Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily Corwin is NHPR's Seacoast reporter, doing general assignment reporting across the region. She reports regularly on New Hampshire’s prison system, higher education, and regional politics. Previously, Emily worked on NPR's StateImpact project covering business & economy in New Hampshire. Emily received the 2013 Gracie Award for “Best Hard News Feature,” for her reporting on New Hampshire’s state prison for women.

Before coming to NHPR, Emily was the associate programmer for Public Radio Remix, with Roman Mars (of 99% Invisible). She 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. She fell in love with public radio while schlepping between gigs on Los Angeles freeways.

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New Hampshire primary voters are headed to the polls to choose their candidates in several races, including the U.S. Senate.

At St. Peter’s Parish Hall in Concord, moderator John Williams says as is typically the case, a large cluster of voters showed up shortly after polls opened.

“New Hampshire voters are certainly early risers. They like to come and vote early. We also see a rush during lunch time and again during the evening between 6 and 7.”

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Brecht Palombo runs a software company from a home office. He and his wife Becky – a stay at home mom – have cultivated a kind of flexibility their parents never dreamed of: they can live anywhere they want to. The problem is – they haven’t found that perfect place.

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Vice President Joe Biden visited the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Wednesday. His stated reason was to celebrate shipyard workers – but it was clear he was also there to boost Democrats heading into election season.

  

Both of those ends were put on hold at the start of Biden’s remarks.  Instead, the Vice President began with fiery rhetoric from Biden for ISIS terrorists, who have now murdered two US journalists.

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  Labor Day was one of the last days customers had to move their stuff out of Extra Space Storage, a self-storage facility in Manchester.

The Manchester mill building that contained the storage company was purchased a developer called Brady-Sullivan, which has  plans to convert the building into luxury condos. The closure came a lot earlier than expected, however, after lead dust was detected in the storage units in January during renovations on the upper floors.  

Emergency workers say two people have died in a plane crash this morning.  Lieutenant Stephen Henry with the North Hampton Fire Department says the plane crashed at 10:50 in the morning  in North Hampton, near the Hampton Airfield.  

Emergency services were still on the scene at 2pm Monday afternoon. Police say the Federal Aviation Administration will be responsible for the investigation.  

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The streets of Portsmouth appear peaceful and idyllic this last week of summer. But just beneath the surface, all is not well in the Port City. On the Seacoast, recent responses to ongoing noise complaints have residents here in an uproar. 

Things got really crazy in Portsmouth on Tuesday. That’s when the Prescott Park Arts Festival canceled their end-of-the-season double feature film night after neighbors complained the noise would keep their kids up too late.

It was supposed to be 'Brave,' combined with 'Braveheart.'

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A "Holy Mass of Healing, Hope and For Peace" is being held Sunday in Rochester at the church where slain journalist James Foley’s family are parishioners. The mass follows Wednesday’s confirmation of Foley’s death at the hands of Islamic State Militants.

At 2pm Sunday, Bishop Peter Libasci will join Jim Foley’s parents and their Reverend, Paul Gousse for a traditional Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish. Patrick McGee of the Diocese says the Mass is "to offer prayers for hope and for peace."  

Juliet Marine Systems

An 18-person Portsmouth startup has built a futuristic stealth attack boat they are now shopping around to the Department of Defense. Caroline Winter with Bloomberg reports the Ghost, built by Juliet Marine Systems, will go for about $10 million each.   

Right now, a Ghost prototype resides in a hangar at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. There, CEO Gregory Sancoff told Winter the 4,000 horsepower aluminum and stainless steel vehicle is “such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells.”

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  There’s been no shortage of people mourning the killing of James Foley by Islamic State militants. President Obama interrupted his Martha’s Vinyard vacation Wednesday to recall Foley -- who disappeared two years ago in Syria -- and to condemn his killers.

“People like this ultimately fail,” Obama said. “They fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley and the overwhelming majority of humanity who are appalled by those who killed him.”

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State lawmakers broke ground for a $38 million State Prison for Women on Monday, thrusting shovels into dirt behind the tall wire fences of the Concord State Prison for Men. The prison will replace a former county jail that was meant to be temporary, but has housed the state’s women inmates for more than 20 years.

The new prison will include a chapel, classrooms, space for prison industries, and a courtyard with a garden.  It came about after female inmates sued the state for not providing the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

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As many as 200 Africans and their descendants are buried beneath a single block on Chestnut Street in downtown Portsmouth, known as the African Burying Ground.  On Monday, the Western lane of that city block will be transformed into a $1.2 million dollar memorial park. 

 David Moore does community development for the city. He says the memorial construction will include the "re-interment of remains that were exhumed in 2003 during excavations associated with a roadway construction project." That construction, he says, was "when the city rediscovered the existence of this site."

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The Dover man convicted of the rape and murder of 19-year-old UNH student Elizabeth “Lizzi” Marriott was sentenced to life in prison Thursday at the Strafford County Courthouse.  

Seth Mazzaglia was shackled and dressed in green jail garb, his expression inscrutable, as 13 of Marriott’s loved ones conveyed their grief. 

  “I want you to know, unequivocably, that I hate you,” Lizzi’s mother Melissa Marriott told Mazzaglia.

Strawbery Banke Museum

  It may seem warm out for talk of winter sports, but come December, ice skaters in Portsmouth will have a new outdoor rink for skating and ice hockey.

That’s the word from the Strawbery Banke Museum, which announced Tuesday it had surpassed its fundraising goal, bringing in almost $500,000 for the project.   

Sixteen neighbors of the museum fought the ice rink in court, citing concerns of noise and traffic.  A county judge dismissed the case in January.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3X2eDCmPRY / Mayday

  A political action committee on a mission to overhaul  how campaigns are financed is putting its weight behind first district Democratic Congresswoman, Carol Shea-Porter. Porter  is  one of 8 candidates to be endorsed by Mayday, which expects to spent $13 million dollars this campaign season.

Mayday is the brainchild of Harvard Law professor and political activist, Lawrence Lessig.  He says Mayday has one goal: to reduce the influence of money in politics.

Alpha Loft

Alpha Loft, a nonprofit startup incubator with offices in three New Hampshire cities, is now accepting applications for a free, 10 week startup "school."

The announcement marks the beginning of a new phase of educational programs from Alpha Loft, a startup incubator specializing in technology. They have offices in Manchester, Durham and Portsmouth.

It’s the height of the harvest season, and New Hampshire’s farmers continue to look for ways to make the business of small farming profitable in an age of industrial agriculture.   On the Seacoast, one group of farmers is using technology and cooperation to expand beyond the farmers market.

Local Food Can Be Inefficient

At Flatbread pizza in Portsmouth, head chef Ryan LeBossiere chops organic California onions.  

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After much anticipation, it is official: Pease Air National Guard Base will be the first in the nation to receive the KC-46A, the latest generation of aerial refueling tankers.  

The Air Force chose New Hampshire’s  157th  Air Refueling Wing at Pease over 88 competitors back in May of last year.  Now that an environmental impact study is complete, champions of NH’s 157th are celebrating. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains  that "The 157th refueling unit has done a phenomenal job, but they are flying Eisenhower-era tankers. "

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Overtime Exhaustion

For more than a decade, New Hampshire prisons have been under enormous pressure.  The prison population has gone up as staff numbers have gone down.  Aside from the inmates, few feel the consequences as acutely as the state’s correctional officers.

Corrections Sergeant Justin Jardine represents prison officers with the State Employees’ union. “I'm working approximately 3 double shifts a week, so 64 hours a week,”says Jardine.  Younger officers, Jardine says, work 4 or 5 double shifts -- around 80 hours a week.  

The University of New Hampshire and Great Bay Community College announced Tuesday a new dual admissions program. It will allow students to use a single application to get an Associate’s degree from Great Bay before transferring to UNH for a bachelors’.

Once at Great Bay, students need only to maintain a 2.5 GPA to continue on to the University.

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  Neither Market Basket’s picketing employees, shoppers nor corporate leaders are happy right now, but the state’s food pantries are doing better than usual at a time of the month when food stamps are spent and demand is high.

That's because local Market Baskets are donating their nearly expired products to food pantries. 

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They won’t say when or where, exactly, but Tesla has confirmed its intention to open a Supercharger station in Portsmouth.  Tesla Superchargers are more powerful than other charging stations, providing vehicles with 150 miles of charge in the first 20 minutes.  

Tesla spokesperson Alexis Georgeson says "the opening of a Portsmouth station would allow owners to travel further north, connecting Florida to New Hampshire, and later to Maine."

A Portsmouth Supercharger would likely be located near I-95.

Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law late last week requiring nonprofit organizations that engage in political activities to report their expenditures.

In essence, the new law requires nonprofits that spend more than $5000 a year on political advocacy – to register with the Secretary of State, and report expenditures.

Derek Dufresne with the conservative advocacy group, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, says the law merely protects incumbents from criticism.

His organization, which is also a nonprofit, opposed the bill.

  Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte along with Congresswoman Carol-Shea Porter want to take a closer look at the potential environmental impacts of propane rail traffic through the Great Bay Estuary. 

Two Seabrook Police Officers were fired Wednesday in connection with the November 2009 assault of a man who had been taken into custody.

The incident took place four and a half years ago, but didn’t become public until earlier this year, when the assault victim, now 24 year old Mike Bergeron, posted a video of the incident on YouTube.

In the video, Officers Mark Richardson and Adam Laurent are seen shoving Bergeron, then 19, headfirst into a concrete wall.

Seabrook Town Manager William Manzi says the investigation was independent and fair.

Former UNH womens’ hockey coach Brian McCloskey has been indicted on three counts of simple assault against a player on his team.

The state is also charging McCloskey of criminal threatening.  The indictment states McCloskey placed his body on top of the players, pulled her backward by her jersey, and pushed and/or pulled her by her helmet while shouting at her.

The University fired McCloskey in December following an investigation into a November game against Ohio State.

As of nine o’clock Friday night, motorists no longer had to pay tolls at exit 12 in Merrimack.

The change was included in the state’s new gas tax law, in order to relieve Merrimack residents who had to pay tolls at all three exits in town.

Bill Boynton with the state’s transportation department says after Friday, the exit 12 toll plaza’s three full time employees will begin working at adjacent plazas.  Next month, he says, the state will ask companies to bid for the job of removing the toll plaza, at a cost of about $600,000. 

Erin Urquhart / Putting Up With Erin

About 40 foodies are expected to show up at the Seacoast’s first community Food Swap this Sunday at Frank Jones Mansion in Portsmouth. 

Organizer Erin Urquhart says it works like this:

You get together and one person says 'ok I have two cans of blueberry jam, I have two pounds of carrots, I’m willing to swap for that,' and someone behind you says 'I have a sheet of brownies that I made, I want that instead.'

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  Pax World Funds, an American investment management company located in Portsmouth, is betting that companies with female leadership will outperform the stock market.

There are 406 companies in Pax’s new index fund, including Microsoft, General Electric, and Estee Lauder.  Besides being well-established brands, they have one thing in common:  women in leadership positions.  Ninety-seven percent of all the companies in the fund have two or more female board members.  In a traditional index fund, says Pax CEO Joe Keefe, women sit on only about 11 percent of board seats.

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Top Democrats rallied volunteers and worked the phones Monday in Portsmouth. Their goal was to call attention to the US Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” ruling, which found a closely held company could not be forced to pay for all birth control procedures required by the Affordable Care Act.

Democrats hope Supreme Court rulings like the Hobby Lobby and the striking down of Massachusetts’s abortion clinic buffer zone law will motivate women voters, helping the party overcome certain challenges.

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Four licensed counselors will be on hand at Portsmouth Regional Hospital on Saturday to provide counseling and treatment resources to individuals and family members dealing with opiate addiction.

This will be the first event of its kind on the Seacoast.  

Justin Looser is the hospital’s director of behavioral health. He says individuals can deposit drugs and paraphernalia without risk of prosecution. In fact, he says, “the whole program will be completely anonymous even from the hospital’s perspective, we’re not going to take peoples’ names or write anything down.”

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