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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.

How does the end of Roe affect New Hampshire?

By: - June 24, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v Wade will leave the state’s 24-week abortion ban in place. It will also add even more fuel to the protests and fundraising drives abortion providers and advocacy organizations have launched in the last several weeks. Here’s what you need to know about how this decision […]

State to take questions on new forensic hospital during online session

By: - June 24, 2022

The state is holding its final public information session on a new $30 million 24-bed forensic psychiatric hospital Thursday before seeking bids for the project later this year or early next. The new facility, which will sit on New Hampshire Hospital grounds Concord will replace the current secure psychiatric unit within the state prison. It […]

New COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 plentiful in the state

By: - June 22, 2022

More than 200 providers in the state are offering the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months to under 5, according to Health and Human Services. The department has published a map of pharmacies and community health providers also administering the vaccines. The Moderna vaccine for this age group is given in two […]

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Lawyers for hundreds of former YDC residents ask for abuse cases to be heard

By: - June 22, 2022

Attorneys representing nearly 600 former Youth Development Center residents in abuse claims against the state have asked a judge to move forward with litigation on 450 of those cases. They say their clients are proceeding with their lawsuits because they continue to distrust the settlement option offered by the state. The request comes as the […]

Sununu signs bill that makes changes to youth employment rules

By: - June 20, 2022

A bill signed by Gov. Chris Sununu lowers the age limit for students to bus tables where alcohol is served from 15 to 14 years old. It also increases the hours most 16- and 17-year-olds can work when they’re in school.  Senate Bill 345, which took effect Friday, was supported by the New Hampshire Lodging […]

Manchester accepting grant applications for community-based projects and events

By: - June 17, 2022

One year ago Manchester learned it would receive $43.2 million in pandemic aid. Since then, it’s awarded 29 nonprofits nearly $254,000 in grants, and now it’s looking to give out more. The mayor’s office announced Wednesday it is accepting a second round of applications for the nearly $1 million it allotted to community-based projects and […]

$50 million infrastructure fund would be a boon for some county nursing homes – but not all

By: - June 17, 2022

This article was updated at 9:07 a.m. on June 17, 2022. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Maplewood Nursing Home in Cheshire has 45 beds. It has 145 beds. The health and safety upgrades needed at county nursing homes are many but the tax dollars to address them are not. So, […]

Shortage of health care workers persists – but now there’s a plan to address the problem

By: - June 16, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic presented state and local health care leaders with an extraordinary workforce shortage. The millions in federal relief money that followed presented an extraordinary opportunity to tackle it.  And now, a group of health care, education, and state leaders has 107 suggestions for doing so. Two years in the making, Giving Care: A […]

‘It could be disastrous’: Congressional inaction on COVID aid worries health care leaders

By: - June 14, 2022

As COVID-19 cases increase, just two residents at Strafford County’s 229-bed nursing home have tested positive this year. County administrator Ray Bower attributes that to a robust testing program paid for with federal money.  But that program will become unaffordable unless Congress agrees on another round of pandemic response funding. “The costs are massive. This […]

‘I want to be buried with my brothers and sisters who served’

By: - June 10, 2022

Cheryl LeBlanc buried her husband, Dave, at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery Thursday, grateful he’s aside thousands of other men and women who served their country. Two weeks ago, LeBlanc would have been turned away because federal cemetery rules didn’t recognize her husband’s National Guard service. “I know the difference between active duty and guardsmen,” […]

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New law makes temporary health care licenses permanent just in time

By: - June 8, 2022

When the pandemic exacerbated the state’s shortage of health care workers, the state made an exception to licensing rules to allow 22,330 providers to quickly receive temporary licenses. Those licenses – which expired May 31 – are now “permanent” with Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature on Senate Bill 277. Those providers will still have to renew […]

Unexpected $12 million in pandemic aid allows towns to add safety and emergency equipment

By: - June 8, 2022

Pittsburg bought a police cruiser and emergency cones and barricades. Allenstown and Nelson opted for radios for their police and fire crews. Northfield put the money toward ventilators for an ambulance. Bristol bought a pickup truck to expand its emergency response fleet.  The investments have cost the towns little thanks to an unexpected $12 million […]