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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In New Hampshire, you have to pack a lot of summer into a pretty short window. Combine that with a tiny coastline, and a sunny weekend often results in throngs of beachgoers. The Jenness Beach area in Rye can get especially clogged, and that’s led to a lot of hand-wringing over parking, safety and access this summer, with one little street caught in the middle.


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The country’s oldest continuously operated shipyard has a new commander. 

On Friday, Captain Daniel Ettlich took control of the 219-year old Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during a tradition-filled ceremony. Ettlich succeeds Captain David Hunt, who oversaw 11 major operations during his three years at the shipyard.

“It has been a wicked awesome tour,” said Hunt to an audience of military personnel and civilian employees. 

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A former sexual assault investigator is suing the Merrimack County Attorney, alleging she created a hostile work environment.

Jennifer Adams filed a civil suit on Wednesday in Superior Court, naming both Robin Davis, who was elected county attorney as a write-in candidate last year, as well as Merrimack County as defendants.

“This case is about an abuse of power,” reads the opening lines of the lawsuit, as well as an attempt to “humiliate” Adams in her place of work.

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A Queens, New York man who purchased more than 750 liters of liquor in New Hampshire has pled guilty to violating New York’s liquor distribution laws. 

Juncheng Chen, 45, visited six different New Hampshire liquor stores on the same day in November 2017, unaware that investigators with the N.Y. Department of Taxation and Finance were trailing his Chevrolet Suburban.

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In the wake of this weekend’s mass shootings, gun-control advocates in New Hampshire are calling on Chris Sununu to sign off on three gun-related bills.

During a rally today in Concord, supporters said the measures are the bare minimum the governor could do, but opponents say the laws are misguided.

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It’s been a year since a high school guidance counselor working in the Exeter school district  was sentenced to prison. Kristie Torbick, 39, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year old student.

But what happened in the courtroom the day of her sentencing continues to raise questions about child safety, and free speech protections, in New Hampshire.

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2020 presidential hopeful Tom Steyer made his first swing through the state since announcing his candidacy earlier this month. The billionaire from California met with members of the New Hampshire Young Democrats in Manchester on Tuesday, where he called for a gloves off approach to defeating Republicans.

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Puppies were everywhere, including in the arms of Gov. Chris Sununu, during a bill signing ceremony on Tuesday at the Humane Society of Greater Nashua.

Sununu, a cat owner, signed House Bill 459 into law. The bipartisan measure strengthens the penalties for people found guilty of felony animal cruelty, including a mandatory five-year ban on animal ownership.

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Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bipartisan bill into law Friday that aims to protect New Hampshire businesses from having to collect and remit sales taxes for other states. 

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Gov. Chris Sununu says Planet Fitness CEO Chris Rondeau remains a “pinnacle” of the state’s business community, even as Rondeau faces accusations that he helped create a hostile work environment for female employees of the Hampton-based company.

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Senator Kamala Harris touched on climate change, health care and pay raises for teachers during her stump speech Sunday in Somersworth, New Hampshire. But the California Democrat’s sharpest lines were reserved for President Trump. 

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Under a tent next to Castaway’s restaurant in Dover, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a stump speech that never strayed far from his central campaign theme--what he calls restoring the soul of America. 

“I think it’s time to lift our heads up,” Biden told the crowd alongside the Cochecho River. 

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Antique Alley, perhaps the most famous stretch of Route 4, is located roughly between Chichester and the Lee traffic circle.

The miles-long shopping destination is dotted with both higher-end and more eclectic antique dealers. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was the spot for bargain hunters looking for a piece of traditional Americana, everything from solid furniture to tools to handicrafts.

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During the first month of a new Medicaid work requirement in New Hampshire, nearly 17,000 recipients were out of compliance, prompting Gov. Chris Sununu to announce Monday that the law’s penalties will be delayed through September.

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Gas and electricity provider Unitil is facing a federal lawsuit over its overtime policies. 

The U.S. Department of Labor alleges that Unitil, which serves customers in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire,  failed to pay overtime rates to at least 50 different employees, including electrical dispatchers and gas controllers. 

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The New Hampshire Attorney General is paying a tax consultancy firm up to $900 an hour to help determine if the state Liquor Commission’s policies for handling large all-cash transactions violate federal tax regulations. 

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Jim Carroll, the Trump Administration’s Drug Czar, made a stop in Bow on Thursday to learn about a key initiative of Gov. Chris Sununu’s response to the opioid crisis: Recovery Friendly Workplaces.

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The 23-year old man facing seven counts of negligent homicide for his role in a devastating crash in Randolph last week entered a plea of not guilty on Tuesday. 

Prosecutors allege that Volodoymyr Zhukovskyy was driving “erratically” when his 2016 Dodge 2500 pick-up truck that was towing a trailer crossed the double-yellow line on Route 2 in the tiny New Hampshire town north of the White Mountains.

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As the New Hampshire Attorney General continues to examine the legality of the state Liquor Commission’s policies for large all-cash sales at state-run liquor stores, the agency is retaining a private law firm, as well as a tax advisory company, to assist in what it calls ongoing "discussions" with the Internal Revenue Service.

The ACLU is accusing the federal government of denying undocumented immigrants due process rights while they’re detained, in violation of constitutional protections.

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Presidential candidate Marianne Williamson made a stop by the Statehouse in Concord on Wednesday as she wrapped up her latest campaign swing through New Hampshire.

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Presidential candidate Joe Biden used a swing through New Hampshire Tuesday to highlight his new proposal to combat climate change. The former Vice President is embracing what he calls the frameworks of the Green New Deal, including a $1.7 trillion federal investment in climate related policies.

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Governor Chris Sununu says he will nominate Gordon MacDonald to serve as the next chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

MacDonald, 57, has served as the state’s Attorney General since April 2017. He was previously in private practice at the Nixon Peabody law firm.

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission is celebrating Monday’s victory in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration over the legality of online lottery sales.

The case centers on a surprise opinion released by the Office of Legal Counsel in November 2018 that said online lottery ticket sales violated the 1961 Wire Act. That opinion reversed a 2011 memo that cleared the way for online lottery sales.

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Newington-based SIG Sauer is settling a personal injury lawsuit with a law enforcement officer in Virginia who suffered serious leg wounds after she alleges her pistol discharged without a trigger pull.

The New Hampshire Medical Society and ACLU say the state should continue to fight a federal law enforcement request for access to the state’s prescription drug database.

The dispute stems from a subpoena issued last June by the DEA to New Hampshire’s prescription drug monitoring program, which tracks doctor and patient prescriptions for certain controlled substances.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents issued six immigration-related citations during a checkpoint in the northern New Hampshire town of Columbia on Memorial Day, but officials say that they made no arrests for immigration violations.

Rather, the tickets were issued to legal visitors of the United States who didn't have appropriate paperwork in their possession, as required by law.

Border Patrol says they made nine separate marijuana-related busts, but aren’t pursuing criminal charges in those cases. The agents used K9 teams during the stop.

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Seacoast Media Group, which publishes the Portsmouth Herald and Foster’s Daily Democrat newspapers, is laying off an unknown number of staff members, the result of what it’s parent company GateHouse Media calls a “restructuring.”

The layoffs are part of wider cost cutting measures announced this week by GateHouse, which owns local newspapers across the country.

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New Hampshire is a step closer to having its legislative districts drawn by an independent commission, rather than by lawmakers.

On Thursday, the state Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would create a 15-member public body to draw legislative maps.

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Backers of a plan to bring commuter rail to Nashua and Manchester say it’s finally time for the state to accept federal funds to complete a study of a potential train line.

Lawmakers are considering a bill, SB 241, that would use the funds to study the environmental, engineering and financial costs of a train line connecting the "capital corridor" with Massachusetts.

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