Todd Bookman

Reporter

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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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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Federal prosecutors have settled a case with a Maine man who says $46,000 seized during a traffic stop was lawfully his.

In October of 2016, New Hampshire State Police found the money in the trunk of a vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Greenland.

The driver was released without any charges, but law enforcement, using a legal maneuver called civil asset forfeiture, seized the cash under suspicion it was connected to illegal activity.

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Last summer, an alleged attack on a biracial boy in Claremont made national headlines. There were also racially charged incidents at UNH, and on a school bus in the Oyster River School District.

In December, with those events swirling in the local news, Governor Chris Sununu announced a major change within the state’s top law enforcement agency.

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State lawmakers failed to pass a bill Wednesday that backers say would have protected New Hampshire businesses from having to collect sales taxes on behalf of other states.

The outcome, during a special session of the Legislature, was a surprising turn given that leadership in both parties and Governor Chris Sununu backed the broader bill.

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State lawmakers will be in Concord on Wednesday to vote on a bill aimed at protecting New Hampshire businesses from having to collect online sales tax.

The Special Session, requested by Governor Chris Sununu and approved by Executive Council, is a response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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A committee of state lawmakers wrapped up work Thursday on bill sparked by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. The legislation seeks to block other states from collecting sales taxes from New Hampshire businesses that sell goods online.

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Ted Kitchens has been tapped by Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig to be the new director of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Kitchens is currently general manager of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, the nation’s 13th busiest airport. According to his resume, he has nearly two decades of experience in the industry.

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is seeking to ban the president of one of the state’s largest labor unions from entering any state liquor store for the next six months.

The effort is an escalation in an ongoing dispute between the state agency and some of its workers over the proper handling of large all-cash transactions and allegations of bootlegging.

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A major ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court last month means that states that impose a sales tax can now require businesses located outside of their borders to collect that tax and turn the money over. It’s a big deal for New Hampshire, one of the few states without a sales tax.

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State lawmakers will return to Concord on July 25th for a special legislative session in response to an online sales tax ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Executive Council approved Governor Chris Sununu’s request on Wednesday.

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The Executive Council will vote Wednesday on Governor Chris Sununu’s request for a special legislative session this summer.

The call for a session stems from the Supreme Court’s recent decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, in which the majority of justices ruled that states that impose a sales tax can require businesses in other states to collect and remit that tax on their behalf.

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It can be hard to get excited about something as abstract as a soybean or steel tariff, but that doesn't mean you can just ignore it.

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A Plaistow-based construction company has won a $13-million contract for work at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Methuen Construction is the winner of a competitive bidding process to upgrade and repair pumping facilities at the Shipyard. The federal contract was announced by the U.S. Navy and hailed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan as a win for Granite State business.

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Nori and Sarah Kozuma opened up the Horseshoe Cafe on Newmarket’s main drag last year.

The Bay Area-transplants, married and heavily tattooed, divide the duties: Sarah handles the baking, including fresh breads, spreads, and a few pastries. Nori is the one-man coffee department, doing everything from importing to roasting.

“So I’m still baby roaster. We normally say about 10 years to be called a roast master,” Nori says with a laugh.

While he may classify a novice, Kozuma knows more about coffee than he’s letting on.

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Backers of Right to Work legislation in New Hampshire are praising Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that public sector unions cannot charge non-members for the costs of collective bargaining.

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There’s a field in Peterborough that makes all the other fields jealous. It’s about a mile from downtown, roughly 20 acres, with a small stand of trees in the southwest corner.

It’s a great-looking field. Stand in the middle, and you’re rewarded with views of Mt. Monadnock.  

Stan Fry believes there’s just one thing missing from this place.

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If you are having trouble buying a home in New Hampshire right now, you are not alone.

New data released by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority shows that a dearth of single family homes is driving up prices, with many sellers receiving multiple offers above the listing price.

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A major U.S. Supreme Court ruling out Thursday could force New Hampshire businesses to collect a sales tax on behalf of other states.

 

The case of South Dakota v. Wayfair centers on how to treat items sold online, and whether states that impose a sales tax, such as South Dakota, can require businesses who sell goods to South Dakota residents to collect and remit those taxes.

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A bipartisan bill raising the marriage age in New Hampshire to 16 is now law after a signing ceremony in Concord.

The measure, which was backed by Governor Chris Sununu and championed by Cassie Levesque, a teenage Girl Scout from Barrington, raises the age from 13 for girls and 14 for boys.

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A former employee for the Town of Londonderry says she was the target of discrimination and harassment, and claims reports of sexual misconduct went unanswered by town officials.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court this week, the former employee, who held jobs with the town’s assessing and planning departments, alleges that she was the target of bullying and harassment by supervisors and co-workers.

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A Wolfeboro woman found guilty of animal cruelty for her mistreatment of dozens of Great Danes will avoid jail time.

Christina Fay was sentenced last month to serve 90 days, but a Carroll County Superior Court judge on Thursday modified that sentence after Fay submitted a plan for counseling.

[You can read NHPR's previous coverage of this case here.]

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is making a bet on itself. The state agency is investing heavily in refurbished outlets and supermarket-sized new facilities. It’s part of a long-term strategy to increase sales and ward off competition from other states.

Lawmakers who count on liquor profits to help fund state government are watching closely to see if these expensive projects pay off, with some concerned about the early results.

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The state’s unemployment rate ticked up to 2.7 percent in May, a tenth of a percent higher than the April figure.

New data released on Tuesday by the New Hampshire Employment Security office show more than 2,000 jobs were added to payrolls last month. That was offset by slightly larger growth in the New Hampshire labor force.

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The Department of Health and Human Services is cancelling a funding opportunity for needle exchange programs because the grants would appear to violate state law.

Needle exchanges were legalized in the state last summer, but the new statute said groups that provide clean syringes to injection drug users must be “self-funded” to operate in New Hampshire.

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A long-festering dispute between New Hampshire Liquor Commission management and the union employees who staff the state-run stores erupted in front-page headlines this week.

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One of the most hyped young baseball players in the country right now happens to have a Fisher Cat on his uniform.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the son of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Vlad Sr., is playing third base for the minor league New Hampshire Fisher Cats this season.

He’s generating national attention, and a buzz around the Manchester ballpark.

Even casual baseball fans have probably heard about Guerrero Jr. by now. The 19-year old hits baseballs, and he hits them hard.

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