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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NH News
6:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

N.H.'s 'Paycheck Fairness Act' Takes Effect Jan. 1

Supporters of the "Paycheck Fairness Act" rally in Concord last year.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A new law meant to ensure women and men are paid equally takes effect Jan. 1.

The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act includes a provision that makes it illegal for employers to forbid workers from talking about their salaries.

Retiring state Senator Sylvia Larsen was a key sponsor of the bill and says the law also extends from one to three years the time workers have to file wage discrimination complaints.

“To be underpaid for years on end with no resolution was unfair. I think the Paycheck Fairness Act certainly corrects that problem.”

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NH News
11:51 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Hudson Concrete Manufacturer Faces $230K In OSHA Fines

A Hudson concrete manufacturer faces $230,000 in fines for alleged safety violations involving its workers.

Acting on a worker complaint, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration says an inspection at Concrete Systems Inc. yielded more than two dozen safety violations.

Those included workers in danger of being crushed, falling, or suffering from hearing loss.

The office says two of the violations were willful, meaning the company intentionally disregarded the law.

NH News
10:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A.G.: Murder-Suicide At Dover Hospital Involved Husband And Wife

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Credit NHPR / Emily Corwin

An investigation is underway into a murder-suicide involving a husband and wife at a Dover hospital this morning.

According to the attorney general’s office, Dover police responded to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital just after 6 this morning for a report of shots fired.

Officers found the husband and wife both dead in the hospital’s critical care unit.

While the investigation is ongoing, it appears the husband murdered his wife and then took his own life. 

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NH News
2:00 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Concord Community Music School Brings Christmas Spirit To Executive Council

The Concord Community Music School's Scholarship Vocal Ensemble performed for the Executive Council
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Members of the Concord Community Music School’s Scholarship Vocal Ensemble performed Christmas songs for members of the Executive Council Tuesday morning.

You can listen here to their performances of "The First Noel" and "Joy To The World."

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NH News
1:32 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Keene Theater Plans To Show 'The Interview'

An independent theater in Keene plans to screen “The Interview” on Christmas day.

Alex Meadow is the owner of Keene Cinemas, and says he pushed to get rights to show the movie as soon as Sony announced this week it had reversed its decision to pull the film.

“I mean, it’s a movie. And it’s satire. And satire has a place in society, by all means. And we’re also not going to make our decisions business-wise on fear. So I’m not going to be held back by these threats and whatnot from showing a movie.”

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NH News
11:24 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Flood Watch In Effect, As Storm Expected To Make For Wet Christmas

A flood watch is in effect for New Hampshire through Wednesday night into the evening on Christmas.

A storm is expected to drop 1-2 inches of rain, which may cause some localized flooding.

Hometown Forecast Services Meteorologist Gary Best says much of New Hampshire will see light rain and drizzle throughout Wednesday afternoon.

He says the heavier rain moves Wednesday night, along with milder temperatures and an increasing south wind.

NH News
2:35 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

N.H. House Speaker Names Deputy Majority Leader

Credit J. Stephen Conn via Flickr CC

New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper continues to add to his leadership team.

On Tuesday, Jasper named Republican Steve Schmidt of Wolfeboro as Deputy Majority Leader.

Schmidt is entering his third term in the House and recently retired from as an executive with Verizon.

Jasper has already named Jack Flanagan of Brookline as Majority Leader.

Members of the House will convene for their first session on January 7.

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NH News
1:39 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Keene Pumpkin Festival Organizer Hit With $90K Bill From City For Overtime Costs

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

The group that organizes the Keene Pumpkin Festival says it will review a $90,000 bill for overtime costs related to riots that happened near the festival this October.

City officials say the bill is to pay for police, firefighters and public works employees who had to stay to deal with the mayhem that ensued a few blocks away from the festival.

Ruth Sterling organizes the event for the nonprofit group Let It Shine, and says its board will meet next week to decide how to move forward.

She did not say whether the group plans to pay the bill.

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NH News
11:15 am
Tue December 23, 2014

N.H. Delays Action On $13M FairPoint Contract Amid Service Concerns

State officials have delayed action on a $13 million contract with FairPoint Communications amid concerns about how the company’s ongoing labor dispute is impacting services.

The contract was set to go before the Executive Council today, but the commissioner of administrative services agreed to put it off until next month.

Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern says he’s received numerous complaints from FairPoint customers about issues with their phone and internet service.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Shaheen, Kuster To FairPoint: This Strike Needs To End

Credit Ibew Fairpoint via Flickr CC

Two members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation are urging officials with FairPoint to settle its labor dispute with workers in northern New England.

More than 1,700 FairPoint workers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have been on strike since Oct. 17.

In a letter sent to FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and 2nd District Congresswoman Anne Kuster urged the company to return to the bargaining table.

In the letter, Shaheen and Kuster say the ongoing dispute has disrupted service to customers, including for emergency responders.

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NH News
2:44 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

FairPoint Workers Mark 10th Week Of Strike With Statehouse Rally

Stiking FairPoint workers gathered at the Statehouse plaza Friday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

FairPoint workers marked the tenth week of their strike with a rally on the Statehouse plaza in Concord Friday.

The workers held signs in protest and weren’t shy about sharing their reaction to a recent statement by FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu accusing the union of not bargaining in good faith.

“If I say ‘Sunu’ you say liar!” said Glenn Brackett, leading the chant.

“Liar!” the crowd of 200 responded.

Brackett is on the union’s negotiating team, and says it’s the company that refuses to consider a fair deal.

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NH News
11:46 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard To Hire More Than 700 New Workers

Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard plans to hire more than 700 new employees next year.

The shipyard, based in Kittery, Maine, is recruiting applicants for a number of positions, including engineers, technicians and shipfitters.

Shipyard commander Capt. William Greene says the expansion is needed to keep up with the increased workload of overhauling nuclear submarines, and to make up for about 200 workers who are retiring or leaving for other jobs.

Once the positions are filled, the shipyard's workforce will grow to more than 5,000 civilian employees.

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NH News
8:59 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Brentwood Police Seek Donations To Get To Fallen Officer's D.C. Ceremony

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Member of the Brentwood Police Department are raising money to help fund a trip Washington, D.C. in May, when fallen officer Stephen Arkell will be honored.

Arkell’s name will be added to the Wall of the Fallen at the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial.

The part-time officer was killed in May of last year, responding to a domestic disturbance call.

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NH News
8:26 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Group Appeals Denial Of Homeless Day Center In Exeter Neighborhood

A nonprofit organization seeking to open a day center for the homeless in an Exeter neighborhood has appealed a decision by the town zoning board rejecting its application.

Seacoast Family Promise currently operates out of the Stratham Community Church, but the group says it has outgrown its space.

The day center in Exeter would provide training, medical, and social services.

Neighbors raised concerns about whether the center would reduce property values and impact neighborhood safety.

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NH News
7:18 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Concord Planning Board OKs Poultry Processing Plant

Construction is set to begin next year on a poultry processing plant in East Concord, after the city’s planning board gave the project the green light.

The Concord Monitor reports the board voted last night to OK the 5,500 square foot plant, which will be located just off Exit 16 of I-93.

The vote came despite opposition from neighbors concerned about odor and other pollution from the plant.

Fournier Foods, the company proposing the plant, agreed to several conditions intended to address those concerns, among them that waste cannot be deposited in onsite dumpsters.

NH News
4:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Ayotte: President's Action Strengthens Cuban Regime

Credit Cheryl Senter / NHPR

New Hampshire U.S Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has serious concerns about President Obama’s decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.

President Obama announced plans today to open an American embassy in Havana, along with the loosening of economic and travel restrictions, after the release of an American contractor held in captivity for five years.

Ayotte says the policy shift strengthens the Cuban regime and reduces incentives to respect the human rights of its citizens.

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NH News
2:26 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Two Taken Into Custody After Reports Of Shots Fired In Hooksett

Two people have been taken into custody after police responded to reports of shots being fired in Hooksett Wednesday afternoon.

The Manchester police SWAT team and state police also responded to the area near Poultry Products in Hooksett.

Front Street in Hooksett was shut down as police searched the area.

According to Manchester police, two individuals with long rifles and handguns in their possession were apprehended and will likely face felony reckless conduct charges.

No other details are available at this time.

NH News
8:49 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Four Charged In Theft Of 13 Puppies From Manchester Pet Store

One of the Shar Peis stolen with a Manchester Police Officer Tuesday morning.
Credit Manchester Police Department

Four teenagers are facing felony charges after police say they broke into a Manchester pet store and stole more than a dozen puppies.

Shortly after a break in was reported at Bill’s Pet & Aquarium this morning, a Manchester police officer spotted the suspects in the area carrying two of the missing dogs.

After the suspects were apprehended, Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says all 13 dogs were soon found at a nearby home.

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NH News
2:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Kuster, Shea-Porter Split On Last-Minute, $1.1 Trillion Spending Deal

Credit NHPR Staff

New Hampshire’s Democratic representatives in the U.S. House were split on the $1.1 trillion spending package that narrowly passed the House late last night.

2nd District Congresswoman Ann Kuster voted for the bill, saying it was critical to avoid a government shutdown.

Kuster says she remains concerned about some aspects of the bill, including a provision that would increase the limits on some political donations.

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NH News
1:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

UNH Looks To Keep Playoff Run Going

Credit Via UNH Wildcats website

The top-ranked University of New Hampshire football team is looking to continue its playoff run tonight.

The Wildcats will host the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga tonight at 8 in the quarterfinals of the FCS tournament.

The game will be played under the lights at Cowell Stadium in Durham.

UNH enters the game with an 11-1 record, and the number one seed in the playoffs.

The Wildcats have won 11 in a row, and defeated Fordham University last weekend to advance.

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NH News
12:47 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

In 12-Day Span, Six Die From Suspected Heroin Overdoses In Manchester

Credit Courtesy of MPD

Police in Manchester are dealing with a recent spate of fatalities caused by drug overdoses.

Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, the city saw six overdose deaths.

Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the department is waiting for toxicology results to confirm, but the suspicion is heroin use was involved in each case.

“Heroin today is roughly 30 to 40 percent purity," he said. "So if they add a few percentage of more pure ingredients such as heroin to the current product on the market, that can cause the uptick in fatalities.”

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NH News
12:05 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

N.H. Using $25K Grant To Crack Down On Drunk Driving During Holidays

New Hampshire Liquor Commission Division of Enforcement and Licensing Director James Wilson talks about efforts to crack down on drunk driving during the holiday season.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will use a $25,000 grant to crack down on drunk driving during the holiday season.

Division of Enforcement and Licensing Director James Wilson says they’ll partner with local police to track where those charged had their last drink.

“This data sharing is a crucial investigating tool for law enforcement to track and monitor establishments that could pose threats to public safety.”

Wilson says enforcement officers are also ramping up patrols and will go undercover to investigate businesses that may be over serving.

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NH News
3:07 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Strawbery Banke Museum Skating Rink Set To Open Friday

A Zamboni smooths the ice at the Puddle Duck Pond rink at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth. The rink is set to open Friday.
Credit Barbara MacLeod

A new skating rink at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth is set to open Friday morning.

The Puddle Duck Pond rink had been scheduled to open Dec. 1, but was delayed due to issues with construction and the weather.

With heavy rain in the area this week, there was concern about another delay, but museum spokesman Barbara MacLeod says the city gave the rink the green light Thursday afternoon.

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NH News
10:46 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Gittell: Faculty Cuts At NHTI Due To Slumping Tuition Revenue

Ross Gittell

The chancellor of the state’s community college system says recent cuts in staff at New Hampshire Technical Institute were necessary due to a shortfall in tuition revenue.

Speaking on The Exchange this morning, Chancellor Ross Gittell says the Concord school hasn’t experienced the same type of growth as community colleges in other parts of the state.

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Politics
9:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Horn To Seek Second Term As N.H. GOP Chair

Jennifer Horn
Credit Kelli True / NHPR

New Hampshire Republican Party chair Jennifer Horn is seeking a second term.

According to multiple media reports, Horn sent out an email to the state GOP Executive Committee this morning confirming her candidacy.

The party holds its annual meeting on Jan. 10 in Derry, when the chair will be formally elected.

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NH News
7:23 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Shaheen Calls CIA Torture Report 'Disturbing,' Ayotte Concerned About Timing

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit CBS

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has concerns about the timing of a report released Tuesday exposing the CIA’s harsh interrogation of suspected terrorist detainees following the Sept. 11 attacks.

The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee described the CIA’s techniques as “deeply flawed” and found the agency misled Congress and the White House about its methods.

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s disturbed by the findings and said releasing the report was the right thing to do.

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NH News
1:40 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Manchester School Board Members Quit Panel Over Handling Of Student's Return

Three Manchester school board members have resigned from the board’s student conduct committee, protesting a decision by school officials to allow a student accused of assault back into school.

The five-member subcommittee was in the process of deciding whether to expel the student.

That’s when committee member Art Beaudry says district administrators circumvented the process, recommending to the full board last month the student be allowed to return.

The board approved that recommendation, leading Beaudry and two others to step down from the committee on Monday.

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NH News
9:05 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Windham Music Teacher Among 10 Finalists For Grammy Educator's Award

Jared Cassedy
Credit www.windhamsd.org

After being among more than 7,000 teachers nationwide nominated for a music educator Grammy earlier this year, Jared Cassedy, director of fine arts for the Windham School District, is now one of 10 finalists for the award.

This is the second year the Grammys has handed out that award, which is meant to honor music teachers who’ve made an impact on students’ lives.

Cassedy spoke with Rick Ganley on Morning Edition.

What’s your reaction to being one of the ten finalists for this honor? Were you surprised?

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NH News
7:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Ralph Baer, Inventor Of First Home Video Games, Passes Away At 92

Ralph Baer
Credit Courtesy of Ralph Baer

A man known as the father of the video game died at his Manchester home over the weekend.

Family members say Ralph Baer passed away Saturday.

He was 92 years old.

Baer was credited with creating the videogame console industry in the 1960s while working as an engineer in New Hampshire.

Baer held the rights to more than 150 patents, and among his inventions included the popular game Simon.

He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2006.

And in 2010, he was admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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NH News
6:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Manchester Police Say Program Curbing Gang Violence In City

Chief David Mara
Credit Manchester Police Department

Police in Manchester say an initiative launched this summer has helped to curb gang violence and gun-related crimes in the state’s largest city.

Officials from the department are scheduled to hold a press conference later today to discuss their efforts.

The department says the program led to the prosecution last week of a gang-related crime.

The program, titled “Awareness, Deterrence, and Outreach,” received initial funding through the United States Attorney’s Office-Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative.

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