Emily Corwin

Southern New Hampshire Reporter

Emily Corwin is NHPR's Southern New Hampshire reporter, doing general assignment reporting across the region. She also covers the state's justice system.

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The U.S. Air Force has agreed to treat two more contaminated wells on the former Pease Air Force Base.

That’s in addition to the Haven well, which the Air Force agreed to treat back in August. That well tested above the EPA’s provisional health advisory level for perfluorochemicals, which had leached into the water from firefighting foam used on the base.

Now, after urging from the community and EPA, the Air Force will treat the Harrison and Smith wells, which test positive for the chemicals, but below the EPA’s threshold for the contaminants.

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For the first time in decades, court-appointed lawyers who represent the poorest  clients will get a raise.

The raise from $60 to $100 dollars an hour would apply only to major crimes that take hundreds of attorney hours, like capital murder, and felonious sexual assault. The maximum fee cap for those crimes will also increase from $4,100 to $8,000.

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An attorney for Michael Addison is asking the courts to declare the state’s death penalty law unconstitutional. Addison is condemned to death for shooting a Manchester police officer in 2006. 

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People exposed to contaminants in well water on the former Pease Air Force Base say the state’s information about health risks has been insufficient. While the state says no conclusions can be made about the science, scientists say more is known that the state is letting on.

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Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was at UNH Friday morning to promote her college affordability plan. The former secretary of state described her proposal as a pragmatic approach to a thorny issue.

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Even people with tickets were being denied entrance at the Rochester Recreational Arena: the place was packed to fire code. And Republican front runner, Donald Trump, didn’t fail to deliver the campaign style he’s become known for.


A Portsmouth Auxiliary Police officer submitted his resignation letter Wednesday to get out from under a gag order imposed by the city’s police department.

The gag order was part of a case involving a now-fired police officer accepting an inheritance from a neighbor.  The department placed Officer Connors under the gag order more than a year ago after he spoke with a local newspaper about the now-fired Portsmouth police Sargeant Aaron Goodwin.

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The 14th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center will be particularly momentous in Portsmouth. Last month, that city received an artifact from the wreckage which they will use to memorialize the tragedy.

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When an event is billed as a  “Women for Hillary” rally, it’s not surprising candidate Hillary Clinton and Senator Jeanne Shaheen were more or less preaching to the choir.

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A New Hampshire Superior Court has ordered the partial release of body camera videos showing two officers shooting and killing a man who lunged at them with a knife.

The case was the first of its kind, according to the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.  The family asked for the videos not to be released, citing its right to privacy, and concern the deceased man’s children would see the video of their father’s death. The Valley News and  other media outlets sought the videos under the state’s Right To Know law.

It’s a familiar scene: Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign has a meet and greet at a lumber yard in Wentworth. Nitsa Ioannides and Kerry Marsh stand behind a table, greeting guests.  Ionnides hands you a red CARLY For America sticker and a brochure; Marsh might recommend a yard sign.

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Rand Paul has been visiting the New Hampshire campaign trail for a while now.  In a visit last September, he was full of vim and vigor, telling a Manchester bar packed with millennials, “When we proclaim our message with the passion of Patrick Henry, and we proclaim it like a man coming over the hill singing, then I think we’ll be the dominant movement again.”

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Sanctuary Alternative Treatment Center plans run its cannabis dispensary in Plymouth, and its cultivation center – where plants are grown and processed --  in Rochester.  The cultivation center already complies with Rochester’s zoning ordinances, and does not need any further approval. Nevertheless, the Department of Health and Human Services held a public hearing there on Tuesday.  

Sanctuary CFO Josh Weaver began the evening in a defensive stance, promising the site will be secure and inconspicuous.

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There’s a constant stream of Republican candidates crisscrossing the Granite State these days. That makes standing out somewhat of a challenge. But Carly Fiorina is one candidate who seems to be headed in the right direction. 

If you've been following Fiorina's New Hampshire campaign over the past few months, you can see the crowds are getting bigger and enthusiastic. What’s the appeal?  Her supporters say she talks clearly, she answers the questions, and she never stumbles.

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Representatives of the US Air Force Wednesday tried to sooth anxious residents who were exposed to contaminated water on the former Pease Air Force Base.

Fifty residents and a 10-member community advisory made clear their demands for ongoing health monitoring. They asked the Air Force to repay the city of Portsmouth for extra water costs and to treat nearby wells more aggressively than planned.

For the most part, the four representatives of the Air Force  said: we hear you, but we can’t commit.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte is crisscrossing the state this week as Congress’s August recess comes to an end. A convenience store lobbying group brought her to a Cumberland Farms in Portsmouth Tuesday, where she donned an apron and sold customers everything from cigarettes to Mountain Dew.

After, the senator pushed back against an attack ad by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. The advertisement, released last week, accurately states that Ayotte voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

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On Sunday, female activists in dozens of locations around the world went topless. Their goal: to encourage women to go topless anywhere that men do. To the dismay of local lawmakers, over 500 women signed up on Facebook to participate at a Hampton Beach event in New Hampshire. 

"It’s so rainy out. There’s some people on the beach not very many. But I did just see a woman walk by with a sweatshirt on but unzipped and nothing on underneath so I guess this is really happening here."

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Citizen activists in Portsmouth are asking the city and state to consider a ferry from the Port of New Hampshire to Provincetown. 

The group – which calls itself “Promote Our Port,” made its case at city hall. Their audience included a staffer from US Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s office, state Senator Martha Fuller-Clark, and City Manager John Bohenko.

For now the port is being used as a staging area for the new Sarah Long Bridge.

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The US Air Force will comply with an order from the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up groundwater at the Pease International Tradeport. A chemical family known as PFCs were discovered there, above the EPA threshold in the spring of 2014. 

In a statement, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center announced they had already resumed operation of a water treatment system; they have funded studies to evaluate new drinking water sites, and will develop wells to intercept the contaminants - -which are already leaching into the neighboring Harrison and Smith wells.

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One thing is clear as throngs of people wind down Alumni Drive on the way up to Winnacunnet High School in Hampton: these folks are not coming out just for the Donald Trump spectacle. They really want him to be president.

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Chris Rocket has been in prison for 19 years. His convictions are for second degree murder and robbery. The crimes, he says, were the result of an alcohol addiction.

His addiction to heroin and prescription drugs?

He got hooked on those while incarcerated at the state prison in Berlin.


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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took a diagonal path from West Lebanon to Windham this weekend, making six stops in 36 hours. Tilton was his second-to-last stop of the day on Saturday.

The city of Portsmouth is trying to overturn a neighboring town’s approval of a controversial propane rail project. On Tuesday, a Superior Court judge heard arguments from attorneys on both sides.

The controversial Sea-3 rail expansion project would ship propane from fracking sites in the American West to their expanded Newington facility.  And it would run through Portsmouth. 

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Throughout the 2016 presidential season, NHPR will bring you profiles of the people and places behind the scenes of the New Hampshire Primary. We start with Geno's Chowder and Sandwich Shop, an iconic campaign stop in Portsmouth for candidates looking to meet voters - and maybe sample a lobster roll.

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The state Department of Health and Human Services says it's still determining if it can proceed with another round of blood tests for people exposed to contaminants at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. 

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A retired Portsmouth police officer who was placed under a gag order after talking to a local newspaper is suing the city, as well as the city’s Police Chief and Police Commission.

The police department put retired officer John Connors under a gag order almost a year ago, after he talked to the Portsmouth Herald about Detective Aaron Goodwin.

Goodwin inherited $2.7 million from an elderly Portsmouth woman who lived next door to Connors. Goodwin was fired last month after an independent investigation.  The inheritance is now pending in probate court.

The Port of New Hampshire will get $5 million to make it easier for ships to turn around.  The money is part of the state’s capital budget that Governor Hassan signed into law this week. The capital budget also includes increased funds for the new women's prison in Concord.

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Back in 1984, the Army Corps of Engineers recommended five port improvement projects. Four have been completed. With this additional $5 million from the capital budget paired with $14 million more from the feds, the final project can get underway. 

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From now on, any community college student in the nation will automatically be accepted to New England College in Henniker. The private, 4-year college revealed their new enrollment policy this week.

Brad Poznanski, NEC’s director of admissions, says so long as the student is in good academic standing, no application is necessary.

In 2014, 18 out of 44 transfer students came to NEC’s on-campus program from community colleges.

Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is campaigning this week in New Hampshire. By some measures, the former Hewlett Packard CEO is doing very well compared to her primary opponents. But when it comes to pounding the pavement, she faces one basic challenge: introducing herself to voters.

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