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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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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 […]

Executive Council chambers

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 […]

Covid-19 vaccination record card with vials and syringe.

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 […]

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Executive Council approves request to address staffing issues at Sununu Center

By: - January 3, 2022

An increased need for juvenile mental health services and a historic challenge in recruiting youth counselors for the Sununu Youth Services Center has the Department of Health and Human Services looking to a staffing agency for help. The Executive Council has approved the department’s request to pay Maxim Healthcare in Manchester nearly $847,000 in federal […]

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Vaccine, environment, energy, and abortion will dominate legislative session

By: , and - January 3, 2022

Lawmakers won’t have a budget to write, debate, and negotiate this session, but with at least 900 bills awaiting their return on Jan. 5, it will be another busy year. We told you about some of the under-the-radar bills last month. We’re back with a preview of the bills that will be front and center, […]

Executive Council rejects low-income reproductive health care contracts – again

By: - December 22, 2021

This story was updated December 24, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. to include a comment from Councilor Janet Stevens following publication. The Executive Council again rejected contracts with the state’s three largest providers of reproductive health care for low-income Granite Staters Wednesday in a 4-1 party line vote over objections to contraception, which is in the […]

A health care worker receives a COVID-19 shot

No-bid contract leads to testy exchange and near loss of six new vaccination sites

By: and - December 22, 2021

The state barely secured six additional walk-in vaccination sites capable of providing 15,000 shots a week after a vote Wednesday by three councilors who opposed a $7.2 million contract because it was not put out to bid, a process that would delay the sites by as much as three months. Gov. Chris Sununu did not […]

Interest in boosters is up, as is parents’ resistance to vaccinating children

By: - December 21, 2021

The state’s vaccination rate has stalled in recent months, and that has not changed since November, even with the arrival of the more contagious omicron variant, according to the latest Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The poll also reported increased interest in boosters and a drop in support among […]