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Annmarie Timmins

Annmarie Timmins

Senior reporter Annmarie Timmins is a New Hampshire native who covered state government, courts, and social justice issues for the Concord Monitor for 25 years. During her time with the Monitor, she won a Nieman Fellowship to study journalism and mental health courts at Harvard for a year. She has taught journalism at the University of New Hampshire and writing at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

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For some nursing students, vaccine mandate is a deal breaker

By: - September 27, 2021

As the state prepares to hire a recruiting firm to bring desperately needed health care workers to New Hampshire, some nursing students with safety concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine are leaving their nursing programs over vaccine mandates. A new state law prohibits most of their colleges from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine, but their clinical sites […]

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Lawmakers urged to extend changes to child tax credit

By: - September 24, 2021

Carrie Duran, a single mother of three and a full-time student, has a reminder for federal lawmakers opposed to extending changes to the child tax credit that have been credited with decreasing child poverty by 40 percent. The additional financial support is keeping her ahead of her bills, including tuition. “As a working mom, as […]

COVID in the 603: More screen time means more reports of internet crimes against children

By: - September 23, 2021

Much of COVID-19’s fallout has gotten a lot of attention: Mental health complaints are up, students have fallen behind, burned-out health care workers are leaving the field. This hasn’t: The state has seen a surge in its reports of internet crimes against children, doubling from about 50 to 100 per month. “We’re basically telling the […]

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Delegation urges federal officials to expedite reversal of ‘gag rule’ on family planning providers

By: - September 22, 2021

Citing the Executive Council’s vote to defund the state’s three largest low-cost reproductive health care providers, the federal delegation has asked federal officials to expedite reversal of a Trump-era “gag rule” that is preventing the providers from accessing alternative funds. “Further delay in the approval process will result in prolonged funding shortfalls for family planning […]

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Sununu says he’s willing to bring back family planning contracts for another vote

By: - September 21, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he is willing to bring back the recently rejected family planning contracts for another vote after learning two of the four Republican executive councilors who voted against the contracts cited insufficient information from the state Department of Health and Human Services as the reason for their vote. The department pushed […]

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Q&A: Clearing up the mask confusion

By: - September 21, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 23, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. to clarify that 60 percent of KN95 masks on the market are believed to be counterfeits.  The best protection against serious illness, hospitalization, and asymptomatic transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be getting fully vaccinated. But with the state’s vaccination rate seemingly stuck at […]

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Sununu, councilors accused of abandoning ‘bipartisan history’ of protecting reproductive care

By: - September 20, 2021

This story was updated on Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. to clarify that the delegation’s comments were made on Monday, Sept. 20. Members of the federal delegation called on Gov. Chris Sununu and the state’s leading Republicans Monday to step up efforts to protect state and federal funding for the family planning centers that provide […]

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Fiscal Committee tables request for $27 million in federal money to boost vaccination efforts

By: - September 17, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 17, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with a statement from the governor. Republican lawmakers’ anger over the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandate has put in jeopardy $27 million in federal pandemic relief to boost the state’s vaccination efforts.  As the Executive Council did Wednesday, the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday […]

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State plans to ramp up outreach efforts in communities with low vaccination rates

By: - September 16, 2021

With COVID-19 cases surging and vaccinations lagging in New Hampshire, the state is focusing its outreach in towns with vaccination rates lower than 50 percent. Meanwhile, case counts and a federal vaccine mandate are prompting proposed legislation from lawmakers. State epidemiologist Dr. Ben Chan said Wednesday the state is averaging 400 new cases a day […]

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Republican councilors vote down contracts for three reproductive health centers

By: - September 15, 2021

In a 4-1 party-line vote, the Executive Council’s Republicans voted Wednesday to defund three reproductive health care providers because they perform abortions.  The four councilors voted against the contracts despite confirmation from the attorney general and commissioner of Health and Human Services the three providers are complying with a new state law requiring they use […]

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As Executive Council meets, affordable reproductive health care hangs in the balance

By: - September 15, 2021

When a package arrives at the Equality Health Center in Concord, Executive Director Dalia Vidunas opens it outside and away from staff, in case it explodes. Alerts arrive almost daily from other clinics under attack. Protesters tell patients, whether they arrive for cancer screenings or abortions, they are murderers.  Providing reproductive health care has become […]

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Crowd turns against Republican lawmakers during rally opposing vaccine mandates

By: - September 14, 2021

This story was updated September 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to the correct the spelling of Terese Grinnell’s name. Republican House members and a large crowd outside the State House Tuesday agreed in their opposition to the Biden administration’s new vaccine mandates. But the crowd made clear they think lawmakers and Gov. Chris Sununu are […]