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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.

State aims to help birthing centers, midwives with rising malpractice insurance premiums

By: - September 12, 2022

The state’s five birthing centers and home birth midwives may be getting state assistance to help with a significant spike in their malpractice insurance premiums, a jump they say threatens their ability to stay open. One provider saw its premium jump by $40,000 a year, a 250 percent increase, and the owner of the Concord […]

New hospital would add over 100 beds for psychiatric and substance misuse care

By: - September 9, 2022

The Department of Health and Human Services has received initial approval to provide SolutionHealth, which owns Elliot Hospital in Manchester, $15 million in federal money to build a new behavioral health hospital. The facility would add more than 100 new treatment beds for children and adults struggling with mental illness and substance misuse. This is […]

Chuck Morse at lecturn

As Sununu endorses Morse for U.S. Senate, analysts ask: Will it matter?

By: and - September 9, 2022

This story was updated on Sept. 9 at 7:26 a.m. to add a response from Brig. Gen. Don Bolduc’s political director, Jimmy Thompson and on Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. to correct Steve Duprey’s length of time as chair of the state Republican party.  Gov. Chris Sununu endorsed Senate President Chuck Morse for U.S. Senate […]

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Grant to allow NH Legal Assistance to expand its work with domestic violence survivors

By: - September 7, 2022

This headline was updated on Sept. 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. to clarify the use of the grant money. New Hampshire Legal Assistance has long helped survivors of domestic violence navigate the legal system, including obtaining restraining orders, child support, and parenting plans when someone cannot afford an attorney. The agency says a new grant […]

Attorney general’s “major” changes to YDC settlement plan clear final vote

By: - September 7, 2022

A new framework approved by lawmakers Tuesday will allow the state to begin settling claims in January with hundreds of people sexually and physically abused while at the state’s former Youth Development Center. The vote came after Attorney General John Formella made what he described as “major” changes to address lawmakers’ concerns.   But Democrats on […]

$35 million in federal aid helps Colebrook glove maker expand but not avoid 170 layoffs

By: - September 6, 2022

A federal watchdog agency warned last year that American companies that had received $10 billion to quickly expand production of gloves, masks, and gowns would suffer without guarantees their products would be purchased domestically over cheaper imports from Asia.  That warning proved true in Colebrook.  American Performance Polymers, which received $35 million to ramp up […]

Report outlines the many challenges for Granite State workers – especially women

By: - September 5, 2022

Since the pandemic, women have left the workforce at a higher rate than men, in part because there continues to be a shortage of affordable child care, according to a new report from the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute. In addition, the industries that have a higher percentage of female workers are recovering more slowly […]

Federal government to end free at-home COVID test program this week

By: - August 31, 2022

Those who planned to order their free COVID-19 tests from the federal government but never did shouldn’t tarry. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that it will suspend the program Friday, citing funding.  Tests and testing remain available throughout New Hampshire at pharmacies and medical offices but not through the mail. […]

Conservative group targets health providers for making abortion referrals

By: - August 30, 2022

The state Family Planning Program’s four remaining providers, which provide low-cost reproductive health care, do not perform abortions. But a Christian advocacy group wants them defunded because they can refer patients to providers who do. In a series of recent tweets, Cornerstone applauded Executive Council Republicans for rejecting family planning contracts with Planned Parenthood of […]

Outdoor sign on a lawn for the New Hampshire Insurance Department

Insurance Department returns $2.3 million to wronged consumers, levies a record $371,000 in fines

By: - August 29, 2022

The New Hampshire Insurance Department more than doubled the amount of money it returned to consumers over last year, securing $2.3 million primarily from insurance companies that denied claims or overcharged consumers. It also levied a record number of fines against insurers and insurance agents. The department’s assistance to Granite Staters is free but it […]

Proposed changes to religious exemption form for school vaccine mandates draw pushback

By: - August 25, 2022

Under a new state law, the Department of Health and Human Services has dropped its requirement that parents get a notary’s signature when they submit a form exempting their child from school and child care vaccine mandates for religious reasons.  But the department is proposing new requirements that have angered the law’s prime sponsor and […]

Effort to digitize town reports close to completion

By: - August 23, 2022

This story was updated on Aug. 23, 2022, at 3:05 p.m. to include comments from the state librarian. In 1891, the town of Acworth returned $3.96 to two residents who’d been charged too much in property taxes. Berlin reported 123 marriages, 443 births, and 202 deaths in 1916. And in 1940, the city of Concord […]