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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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Q&A: Deciphering the data on vaccination status and hospitalizations

By: - February 23, 2022

A year ago, fully vaccinated people made up about 6 percent of COVID-19 hospital patients. That has climbed significantly. Today, the vaccinated and boosted account for 29 percent of those patients.  Increasing breakthrough numbers have become evidence for those who distrust the effectiveness of the vaccines, despite pushback from medical experts.  We caught up with […]

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Sununu seeking $21 million to develop veterans campus in Franklin

By: - February 21, 2022

Plans for a new 15-acre veterans campus in Franklin got just a brief mention in Gov. Chris Sununu’s 45-minute State of the State address last week. But it would be a significant investment in the city and the state’s veterans and their families. The governor will ask the Fiscal Committee to approve using $21 million […]

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OB-GYNs say abortion ban will keep much-needed maternal fetal specialists away

By: - February 21, 2022

Reproductive choice advocates are sounding the alarm, predicting the state’s 24-week abortion ban is a first step toward something more restrictive, even as restrictive as Texas’ six-week ban. Those in reproductive medicine see a much more immediate threat: a challenge recruiting maternal fetal medicine specialists to a state that can imprison them for up to […]

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Fact check: Misunderstandings and misinformation in state’s abortion debate

By: - February 18, 2022

Misinformation and misunderstanding have loomed large in every legislative debate over COVID-19 vaccine mandates. It’s been the same with bills that would repeal or scale back the state’s new 24-week abortion ban.  Those inaccuracies were repeated on the House floor and by Republican leadership Thursday as lawmakers took up and passed House Bill 1609, which […]

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House lawmakers pass bill adding exceptions to 24-week abortion ban

By: - February 17, 2022

In a 179-174 vote that overturned a committee recommendation, the House passed legislation Thursday that adds exceptions for rape, incest, and fatal fetal anomalies to the state’s new 24-week abortion ban.  The bill did not seek to eliminate the felony charges and hefty fines for doctors who violate the law. Thursday’s vote, however, is not […]

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Energy efficiency, vaccines, and beyond: A roundup of House and Senate action

By: , and - February 17, 2022

New Hampshire House lawmakers moved on Wednesday to approve the Senate’s version of a bill designed to save the state’s energy efficiency programs, NHSaves. Proponents of energy efficiency measures, such as weatherization and efficient appliances, have advocated for the program as the state’s one lever against rising electric and heat costs. Funding for the program […]

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Sununu to deliver State of the State address on Thursday morning

By: - February 16, 2022

Gov. Chris Sununu will announce a new housing fund, tout Republican-backed tax cuts, and highlight the state’s response to COVID-19 and mental health during his State of the State address Thursday.  He’ll also rebuke undefined “radical elements,” according to a preview released by his office Wednesday. The speech is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. […]

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State’s liquor stores sold 8,152 COVID-19 tests in 15 days

By: - February 15, 2022

This story was updated Feb. 23, 2022 at noon to remove inaccurate information about insurance reimbursement that had been provided by the state.  If you’re still looking for an at-home COVID-19 test, the state’s liquor stores have plenty.  In the 15 days since the state began selling the tests at its 67 liquor stores and […]

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Committee recommends pared back version of vaccine registry bill

By: - February 14, 2022

Rather than spend more than $7 million attempting to contact all 790,000 people vaccinated and automatically included in the state’s immunization registry during six months of the pandemic, a House committee is recommending the state instead advertise the opportunity to have that vaccine record removed. With its 19-0 vote for a scaled back outreach effort, […]

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Bill would allow a man, without proving paternity, to halt a woman’s abortion

By: - February 11, 2022

In a week where lawmakers heard several bills related to abortion, one stood out enough for longtime Rep. Marjorie Smith, a Durham Democrat seeking to repeal the state’s abortion law, to “congratulate” the sponsor for his novel attempt to do the opposite. “Usually you say there’s nothing new under the sun,” she said. “But this […]

‘It’s such an impossible decision’: Fatal fetal diagnoses and the state’s abortion ban

By: - February 10, 2022

Michelle Cilley Foisy plans to tell House lawmakers Thursday about the death of her daughter Kayla, who would have turned 16 in December. When the story becomes almost impossible to tell, Foisy reminds herself she’s telling it for women who today don’t have the options she had when they learn late in pregnancy their baby […]

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Venue directors say law allowing them to enforce COVID-19 safety protocols needed

By: - February 7, 2022

The Palace Theater in Manchester lost $7.5 million and laid off 50 artists during the 15 months it was closed after COVID-19 hit. At Concord’s Capitol Center for the Arts, ticket sales are down 40 percent this year after omicron led it to cancel its January shows. Citing those losses, directors of both venues urged […]