Michael Brindley

Newscast Producer/Reporter

Before coming to NHPR, 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. When he's not reporting, Michael can often be found searching for the best burrito in the Granite State and scouring local record stores for some classic vinyl.

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NH News
4:51 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Bare Shelves, High Spirits As Market Basket Employees Continue Rally

Justin Desjardins, a 22-year employee of Market Basket, rallies outside with his colleages.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Workers continued to rally outside Market Baskets across New Hampshire Tuesday.

Market Basket employees in downtown Concord line the front of the store holding signs urging customers to boycott.

Many have their faces painted red and white as drivers honk in support.

Jason Desjardins is a 22-year employee at the Concord store and says they’ll keep protesting until longtime CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

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NH News
2:07 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

N.H. Civil Liberties Union Suit Argues New Law Shuts Out Third Parties

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties has filed a lawsuit in federal court that challenges a new state law limiting the time political parties have to collect signatures to get on the ballot.

The organization filed the lawsuit on behalf of the libertarian party.

State law now requires that political organizations collect the signatures they need in the year of the election.

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NH News
5:30 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Nashua Man To Be Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor At White House

Sgt. Ryan Pitts, pictured here at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, will become the ninth living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan or Iraq. (U.S. Army)
U.S. Army

Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House today.

Pitts will be ninth living service member to receive the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Nine soldiers died and Pitts was among 27 wounded in July of 2008 in the Battle of Wanat, when hundreds of insurgents attacked an Army outpost in Afghanistan.

Despite serious injuries from shrapnel, Pitts continued to hold off enemy fighters, hurling grenades and manning a machine gun.

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NH News
3:21 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Old Home Day Season Underway In New Hampshire

The Old Home Day parade is a tradition in Pittsfield.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Towns across the Granite State will be celebrating Old Home Day in the coming weeks.

Residents lined Main Street in Pittsfield on Saturday for the town’s annual Old Home Day parade.

Longtime Pittsfield resident Tammy Colby says the day is a chance for community members both past and present to come together.

“People who have moved away or kids who have grown up come back to Old Home Day. They remember things from when they were little or they’re visiting grandma and grandpa. It’s just a nice way to get everybody together again.”

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NH News
2:49 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Concord's Market Days Celebrates 40 Years

A vendor makes ribbon fries during Market Days in Concord on Thursday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The 40th annual Market Days is underway in Concord.

The event runs through Saturday and tents will line Main Street with sidewalk sales, food vendors, live music, and other activities.

Stephanie Green of Hopkinton comes every year, and says the three-day event creates a real sense of community.

“And it’s just nice to see people using the downtown. I’m always commenting about how the nice thing about Concord is that is really does have a thriving downtown, which so many communities no longer have.”

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NH News
1:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hassan Says Feds Haven't Requested N.H. Shelter Immigrant Children

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the federal government has not contacted the state about sheltering some of the unaccompanied children who have crossed the nation’s southern border illegally.

The federal government has reached out to other New England states, including Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut.

Governor Hassan’s spokesman says if the federal government were to make such a request, the governor would share that with the public, authorities, health officials and local communities.

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NH News
2:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Liquor Commission: Washington, D.C. Licenses Are Valid ID

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The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has clarified a state law, saying that driver’s licenses from Washington, D.C. should be acceptable identification when purchasing alcohol.

The guidance is in response to an incident in Concord earlier this month where a legal-age customer with a Washington, D.C. license was denied alcohol.

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NH News
12:13 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Rate Unchanged In June, Remains At 4.4 Percent

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New Hampshire’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent last month, unchanged from the May rate.

The state’s unemployment rate remains well below the national rate of 6.1 percent.

While the state’s unemployment rate was unchanged last month, the state’s employment security office reports the number of out-of-work Granite Staters dropped by 340.

The office also reports the state’s total labor force dropped by about 1,500 people from May to June.

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NH News
1:47 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Sen. Shaheen Calls On House To Pass Veterans Bill

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in Concord at an event where a group of veterans endorsed her re-election bid. She called on House lawmakers to pass a veterans bill.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A group of veterans gathered in Concord Monday to throw their support behind re-electing New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Several of the veterans endorsing the former New Hampshire governor pointed to her political experience in the Granite State.

Retired US Air Force Colonel Gail Prince of Bedford says Shaheen has been supporting veterans’ issues in New Hampshire going back to her time as a state Senator.

“She knows who to reach out to here in the state to get New Hampshire’s position, the people’s position, on an issue.”

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NH News
8:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

With New Rule, N.H. DMV Lifts Temporary Ban On New Vanity Plates

New Hampshire drivers can once again get new vanity plates, now that the state's Division of Motor Vehicles has put into place a new rule guiding which plates it will reject.

The state had put a temporary halt on issuing vanity plates, following a state Supreme Court ruling in May found the DMV’s old rule barring plates that may be offensive was too vague.

The new rule is more specific.

For example, the state will now reject vanity plates that contain profanity, references to violence, or illegal activity.

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NH News
2:36 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Chief's Son Among 14 New Manchester Police Officers Sworn In

Police Chief David Mara, right, looks on as 14 new members of the Manchester Police Department are sworn in Monday.
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The Manchester Police Department swore in 14 new officers Monday morning.

It’s the city’s largest crop of new officers in recent years.

Ten men and four women were sworn in Monday.

(You can read the bios of the new officers here).

Police Chief David Mara says the new additions bring the department to 226 police officers total, still far below the 265 he says a city the size of Manchester needs.

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NH News
12:38 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Statewide Mental Health First Aid Training Program Kicks Off

Sen. Kelly Ayotte speaks during the kickoff event for New Hampshire's mental health first aid training program.
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Senator Kelly Ayotte and Representative Ann McLane Kuster were in Manchester on Monday to help kick off New Hampshire’s new mental health first aid program.

Once this week’s training is complete, the 30 participants will be certified as mental health first aid instructors.

Suellen Griffin is Executive Director of West Center Behavioral Health in Lebanon.

She says those taking part – including two people from her center – come from all corners of the state and will be responsible for sharing what they learned with residents in communities.

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NH News
12:30 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

N.H. Marine To Be Laid To Rest In Veterans Cemetery

Brandon Garabrant
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A New Hampshire Marine killed last month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Saturday.

A memorial service will be held Saturday morning for Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant at ConVal High School in Peterborough.

Garabrant was 19 years old and graduated from ConVal last year.

Following the service, he will be buried at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

Garabrant lived in Greenfield and was a volunteer member of the Temple Fire Department.

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NH News
2:06 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

N.H. Fish & Game: More Bears Being Killed This Year

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State Fish and Game officials say they’ve seen more bears put down this year than usual.

They’re asking homeowners to take precautions to avoid drawing them out.

New Hampshire Fish and Game Bear Biologist Andy Timmins says in a typical year, the department and homeowners combine to kill roughly 15 bears because of so-called nuisance conflicts.

He says this year, they’re already past that.

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NH News
10:43 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Amherst, Merrimack 4th Of July Parades Hub For U.S. Senate Candidates

Merrimack's 4th of July parade.
Credit www.merrimack4th.com

If you want to catch a glimpse of New Hampshire's U.S. Senate candidates on Independence Day, head to Amherst and Merrimack.

Both parades will feature all four major candidates running this year, including incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

She'll be joined by the three Republican challengers: former Massachusetts U.S. Senator Scott Brown, former New Hampshire U.S. Senator Bob Smith, and former state Senator Jim Rubens.

The Amherst parade kicks off at 10 at Wilkins Elementary School.

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