Todd Bookman

Health Reporter

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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NH News
6:00 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Hospitals Look To Learn From Exeter Hep C Outbreak

Hospital officials from around the state gathered in Concord on Thursday to learn how to prevent drug theft and misuse by employees.

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NH News
3:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

New Housing Data Shows Sales Strong, Prices Soft

Residential properties in New Hampshire continue to move at a strong pace. 

More than 1,100 homes sold in September. That’s a 7.5% jump from 2011 levels, fueled in part by very low mortgage rates.

Prices, though, remain flat. The average sale price last month was just under $200,000, a slight dip from August.

Ned Redpath with Redpath Realty in Hanover says buyers still control the market

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NH News
2:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

State Attorney General Releases Domestic Violence Report

The State Attorney General released new data today on domestic violence-related deaths. 

From 2001 through 2010, 79 people in New Hampshire died as a result of domestic violence. Two-thirds of the victims were women.

And the data shows a disproportionate share of the deaths were in rural counties, including Sullivan, which had the state’s highest rate.

Attorney General Michael Delaney says that while New Hampshire remains a safe state, domestic violence is occurring at an unacceptably high rate.

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NH News
3:52 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

McCain Stumps for Romney in N.H.

Peterborough Town Hall was the sight of John McCain’s final town hall meeting in the 2008 election.

Four years later, he told a small crowd that being back in town was a special feeling.

The Arizona Senator questioned President Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East, citing the embassy attack in Libya.

We lost four brave Americans. There was ample warnings about the security deterioration. The President can say all the things he wants to, but facts are stubborn things.

NH News
1:13 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

N.H. Students Graduate With Highest Debt Loads In Nation

New data released today shows New Hampshire students graduating with the highest debt loads in the nation. 

According to a report from the Institute for College Access and Success, the Class of 2011 averaged $32,440 in debt.

It’s the second year in a row New Hampshire has had the highest average load. 

Tara Payne with the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation says the numbers send a signal to students and parents.

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NH News
5:52 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Patient Privacy Versus Public Health In Court Hearing

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A judge heard arguments today in a case involving patient medical records at Exeter Hospital. At issue is just how much access the state needs to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis C.

Back in August, Exeter Hospital filed a protective order arguing the state’s broad request for patient records violates both state and federal privacy laws.

In Merrimack Superior court, lawyers for the State countered, saying they have a duty to investigate exactly what happened inside the hospital, and that means they need complete access.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Number Of Meningitis Cases In State Jumps To Six

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The number of cases of fungal meningitis in New Hampshire now stands at six. Public health officials today announced two more cases of the infection.

The patients all received tainted steroid injections manufactured by New England Compounding Company. The Massachusetts-based manufacturer has since recalled all of its products.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

TD Bank Warns N.H. Customers Of Security Breach

The State Attorney General’s office announced today that more than 43,000 TD Bank customers in New Hampshire are at risk of identity theft. The bank can’t locate two tapes containing sensitive data shipped between locations back in March.

TD Bank is offering new accounts free of charge and a year of credit monitoring to affected customers.

In total, the bank is notifying more than 250,000 customers on the east coast about the breach.

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NH News
5:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

To Get Kids Eating Vegetables, Get Them Growing Vegetables

Any parent can tell you that sweet foods are an easier sell to kids than, say, sprouts or salad. But with more than a quarter of New Hampshire struggling with obesity, researchers at Keene State College are working on innovative ways to get children as young as three years old hooked on vegetables.

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Health
5:01 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Meningitis Outbreak Threatens New Hampshire Patients

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis-map.html

No patients in New Hampshire have tested positive for fungal meningitis as the national outbreak continues to grow.

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Elections 2012
5:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

N.H. Tea Party Looks To Replicate 2010 Gains

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2010 was a great year for Republicans, as they secured veto-proof majorities in Concord. The energy of the Tea Party was one reason why.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Free Voter Identification Cards Now Available

If you show up to vote on November 6th, election officials will, for the first time in New Hampshire, ask for identification. Voters can show a driver’s license, military ID, student ID or a passport.

For those without an ID, the state is now ready to distribute a free voter ID card, says David Scanlan, Deputy Secretary of State.

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Elections 2012
4:09 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

U.S. House Speaker Boehner Rallies Support; Ignores Big Bird

Speaker of the House John Boehner is the latest high profile Republican to stump in New Hampshire.

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NH News
5:15 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

State Attorney General Wants Crackdown on Predatory Lending

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney is joining 40 other state attorneys general in urging congress to crackdown on predatory lending practices.

Delaney today signed a joint letter urging Federal lawmakers to oppose the Consumer Credit Access, Innovation and Modernization Act.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

N.H. Voters React to Presidential Debate

A day after the presidential debate in Colorado, pundits and politicians are giving their views on the showdown. To get a sense of what New Hampshire voters thought of the debate, we visited Main Street in Keene, and present this audio postcard.

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