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Fact check: Republicans say abortion isn’t banned in NH and not a top issue for voters
07-02-2024 10:13 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

At a time when national Republican leaders often struggle to talk about abortion restrictions they’ve supported, the New Hampshire Republican Party is making those restrictions central to its 2024 campaign strategy.  Last week, party Chairman Chris...

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More dentists are agreeing to see Medicaid patients – but not enough to meet demand
07-11-2024 10:13 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

It took oral health advocates nearly 25 years to persuade lawmakers to provide adults on Medicaid coverage for basic dental care. Gail Brown, one of those advocates, said she saw that investment pay dividends in far less time.Brown was stopped this...


Sanborn secures another win over the state, this time an extension to sell his casino
06-27-2024 1:06 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has granted former state Sen. Andy Sanborn’s request for at least a three-week extension to sell the casino it ordered shuttered in December following allegations he misused nearly $844,000 in federal pandemic aid to enrich himself, $181,250...


After a year of ‘teeny tiny steps,’ advocates aim for bigger child care fixes
06-11-2024 10:01 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Two years ago, the House speaker appointed a special committee to solve or at least mitigate the child care crisis in New Hampshire. There’s disagreement among lawmakers and child care advocates about its success.Committee members have sent a few...


Kangaroo ownership, rodent traps, brass knuckles: The bills you may have missed
06-10-2024 12:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Kangaroo ownership, rodent traps, brass knuckles. The bills you may have missed.You can continue pronouncing Concord however you like and use adhesive rodent traps, but brass knuckles remain illegal and you’ll still need a permit to adopt a...


‘The viability of hospitals is at stake’: Lawmakers, governor, hospitals fail to reach deal on Medicaid payments
06-07-2024 2:01 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s 26 hospitals stand to lose millions in state payments for uncompensated care with the collapse Thursday of negotiations between the governor, lawmakers, and the hospitals. With a deadline fast approaching and a legislative fix seemingly...


Tempers flare after House passes gun background check bill again
05-24-2024 11:31 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

It was a dramatic 15 minutes on the House floor Thursday afternoon. First, the House likely picked a fight with the Senate by voting overwhelmingly to revive and send back to the Senate a gun background check bill senators tabled last week. This time,...


Child care providers: We like the $25K grant, love the free business coaching
05-20-2024 9:22 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Ellen Grudzien is the founder, executive director, accountant, and landscaper for Let’s Grow Outside, a preschool program with classrooms in Amherst and an outdoor-based program in Bedford. In that, Grudzien is not unique among child care providers...


Dartmouth takes over psychiatric treatment for children at Hampstead Hospital
05-16-2024 9:59 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Over the objections of mental health advocates and others two years ago, the state chose a private company that primarily works with incarcerated adults to provide psychiatric treatment to children at Hampstead Hospital. With that $52.5 million...


Lawmakers hear some good news about state revenues – and reasons for concern
05-10-2024 10:22 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Lawmakers got some good news this week. State revenues were about $142 million ahead of projections as of May, despite lower than planned revenue from tobacco, real estate, and business enterprise taxes. The House Ways and Means Committee heard some...


Community health workers, Republicans disagree over who should pay for their services
05-06-2024 9:55 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Understanding the impact of a community health care worker requires connecting the dots. Paula Smith, director of the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center, did that for lawmakers recently while asking them to secure funding for that...


AG: Bill would reduce YDC lawsuits by paying victims more, expanding eligibility
04-30-2024 9:46 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state is responding on two fronts to the hundreds of claims of sexual and physical abuse from individuals held as children at the former Youth Development Center: in a Brentwood courtroom, where it is defending itself against the first of what...


NH troops from the border: ‘We have to adapt every night to every scenario’
04-29-2024 12:21 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

New Hampshire National Guard Lt. Ryan Camp looked through the border fence separating Texas and Mexico, and made a mental note of the pickup truck crawling back and forth along the bank of the Rio Grande. He logged the man fishing and the person he...


No deal. Laconia buyer misses deadline, state is out $21.5 million.
04-23-2024 10:23 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In 2021, Gov. Chris Sununu rewrote state law to give himself the power to sell the beautiful but problematic 220-acre former Laconia State School campus, saying he’d succeed where others had failed. With just three votes from the Executive Council,...


Court: Communities can’t reject solar on looks, property value fears alone
04-17-2024 10:18 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Four communities in the state have been recognized as solar-welcoming by SolSmart, a federally funded organization that helps municipalities expand solar power. Franklin is not among them, and a recent state Supreme Court opinion likely won’t help get...


Laconia land deal buyer Robynne Alexander under investigation by state securities bureau
04-09-2024 12:49 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

This story was updated April 9, 2024, at 10:05 a.m. after two people Alexander identifies as team members said they consulted for her briefly and have no ongoing role in the project.The state Bureau of Securities Regulation, an agency charged with...


Roving patrols, culture shock, and scorpions: NH soldiers arrive in Texas
04-08-2024 12:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The 15 New Hampshire National Guard soldiers who arrived in Texas Thursday to assist with border control were warned about safety risks. Many were not what you’d expect: vipers, ticks, filth flies, mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus, and...


Slain state hospital security officer was unarmed. State moves to change that.
04-02-2024 1:00 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state is moving forward with what would be a significant change at New Hampshire Hospital: armed private security guards. The move is a response to the November fatal shooting of state hospital security officer Bradley Haas, who was unarmed in the...


Gun-rights Republicans split, pass bill adding mental health records to gun checks
03-29-2024 10:22 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Gun rights advocates who are usually unified on gun legislation split Thursday on a bill that would add some mental health records to gun background checks. New Hampshire is one of several states that does not report that information to the federal...


State says its buyer has four weeks to ‘put up or shut up’ and close Laconia land deal
03-28-2024 9:46 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has given its chosen buyer until April 22 to “put up or shut up” and close on a $21.5 million land deal for the former 220-acre Laconia State School property. The buyer and her team have requested three extensions since winning the bid to...


Lawmakers scale back public records fee to target ‘largest, most problematic requests’
03-24-2024 7:54 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In a compromise with the ACLU of New Hampshire and media representatives, lawmakers made significant changes to a bill Thursday that would have allowed municipalities and the state to charge up to $25 an hour for right-to-know requests that took...

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