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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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Biden administration ends Title X ‘gag rule’ that affected state’s family planning centers

By: - October 5, 2021

The Biden administration on Monday cleared the way for low-cost reproductive health care providers recently defunded by the Executive Council to reclaim federal funding they lost under a Trump administration “gag rule.”  Most of the state’s low-cost reproductive health care providers left the Title X program after a rule change prohibited them from referring patients […]

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Sununu says fiscal committee chairman should be removed over COVID vaccine misinformation

By: - October 4, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Monday he supports removing Rep. Ken Weyler as chairman of the powerful Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee following Weyler’s continued dissemination of unproven and outlandish claims about the COVID-19 vaccine, including octopus-like creatures living in the vaccine and vaccinated parents having babies with “pitch black” eyes and premature aging. Meanwhile, House Speaker […]

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Report recommends replacing 144-bed Sununu Youth Services Center with 18-bed ‘home’

By: - October 4, 2021

This story was updated Oct. 4, 2021 at 9 a.m. with a link to the report. The state Department of Health and Human Services is asking lawmakers to replace the 144-bed Sununu Youth Services Center for detained children with an 18-bed “home” that emphasizes therapeutic relationships, individualized learning, and a science-based, trauma-informed approach.  “In creating […]

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In wake of canceled meeting, Institute of Politics says it will no longer host public hearings

By: and - September 30, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m. with information that Gov. Chris Sununu had canceled an event, citing concerns for ticket holders. A day after Gov. Chris Sununu downplayed a raucous protest that shut down an Executive Council meeting Wednesday, Attorney General John Formella announced he’s investigating whether any protesters broke the […]

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Executive Council meeting canceled over safety concerns

By: - September 29, 2021

This story was updated Sept. 29, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. with a comment from House Speaker Sherman Packard. It was updated again at 5:30 p.m. with follow-up comments from Gov. Chris Sununu and a group that organized a protest outside the Executive Council meeting. Citing concerns about the safety of state employees in the room, the […]

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Committee signs off on amended bill that would eliminate ultrasound requirement for all abortions

By: and - September 28, 2021

With the support of a Republican lawmaker, the House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed, 11-10, an amended bill Tuesday that would eliminate the state’s new ultrasound requirement for all abortions.  The amendment followed a confusing debate over competing language and landed in an unlikely place, House Bill 622, which sought to ban virtually all abortions except […]

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Executive Council to vote on $5 million in federal money for agencies that assist crime victims

By: - September 28, 2021

Advocates say the $5 million in federal funding for crime victims up for approval at the Executive Council Wednesday could not come at a better time. They were anticipating a drop in their usual grant funding just as reports of violence and abuse against adults and children have surged. “Core services will remain in place […]

Judge rules against plaintiffs in lawsuit over early end to enhanced federal unemployment benefits

By: - September 27, 2021

A state superior court judge on Monday rejected a lawsuit filed against the state challenging Gov. Chris Sununu’s early end to federal pandemic unemployment assistance. In her ruling, Judge Jacalyn Colburn refuted the plaintiffs’ arguments that the state had no authority to end a federal program prematurely.  The lawsuit, brought by four people who received federal […]

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For some nursing students, vaccine mandate is a deal breaker

By: - September 27, 2021

As the state prepares to hire a recruiting firm to bring desperately needed health care workers to New Hampshire, some nursing students with safety concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine are leaving their nursing programs over vaccine mandates. A new state law prohibits most of their colleges from requiring a COVID-19 vaccine, but their clinical sites […]

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Lawmakers urged to extend changes to child tax credit

By: - September 24, 2021

Carrie Duran, a single mother of three and a full-time student, has a reminder for federal lawmakers opposed to extending changes to the child tax credit that have been credited with decreasing child poverty by 40 percent. The additional financial support is keeping her ahead of her bills, including tuition. “As a working mom, as […]

COVID in the 603: More screen time means more reports of internet crimes against children

By: - September 23, 2021

Much of COVID-19’s fallout has gotten a lot of attention: Mental health complaints are up, students have fallen behind, burned-out health care workers are leaving the field. This hasn’t: The state has seen a surge in its reports of internet crimes against children, doubling from about 50 to 100 per month. “We’re basically telling the […]

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Delegation urges federal officials to expedite reversal of ‘gag rule’ on family planning providers

By: - September 22, 2021

Citing the Executive Council’s vote to defund the state’s three largest low-cost reproductive health care providers, the federal delegation has asked federal officials to expedite reversal of a Trump-era “gag rule” that is preventing the providers from accessing alternative funds. “Further delay in the approval process will result in prolonged funding shortfalls for family planning […]