Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project covering business & economy in New Hampshire, before transitioning to covering the Seacoast Region. She is now NHPR's Seacoast reporter, doing general assignment reporting in the region.

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
5:36 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Seacoast Towns Plan For Sea Level Rise At Climate Summit

Credit Don McCullough

  Sea level rise was the topic of discussion at the Coastal New Hampshire Climate Summit on Thursday.  There, scientists and city planners came together to take small steps toward solving big problems.

Dave Burdick researches Salt Marshes at UNH, where he’s a professor of Marine Wetland Ecology.   He says his recent measurements show the water level of salt marshes in Portsmouth rising at 4.3 millimeters per year – that’s two and a half times as fast as the same salt marshes were rising in 1996.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

FEMA's New N.H. Flood Maps Could Spell Insurance Woes For Some, Relief For Others

The Federal Emergency Management Agency released new preliminary flood maps for New Hampshire on Wednesday. These updated flood maps could affect property owners in flood hazard zones from Coos County to Keene, to the Seacoast. 

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NH News
6:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

STEM Taskforce of Parents, Profs And Administrators Plan For Future Workforce

The state’s businesses are clamoring for a labor force better prepared in the STEM fields, says Governor Maggie Hassan. "It has been very clear to me that the number one need that businesses identify is a 21st century workforce," she says.

She says both the state’s school districts and Universities aren’t doing enough. So, she's issued an executive order to establish a 14-member taskforce to plan the future of STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education in New Hampshire.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Feds' New Railroad Safety Rules Could Affect Propane Transport On Seacoast

On Wednesday the Federal Railroad Authority announced it will propose new rules this summer for railroad safety. That comes amid safety concerns on the Seacoast following a proposal to transport propane to Newington by rail. 

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NH News
6:20 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Superior Judge To Rule On Legality of Rockingham Attorney's Suspension

Attorney Michael Ramsdell (left) argues on behalf of suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Superior judge Richard McNamara heard arguments Monday on whether New Hampshire's Attorney General has the authority to continue the suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams. The Attorney General suspended Reams in November, and then pursued an investigation into alleged employment discrimination and financial mismanagement.  

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NH News
3:53 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

List Of Candidates Grows To Replace Suspended Rockingham County Attorney

Joe Plaia -- a former Marine MP and public defender and current chief hearings officer for the New Hampshire Liquor Commission --  will run again for the position of Rockingham County Attorney.  Plaia is the first Democrat in this majority-Republican county to seek the seat of suspended  Attorney, Jim Reams. 

Plaia  says the Rockingham County Attorney's Office needs to be modernized. "There's a lot we can do to save taxpayer dollars," Plaia says, "there's a lot we can do to reduce recidivism." 

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NH News
4:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

N.H. Delegation and French Ambassador Cut Ribbon At Rochester's New Aerospace Manufacturing Plant

Albany International CEO Joe Morone shows carbon-fiber jet-engine blades to Senator Kelly Ayotte, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (not pictured).
Emily Corwin NHPR

The French manufacturing company Safran and their American collaborator, Albany International, held an inauguration ceremony for their new manufacturing plant in Rochester on Monday. Nearly the entire New Hampshire delegation – as well as the French Ambassador to the United States -- showed up for the event.

At the new plant in Rochester, workers will build carbon-fiber airplane parts – like super-lightweight blades for the next generation of jet engines.

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NH News
7:35 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Brown Speaks Against Obamacare At Frisbie Hospital

Frisbie Memorial Hospital CEO Al Felgar gives former Senator Scott Brown and his wife, Gail Huff, a tour of the hospital gift shop.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Scott Brown visited the Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Tuesday. That hospital is not part of Anthem’s provider network on the health exchange and its leadership has vocally criticized the Affordable Care Act.  Brown’s appearance at the hospital coincided with Vice President Joe Biden’s arrival in Nashua.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Seacoast Residents Concerned Over Proposal To Ship Propane By Rail

Railroad trestle in Portsmouth, NH
Emily Corwin NHPR

  For 36 years the Newington company Sea-3 has imported propane from Algeria and other countries. Ships come into port, off-load the fuel, and Sea-3 stores it and sells it locally. 

Then two years ago, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in places like North Dakota led to a boom in production, and American propane actually became cheaper than foreign propane. And with that, says Sea-3s’ vice-president Paul Bogan, the company’s business model was no longer profitable.

“Essentially,” he says, “we’ve been out of business for the last couple of years.”

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NH News
7:52 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Bitcoin Demystified At Music Hall In Portsmouth

Credit Flickr user "btckeychain."

  About 100 people -- both dedicated bitcoin devotees and the merely bitcoin-curious -- gathered Thursday night at the Music Hall for an hour-long symposium on the digital currency.  Event organizer Joshua Cyr says the purpose of the evening is to demystify the public about what bitcoin is.

Bitcoin being a new thing, we need to take care in how we’re describing it so that we’re describing it fully, because if people get bits of bad news and not the whole picture, it does more harm than good for the general public.

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NH News
2:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Flying Car Will Be Tested At Pease

Credit Terrafugia

  The Massachusetts-based company Terrafugia will test a flying car at the Pease Airport in Portsmouth over the next two weeks.  

The vehicle caters to recreational pilots who live near an airport and don’t want to rent a hangar. the "Transition" vehicle being tested at Pease looks like a small plane with wings that fold.  When folded, it fits into a one-car garage.  The vehicle is legal for driving on public roads, and is expected to cost $280,000. 

Watch Terrafugia's promotional video:

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NH News
11:05 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

No New School For Newmarket

Principal Christopher Andriski poses with Megan Boyle, an 11th grade English teacher at Newmarket High School. They are standing in an ESL study room that doubles as a storage space.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  Voters in the town of Newmarket have turned down a controversial new school building.  The $45 million dollar new school would have replaced the existing junior and senior high school, part of which is 90 years old.

Newmarket Principal Christopher Andriski  says the building isn't modern enough to accomodate what he calls "twenty-first century learning." It also violates fire and safety codes, as well as requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Andriski says he’s disappointed with the results:

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NH News
1:44 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

AG's Office Outlines Pattern Of Harassment and Misused Funds In Complaint Against Reams

Credit www.rocka.net / Rockingham County Attorney's Office

The Attorney General's office has released its complaint for the removal of Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams.  

Citing interviews with former employees of the Rockingham County Attorney's Office, the 25-page redacted complaint alleges numerous cases of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and misuse of county funds dating back 14 years. 

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NH News
6:04 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

With No Help From State, Newmarket And Other Towns Grapple With Going Solo On School Construction

In the 1924 wing of Newmarket's Junior and Senior High School, an old HVAC system frequently fails, emitting a high pitched squeal to alert a custodian.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

  There’s a problem with the HVAC system at the Junior and Senior high school in Newmarket, and it’s making a high pitched squeal.  This wing of the school was built in 1924, and Principal Christopher Andriski says the exposed pipes and vents make this screeching sound all the time. The noise, he says, is the system’s way of alerting the custodian. “He’s gotta manually push a button up there,” Andriski explains.

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NH News
2:41 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

AG's Office Concludes Investigation Into Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams

The Attorney General’s office plans to announce the findings of its investigation into Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams next week, after  Reams is able to attend his mother’s funeral on Monday in Nebraska. 

Reams was also originally scheduled to be in court in Concord on Monday for a hearing related to his suit against the AG’s office and the Rockingham County Commission.  That hearing has now been postponed to April 7th.

Reams has been under investigation since November for his use of funds forfeited for criminal convictions.

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