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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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School leaders carry a heavy burden as they prepare to welcome back students

By: - August 3, 2021

With the Delta variant spreading, vaccination rates plateauing, and mask-wearing increasingly divisive, school leaders have an unenviable job this year: write pandemic safety plans using inconsistent public health guidance and interpret local transmission rates to decide when to scale up or scale down safety measures, such as masks. Then, they must sell it to staff, […]

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Contracts aim to address shortage of mental health crisis beds in state

By: - August 2, 2021

State health officials have long said the shortage of mental health crisis beds at the state hospital is a “back door” problem, meaning there are too few places to discharge patients who are ready to leave but still need some care. That backup would be reduced under tentative agreements the state Department of Health and […]

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For many in New Hampshire, earned income tax credit is a missed opportunity

By: - July 30, 2021

The “earned income tax credit” is a big tax break that could use a better name. One in four eligible New Hampshire residents failed to claim it in 2018, giving up nearly $50 million, a problem many attribute to poor marketing by the IRS.  There are fears those numbers will grow this year under expanded […]

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American Rescue Plan money setting town and city projects in motion

By: - July 29, 2021

This story was updated July 29, 2021 at 3 p.m. with information about Claremont’s plans for its federal aid. Nearly 70 New Hampshire cities and towns have received the first half of the nearly $112 million coming to them as part of the American Rescue Plan Act passed in May. Sixty others have submitted requests […]

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Latest UNH poll shows opposition to state’s new abortion ban is growing

By: - July 28, 2021

Opposition to the state’s new 24-week abortion ban, which mandates ultrasounds and carries criminal penalties for doctors who violate it, grew by 10 percentage points in a month, according to the UNH Survey Center’s most recent Granite State Poll. The ban has gotten significantly more attention in the last four weeks, and new wording in […]

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In push for pricing transparency, state’s hospitals stumble

By: - July 27, 2021

This story was updated June 27, 2021 at 8 a.m. to include a comment from HCA NH, which includes Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Parkland Medical Center, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Under a new federal law, hospitals are required to post prices for hundreds of procedures on their websites and make those costs easy for patients to […]

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Sununu signs ‘immunization freedom’ bill into law

By: - July 26, 2021

This story was updated June 26 at 8:30 p.m. to clarify that the state can continue mandating immunizations but has not added the COVID-19 vaccination to its required immunizations. With less than 50 percent of the country fully vaccinated, California and New York City announced Monday that all public workers will be required to get […]

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As end to federal eviction moratorium approaches, relief applications pile up

By: - July 23, 2021

With the federal moratorium on evictions ending July 31, there are more than 3,000 rental relief applications pending and about $175 million still available to tenants who need help with utilities, heat, rent, internet, and other housing bills, according to the program’s website.   Marta Hurgin, a lawyer with 603 Legal Aid, said her office is […]

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Here’s what you need to know about the monthly child tax credit payments

By: - July 23, 2021

Big changes to the child tax credit, especially new monthly payments for each child, have made child care bills, rent, and car repairs easier to cover. But they’ve also triggered questions among parents and even fears that the government will try to recoup the money, as the state did with some unemployment benefits.  “A lot […]

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Officials report 22 current hospitalizations, three deaths this week related to COVID-19

By: - July 22, 2021

Over 99 percent of COVID-19 deaths in a several-state study over the last six months were unvaccinated people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported the number while urging more people to get vaccinated. In New Hampshire, that data is not being closely tracked for deaths or hospitalizations, Gov. Chris Sununu […]

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Public employers also receive guidance on ‘divisive concepts’ from Attorney General’s Office

By: - July 22, 2021

This story was updated July 22, 2021 at 3 p.m. with information from the state Attorney General’s Office.  In addition to guidance for school officials, the state Attorney General’s Office has also released advice for public employers on upholding the state’s new “divisive concepts” law during trainings. The public employer guidance says the new law […]

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State releases ‘divisive concepts’ guidance for educators, public employers

By: - July 21, 2021

This story was updated July 22, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. with a statement from NEA-NH. Public school educators will not be violating the state’s new “divisive concepts” law if their lessons on slavery, the civil rights movement, and the treatment of marginalized people leave some students feeling “uncomfortable,” according to guidance issued Wednesday evening by […]