive for almost an hour. Already, the crowd chanted, “lock her up.” Peter Vincello from Raymond was on his way in, with his 15 year-old son.
“He kinda talked me into it. I was actually supporting Cruz in the primary.” But now, Vincello said, “He says all the right things, second amendment, getting the economy back, law and order.”
The state’s Department of Environmental Services is going through the public comments as it weighs how much of the contaminants PFOA and PFOS to allow in drinking water in the state. These are the chemicals that have contaminated wells in Southern NH, on the former Pease Air Force Base, and countless other locations around the country and the world.
There was excellent weather for the 550 or so cyclists who raced up the Mount Washington Auto road on Saturday.
Victoria De Savino beat out her competition by 7 minutes, summiting the Mount Washington auto road 1 hour and 7 minutes. She is 37 and from Buffalo, NY. Eneas Freyre, 40 and of Norwalk, CT finished in 52 minutes, more than two minutes faster than the mens’ second-place finisher.