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
6:07 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NH's Health Care Exchange Still Up in the Air

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Exchanges are the marketplaces where consumers will basically window-shop the various health care policies available in different states.

The Federal government granted each state funds to begin studying and implementing these exchanges, but New Hampshire’s Executive Council gave that money back, nearly $1,000,000.

Republicans, including House Speaker Bill O’Brien, say that the exchanges will simply cost too much to run. He points to the experience of other New England states.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidates React to Health Care Ruling

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New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates are weighing in on the Supreme Court’s ruling, and they stand, pretty much, where you'd expect.

The two leading GOP contenders for the state’s corner office didn’t like the Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court ruling, and that hasn’t really changed.

Ovide Lamontagne, the current front runner, says that as Governor, he would do everything possible to slow down or block the law’s implementation.

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NH News
5:29 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Photo Identification of Voters Becomes Law

The Legislature has overridden Governor Lynch’s veto of a voter ID law. The bill allows a variety of forms this fall—including student IDs. Starting next year, only government issued identifications, including driver’s licenses, military ID’s and passports will be accepted.

Representative David Bates of Windham told colleagues that tighter restrictions are needed to ensure fair elections.

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NH News
2:56 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Veto Day Arrives at Statehouse

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With 15 vetoes, the most ever by a Governor in a single session, John Lynch hasn’t been shy about wielding his power. Now, Republicans will work to override some of those measures when they gather in Concord on Wednesday.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

President Obama Visits New Hampshire

President Obama speaks at a rally at Oyster River High School today in Durham.
Todd Bookman NHPR

The President told the crowd inside Oyster River High School how great it was to be back in New Hampshire. This was his first official campaign stop in the Granite State, a state he carried in 2008.

Obama says the promises he made four years ago still stand.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Jury Still Out on N.H. Court Overhaul

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Let’s say your teenager gets caught shoplifting. Or maybe your Uncle Morty dies and you’ve got to settle his estate.

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NH News
4:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Governor Stubs Medical Marijuana Law

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Gov. John Lynch has made no secret of his opposition to medical marijuana in the state. He says Senate Bill 409 poses health dangers to patients, lacks oversight and could lead to more pot in the hands of minors.

The governor vetoed a similar measure in 2009.

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NH News
11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Unemployment Numbers for May Hold Steady

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Twenty-three hundred jobs were added to New Hampshire payrolls between April and May, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains stuck at 5%.

There was good news for Coos County: the North Country’s rate dipped below 8% for the first time this year.

Grafton County has the State’s lowest unemployment at 4.1%.

All in all, the data met expectations, says Bob Cote, a researcher with NH Employment Security.

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NH News
5:36 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Questions Remain Following Hepatitis C Outbreak

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After a lifetime of health challenges, the last thing Katrina wanted to hear was that she’d contracted Hepatitis C. 

“I was devastated,” says the 41-year old, whose last name is being withheld at her request.

She also suffers from diabetes and kidney failure, and believes she got Hep C about five years ago, possibly from sharing razors with a female roommate.

Because Hep C can live in the body for decades without producing symptoms, it’s sometimes called the silent killer.

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Word of Mouth
11:47 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Why These Dogs "Like" Facebook

Yup, that's Simba

Produced with Emma Ruddock

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NH News
2:31 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Gov. Lynch Tours Cheshire County Storm Damage

Sullivan Center Street after the storm.
Todd Bookman/NHPR

After last Tuesday’s storms in southwestern New Hampshire, White Brook Road in Gilsum is no longer a road.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Medical Marijuana Showdown Looms

Toben Hansen Flickr/Creative Commons

The House and Senate reached agreement today on a medical marijuana bill

This final version would allow patients with a doctor’s prescription to possess up to six ounces of marijuana. Medicinal use would only be granted to people with debilitating conditions or terminal diseases.

Senator James Forsythe, a Republican from Strafford, believes the bill is designed to ensure public safety.

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NH News
5:31 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Refugees Start Fresh on the Farm

Anthony Munene, Farm Instructor
Todd Bookman/NHPR

As a farmer in Bhutan, Laxmi Narayan Mishre provided food and stability for his family.

But when ethnic tensions flared in the small Himalayan country, his land was seized.

With his wife and ten children, Mishre would spend the next two decades living in a cramped refugee camp in neighboring Nepal. Rumors swirled about a possible resettlement to America, and what life would be like here.

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NH News
4:53 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Tibetan Monks Meet Shaker Tradition

Todd Bookman/NHPR

This weekend, the Canterbury Shaker Village opens its doors for the season.

It’s 600 acres of stillness, of restored buildings and manicured fields. But there’s one thing missing.

“Visitors come here expecting to see Shakers,” says Funi Burdick, Executive Director of the Village.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

WOM's 2012 Commencement Speech

Yay! Now we can start paying back our loans.
Xiabo Song, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Charles Wheelan’s unconventional advice for graduates got us talking about the twists and turns of our own post-graduate lives. The path life takes, as we know, zigs as often as it zags…so Virginia Prescott asked a few colleagues to record what they wish they’d been told on that expectant day.

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