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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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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 […]

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American Academy of Pediatrics says even vaccinated students should wear masks

By: - July 20, 2021

When schools reopen, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending everyone over the age of 2 wears a mask, even if they have been vaccinated. So far, state public health officials have not adopted that recommendation and local policies differ among districts. The recommendation from the AAP, issued Monday, differs from the Centers for Disease […]

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For many families, monthly child tax credit payments arriving just in time

By: - July 20, 2021

Single mom Carrie Duran of Wolfeboro was shouldering a lot before the pandemic. She was in school full time, working part time, and caring for her twins and a daughter who has Down syndrome.  “It’s been pretty tight. We’ve struggled financially quite a bit,” Duran said. “But with a little luck and a whole lot […]

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Liberty Alliance faces backlash over choice of keynote speaker

By: - July 19, 2021

The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance’s annual dinner Saturday will celebrate legislative victories, award an “activist of the year” – and be keynoted by a New Hampshire businessman who has tweeted racial slurs and that a minor who disagreed on an issue could perform a sexual act on him.  That choice has some in the organization […]

Manchester appears alone with a plan for its $43.2 million new federal aid

By: - July 16, 2021

The five New Hampshire cities awarded nearly $86 million in American Rescue Plan money have until late August to tell the federal government how they’ll use that money. So far, Manchester appears to be the only city with a detailed plan. Officials in Rochester, Nashua, and Portsmouth said they are still developing spending priorities for […]

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Amid talk of booster shots, focus remains on getting more people fully vaccinated

By: - July 16, 2021

As Pfizer and federal agencies argue over the need for a COVID-19 booster shot, an associate professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine sees a different priority: getting more people vaccinated now. “I think what we really need to think about is the order in which this is (done),” said Dr. Michael […]

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Atkinson firm under investigation over dealings with Russia

By: - July 15, 2021

An Atkinson company, Intertech Corporation, is being investigated by the FBI and federal prosecutors for allegedly providing lab and scientific equipment to Russia’s weapons of mass destruction program, according to a federal search warrant. The court record also alleges the company tried to sneak around federal exporting regulations after contact from the FBI to avoid […]

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State’s workforce shortage shows no signs of abating

By: - July 14, 2021

This story was updated July 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. to include comments from Gov. Chris Sununu’s office. The early end of generous federal unemployment benefits was supposed to mitigate hiring challenges. It hasn’t, or at least not much. “We’re hiring” signs still hang everywhere, nearly a month after Gov. Chris Sununu ended all unemployment […]