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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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Bid to cut unemployment benefits in half fails

By: - May 26, 2022

Legislation that would have cut unemployment benefits in half unless the state’s unemployment rate reached 8 percent failed Thursday. The rest of Senate Bill 401 passed with $75 million for bridge repairs and police body cameras and dashboard cameras for Department of Transportation vehicles. As introduced, the bipartisan bill sought to increase the Medicaid reimbursement […]

Compromise bill would protect AG’s ability to monitor nonprofits, charitable trusts

By: - May 24, 2022

Lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that will allow the Attorney General’s Office to continue its close monitoring of charitable trusts and nonprofits, including sham charities.  Under the latest changes to Senate Bill 302, the office’s Charitable Trusts Unit would be allowed to get the names of volunteer board members, officers, directors, registered […]

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Sununu cites need to protect local control in veto of bill banning school mask mandates

By: - May 23, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu’s Friday veto of a bill prohibiting schools from mandating masks defeated one of the few remaining pieces of legislation seeking to limit public health powers. Many others have died or been weakened, and a few still need approval Thursday from both chambers.  In vetoing House Bill 1131, Sununu cited respect for local […]

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State nears deadline for closing Sununu Youth Services Center with no plan for at-risk juveniles

By: - May 23, 2022

Last year, lawmakers gave the state Department of Health and Human Services until March 1, 2023, to close the Sununu Youth Services Center and relocate the five to 10 juveniles typically detained there. Last week, they killed the bill that would have given the department the money, guidance, and authority to meet that deadline. Unless […]

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Bill to require parental permission for youth risk survey fails

By: - May 20, 2022

A bill that would have jeopardized the ability of child advocates, public health leaders, and law enforcement to identify and address youth health risks has died.  House Bill 1639 would have required parents to grant permission for their child to participate in an anonymous survey that asks high school students about their exposure to substances, […]

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Q&A: With cases climbing again, here’s what the COVID-19 picture looks like in New Hampshire

By: - May 19, 2022

COVID-19 – and the the public’s appetite for safety measures – look different these days. Cases and hospitalizations, which were relatively flat in late March, are slowly climbing in New Hampshire, though they are nowhere near the numbers we saw in January and February. On Tuesday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 dashboard […]

Compromise reached on bill that would allow store owners to sell keno tickets

By: - May 18, 2022

It’s looking like good news for store owners who want to sell and not just cash in keno tickets. Currently only bars and restaurants can sell the tickets, which allow players to pick one to 12 numbers and wager $1 to $25.  But in a compromise bill that will go before the full House and […]

A new round of free, at-home COVID-19 tests announced

By: - May 17, 2022

The federal government is offering a third round of free COVID-19 tests just as cases and hospitalizations are increasing. The Biden administration announced Tuesday that each household can order eight tests at covid.gov/tests. Households that did not take advantage of the first or second round of free tests may order additional tests. To do so, […]

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Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to close Claremont health center

By: - May 16, 2022

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is closing its Claremont health center as well as four locations in Vermont in response to the expansion of telehealth, hiring challenges, and funding obstacles. Those include the loss of federal money under the Trump administration and the Executive Council’s denial of state contracts for low-cost reproductive health care. […]

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Health and Human Services seeks permission to distribute unsold COVID-19 tests

By: - May 16, 2022

The 1 million COVID-19 tests Health and Human Services ordered in January to sell at state liquor stores didn’t quite fly off the shelves, leaving about 926,000 tests still available. The department has asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee for permission to send many of the surplus tests to health centers, schools, camps, and child […]

Dartmouth Health, GraniteOne Health abandon merger plans following objections from AG

By: - May 13, 2022

Two of the state’s largest health care providers have abandoned plans to merge following objections from the Attorney General’s Office, which said the proposed partnership between Dartmouth Health and GraniteOne Health would limit competition yet not provide protections for consumers.  “New Hampshire consumers already pay exceptionally high prices for health care,” said Attorney General John […]

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Expanded dental benefits for Medicaid recipients on the cusp of becoming reality

By: - May 13, 2022

After years of coming close, the state is poised to give its approximately 85,000 residents on Medicaid coverage not just for tooth extractions and emergency dental care but also for the diagnostic and preventive care needed to fend off those serious problems. The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 422 Thursday, and […]