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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 federal jury delivered a guilty verdict Monday to a prominent white supremacist from Keene accused of making online threats against another neo-Nazi.

Jurors found Christopher Cantwell guilty of criminal threatening and extortion after he threatened to rape the wife of a man who he believed had been harassing him online. 

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A few weeks ago, Liza Widdop and her kids visited Concord. 

Arriving from out of state, they walked around the neighborhoods, trying to find their next home. But with no ‘For Sale’ signs in sight, they tried something unusual: They left letters at potential new homes, instead.

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The Diocese of Manchester has agreed to sell a historic property to the Currier Museum after years of stalled negotiations and rejected offers. 

The 150-year old Chandler House, an ornate Queen Victorian style home with 30 rooms totalling nearly 10,000 square feet, is located across the street from the museum.

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A resident of Canaan injured during a 2017 motor vehicle stop is suing the officer and the town for damages. The federal civil suit, which claims the officer used excessive force, comes as a related legal battle over an internal affairs investigation into the incident continues to play out in state court.

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Prosecutors are dropping assault charges filed against a woman who claims she was the victim in a domestic violence case involving a former Dover police officer.

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The University of New Hampshire has processed more than 99,000 COVID-19 tests since July. The high volume, according to school officials, is allowing the school to identify and isolate positive cases rapidly before they can spread.

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The school’s model is drawing praise from state and local officials, including Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who toured the school’s testing center on Monday.

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A self-described transsexual anarchist Satanist recently nominated by the Republican Party to be on the ballot for Cheshire County Sheriff while running on a “F_ck the Police” platform, along with a minister who also serves as a Bitcoin ambassador, and the owner of the Pho Keene Great restaurant in Keene, have joined together to sue Gov. Chris Sununu and the City of Keene over its mask ordinance and other emergency measures related to the ongoing global pandemic.

Aria DiMezzo, who gained international attention last week after winning the GOP primary for County Sheriff, despite holding antagonistic views toward law enforcement, filed the federal lawsuit Friday.

It accuses the governor of “invoking a feigned public health crisis” to limit the Constitutional rights of residents of the state and “regulate nearly every instance of individuals’ daily lives.”

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Gov. Chris Sununu says he’s backing a wide ranging list of nearly 50 policy recommendations put forward to reform policing in the state.

The recommended reforms come from a commission created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneopolis police officers. 

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that will decide if a list containing the names of more than 250 law enforcement officers with credibility issues should be disclosed to the public.

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Exactly a year ago today, someone fired six bullets into a tidy yellow house with dark shutters in Manchester. Two more shots struck a car parked outside the house.

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New Hampshire’s highest court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on whether a secret list of police officers with credibility issues should be released to the public.

A group of media companies led by the N.H. Center for Public Interest Journalism, as well as the ACLU of New Hampshire, sued in 2018 for the release of the Exculpatory Evidence Schedule, better known as the "Laurie List." 

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The two men running for the Republican nomination for Sheriff of Rockingham County used to get along just fine.

“I’ve known Sheriff Massahos for twenty plus years,” says Kevin Coyle, who is currently a Rockingham County Commissioner.

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The state’s second in-person sports gambling parlor goes live today.

Gamblers can now place bets at the South Side Tavern in Manchester. The Brook in Seabrook began taking wagers on sports last month.

Last year, the legislature approved up to ten in-person parlors. The state has a contract with DraftKings to split 50% of the revenue.

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After announcing in June that it would close due to financial troubles accelerated by the pandemic, the Crotched Mountain School in Greenfield says it will be acquired by Gersh Autism, a for-profit provider of services for children with autism. 

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Investigators have released additional information about a school shooting in Concord that took place in February.

Police responded to a call at the Second Start alternative high school in Concord on Feb. 5. Law enforcement initially said a 17-year old killed himself with a gunshot, and that they were investigating reports of additional shots. 

In a new report, investigators say the student first fired a Ruger 380 at a school employee, striking the desk she was sitting behind. He then turned the gun on himself. 

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The Dover Police Department has fired an officer after an altercation with his wife left her with multiple rib fractures.

Ronald “RJ” Letendre, a former mixed martial arts fighter, has been on leave from the department since July 10, when he called 911 alleging his wife Sarah was assaulting him inside their Rollinsford home. She was arrested by Rollinsford police and charged with simple assault.

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The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Republican state lawmaker who challenged a ban on carrying weapons inside of Representatives Hall and adjacent rooms at the State House in Concord. The justices did not, however, overturn the ban, instead sending the case back to a lower court.

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Mark LaVoie lives in Newton, N.H., in an old farmhouse that he’s slowly restoring. Pre-pandemic, he commuted into Boston three or four days a week for a job at a public relations firm.

He was diligent about keeping track of the days he worked from home because Massachusetts allows commuters like him to deduct those days from their income tax obligations.

Or, at least it used to. 

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Somewhere between the economic intimacy of Main Street shopping, and the "Deals! Deals! Deals!" consumerism of the outlets, there lies the humble strip mall.

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A former Phillips Exeter Academy teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a student at the prestigious boarding school multiple times between 2013 and 2015.

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Hundreds of businesses have shuttered across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, reveals a new report from the review site Yelp.

A spokesperson for Yelp told NHPR that 449 businesses closed (both temporarily and permanently) between March and July. Last month, 280 businesses were marked as permanently closed in the state.

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A Brentwood man has been found guilty on federal weapons charges after he purchased military hand grenades from undercover FBI agents in Seabrook. 

The trial, held in the federal courthouse in Concord, was the first since March due to the pandemic. 

Prosecutors say Daniel Musso, 56, was attempting to amass an arsenal of weapons “as part of a frightening plan to defend his version of what our government should be.”

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Juul Labs, maker of the popular Juul e-cigarette, is suing two New Hampshire convenience stores for allegedly selling counterfeit vaping devices.

According to court paperwork, a representative of the California-based company purchased a counterfeit Juul device at the Salem Vape and Smoke Shop last August. 

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New Hampshire's first sports gambling parlor opened Wednesday in Seabrook.

Visitors to The Brook, located at the site of the former Seabrook Greyhound racetrack, can place bets on both professional and collegiate sports. 

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Civil liberties groups in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont are suing U.S. Customs and Border Patrol over the use of checkpoints far from international borders, alleging the stops amount to unconstitutional searches that violate the Fourth Amendment. 

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Ask Lionel Loveless how many Black-owned businesses there are in New Hampshire, and he guesses just a handful. 

Loveless, along with his husband Greg Pruitt, happen to own two of those businesses: the Collector’s Eye antique shop in Stratham, and Route 1 Antiques in Hampton Falls. 

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Congressman Chris Pappas is co-sponsoring legislation to prevent states, including Massachusetts, from collecting income tax on non-residents who are working at home due to the pandemic.

The proposed bill takes aim at an emergency order issued by Massachusetts in March that allows the state to continue to collect an income tax on non-resident workers employed by Massachusetts-based entities, even if those workers are no longer commuting into the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General is reviewing whether the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is violating either state or federal law as it seeks to collect income taxes from residents of other states during the pandemic.

Judges on the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals are expressing frustration with the Department of Justice after it deported a man despite the court’s ruling that he could stay in the U.S. pending an appeal. 

Jose Daniel Guerra-Castaneda was detained by ICE officials after his name appeared on an international wanted list related to an outstanding murder charge in his native El Salvador. He was held for a period in the Strafford County House of Corrections in Dover, New Hampshire.

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The New Hampshire Motor Speedway expects 12,000 fans to show up for this Sunday’s Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 NASCAR race, the largest in-person sporting event in the region since the pandemic began.

Gov. Chris Sununu approved a plan that allows the track to have up to 35% of capacity, or around 19,000 people in attendance. The track created its own web page to alert fans to its updated safety protocols.

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