Emily Corwin

Seacoast Reporter

Emily Corwin is NHPR's Seacoast reporter, doing general assignment reporting across the region. She also does beat reporting on the state's justice system. Emily 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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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.”

Two-thousand unionized FairPoint employees across New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will vote this weekend on whether they are willing to strike. The vote comes after two months of unsuccessful contract negotiations.

The electrical and communication workers’ contracts end August 2.  Don Trementozzi, president of the union representing the communication workers, CWA local 1400, says FairPoint is demanding a lot of concessions, including the ability to outsource jobs that are currently union-only:

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The U.S. Census Bureau reports that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor's degree in science, technology, engineering and math -- known as STEM -- are not employed in STEM occupations.  

The Bureau also created a pretty cool interactive graphic comparing where STEM majors end up working, by  both race and gender. Here are some other takeaways: 

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New Hampshire will hold off on enforcing a new abortion clinic buffer zone law before a court hearing, scheduled for later this month. In a pleading filed Wednesday, Attorney General Joe Foster outlined a response to a challenge brought by a Conservative Christian advocacy group from Arizona.

Related: Christian Legal Group Sues To Halt N.H.'s Buffer Zone Law.

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  The crowd was smaller at Scamman Farm in Stratham than it was two years ago, when Mitt Romney kicked off his campaign for president. But supporters were enthusiastic in the almost 100 degree heat, as Romney told them a vote for Scott Brown is a vote against the man who beat him in 2012.

I know the president is not on the ballot this November, but the people of New Hampshire have a chance to vote at what they think of the president’s agenda.  And they’ll do that by saying what they will about the president’s number one supporter, Jeanne Shaheen.

Jim Boffetti  from the state’s Attorney General’s office has stepped back into the role of interim Rockingham County Attorney for the second time in a year.

When the Attorney General’s office suspended Rockingham county attorney Jim Reams last November, Boffetti stepped in on an interim basis.  And now about a month after returning to his old job running the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, Boffetti is back in Reams’ vacated office.

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  A jury has found Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old Dover man accused of killing and raping 19 year old UNH student Lizzi Marriott, guilty of all charges, including first degree murder.  

After Marriott died, investigators found neither Lizzi Marriott’s body, nor any direct evidence of her murder.  A guilty verdict in this trial would depend entirely on the credibility of the crime’s only eyewitness,  Kat McDonough: the now 20-year old ex-girlfriend of Seth Mazzaglia.

New Hampshire Magazine has announced a new publication called The Square. The twice-yearly magazine will feature Seacoast people, food and culture.

Potential advertisers and future readers gathered at a restaurant reception in Portsmouth Tuesday night to gaze at mockups of a glossy, square-shaped, 80-page magazine.

Matt Kanner will edit the publication. "We want to kind of capture all the people and places that make this littler corner of the world so unique," he says.

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  The defense has rested in the trial of Seth Mazzaglia, the 31 year old Dover man charged with raping and killing UNH student Lizzi Marriott. 

Mazzaglia’s defense team rested after only two days, following 18 days of arguments from state prosecutors-- including extensive testimony by Mazzaglia’s 20-year-old ex-girlfriend, Kat McDonough.  The defendant did not testify on his own behalf.

During the prosecution, the state argued Mazzaglia strangled Marriott. The defense countered that McDonough accidentally asphyxiated Marriott during sex.

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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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 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!”

  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.

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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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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  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:  

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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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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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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  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.

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.  To find out more about what New Hampshire's new prison may be like, NHPR visited a women's prison designed by the same architect, and with the same principles -- in Windham, Maine. 

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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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  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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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.

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.

Emily Corwin

  After six months of deliberation, the Newington planning board has approved a controversial proposal to bring up to 12 railcars of propane through the Seacoast each night. 

The company, called SEA-3, wants to transport domestic propane from oil wells in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to the Seacoast, for export by ship.

But neighborhood groups in Portsmouth, Stratham and Greenland have opposed the rail expansion, voicing concerns about moving explosive materials over aging railroad tracks.

Emily Corwin

  The Pease Development Authority voted unanimously Thursday night not to renew a contract with the scrap metal recycling company Grimmel Industries at the Port of New Hampshire in Portsmouth.

Residents, environmental watchdogs, and Portsmouth city officials have long complained that Grimmel’s scrap piles contaminate both the air and water.

Nevertheless, the Pease Development Authority signed a five year contract with Grimmel in 2009, citing an absence of alternative revenue sources.

Emily Corwin

  Geno Marconi, the Port Director at the Port of New Hampshire, watches a giant electromagnet lifting a tangle of scrap metal into the out of a delivery truck and onto a scrap pile. “It’s like a giant ballet,” he says, pointing to the cargo ships, tugboats and delivery trucks.

The Pease Development Authority – which manages the port – leases waterfront property to the scrap company, Grimmel Industries. Grimmel’s lease ends in December, and residents along the waterfront are demanding Pease find another tenant.

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