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After delays, state says it will close on 220-acre Laconia property in March
02-22-2024 2:34 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

After two months-long delays, the state says it will close its $21.5 million deal on the 220-acre Laconia State School property on March 13. The state has tried to sell the property, which needs considerable work, including the removal of dilapidated...


Sports betting raised $100M for education in first four years
02-19-2024 12:48 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

In the four years since New Hampshire legalized sports betting and teamed up with DraftKings, the partnership has contributed $100 million to public education, according to the New Hampshire Lottery. It’s one of several games run by the Lottery that...


Government transparency advocates prevail in slowing bill with public records fee
02-11-2024 11:02 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Under heavy lobbying from government transparency advocates, the House reversed itself Thursday and agreed to rethink a bill it passed last week that would allow communities to charge up to $25 an hour to fulfill requests for public records when doing...


Bill aims to prevent more ‘horrifying’ treatment of children in state placement
02-07-2024 4:28 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Details of what the Office of the Child Advocate called “horrifying” abuse and neglect of two New Hampshire boys placed by the state in a Tennessee youth facility are behind legislation that would require the state to substantially increase its...


House passes bill that could make public records requests costly
02-02-2024 2:45 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Requests for public documents, such as those that unearthed the shady sale of public land in Webster and over-inflated taxes in Nashua, could become pricey under a bill that cleared the House Thursday but will go before lawmakers again next week for...


Lawmakers will again take up bills expanding, tightening gun laws
02-01-2024 2:40 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Of the nearly dozen gun bills lawmakers will soon take up, one is particularly noteworthy because it’s backed by unlikely allies: mental health advocates and a pair of House members who’ve long been at opposite ends of firearm legislation.House Bill...


State delays sale of Laconia property
01-11-2024 3:09 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state has delayed its closing on a $21.5 million sale of the former Laconia State School property a second time, but the deal remains on track, said Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus of the state Department of Administrative Services.While there...


Some hospitals restore masking policy
01-10-2024 4:42 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

You may be asked to wear a mask the next time you visit a New Hampshire hospital or health care facility. The New Hampshire Hospital Association said Wednesday the change comes as hospitals are nearly full due to an increase in respiratory illnesses...


House passes bill prohibiting casinos from charging charities rent
01-04-2024 4:08 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Charities would no longer have to give up some of their winnings in rent payments to the casinos they partner with under a bill that passed in the House Thursday.Senate Bill 112, which cleared the House on a voice vote, would prohibit casinos from...


Sanborns’ financial experts raised red flags over his planned use of pandemic funds
12-26-2023 5:29 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

As Concord Casino owner and former state Sen. Andy Sanborn awaits a decision on the fate of his state gaming license, an affidavit and emails he and his wife, state Rep. Laurie Sanborn, exchanged with financial consultants raised questions about their...


State says federal numbers on NH children who lost Medicaid are inflated, misleading
12-20-2023 5:59 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Federal officials are raising concerns about New Hampshire and eight other states they say are leading the country in terminating Medicaid coverage for children now that pandemic protections have ended. According to the Centers for Medicare and...


NH campers may soon pay more for tent, RV sites
12-10-2023 4:43 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Camping at state parks would be considerably more expensive under a proposal going before lawmakers next week but still cheaper than camping elsewhere, according to the state Division of Parks and Recreation.If approved, this would be the first...


Together, New England College and hospitals aim to tackle nursing vacancies
12-06-2023 4:13 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s health care industry had to get creative after the pandemic exacerbated pre-existing workforce shortages, doubling the vacancy rate for nurses and LNAs between 2019 and 2022, according to the New Hampshire Hospital Association.Employers...


State faces lawsuit over home care
12-05-2023 1:22 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Until last week, the Department of Health and Human Services was facing a lawsuit from two people who said the state had put them at severe risk of entering a nursing home by providing them less in-home care than it had deemed necessary.In one case, a...


Executive Council Republicans again reject family planning contracts
11-29-2023 3:37 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

For the fifth time in three years, the four Republicans on the Executive Council voted Wednesday to reject contracts with three organizations that had provided the majority of the state’s low-cost basic reproductive health care, such as cancer...


DHHS: Kids’ needs warrant a larger replacement for Sununu Youth Services Center
11-27-2023 4:52 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

The state’s new secure facility for at-risk youth won’t have more than 18 beds, as lawmakers demanded, but it will be bigger and cost more than the $21.6 million budgeted. That’s largely due to the needs of the teenagers who will be there, according...


Shaheen seeks more funding for border
11-02-2023 6:31 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Monday echoed Gov. Chris Sununu’s calls for increased border patrol funding for New Hampshire, citing an increase in migrant encounters in Vermont and New Hampshire. Shaheen also narrowed the number of encounters that could have...


‘Huge and historic:’ NH care providers celebrate big Medicaid rate increases
10-25-2023 12:35 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Two agencies that keep 600 people out of nursing homes by providing in-home care have learned the state will give them a direly needed 42 percent Medicaid rate increase — more than they had asked for. “It’s a game changer,” said Keith Kuenning,...


Lawmakers rethinking abuse, neglect placements
09-07-2023 4:34 PM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

It looks certain that New Hampshire lawmakers will introduce legislation next week that would tighten the state’s ability to place neglected and abused children in institutional settings when their own homes are unsafe.The inspiration? A pair of...


New law eliminates insurance pre-approval for crisis mental health, substance use care
08-24-2023 9:30 AM

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS

Insurance companies in New Hampshire can no longer require their members to get prior authorization before getting coverage for emergency mental health or substance use care when it is provided by a mobile crisis team, outside a licensed hospital. The...

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