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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A Manchester man accused of shooting two people during a wedding ceremony earlier this month was arraigned Tuesday on an additional charge after allegedly assaulting his attorney. 

Dale Holloway, 37, appeared in a Manchester courtroom where he pleaded not guilty to first degree assault, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. 

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A Coos County grand jury has indicted the driver of a truck that crashed into a group of motorcycles on 23 different charges, including manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Seven motorcyclists were killed when Vladimir Zhukovskyy, 25, allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic on Route 2 in Randolph last June. The riders were all members of the Jarhead Motorcycle Club, which is made up of Marine Corps members and their families.

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has settled a dispute with a former employee who it accused of violating store policy and subsequently fired.

Backers of the former employee, however, describe him as a whistleblower who was retaliated against for shedding light on alleged ‘bootlegging’ at state-run liquor stores.

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The Democrats hoping to win their party’s nomination for president represent the most diverse field in history. Along with age, race, and sexual orientation, the candidates also come with a broad range of religious and spiritual beliefs. As they make their way across New Hampshire, some candidates are talking about those beliefs in ways Democrats usually don’t.

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Gov. Chris Sununu says that while he continues to oppose the impeachment of President Donald Trump, he does believe the whistleblower who filed a complaint concerning the president’s alleged pressuring of the leader of Ukraine should be “protected.”

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A newly unsealed affidavit sheds more light on what led to a car crash in Randolph this summer that killed seven motorcyclists, all members of a club for military veterans. 

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New Hampshire gunmaker SIG Sauer is facing another proposed class action lawsuit over claims its popular P320 pistol can inadvertently fire without a trigger pull.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Concord, Derek Ortiz, an Arizona gun owner, alleges that SIG Sauer’s model P320 pistol contains a design flaw that allows it to discharge when dropped, and that the Newington-based company continued to sell the flawed gun to the public after discovering its potential for malfunction.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she will prioritize the needs of patients over the concerns of private equity firms.

Her remarks come in the wake of reporting by the New York Times that revealed a $28 million advertising campaign raising concerns about proposed legislation aimed at curbing "surprise medical bills" is being funded by companies that benefit from the practice. 

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The Lottery Commission is sifting through more than a dozen bids from vendors looking to manage sports gambling in New Hampshire.

State officials announced Monday that it received 13 responses to its request for proposal to oversee both online and in-person sports wagering.

The legislature approved sports gambling earlier this year, greenlighting up to 10 physical locations around the state. Similar to the rollout of Keno, municipalities will need to get approval of local voters before any facilities can start taking bets. 

New Hampshire-based defense contractors, military personnel and research universities should be on guard against foreign adversaries trying to steal information, according to senior FBI officials.

The state is home to more than 80 defense contractors with security clearance, as well as multiple military installations and university research and development campuses that are at risk, says Joe Bonavolonta, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division, who spoke with NHPR on Thursday.

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New Hampshire may not be a hotbed of modern architecture, but in the quiet North End neighborhood in Manchester, there are not one, but two Frank Lloyd Wright houses on the same street.

That’s the result of one family, the Kalils, being inspired by another family, the Zimmermans. 

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Hotel conference rooms can be suffocating, the type of places where energy and creativity get ground down, leaving permanent stains in the beige carpet. 

But the mood is very different, very alive at the Autumn Seacoast Psychic Fair, held inside the Hampton Inn in Exeter. 

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Jim Schachter will take over as CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio, the station announced Monday, succeeding former chief executive Betsy Gardella, who resigned abruptly last October.

Schachter previously held the top news executive position at WNYC, the country’s largest public media station. In his role there, he oversaw programs including On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show and Radio Rookies. Before joining WNYC, Schachter spent nearly 17 years at the New York Times, where he held the position of associate managing editor. 

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Transit police officers in Philadelphia will no longer carry SIG Sauer pistols after a weapon allegedly fired without a trigger pull.

On Aug. 26, SEPTA officials say an officer’s SIG Sauer P320 pistol discharged while still in its holster during rush hour inside of a subway station. No one was injured in the incident, and an investigation remains ongoing. 

However, the agency is pulling its entire inventory of 350 P320 pistols out of service, and will replace them with Glock pistols. 

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is cancelling a $26 million contract with a private software firm, citing poor performance by the company. 

New York-based AlfaPeople, which won the 10-year contract in 2016 through a competitive bid, failed to meet its obligations, according to the state Liquor Commission. 

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NHPR is exploring Route 4 this summer: its sights and sounds and can’t miss stops, along with some of the curious places that exist just off the historic highway.

That includes a little known camp that has welcomed Jewish kids and families for 75 years. Camp Yavneh offers all of the must-have summer activities: swimming, s’mores, arts and crafts, and games.

But it also provides kosher meals, an on-site rabbi to lead prayers, and a rich Shabbat celebration to welcome in the day of rest on Friday evenings. 

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New Hampshire motor vehicle officials say that until recently, the state had a backlog of more than 22,000 unprocessed DMV notifications, echoing a backlog that came to light in Massachusetts following a devastating car crash earlier this summer.

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The University of New Hampshire is renewing a long-term contract with a China-based group that’s raised concerns among U.S. intelligence agencies. Confucius Institutes, which partner with colleges and universities around the globe, have been accused of serving as propaganda outlets of the Chinese government. 

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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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