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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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State eliminates documentation requirement for gender X marker on licenses, identification cards

By: - August 18, 2021

Since 2014, the Division of Motor Vehicles has required the signature of a health care provider from anyone making a gender change. Beginning last year that also applied for those choosing X as their gender. But it was never required by law. A Granite State College student has put an end to that practice.  Rho […]

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‘It’s definitely not getting better’: The hiring struggle continues for employers

By: - August 18, 2021

In the current housing crisis, none of New England Family Housing’s 600 rental units across the state should be vacant. But some are and for longer than CEO Kevin Lacasse would like because he can’t find maintenance workers or even subcontractors for quick plumbing and electrical jobs. He blames federal pandemic aid. “With the stimulus […]

Vials of the COVID vaccine

Vaccine van launches 17-stop tour of state parks

By: - August 17, 2021

The state’s mobile vaccine van launched a 17-stop tour of state parks this week and is offering an incentive to anyone who visits and gets vaccinated: a day pass to a state park or historic site. The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases climb to levels not seen since late April; there were 245 new cases […]

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Expanded contract sought for marketing firm to promote vaccination

By: - August 16, 2021

At Wednesday’s Executive Council meeting, the state Department of Health and Human Services will ask to increase its $434,500 contract with a Manchester marketing firm to $1.3 million to continue promoting COVID-19 vaccination through 2022. Under the expanded contract, GYK Antler will still use social media, radio and television spots, and billboards to try to […]

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Messaging is a big challenge when it comes to changing minds among the state’s unvaccinated

By: - August 16, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 16, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to reflect the state’s most recent contract with GYK Antler. There is no shortage of vaccine “messaging” advice for states like New Hampshire, which appears at a standstill with 39 percent of residents eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine not yet vaccinated. Here’s the challenge: Messaging […]

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New state law requires electronic prescriptions for controlled drugs

By: - August 12, 2021

New Hampshire has joined nearly 40 other states in addressing its opioid epidemic by requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled drugs with a few exceptions. Pharmacists, however, are not required to prove a requested exception is valid, and there are no penalties for violating the new law – at least not now.  Instead, licensing boards will […]

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Pair of new laws add to state’s gambling options

By: - August 12, 2021

This story was updated Aug. 23, 2021 to correct the changes Senate Bill 22 makes to Lucky 7 tickets. New Hampshire is expanding its gambling options under two new state laws signed by Gov. Chris Sununu Tuesday. A third law will transfer background checks for charitable gaming licenses from the state Attorney General’s Office to […]

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‘It’s wicked confusing’: Dozens of towns have not filed paperwork to receive relief funds

By: - August 12, 2021

With an Aug. 18 deadline approaching and significant money at stake, 50 towns had not filed the paperwork required to collect their American Rescue Plan payments as of Tuesday. Many said they intend to, but some, especially smaller ones without grant writers and town administrators, are hesitant, citing “onerous” reporting requirements and uncertainty about what […]

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Veterans Home’s internal assessment of COVID-19 response focused on only three of 37 deaths

By: - August 10, 2021

In a self-assessment of its COVID-19 response, the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton reviewed its safety protocols, policies, supply inventory, and staffing levels, but only three of 37 resident deaths because those made the news. Executive Councilor Cinde Warmington, a Democrat from Concord, had asked for the report and said it fell short of […]

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Some executive councilors say they’ll oppose contracts with advance payments

By: - August 9, 2021

Some members of the Executive Council have told the state Department of Health and Human Services they will oppose all future contracts that include advance payments for startup costs. The department said that decision would jeopardize its ability to provide mental health care, support for kids, and other services.  Prepayments have been included in 39 […]

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When it comes to vaccine mandates, employers have the law on their side

By: - August 9, 2021

It’s a short conversation when workers call employment attorney Jon Meyer asking if their employer can require a COVID-19 vaccination and fire them if they refuse. With very few exceptions, the answer is yes – regardless of arguments that doing so is illegal until the vaccines get final approval from the Food and Drug Administration.  […]

Scales of justice

Sununu disbands juvenile justice advisory group to form new commission

By: - August 6, 2021

The news caught members of the longstanding Juvenile Justice Statewide Advisory Group by surprise.  Gov. Chris Sununu announced Wednesday he had disbanded the group to start his own, saying it was time to “bring in fresh perspectives and ideas” as the state rethinks treatment for at-risk juveniles. He asked anyone interested in joining his new […]