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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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Health and Human Services requests use of federal funds to assist Ukrainian refugees

By: - November 17, 2022

The state Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to use nearly $697,000 in federal money to provide the estimated 175 Ukrainian refugees who arrived in New Hampshire this year help finding jobs and housing, learning English, and accessing vaccines. The department is expected to ask the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee Friday to use […]

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‘Family glitch’ fix makes thousands of Granite Staters newly qualified for cheaper insurance

By: - November 16, 2022

The “open enrollment” window to buy subsidized health care from the federal government opened Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 15. Here’s the bigger news: A fix of the so-called “family glitch” means thousands more people may now qualify for cheaper insurance – but not know it.  “We’re worried that if people had checked on […]

Forensic hospital on track but over budget 

By: - November 15, 2022

This story was updated Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. to correct the increase in construction costs. The state is on track to begin construction of a $45 million, 24-bed forensic hospital next to the state hospital early next spring or summer, but it’s going to cost about $6 million more than expected due […]

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State seeking $13 million to relocate Lakes Region backup 911 center, fire dispatch

By: - November 14, 2022

With a potential buyer interested in the former Laconia State School, the Department of Safety has asked lawmakers for permission to use $13 million in federal pandemic aid to relocate the backup 911 center and a fire dispatch agency located on the site.  Under the plan, the state would build a new facility for the […]

State child care leaders say rule change on background checks ‘devastating’

By: - November 11, 2022

Child care leaders received what they are calling “devastating” news Thursday. As of Dec. 15, they will no longer be able to start new hires before their background checks are done, a process they say can take six weeks or longer. Currently, new staff can start immediately as long as they are supervised and accompanied […]

Republicans hold on to 4-1 Executive Council majority despite strong challenge by Democrats

By: - November 10, 2022

A unified and well-funded campaign by Democrats to claim all five Executive Council seats fell short Tuesday, with the four sitting Republicans beating their challengers.  The election results maintain the 4-1 party split that has given Republican members the votes to eliminate funding for low-cost family planning health care and halt a vote on a […]

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Democrats make gains in New Hampshire House, retain federal seats

By: - November 9, 2022

Democrats defied pollsters’ predictions at both the federal and state levels Tuesday. New Hampshire House Clerk Paul Smith was waiting on five House races as of midday Wednesday, but said in a tweet a 200-200 party divide was “very possible.” Republicans currently hold a 24 seat majority. House Republicans lost a few high-profile members Tuesday.  […]

Inflation, abortion among drivers of strong Election Day turnout in New Hampshire  

By: , and - November 8, 2022

Ronald Smith, 57, of Seabrook said he voted Republican for the first time in his life during Tuesday’s midterm election for two reasons.  He wants the southern border secured against fentanyl traffickers, whom he blames for his nephew’s drug overdose. And he can no longer afford his groceries.  “Four dollars for a dozen eggs? Four […]

$5.2 million sought for infection control upgrades at Hillsborough County Nursing Home

By: - November 1, 2022

The Hillsborough County Nursing Home could be the second to receive newly available federal money for infection control upgrades, though its $5.2 million request is far less than the $25.2 million given to Sullivan County for its nursing home improvements last month. The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery will ask the Executive Council […]

Election experts: Trump-Sununu dynamic a ‘fascinating’ boost for right-wing Republicans

By: - November 1, 2022

This story was updated Nov. 1, 2022 at 9 a.m. to add a second primary endorsement from Gov. Chris Sununu. Former President Donald Trump hasn’t campaigned alongside the Republicans running for Congress. And he didn’t endorse in the primary. He didn’t have to. Don Bolduc, Karoline Leavitt, and Robert Burns made it onto the Nov. […]

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Delta Dental would begin Medicaid dental benefits for adults under $33.5 million contract

By: - October 31, 2022

Adults insured by Medicaid may be a step closer to having their dental care covered. On Wednesday, the Executive Council will consider a $33.5 million contract with the Delta Dental Plan of New Hampshire to provide not only oral care but also oral education and transportation to appointments when needed. The company would have until […]

Kuster and Burns go toe to toe in 2nd Congressional District debate

By: - October 28, 2022

Democratic U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and Republican challenger Robert Burns clashed on issues ranging from abortion and immigration to foreign policy and white supremacy in a charged debate Friday hosted by New Hampshire Public Radio and the Bulletin. Kuster said she’s running to protect freedoms, a reference to abortion rights, and touted her support for […]