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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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Supporters of bill to help small businesses puzzled by House committee recommendation

By: - June 2, 2021

Nearly 7,600 of the state’s small businesses received a lifeline when federal “Main Street” pandemic aid arrived last year – but only if they had opened at least nine months before COVID-19 hit. After hearing from some of those excluded business owners earlier this year, the New Hampshire Senate voted, 23-1, in favor of legislation […]

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With new urgency, efforts to address mental health crisis getting back on track

By: - June 1, 2021

The Legislature’s $20 million plan in 2019 to expand desperately needed mental health services stalled after the pandemic hit. A recent state Supreme Court ruling and stories of kids and adults waiting days in emergency rooms for help has put that effort back on track.  The Senate is poised to reverse two significant cuts to […]

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Summer hiking season begins – and rescue season along with it

By: - May 31, 2021

Memorial Day kicks off the summer hiking season in New Hampshire, and with it, hikers who need rescuing. If last year is any indication, a lot of those rescues will be done by phone.  Typically, the state Fish and Game search-and-rescue team averages about 50 “non-responsive” rescues a year, meaning someone from the team can […]

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‘Religious liberty’ bill amended to address discrimination concerns

By: - May 26, 2021

An amended version of a “religious liberty” bill up for a Senate vote Thursday preserves a church’s right to stay open during a future state of emergency but eliminates what civil rights advocates said would allow for discrimination on religious grounds. Rep. Keith Ammon, a New Boston Republican and House Bill 542’s sponsor, supports the […]

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Senators remove one abortion restriction from budget, shifting focus to Executive Council

By: - May 26, 2021

This article was updated May 26, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. to correct the spelling of Ben Vihstadt’s name. A last-minute amendment to the Senate’s budget would keep a 24-week abortion ban but exempt providers from using separate space and staff for abortion services, a requirement reproductive health clinics said would seriously jeopardize care for 12,000 […]

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Senate committee passes bill banning abortions after 24 weeks

By: - May 25, 2021

In a 3-2 party-line vote Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill banning nearly all abortions after 24 weeks, even in the case of rape or incest. It is at least the sixth such abortion restriction bill introduced in the last 10 years and the only one to reach the Senate. Three prior attempts […]

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Survey finds residents pessimistic about long-term economic outlook

By: - May 24, 2021

Consumer confidence is rebounding in New Hampshire, but pessimism about the trajectory of personal finances is at Great Recession levels, according to a new poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The findings were released Monday and are the latest in the Business and Industry Association’s consumer confidence report.  As with UNH’s other […]

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Early end to federal unemployment benefits pushes some toward brink

By: - May 24, 2021

This story was updated May 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. to clarify that federal unemployment will decline $11.4 million per week after all federal benefits end June 19, 2021.  Gov. Chris Sununu’s decision to end federal unemployment benefits three months early has parents like Sherry Pratt in a panic.  She lost her $60,000-a-year job when […]

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Young Democratic Caucus pushes Sununu on mental health care spending

By: - May 21, 2021

The House Young Democratic Caucus called on Gov. Chris Sununu Friday to move quickly on using $10.7 million in new federal aid to expand mental health care across the state. The lawmakers also said they’ll be introducing legislation next session to give minors more mental health options, bolster counseling in schools, and recruit mental health […]

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Senate committee rejects attempts to undo abortion restrictions

By: - May 20, 2021

This story was updated May 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with new information from U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. In party line votes, the Senate Finance Committee rejected attempts to undo two House restrictions on abortion Wednesday that House Republicans have said are nonnegotiable.  If those budget line items make it through the […]

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Lawmakers take up ‘vaccine freedom’ measures

By: - May 19, 2021

A Senate committee put limits around one “vaccine freedom” bill Wednesday, but another much broader one may be headed over from the House.  The Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed an amended version of House Bill 220, which seeks to allow most people to refuse any vaccine or medical intervention. The amended version limits […]

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Sununu says extra federal unemployment benefits to end June 19, announces stipend program

By: - May 18, 2021

Gov. Chris Sununu said Tuesday he will end the extra federal unemployment benefits on June 19, including the $300 weekly payment being collected by nearly 35,500 people in the state. He also announced he has set aside $10 million to pay stipends of $500 and $1,000 to people who come off unemployment and get a […]