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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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Religious exemption requests related to COVID vaccine a growing challenge for employers

By: - November 30, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, nearly all the religious exemption requests clients brought attorney James Reidy sought a work schedule accommodation for religious holidays and practices. Reidy represents employers, and those with vaccine mandates are coming to him with a new question these days: Given that an employee need only attest that their “sincerely held” religious […]

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New COVID omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic,’ Biden says

By: and - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans on Monday about the latest COVID-19 variant, describing it as “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” Biden did not announce any new travel restrictions or other federal actions during his brief remarks from the White House.  Instead, he urged Americans to get a […]

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Abortion rights advocates sound the alarm about new restrictions, looming threats

By: - November 29, 2021

In less than a year, the nonprofit Reproductive Freedom Fund of New Hampshire has raised and spent over $50,000 helping more than 160 Granite State women pay for abortions they couldn’t afford. The nonprofit’s founder and other abortion rights advocates are sounding the alarm about two threats that go beyond financial barriers: the January start […]

State: Children must have parental consent to be vaccinated

By: - November 24, 2021

In the last several days, groups opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine have suggested in emails and on social media that children can be vaccinated in New Hampshire even if a parent does not grant permission. Not true, said a top state public health official Tuesday. “We’ve heard a lot of misinformation in some communities and […]

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Executive order targets shortage of health care workers, hospital beds

By: - November 24, 2021

Citing the state’s record levels of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Gov. Chris Sununu announced new statewide at-home testing and vaccination programs Tuesday in addition to issuing an executive order allowing hospitals to set up large “surge” treatment rooms. The order also directs more resources to the state agency that must process licenses for health care […]

More staff urgently needed to license health care workers

By: - November 23, 2021

This story was updated November 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. with comments from the executive director of the Office for Professional Licensure and Certification. The office that processes licenses for health care workers has made an urgent request to the Executive Council for nine temporary employees to process licenses for traveling health care staff and […]

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With COVID-19 cases surging, some hospitals pause elective surgeries

By: - November 23, 2021

Concerns about surging COVID-19 hospitalizations have prompted Cheshire Medical Center in Keene to join the list of hospitals postponing some elective surgeries, pleading with patients to avoid the emergency room if possible, or begging people to get vaccines and boosters. The state has fewer available hospital beds now than it has ever had during the […]

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Fiscal committee approves use of $22.5 million in federal funds for vaccination efforts

By: - November 19, 2021

New Hampshire is no longer the only state in the country to reject millions in federal money for its vaccine program.  The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee on Friday voted, 6-4, to give the state Department of Health and Human Services the last approval it needed to spend $22.5 million to enhance its vaccine registry, manage […]

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$17 million proposal for student debt relief is tabled

By: - November 19, 2021

Lawmakers put a pause on a proposed $17 million student debt relief program Friday until the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery can tell them more, including who would be eligible, what industries would be targeted, and how they’ll sustain a program started with one-time federal money. Taylor Caswell, executive director of GOFERR, told […]

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$17 million sought for student debt relief, but few eligibility details offered

By: - November 18, 2021

A $22.5 million request for vaccine rollout and outreach isn’t the only agenda item raising questions ahead of Friday’s Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee meeting. The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery is asking for $17 million in federal pandemic money for a new student debt relief program but has given the committee no details […]

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Safety grades for 13 of state’s hospitals are in, and three received Ds

By: - November 17, 2021

This story was updated November 17, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. to correct the attribution of a quote. A national nonprofit that grades hospitals on nearly 30 safety measures has given the 13 hospitals it reviewed from New Hampshire passing grades, but three earned Ds. However, those low scores may be due, in part, to a […]

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House committee passes amendment blocking businesses from mandating vaccines

By: - November 16, 2021

A late amendment that would disallow private businesses from mandating vaccines and expand vaccine exemptions to include natural immunity and philosophical objections passed the House Education Committee Tuesday, 11-8, with the support of one Democrat, Barbara Shaw of Manchester. The vote followed a nearly five-hour public hearing in which most speakers supported the legislation. While […]