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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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Sununu, Shibinette seek approval of new spending plan for vaccination program

By: - October 21, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu and Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette confirmed they have asked the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee to approve a new spending plan for the state’s vaccination program at its meeting Friday.  In a letter Sununu’s office released Thursday afternoon, the two told committee members the Executive Council’s recent rejection of $27 […]

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Sununu Center committee to file recommendations by Nov. 1, but with few specifics

By: - October 21, 2021

Lawmakers charged with creating a plan for closing and replacing the state’s juvenile detention facility will file recommendations by their Nov. 1 deadline. But those recommendations will be vague because there was not time to do more, they said Thursday. During their final meeting, some committee members also expressed doubt a replacement of the Sununu […]

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State looks to transfer $39.5 million in federal aid to assist food banks, long-term care facilities

By: - October 20, 2021

State officials managing COVID-19 relief funds are looking to invest $39.5 million in unused aid in food, shelter, and long-term care services.  The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee is scheduled to take up the request at its meeting Friday.  Taylor Caswell, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Relief and Recovery, told committee members in […]

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State seeks approval to use $15.1 million in federal funds to purchase Hampstead Hospital

By: - October 19, 2021

The state hopes to use $15.1 million in federal funds to purchase Hampstead Hospital, a 111-bed inpatient psychiatric facility it has been using during the pandemic to treat children in mental health crisis.  Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette has submitted the request to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, but it is unclear if […]

Lori Shibinette at a lectern

Health and Human Services withdraws vaccine contracts; department seeking alternative funding

By: - October 19, 2021

This story was updated Oct. 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. after the governor’s office said the state was requesting to use $4.7 million, not $4.6 million, in alternative federal funding. The state Department of Health and Human Services has withdrawn the $27 million in federal contracts for vaccination outreach that have so riled anti-vaccine opponents, […]

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Sununu tells executive councilors they can set conditions for sale of Lakes Region Facility

By: - October 18, 2021

A recent law change requested by Gov. Chris Sununu allows him to bypass the typical review process and sell the 220-acre former Lakes Region prison property in Laconia with just three votes of the Executive Council. But Sununu told councilors they can set any conditions they like on a future buyer. Councilor Joe Kenney, whose […]

A vial of covid vaccine

Rollout of booster shots skewing state’s data on first and second vaccine doses

By: - October 15, 2021

The state’s daily report of first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses has been an important tool for assessing risk and targeting vaccine outreach. That count will become less accurate and perhaps less useful with the rollout of boosters. The state knows some booster shots are being included in the state’s vaccination rate but not how […]

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State in the process of buying Hampstead Hospital, a provider of mental health care for children

By: - October 14, 2021

The state is in the final stages of purchasing the 111-bed Hampstead Hospital, which it has used throughout the pandemic to provide children in mental health crisis inpatient psychiatric care. It will remain a treatment facility for children, Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette said. The price has not been determined, Gov. Chris Sununu […]

A sign outside of a health center that says "Civility, compassion, love"

Council votes to restore funding for one family planning clinic

By: - October 14, 2021

One of the family planning clinics defunded by the Executive Council last month saw its funding restored Wednesday after Councilor Janet Stevens reversed course and supported it. In doing so, Stevens praised the clinic’s broad, low-cost medical services, details that were discussed at length prior to her no vote last month. But that still leaves […]

Police officers watch a crowd of protesters inside the Executive Council meeting

Executive Council rejects $27 million in federal money for vaccine outreach, angering Sununu

By: - October 13, 2021

The Executive Council’s Republican majority voted down $27 million in federal money for vaccine outreach Wednesday – some for reasons unrelated to the contracts – pleasing dozens of protesters in the room and angering Gov. Chris Sununu enough that he called one councilor’s rationale “un-American.” And while a heavy police presence kept more than 100 […]

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Lawmakers want state to publicly track number of COVID cases among House members

By: - October 12, 2021

The state reports COVID-19 infections by town, county, long-term care facilities, and schools. A group of Democratic lawmakers would like to add the Legislature to that list. Doing so would allow lawmakers and the public to better assess their risk of exposure, they said. They see another benefit, too. “I think one of the advantages […]

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Executive Council to meet at police training facility, with vaccine-related contracts on agenda

By: - October 11, 2021

The two vaccine-related contracts that led protesters to shut down the last Executive Council meeting remain on the agenda for this week’s meeting. But the new location suggests security will be more of a priority. The council is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Police Standards and Training Council on the NHTI […]