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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.

Scales of justice

State defends its indigent defense, rejects report’s alleged conflicts of interest

By: - October 25, 2022

The state is falling short of its constitutional duty to ensure all poor defendants unable to hire a lawyer get an effective legal defense, according to an assessment the state Judicial Council requested of its work. Sarah Blodgett, the council’s executive director, has already incorporated one recommendation from the Sixth Amendment Center’s report, released Tuesday. […]

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Potential buyer emerges for former Laconia State School property

By: - October 20, 2022

This story was updated on Oct. 20 at 4:10 p.m. to add a video link of Wednesday’s presentation and on Friday Oct. 21, 2022 with a copy of the plan, the day the state shared it.  After years of failed attempts, the state has identified a buyer who wants to develop the 220-acre former Laconia […]

Protestors hold signs supporting sex education in front of State House

Republican councilors once again hold up funding for after-school sex ed program

By: - October 19, 2022

For a third time, Republican executive councilors have halted funding for a decade-old sex education program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy in Sullivan County and Manchester, which have the state’s highest teen birth rates.  The three councilors who voted to hold off a vote on the $682,000 contract Wednesday, Joe Kenney, David Wheeler, and Ted […]

Citing hiring challenges, Gersh Autism to close school at Crotched Mountain

By: - October 19, 2022

Gersh Autism told parents Monday it is closing its day and residential school and recreation program at Crotched Mountain on Nov. 18. The news leaves families of children whose disabilities are too complex for public school with limited alternatives. The company, which calls the school Legacy By Gersh, cited reasons similar to those that nearly […]

As state braces for COVID surge, $8.9 million sought for vaccine clinics and other initiatives

By: - October 17, 2022

New Hampshire public health officials say they see a dangerous combination ahead: a winter rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and low interest in coronavirus booster shots, especially the new bivalent dose targeted at omicron.  Approximately half of Granite Staters eligible for the first booster have gotten one and far fewer, about 35 percent, […]

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State agencies strapped by labor shortages eye $18.6 million in tech upgrades as a solution

By: - October 13, 2022

With more than 200 town and city offices relying on it for a steady supply of license plates and renewal decals, the Department of Safety says it can’t afford staff vacancies. Revenue Administration officials say the same as workers process hundreds of paper tax forms and payments – with an outdated scanner.  A number of […]

Bulletin to host series of debates with NHPR, NHPBS

By: - October 12, 2022

The New Hampshire Bulletin is partnering with New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire PBS on a series of candidate debates that you can attend, listen to live, or watch later via streaming.  For each debate, a Bulletin and NHPR reporter will question candidates for an hour. “The participation of candidates in public debates is […]

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Pollsters: Over-50 voters will loom large in state’s midterm elections

By: - October 12, 2022

Party affiliation, education level, and gender will all influence election results next month. A pair of pollsters said Wednesday voter age will too, especially those over 50, whom they predict will represent more than 60 percent of the midterm turnout.  “That’s who candidates should be focused on,” said Bob Ward of Fabrizio Ward, a national […]

Request to lawmakers seeks $20 million in federal pandemic aid for state community centers

By: - October 10, 2022

The many community centers around New Hampshire, from small volunteer operations to those run by cities and towns, could have a chance at up to $1 million for expansion, improvements, and ventilation investments.  The Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery is scheduled to ask lawmakers Friday to put $20 million in federal pandemic aid […]

Drug pricing board to face second repeal effort in Legislature

By: - October 7, 2022

There will be a second attempt during the next legislative session to repeal a state board charged with helping the state reduce prescription drug costs for public employees with state, county, and local health insurance. A similar effort to repeal the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, created in 2020 with the support of Gov. Chris Sununu, […]

GOP executive councilors hold up funding for after-school sex ed they approved in prior years

By: - October 6, 2022

This story was updated Oct. 6, 2022 at 8:45 a.m. to include a statement from the Bi-State Primary Care Association that was unintentionally omitted.  Three Executive Council Republicans have for a second time paused funding for a long-standing after-school sexual health education program for at-risk adolescents in Manchester and Sullivan County, areas with the highest […]

State is putting its vaccine vans back on the road

By: - October 4, 2022

The state Department of Health and Human Services is returning three mobile vaccine vans to the road ahead of fall and winter, when the state has previously seen COVID-19 surges.  Businesses and community groups can book the vans for onsite vaccinations at no cost. The vans will also visit people who are homebound and unable […]