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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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire has ruled that judges in trial courts can set cash bail for defendants at an unattainably high amount, as long as the court deems that the defendant is a flight risk.

In an opinion released Friday, the court agreed with the Attorney General’s office that setting high cash bail in those cases is justified, even if the defendant isn’t also deemed a danger to the public.

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The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire is launching a new training program that it hopes will make  becoming a priest easier for people in different stages of their lives.

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A survivor of sex trafficking in New Hampshire is suing four major hotel chains, including Best Western and Marriott International, alleging they profit from forced prostitution and fail to take measures to stop perpetrators who use their hotel rooms.

Members of a group who identify as "Moorish American Nationals" and argue they possess legal status in the United States are suing multiple law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire, claiming a traffic stop violated their rights.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent Sunday in New Hampshire campaigning for Joe Biden, part of an endorsement tour that included stops in Nashua and Hampton. The two former senators have known and worked with each other for decades, including during the Obama Administration, where Kerry was the nation’s top foreign diplomat.

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The publicly-funded Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, better known as LCHIP, announced its annual grant recipients on Wednesday.

This year’s winners include Belmont’s Public Library, a building constructed of red brick in the Colonial Revival style.

“Yeah, it was definitely built for a different time,” says Eileen Gilbert, the library’s director, of the 1928 structure. After submitting an application, the Belmont Library will receive $13,355 in LCHIP funds for some exterior work.

Two health care entities ordered to stop doing business in the state will get to appeal that decision during a public hearing in December.

In October, the N.H. Insurance Department issued a cease and desist order against Aliera Healthcare and Trinity HealthShare, two Georgia-based entities that partner to offer and market a health care sharing ministry.

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Despite fears that a 2018 Supreme Court decision would open the floodgates on sales tax collection requests from New Hampshire businesses, a report from the N.H. Department of Justice shows that through October 31, not a single tax authority has filed the necessary notification to collect a tax.

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Members of the U.S. Army National Guard as well as a group of 2nd graders from the Christa McAuliffe School gathered at the Old North Cemetery in Concord on Tuesday to mark the 215th birthday of Franklin Pierce. 

Pierce is the only United States president to hail from New Hampshire, serving a single term from 1853 through 1857.

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Heading to Uncle Morty’s for a little dry turkey and pie this Thanksgiving? Worried about the traffic? 

Data from the New Hampshire Department of Transportation suggests you're better off waiting until Thursday to hit the road, if possible. 

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Officials approved a contract with Boston-based Draft Kings on Monday to bring both in-person and online sports wagering to the state. 

Insurance regulators across the country are taking action against a Georgia-based company that markets and administers programs on behalf of health care sharing ministries.

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For people who pay close attention to politics, this is an unusually busy moment. Two weeks of impeachment hearings in Washington, combined with the crowded field of presidential candidates in the first-in-the-nation primary, is leaving some overwhelmed -- or just plain tuckered out -- in New Hampshire right now. 

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Spread out on Keith Meehan’s kitchen counter is a mess of unpaid bills with some very large numbers.

“$11,826 for, it looks like, an anesthesiologist,” says Meehan, flipping through the bills. “The surgeon: $18,854. The hospital stay: $150,014.69."

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In 1993, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that public employee personnel records, including disciplinary records, are exempt from disclosure under the state’s Right to Know law. 

More than 25 years later, that decision, known as Union Leader v. Fenniman, is back under the microscope.


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Gun manufacturer SIG Sauer is facing two more lawsuits claiming its popular P320 pistol fired without a trigger pull.

Both lawsuits involve former law enforcement officers who allege that their P320s unintentionally discharged, leaving both men with severe leg injuries.

[You can read NHPR's previous coverage of concerns involving the P320 here.]

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The Currier Museum is adding a second Frank Lloyd Wright home to its collection.

The museum announced Friday that it purchased the Toufic H. Kalil House on Heather Street in Manchester. The concrete and glass structure is down the street from the Wright-designed Zimmerman House, which the Currier has opened for tours since 1990. 

The N.H. Liquor Commission says it is going to build new stores along Interstate 95, aiming to capitalize on the highway’s steady stream of motorists.

The current red barn-like structure on the southbound side of the highway opened in 1981. Fifteen years later, the Liquor Commission built a companion in the northbound lanes.

Both stores have been gold mines ever since, with the northbound store becoming the biggest-grossing outlet in the state, while the southbound store ranks fourth.

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A health care entity ordered by regulators to stop selling products is asking the state to let it keep its current members enrolled through the end of 2020.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department issued a cease and desist order in late October requiring Trinity HealthShare and a partner company, Aliera, to immediately stop selling or renewing “illegal health insurance” in New Hampshire.

[Read NHPR's previous coverage of this story here.]

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson met with formerly homeless veterans in Manchester on Tuesday.

Carson also released new statistics showing that the rate of veterans experiencing homelessness dipped by 2% nationally, but by more than 20% in New Hampshire.

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Voters in New Hampshire cities delivered a mixed message Tuesday on whether to allow sports gambling parlors in their communities.

A ballot measure that would permit sports betting passed in Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Laconia and Somersworth. 

[You can read more about sports gambling here]

But voters in Nashua, Concord, Dover and Rochester voted down allowing gambling halls in their municipalities.

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State lawmakers approved sports gambling earlier this year, but left up to voters the ability to opt-in for having any retail gambling facilities in their community. On Tuesday, residents of nine New Hampshire cities will get to weigh in. Here’s a quick primer on the issue:

Earlier this year, news broke about a painting stolen from an art gallery in Meredith. There aren’t many art heists in New Hampshire, which got us interested in learning more about the artist who made the painting.

It turns out his life story is a remarkable one, with detours through the state prison and a 1988 exhibition that would reshape his life.  

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The New Hampshire attorney general’s office is ordering a health care entity to immediately stop doing business in the state after it failed to properly register as a charitable organization.

The attorney general’s action comes a day after the Insurance Department also ordered Georgia-based Trinity HealthShare, along with another entity, Aliera Healthcare, to cease offering was it called “illegal health insurance” to customers in New Hampshire.

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The company barred from selling health plans by the New Hampshire Insurance Department this week includes on its board of directors the man who served as the state’s top insurance regulator until last summer.

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Lawyers for the ACLU of New Hampshire and the state’s Department of Justice met Wednesday for the latest hearing in a federal court case over a Republican-backed law that alters the definition of who qualifies as a state resident. 

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A federal judge has ruled that an Exeter, New Hampshire man’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state’s criminal defamation statute can proceed, rejecting the Attorney General’s request to dismiss the suit.

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Edward and Elaine Brown, the Plainfield couple who led a months-long armed stand-off with U.S. marshals over their refusal to pay federal income taxes, could be re-sentenced following a separate U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

A woman detained in county jail for nearly two weeks and subjected to a body cavity search has filed a lawsuit in federal court, contending that her civil rights were violated.

According to court paperwork filed earlier this month and first reported by Seacoast Online, Robyn White, 44, of Avon, Maine, alleges that New Hampshire State Police pulled her over on I-95 on Feb. 10, 2017 for snow covering her rear lights.

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Two very different groups took to the State House on Wednesday. The first called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, while the second was decked out in ‘Make America Great Again’ T-shirts. 

Neither side, however, appeared to be drawing many people to their cause. 

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