Michael Brindley

Morning Edition producer

Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor. Michael started his career in journalism working as a reporter for the Derry News. Michael is a New Hampshire native, born and raised in Nashua. He studied journalism at Keene State College.

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At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, a retired Navy rear admiral with New Hampshire ties described Donald Trump as too erratic to lead the nation’s military.

John Hutson, who served as dean of the UNH School of Law for a decade, criticized the Republican nominee for endorsing torture and for proposals he says would require U.S. troops to commit war crimes.

“This very morning, he personally invited Russia to hack us,” Hutson said. “That’s not law and order; that’s criminal intent.”

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State Senator Martha Fuller Clark was the only one of New Hampshire's eight superdelegates to support Sen. Bernie Sanders.

That's despite Sanders' 22-point victory in in the state in February. 

She cast her vote during Tuesday night's roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

But now that Hillary Clinton is officially the Democratic nominee and Sanders has endorsed her, Fuller Clark says it's time for all Democrats to rally behind the former Secretary of State.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen  says it's time for Bernie Sanders supporters to unite behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

"We can't afford to have people sitting on the sidelines complaining," Shaheen said, speaking to NHPR's Morning Edition from Philadelphia.

"I am reminded of the 2000 race between Al Gore and George W. Bush when people who were not happy with Al Gore in New Hampshire voted for Ralph Nader and swung the state’s four electoral votes to George W. Bush and that was the election," Shaheen said.

A New Hampshire woman took the stage last night at the Democratic National Convention to talk about how the heroin and opioid addiction crisis is affecting her family.

Pam Livengood of Keene spoke about having to take care of her grandson Francis after her daughter and her boyfriend got caught up in drugs, starting with pain medication.

"For my 50th birthday, I got a 2-year-old," Livengood said at the start of her speech.

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen focused on the opioid and heroin addiction epidemic during her speech Monday night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Shaheen shared with the audience the grim statistics from her home state, where more than four hundred people died of drug overdoses last year.

And she says while Hillary Clinton will work to solve the problem, Clinton’s opponent – Republican Donald Trump – doesn’t have a plan to deal with the issue.

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N.H. Democratic National Committeewoman Kathy Sullivan says she's "outraged" by leaked emails that seem to show Democratic National Committee officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary.

"I think somebody was asleep at the switch because when you have a neutrality rule in place, you’re supposed to follow the neutrality rule closely," Sullivan told NHPR's Morning Edition. "I was very disappointed to see that it was not followed at the DNC."

The Secret Service is investigating a New Hampshire state representative and Donald Trump adviser who said Hillary Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”

Baldasaro, a Republican from Londonderry, made the comments Tuesday during an appearance on the Jeff Kuhner Show.

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In their first primary debate Wednesday morning, Republican Congressional candidate Rich Ashooh and incumbent Frank Guinta sparred over Guinta’s campaign finance violations.

During the debate on WGIR, Ashooh said voters should be concerned about the $355,000 in illegal contributions Guinta’s parents made to his campaign committee in 2010.

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Before the New Hampshire Primary, state Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn was outspoken in her criticism of Donald Trump, calling his comments about women "disrespectful" and his remark about Sen. John McCain not being a war hero "disgraceful."

She also called his proposed ban on foreign Muslims "un-American."

Now, Horn says she has no reservations about Trump, who Tuesday night became the Republican presidential nominee once the delegates cast their votes.

A Keene woman will speak at the opening day of the Democratic National Convention next week.

Pam Livengood is one of the “everyday Americans” set to speak in Philadelphia, according to a schedule released by the Democratic National Committee.

Livengood opened up at Hillary Clinton’s first campaign stop in New Hampshire last year about how she and her husband are taking care of their grandson because his mother is battling drug addiction.

New Hampshire Republican delegate Gordon Humphrey had some sharp words Monday to describe the way his party is managing its convention.

The former U.S. Senator was among a group of so-called Never Trump delegates trying to force a roll call vote on the proposed convention rules, leading to a chaotic scene on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The effort by Humphrey and others was ultimately shut down after the roll call was rejected following a series of voice votes.

Speaking to MSNBC afterward, Humphrey criticized the process.

Van McLeod, commissioner of the state Department of Cultural Resources, has died.

McLeod, 70, was serving his sixth term as head of the department, which he led for 24 years. He was the longest-tenured state agency head currently serving.

No details are available on what caused his death.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan described McLeod as a "steadfast steward of our cultural and historic resources in the Granite State."

Republicans drafting the party's platform in Cleveland this week rejected appeals to soften language opposing same-sex marriage.

According to NPR, delegates supported language in this year's platform that says children "deserve a married mom and dad," and refers to "natural marriage" as between a man and a woman. 

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An expected effort in Cleveland this week to challenge New Hampshire’s leadoff position in the presidential primary process never materialized.

Crews are working to repair a major water main break in Manchester.

City water technician John St. Pierre says the 24-inch pipe burst early Thursday morning.

“We’ve located where the break was, we’ve excavated down to it, and we’re in the process of cutting the pipe and splicing in a new piece of pipe to repair the issue," he said. "We’ll be out there working throughout the day and then the highway department will be out there repairing the road.”

The break caused extensive damage and several roads in the area of the Bridge Street Extension are closed.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen says while passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this week will be a step in the right direction, it's ultimately a disappointment because it doesn't include the funding needed to address the crisis.

"While it makes some changes in programs so that it expands what we can do under certain programs, it doesn’t include the funding that is so desperately needed," Shaheen told NHPR's Morning Edition.

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A hard-fought Democratic presidential primary comes to an end in New Hampshire Tuesday.

For Sanders supporters, this marks the end of a movement that began here with a resounding win in the first in the nation primary.

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It will be an important week for the four Republican candidates for governor to begin the process of differentiating themselves from one another.

The candidates are set to take part in two forums and their first debate.

First up is a candidate forum in Derry Monday night at the Halligan Tavern at 6:3o.

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Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard says vitriol directed at law enforcement from the White House, politicians, and the media is to blame for putting officers' lives in danger.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will join Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for a campaign event in Portsmouth Tuesday, Clinton's campaign announced Monday morning.

Speculation is Sanders will formally offer his endorsement of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, though there’s been no official confirmation of that yet.

A Manchester woman's hot dog creation could soon be on the menu at Fenway Park.

Danielle York's submission, "Le Chien Poutine," has made it to the top five in Kayem's "Create the Next Fenway Frank" online contest. Voting runs through the end of the day Friday.

"Poutine on a hot dog! French fries, beef gravy and cheese curds smothered on top of a Kayem Fenway Frank," reads the description.

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Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire Thursday. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee held a private, town hall style event at a shuttered light bulb plant in Manchester.

It was Trump’s second trip here in just the last few weeks, and behind the scenes, there’s been a shakeup in his New Hampshire campaign since his last visit.

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Donald Trump will be in New Hampshire Thursday, his second trip to the Granite State this month.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will be at the former Osram Sylvania building Manchester at 3:30, where he’s expected to deliver a speech focused on trade.

This is the second day of a two-day swing through New England for Trump.

He held a fundraiser in Boston Wednesday, and held a rally in Bangor, Maine.

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The Executive Council this week will take up the issue of state funding for Planned Parenthood, a vote that could have political implications in the race for governor.

Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern sit on the five-member panel that will take up the $549,000 contract for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England at a meeting Wednesday.

Sununu and Van Ostern are among the slate of candidates looking to replace outgoing Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan.

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Donald Trump will deliver a "major speech" in New Hampshire Monday he says will focus on Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, as well as immigration and national security.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee switched the focus of the address following the shooting at a gay nightclub, in which the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateem, killed 49 and injured 53 others.

It's the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.

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Donald Trump's campaign has announced two events for his trip to New Hampshire Monday.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech at Saint Anselm College at 2:30, according to his campaign schedule. It's billed as a private event, and no tickets will be available to the public.

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Alcoholics Anonymous has become a well-known part of recovery, but now, Heroin Anonymous meetings are popping up all over the New Hampshire. The meetings are in large cities like Manchester and Nashua, but also in smaller communities where the addiction epidemic has taken a toll.

Advocates say one of the biggest gaps in the state is access to addiction treatment for pregnant women. And that’s where two women working in the medical field want to step in by opening a residential treatment facility for up to eight mothers and their babies in Rochester.

But as they’ve discovered, filling that need is no easy task.

One impact of the addiction epidemic has been a skyrocketing rise in newborns experiencing withdrawal after being exposed to opioids in the womb. 

From 2006 to 2011, the number of newborns in withdrawal more than doubled in New Hampshire, and hospitals say the problem is only getting worse.

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In Manchester, more than 100 people died of overdoses last year.

Despite those grim numbers, it’s a surprisingly positive atmosphere on a Thursday night at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, a substance abuse recovery center in the heart of New Hampshire’s largest city.

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