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Todd Bookman

Senior 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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A resident at the New Hampshire Veterans Home receives the COVID-19 vaccine
New Hampshire Veterans Home

With COVID-19 vaccination clinics for second doses nearly complete at long-term care facilities, the state says it will release new guidance in the coming weeks to standardize in-person visits from family and loved ones.

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NH National Guard

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines still far outpacing supply, states and health systems are under enormous pressure to ensure little—or ideally none—expires at day’s end. In New Hampshire, hospitals serving as public vaccination sites, as well as state-run vaccine clinics, are utilizing waitlists to manage last-minute appointments, though the lists themselves aren’t being publicized.

Two liquor store managers have filed a lawsuit alleging the New Hampshire Liquor Commission is effectively forcing them to work Sundays due to a workforce shortage, despite a state law that prohibits mandatory Sunday shifts.

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While nearly all school districts in the state are offering in-person learning or a hybrid model, where students take classes in-person some days and at home others, Gov. Chris Sununu has ordered the remaining districts still in a fully-remote model to switch to at least some in-person learning.

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During the pandemic, NHPR has received hundreds - if not thousands - of emails from listeners. People have written in expressing frustration with the government, or school closures, or to sing the praises of the National Guard and healthcare workers. 

One recent email stood out for where it was sent from: an Epping, New Hampshire woman named Carol Clapp writing from halfway around the globe.

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With the number of children and adults in need of psychiatric care being held in emergency rooms reaching historic numbers, the state announced Thursday it will temporarily transition ten beds at New Hampshire Hospital to care for children.

The state has long struggled with a shortage of inpatient and community-based treatment options for people with mental health crises. In recent days, the number of children being held inside emergency rooms waiting to be transferred to a more appropriate facility has grown to 50.

A circuit court judge facing a disciplinary hearing after allegedly altering court documents is voluntarily resigning from the bench rather than face review before the Judicial Conduct Committee.

Judge Julie Introcaso was set to start a multi-day hearing Wednesday before the JCC. Instead, the agency posted a signed agreement that Introcaso has agreed to resign her judicial appointment, and was pleading no contest to the allegations.

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Before COVID-19 struck last year, the 18-bed ICU at Portsmouth Regional Hospital was already a busy place, full of post-surgery patients and emergency admissions: people suffering from heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.

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A new non-profit that provides financial assistance to residents of New Hampshire seeking abortion services launches Monday.

The Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire, which has raised about $25,000 to date from small donors, aims to break down financial barriers to abortion procedures.

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The National Guard

State health officials announced Friday that a highly contagious variant of COVID-19 has been detected in New Hampshire for the first time.

Durham, New Hampshire
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A University of New Hampshire chemistry department professor accused of operating an anonymous twitter account that sent offensive messages has resigned, school officials announced Thursday. 

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After a five month investigation, the state Attorney General announced Thursday it is filing felony charges against Judge Julie Introcaso of Bedford for allegedly tampering with court paperwork in an attempt to cover-up her failure to properly recuse herself from a child custody case.

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Up to 3,400 residents per week will soon be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at Walgreens pharmacy locations around New Hampshire.

A line of cars awaits at the Lebanon vaccination site
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Despite promises of a streamlined system for scheduling second appointments of COVID-19 vaccines, some people receiving first doses in New Hampshire are still not immediately receiving scheduling information for their necessary second shots. 

An Amherst man accused by federal authorities of leaving threatening voicemails for multiple members of Congress last December is being ordered held in custody pending trial.

Ryder Winegar allegedly left voicemails warning of violence and retaliation for six members of Congress if they didn’t “get behind Donald Trump.”

Winegar also allegedly made homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic remarks in the voicemails, which were traced back to a cell phone registered in his wife’s name.

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Following a week in which tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents were unable to schedule second vaccination appointments, leading to frustration and fingerpointing, the state announced Thursday that it's revamping its COVID-19 vaccination system. NHPR’s Todd Bookman and Peter Biello discussed the latest developments in the effort to deliver vaccinations.

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Inefficient. Frustrating. Disheartening.

Those are some of the more polite words residents have used in recent days to describe the experience of registering for their second doses of COVID-19 vaccinations in New Hampshire.

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State officials are apologizing for a botched rollout of a new effort to get COVID-19 vaccine recipients their second doses in an approved time frame, as many residents say they still aren’t able to book second appointments within the CDC’s recommended 42-day window.

A Massachusetts State Trooper accused of assaulting a woman and then fleeing from police last weekend in Exeter, N.H. will be held in preventative detention pending a bail hearing next Wednesday.

According to an affidavit, Exeter police responded to a 9-1-1 call early Sunday morning. 

The alleged victim said Sgt. Bryan Erickson, 38, had assaulted her, resulting in bruises and scratches.

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New Hampshire passed a tragic milestone in the pandemic this week, recording the state’s 1,000th death from COVID-19. But there was also some good news. On Tuesday, the state began what will likely be a months-long campaign to vaccinate those aged 65 and up, as well as younger people with serious medical conditions - what it refers to as "Phase 1B" of its rollout.

The Civil Rights Unit of the New Hampshire Department of Justice is bringing a complaint against John Doran, 61, who is alleged to have shouted racial slurs and threatned a Black family while they pumped gas in Seabrook.

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Despite the cold weather, people happily snaked out of their heavy winter coats and bared their upper arms for a COVID-19 vaccination Tuesday. 

The state officially launched Phase 1B, which is open to residents 65 and older and people under 65 with severe medical conditions, by administering vaccinations at more than a dozen locations. 

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Less than a day after defending a policy that allowed non-residents who own property in the state to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination, the state is reversing course and will limit vaccines to residents.

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Aaron Eidman

Joshua Rechnitz is a media-shy New York philanthropist with a history of funding projects that align with his personal interests.

His pursuits have ranged from a proposed $40 million bicycle racing velodrome to studio space for contemporary artists in Brooklyn.

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Wikimedia Commons

The process for signing up for a COVID-19 vaccine was smooth for many, rocky for a few, but ultimately successful for more than 147,000 New Hampshire residents on Friday. 

Nurse gets COVID-19 vaccine
Jordyn Haime / NHPR

Six weeks ago, a group of five front-line healthcare workers at Elliot Hospital in Manchester posed for the cameras as they received the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in New Hampshire. Since then, 70,000 additional frontline health workers, residents of long-term care facilities, and first responders have received at least their first dose as part of what the state is calling Phase 1A of its vaccination effort.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is upholding a lower court ruling that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission can continue to sell lottery tickets online, despite a challenge by the Trump Administration.

President Joe Biden
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Today’s Inauguration Day was historic in more ways than one. President Biden is the oldest president to take the oath of office, and Vice President Harris is the first woman, first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to serve as Vice President.

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The National Guard

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state is trending downward, giving hospital staff some relief after seeing record patient numbers during the winter holidays.

Office of Gov. Chris Sununu

State health officials say they are confident that a website created to process COVID-19 vaccine appointment requests will be able to handle the anticipated volume.

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