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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.

Gov. Chris Sununu

Sununu sends letter in support of scaling back abortion ban to House committee

By: - January 18, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 18, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. to include testimony given at public hearing on the bill. Gov. Chris Sununu put in writing what he has said for months: He “strongly supports” scaling back the state’s new 24-week abortion ban to allow exceptions for rape, sexual assault, incest, and fatal fetal anomalies.  […]

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Debunked information dominates public testimony as lawmakers consider vaccine-related bills

By: - January 17, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. to correct the name of the federal agency that pays hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients and again at 10:35 a.m. to clarify that one person falsely claimed most people hospitalized with COVID-19 are vaccinated. COVID-19 is driving up new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. It’s also […]

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Two bills target Sununu’s authority on sale of former Lakes Region prison property

By: - January 14, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu’s newfound authority to sell the 220-acre former Lakes Region prison property in Laconia with little state oversight is being challenged by two bills this session. House Bill 1032 would revoke Sununu’s control of the sale, which he gained in legislation included in the state budget trailer bill, and resume the standard multi-agency […]

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Reproductive health care contracts again rejected by Executive Council Republicans

By: - January 12, 2022

For the third time since September, the Executive Council rejected contracts Wednesday that provide 80 percent of the low-cost reproductive health care to Granite Staters in the state’s Family Planning Program. The 4-1 vote again fell along party lines, with only Democratic Councilor Cinde Warmington voting for the two-year contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern […]

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‘A real turning point’: Mobile crisis units offer new tool in mental health treatment

By: - January 12, 2022

For years, getting help during a mental health emergency usually began with two options, neither ideal and both often harmful: A call to police or a trip to the emergency room, where someone could wait hours, days, even weeks for care. So-called “emergency room boarding” has led to upward of 30 children and often as […]

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National Guard members to help ease staff shortage at men’s prison in Concord

By: - January 11, 2022

This story was updated on Jan. 11  at 3:30 p.m. to include comments from a corrections spokeswoman that were received after the story appeared. The state’s hospitals are the not only ones looking to the New Hampshire National Guard for help with critical staff shortages. Approximately 25 troops are expected to arrive at the men’s […]

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Council to take up pay increase for state’s mental health workers

By: - January 11, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu continues to oppose a request from the State Employees Association and Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette to make permanent the temporary 20 percent pay increase given to 231 mental health workers during the pandemic.  In arguing for a pay increase, Shibinette said without it “New Hampshire Hospital will be unable […]

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Family planning contracts going back before Executive Council

By: - January 10, 2022

The twice-rejected family planning contracts with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and two other low-income reproductive health care providers are going back before the Executive Council Wednesday. It was unclear Monday whether that suggests some councilors are reconsidering their votes on the contracts that failed both times in 4-1 votes. In the past, Gov. […]

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Data suggests most health care workers in the state have agreed to be vaccinated

By: - January 7, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 10 at 10:15 a.m. to correct a broken web link and update vaccination rates for hospital employees.  Attorney General John Formella has signed onto three national lawsuits challenging federal vaccine mandates that warn “millions” of resignations would follow if employees were forced to choose between their job and a COVID-19 […]

House Speaker Sherman Packard

It’s been a busy week for state lawmakers: Here’s what was passed and what was tabled

By: , and - January 6, 2022

In vote after vote Thursday, the message was clear: House lawmakers wanted to get out of there. Over a series of tabling motions, the New Hampshire House pushed off final votes on a number of bills, with House leadership citing a predicted snowstorm Friday and the need to shrink the planned three-day voting session to […]

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Coalition formed to educate lawmakers on COVID-related bills

By: - January 5, 2022

This story was updated Jan. 5, 2022 at 4 p.m. to correct the number of hospitalized patients. Beginning Thursday, anyone visiting the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester will need to show proof they’ve had a COVID-19 vaccination. A few have criticized the policy on Twitter, calling for an end to the museum’s public funding. Gripes […]

‘The word is heartbreaking’: As COVID patients fill hospitals, others are turned away

By: - January 5, 2022

Doctors and nurses caring for an overwhelming number of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients during a pandemic describe two kinds of emotional distress. The pain of watching someone die who – had they been vaccinated – would have lived. And turning away other patients suffering their own serious illnesses because COVID-19 patients are filling their hospitals. They […]