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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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NH Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on federal unemployment benefits lawsuit

By: - December 8, 2022

The state did not violate the law when it ended pandemic unemployment benefits ahead of the federal deadline, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  The state was one of at least 15 to be sued after ending federal unemployment benefits in June 2021, two months before the program was to end.  The four people who […]

Laconia officials deny leading selection of developer, contradicting governor and commissioner 

By: - December 8, 2022

Laconia city officials disputed statements Wednesday from the governor and a state commissioner that they led the choice of a proposed buyer for the former Laconia State School who has no experience developing the kind of massive planned village she’s promising to create on the 220-acre site.  And the head of a commission that has […]

Executive Council gives Jasper another term leading Department of Agriculture

By: and - December 7, 2022

With two members citing serious concerns, the Executive Council voted 3-1 to give Shawn Jasper another five-year term as commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Farms Wednesday.  In a second vote, the council unanimously confirmed Lori Weaver, assistant commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, to fill out the term […]

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Laconia officials raise concerns about developer ahead of Executive Council meeting

By: - December 6, 2022

Additional concerns arose Tuesday about a Manchester woman with no large-scale property development experience who’s been chosen by the state to buy the former 220-acre Laconia State School and turn it into a massive housing and tourism campus. The concerns come a day before the state Department of Administrative Services is to ask the Executive […]

Buyer’s ambitious plans for Lakes Region site surpass her prior projects – by far

By: - December 6, 2022

The Manchester developer chosen by the state to turn the 220-acre former Laconia State School into a massive housing, entertainment, commercial, and medical services campus has never completed a project nearly as large, she said Monday. Her biggest project in New Hampshire, a mixed-use property in Manchester, is three years behind schedule and the subject […]

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Hospitals managing a new surge: kids with RSV

By: - December 2, 2022

A year ago, it was adults sick with COVID-19 who filled intensive care units, many requiring oxygen or full intubation. Now beds are increasingly occupied by children who are so sick with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, they too require ICU-level care. All eight of the state’s pediatric ICU beds are full, and there are […]

Assistant DHHS commissioner makes pitch for interim post

By: - December 1, 2022

The person who’s been serving as deputy commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services for two years is in line for the top job – temporarily. Lori Weaver, a 20-year veteran of the department, made her case to the Executive Council Thursday to finish the remaining year of outgoing Commissioner Lori Shibinette’s term […]

With state aging rapidly, communities see opportunities to become more ‘age-friendly’ 

By: - November 30, 2022

This summer, the town of Newport intends to turn a vacant lot into a $60,000 dog park and community garden. Goffstown launched a road show to teach residents how to reduce housing costs with a recent state law allowing second homes on their property. Dover is improving walking routes to public transportation. Dog parks, gardens, […]

Child advocate: Protecting at-risk children requires more staff, funding

By: - November 29, 2022

Citing a 31 percent increase in incident reports of restraints, seclusion, and other mistreatment of children, the state’s child advocate told state officials Monday that she needs more staff and money to ensure the state is providing at-risk youth safe, dignified, and effective treatment.  Child Advocate Cassandra Sanchez requested to expand her staff of eight, […]

Shaheen says she’ll look for federal money after Executive Council votes to defund sex education

By: - November 23, 2022

After the Executive Council voted Tuesday to defund a sex education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy, a spokesperson for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she is working to replace the funding. And Democratic Councilor Cinde Warmington said she is talking with the full federal delegation to do the same. “These programs help adolescents stay healthy […]

Concerns ahead for state’s direct care workforce

By: - November 22, 2022

New Hampshire will lose far more direct care workers for older adults and people with disabilities than it needs in the next decade, according to new research from PHI, a national nonprofit focused on elder care and disability services. And difficulties around low-pay and career advancement will make that hard to reverse. Amy Robins, director […]

New buyer keeps Crotched Mountain School open

By: - November 21, 2022

A Massachusetts-based company that provides health and other services at more than 200 locations in New England and abroad announced Monday that it is buying the Crotched Mountain School for children with disabilities, which was set to close this week.  Seven Hills Foundation, headquartered in Worcester, announced it had an agreement to buy the 125-acre […]