Todd Bookman

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Todd started at NHPR in 2009 as an intern, and in 2011, took over the health beat. He spent two years at WHYY in Philadelphia covering health and science, before returning to NHPR in 2016 as a general assignment reporter with a focus on business and economics. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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There’s a duplex in the town of Hudson, set back from the road, surrounded by trees. One half is vacant; Mandy Whitaker lives in the other half. She admits it’s not much to look at.

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The ACLU of New Hampshire, along with a group of news organizations, is suing the N.H. Attorney General over the release of an internal list of police officers with credibility issues.

The state has chosen Granite Pathways to operate a new substance use disorder treatment facility for teenagers on the grounds of the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.

The Executive Council approved a four-year contract with the group during its meeting on Wednesday, with services expected to begin in early November.

The 36-bed facility will be open to children ages 12-18 who are in need of inpatient treatment, making it the first residential program for minors in the state.

Betsy Gardella, who has led New Hampshire Public Radio since 2005 as President and CEO, says she will retire from the organization at the end of the year.

(Click here to listen to Todd Bookman talk about this story with All Things Considered host Peter Biello, including how NHPR set up an independent reporting team to cover it.)

The announcement comes after “serious management, human resources and communication issues” were identified by independent investigators brought in by the station’s Board of Trustees following complaints from employees. NHPR Board of Trustees Chair Marshall Rowe notified staff of that investigation in an email in late May.

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After a long week of news, this seems like a good moment to turn off the television, to log off social media, and go out for a long walk in the woods.

In Peterborough, the local library has teamed up with the Harris Center to offer a guided approach to communing with nature. It’s called Forest Bathing.

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A Concord man found guilty in the brutal murder of his fiancée in 1983 will not be granted a pardon hearing.

On Thursday, the Executive Council voted 3-2 against the request of Gary Place, who killed 32-year old Wanda Olsen, and then according to newspaper reports from the time, immediately turned himself into police.

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is looking to hire armored cars and install safes at its retail stores as it manages huge quantities of cash.

The Liquor Commission released a request for proposals in August and says three armored car companies have submitted bids for a contract to service all 79 stores statewide. 

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Indigent defendants who fail to pay fees assessed for their public defender cannot be jailed without adequate due process, including representation by an attorney. That’s according to an unanimous ruling released on Tuesday by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire in a case involving an indigent defendant who failed to repay approximately $450 owed to the state.

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For the first time since 2011, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are champions of minor league baseball’s Double-A Eastern League.

After taking the first two games of the best-of-five series on the road against the Akron RubberDucks, the Fisher Cats completed the sweep in front of the home crowd in Manchester on Friday night, winning 8-5.

The Fisher Cat’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a double by the catcher Patrick Cantwell. The team scored again in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.

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There probably is never a good moment for an entire town’s Board of Selectmen to resign, but a few days before paychecks for municipal employees are scheduled to go out certainly wasn’t it.

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The New Hampshire Senate failed to override Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto of a death penalty repeal bill on Thursday.

As it did during the session, the Senate voted 14-10 in favor of repeal, which fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the veto.

The House and Senate both passed Senate Bill 593 repealing the use of the death penalty this session, but Sununu called it the “ultimate legal deterrent” and an important way to deliver justice for victims of crime.

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All three members of the Kensington Board of Selectmen have resigned, sowing a bit of confusion across this small Rockingham County town.

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For the first time since the 1990s, Portsmouth International Airport at Pease will be served by two commuter airlines.

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Fourteen-months after 75 Great Danes were seized from a home in Wolfeboro, the Humane Society of the United States says it has successfully adopted all of the dogs to permanent homes.

The animals were taken last June from Christina Fay, a breeder who was found guilty of animal cruelty.

[You can find NHPR's previous coverage of this story here.]

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There’s a security camera installed on the side of Bill Jack’s house. It pans across his driveway and captures the comings and goings on his dirt road near the Marlborough-Jaffrey border.

“I think this is the one,” says Jack, a retired Franklin Pierce University professor, as he scrolls through his computer.

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State officials say one person has died from Legionnaires' Disease as an outbreak in Hampton continues to grow. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that two additional cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 14.

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The University of New Hampshire football team gets its season started Thursday night against their rivals from Maine.

The Wildcats enter the game ranked 9th in the Football Championship Subdivision, formally Division 1-AA.

The team finished last year’s regular season with a 7-4 record, advancing to the playoffs for a 14th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the country.

Coach Sean McDonnell, now in his 20th year leading the team, says he’s eager to get going.

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A Keene judge has granted the Monadnock Humane Society’s request to send more than 50 Labrador retrievers to foster homes.

The dogs were seized last month from the home of John Riggieri of Marlborough, who faces 10 counts of animal cruelty.

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The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch closed its doors in 2011 after more than a century of serving North Country tourists.

A few years ago, a private developer stepped forward with hopes of revitalizing the property, but yesterday, there was another setback for the famed property: a financing deal backed by taxpayer money is now on hold after the parties failed to come to terms.

NHPR’s All Things Considered host Peter Biello speaks with reporter Todd Bookman about what the announcement could mean for the iconic resort.

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New Hampshire Public health officials say they’ve identified a cluster of at least four cases of Legionnaires' Disease in Hampton.

All the cases are centered around a half-mile stretch of Ashworth Avenue in Hampton, between Island Path and H Street.

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A Jackson woman accused of a hate crime says her actions inside a hotel lobby had nothing to do with the alleged victims’ religion.

In a preliminary hearing on Friday in Carroll County Superior Court, Priscilla Protasowicki told Judge Amy Ignatius, “I have no problem with their national origin, their religion. I have absolutely no issue with that.”

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is asking businesses that receive sales tax bills from other states to notify them so it can investigate possible scams.

The action comes in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling earlier this year that cleared the way for states with a sales tax to require business that sell goods online to collect and remit that tax on their behalf. The Wayfair decision creates concern in New Hampshire, where businesses lack experience collecting a sales tax.

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The scene is one part Keebler Elves, one part Lord of the Flies.

A skinny kid with spaghetti arms swings a hammer, while another wields a blow torch. The nearby oven is cranking at nearly 1,000 degrees, when a collective urge to sing Led Zeppelin breaks out amongst the crew.

[Editor's note: we highly recommend listening to this story.]

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A Marlborough dog breeder accused of animal cruelty is trying to block the Monadnock Humane Society from temporarily placing the dogs in foster homes.

John Riggieri is facing 10 counts of animal cruelty for mistreating more than 50 Labrador retrievers. Prosecutors allege the animals were subjected to “unnecessary suffering” and living in a house strewn with feces.

Since being seized last month, 52 dogs and one cat have been held at the Monadnock Humane Society, which puts the cost of care at over $40,000.

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Berlin is the latest city to join a massive lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in the opioid crisis.

Lawyers representing Berlin filed a 284-page petition in federal court on Friday accusing a group of pharmaceutical companies of stoking the opioid crisis by misleading doctors and patients about the risks of addiction posed by drugs including OxyContin.

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Item No. 4 on the agenda seemed routine, even dull: a vote on “Cash Control and Security 2-11 Large Volume Sales Policy Revision.”

But within months, that one policy tweak would bring major changes -- and lots of cash -- to one of New Hampshire's most important money makers: state-run liquor stores.

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The father of a toddler who was killed by the child’s mother is suing the N.H. Division of Children, Youth and Families for negligence.

In a suit filed on Monday in Superior Court, Christopher Willott alleges the state failed protect his daughter from “foreseeable risks of harm.” Twenty-one-month-old Sadee Willott was killed in September, 2015, after sustaining injuries in the bathtub. The child’s mother Kaitlin Paquette is serving a 21-42 year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2017.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office is blocking a request by federal law enforcement agents to turn over drug prescribing information collected by the state.

In June, the Drug Enforcement Administration served a subpoena to Michelle Ricco-Jonas, program manager for the New Hampshire Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is out with a new promotion to draw in more out of state customers.

The ‘No Taxation on our Libations’ sale is billed as a thank you to the more than 11-million annual shoppers that frequent the state’s 79 liquor stores.

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Around 80 students from China have spent the summer in Chester, New Hampshire, practicing their English and learning more about American culture.

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