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
3:48 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

UNH Football Looking To Make Playoff Run

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On Saturday, UNH’s football team will travel to Spartanburg, South Carolina to take on the Wofford College Terriers in a second-round playoff game.

It’s the ninth straight year the Wildcats have made the FCS (formerly called Division 1-AA) playoffs, the longest active streak in the nation.

Head Coach Sean McDonnell says it’s the character of his players, as much as their talent, that keeps the Wildcats winning.

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NH News
2:32 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Prosecutor: Still More Work To Do In Hep C Case

Federal prosecutors say it could take a year or more before a trial in the Hepatitis C outbreak case begins. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted 33-year old David Kwiatkowski on 14 charges, including tampering with a consumer product.

The former Exeter Hospital employee is accused of stealing syringes of a powerful pain medication, injecting himself, and then reusing the needles on patients.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas says the FBI and members of law enforcement continue to investigate the case.

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NH News
7:24 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Indictment Arrives For Hepatitis C Suspect

A former hospital employee at the center of a Hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire is facing new federal charges.

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NH News
5:38 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State's Biggest Agency Asks For Budget Increase

The Department of Health and Human Services is asking for $321 million more to cover their programs for the next two years.   

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NH News
5:48 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Former Senator Warren Rudman Dies

Former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman died Monday night at the age of 82. He was considered a centrist Republican, and a leader in the movement toward fiscal responsibility.

As Congress battle over taxes and spending, President Obama says lawmakers would do well to follow the example set by Warren Rudman nearly 30 years ago.

In a statement, the President called the two-term Senator the embodiment of Yankee sensibility.

Warren Rudman’s time in Washington was highlighted by his struggle to balance the Federal budget.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Health Policy Gets Reboot After Election

President Obama’s re-election didn’t exactly smooth over implementation of his signature health care law. State governments across the nation maintain a solid level of anxiety over the bill.

Concord is no different…lawmakers like Republican Jeb Bradley expect to spend a lot of time grappling with the Affordable Care Act’s key provisions.

“The biggest single issue that this legislature in the upcoming two years will face is the expansion of Medicaid.”

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NH News
6:04 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Medicaid Expansion Under The Microscope

A consultant from The Lewin Group presents their findings to health officials.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report Thursday looking at Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

State Looks For New Tools To Battle Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse experts unveiled a new tool today to help lower opioid misuse in the state.

That new tool is a website containing information for doctors describing safe prescribing techniques and standards for pain management.

Dr. Seddon Savage, a chronic pain and addiction specialist at Dartmouth, says the cycle of abuse can start with a well-intentioned prescription.

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NH News
3:17 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H.

Edward Epsen and two American Mulefoot pigs on Henwyn Farm.
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On Edward Epsen’s farm in Salisbury, New Hampshire, around 40 pigs are doing what lucky pigs get to do: forage for acorns and graze in pastures high with Timothy grass.

“So we are going to be killing this pig here, and the other one that was walking around on this side of the electric net," says Epsen. “It slipped out of sight for the moment…oh, there he is.”

The two that will die in a few minutes are American Mulefoots, a rare breed known for its lard.

When Epsen approaches, the 250-pound pigs roll onto their backs.

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NH News
6:09 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Health Insurance Advisory Board Gets Going

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Back in June, the state legislature passed a law prohibiting the state from creating its own health exchange. Instead, New Hampshire will let the Federal government set it up.

But with big Democratic gains in last week’s election, the state is likely to play a bigger role in shaping the exchange.

In case you don’t remember, exchanges are those on-line marketplaces where people will shop for health insurance beginning in 2014.

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NH News
1:39 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Former Shipyard Worker Pleads Guilty To Arson

A civilian worker at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has pled guilty to two counts of arson. The Portland, Maine US Attorneys office says 24-year old Casey Fury set fire to the USS Miami on May 23rd, causing extensive damage to the attack submarine.

Five first responders were injured fighting the first blaze.

Fury was hired as a sandblaster and painter at the shipyard.

The parties have agreed to recommend a federal prison sentence of between 15 and 19 years.

NH News
1:30 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Cautious Optimism For N.H. Housing Market

New data from NH Housing Finance Authority shows 263 New Hampshire homes fell into foreclosure in September. That’s a 13% decline from 2011 levels.

The report says the numbers are a sign that the worst of the housing crisis could be behind us.  

But, cautious optimism aside, there is some tangible good news here: total foreclosures are on track to be their lowest since 2009. Foreclosure auction notices are also way down.

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NH News
4:20 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Democrats Grab Both N.H. Congressional Seats

Democrats have unseated incumbent Republicans to win New Hampshire’s two congressional seats.

After losing in 2010 by about 3,500 votes, Hopkinton Democrat Ann McLane Kuster easily beat Republican Charlie Bass in the second district.  She promised common sense and compromise in Washington.

"I will work with anybody from any party on any issue if I believe it is in the interested of this great state…and I will always stand up for what I believe in."

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NH News
2:33 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters Finally Get Their Say

Voters head to the polls in Hancock, N.H.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A rainbow of political signs await voters outside of Peterborough Town Hall.

Inside, it’s a white Voter ID sign, explaining what forms will be accepted.

This is the first election that voters in New Hampshire will be asked to show an I.D. Those without one can sign an affidavit.

In nearby Hancock, Dick Ray says the new law isn’t slowing things down.

"In and out in 5 minutes. Took me longer to figure out who I was going to vote for than to go through the process, so it was fine."

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Elections 2012
6:04 pm
Sun November 4, 2012

Volunteers Work To Get Out Every Last Vote

Volunteers make phone calls for Mitt Romney in a field office in Bedford, NH.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

Rick Christie is every candidate’s dream volunteer. He sports buttons, he speaks with passion, and he puts in his time.

"Hello, David. My name is Rick. I’m working for the Romney campaign. How are ya?" 

Christie is in Manchester, going door to door for Mitt Romney. He estimates he’s knocked on about 2000 doors since June. Of course, not all go well.

Polls still show a near dead heat between Romney and President Obama in New Hampshire.

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