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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School officials are defending their decision not to notify parents and students after the dean of students at a New Hampshire public high school was arrested at the school and charged with heroin possession in February.

The Concord Monitor reports that 36-year-old Rekha Luther of Manchester was arrested at Pembroke Academy on Feb. 17 and charged with four felony counts of possession drugs, including heroin and steroids.

The newspaper reports that she and her lawyer did not return calls seeking comment.

State environmental officials continue to investigate the presence of the chemical PFOA in the drinking water of some southern New Hampshire communities.

Results are in for a total of 107 wells in Litchfield and Merrimack and while almost all water sources contain some background levels of PFOA, a total of 26 wells are above the 100 parts-per-trillion threshold the state has set as qualifying for free bottled water.

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New rules that took effect last month shift the costs of at-sea monitoring to local fisherman.

Critics say these new fees threaten the very existence of New Hampshire’s dwindling fishing industry and will put people out of business. There’s now a lawsuit pending on the issue.

Jeff Feingold, editor of the New Hampshire Business Review, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the issue.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan is discouraging all nonessential official state travel to North Carolina, after the state passed what she calls "reprehensible" legislation overturning anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, and transgender people. 

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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire's top elected Republican, says women should not be punished for seeking out an abortion if it were banned.

Ayotte was weighing in on a controversy sparked Wednesday by the comments of her party's presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump.

"Women should not be punished, and I'm glad Mr. Trump has retracted his troubling comments," Ayotte said in a tweet Wednesday evening.

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  A state commission has given the green light to an interim plan that will provide around-the-clock coverage at the state Division of Children, Youth and Families.

The Commission of Child Abuse Fatalities unanimously approved the proposal Monday.

The commission was formed to examine issues within DYCF, which came under scrutiny following the recent deaths of two young children.

The $1.8 million plan re-purposes existing state money to hire 18 new child protective workers and supervisors to cover nights and weekends.

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The Lebanon City Council has suspended its city manager and is now moving to fire him.

Councilors voted behind closed doors on March 11 to suspend Dennis Luttrell with pay and benefits following a performance review.

The council says it is now moving to fire Luttrell, who was hired in September. 

He has until Thursday to request a hearing prior to his termination.

The decision was announced on a statement posted on the city's website Tuesday.

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A large turnout is expected for a meeting in Merrimack Wednesday night where state officials will update residents on their investigation into the chemical contamination of some local water supplies.

The state Department of Environmental Services has expanded the radius of its probe after three private wells tested for high levels of the chemical PFOA.

DES has now collected samples from approximately 100 private wells within a mile of the Saint-Gobain plastics plant in Merrimack, where the chemical was first detected.

Public meetings will be held in Merrimack and Litchfield this week, where state environmental officials have been investigating chemical water contamination.

Results released by the Department of Environmental Services late last week showed high levels of the chemical perfluorooctanoic or PFOA, in three private wells.

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is running for governor.

Gatsas launched a campaign page on Facebook making his candidacy official.

WMUR reports he's expected to make a formal announcement and file his candidacy paperwork Thursday.

Gatsas was sworn into his fourth term serving as Manchester's mayor in January.

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The chief of police in Manchester has been named to a national task force aimed at addressing the opioid and heroin abuse crisis.

Chief Nick Willard is part of a 24-member joint task force announced Tuesday by the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties.

Willard is the only law enforcement member on the task force, which is made up of mayors, commissioners, and other elected officials.

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A homeless man jailed for marijuana possession and unable to come up with the $100 cash bail was found dead in his cell at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester Sunday.

Jeffrey Pendleton, 26, was found unconscious in his cell during a routine head count. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.

In a press release Monday, jail officials say there were no apparent signs of distress.

An investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.

Concerns about possible chemical contamination of drinking water in the town of Merrimack have gotten the attention of environmental advocate Erin Brockovich.

Brockovich and a law firm announced Wednesday they are looking into the issue in the town as part of a regional investigation that includes communities in New York and Vermont.

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Nottingham State Representative Kyle Tasker has resigned.

The Republican was serving his third term in the New Hampshire House when he was arrested last week.

He faces four felony charges, including one count of using a computer to lure a minor for sex.

House Clerk Paul Smith read Tasker’s letter of resignation at the start of this morning’s House session.

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Tuesday is Town Meeting day, and if history is any indication, getting voters to sign off on multi-million dollar infrastructure projects could prove challenging.

Last year, voters in towns across New Hampshire turned down proposals to replace aging police and fire stations, construct new town buildings, and renovate old schools.

And New Hampshire’s rapidly aging population may have a lot to do with that.


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Many New Hampshire voters may feel a bit of déjà vu when they head to the polls for next week’s Town Meeting.

That’s because many of the projects up for votes Tuesday are reworked versions of multi-million dollar municipal projects vote that failed before.

In North Hampton, officials are asking voters to approve a new public safety complex for the town’s police and fire departments.

Barrington voters are again weighing a proposal to build a new town hall there.

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It’s a dream come true for lifelong broadcaster and New Hampshire native Tim Neverett, as he settles into his new job as play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox.

The Nashua High School graduate was named as the new announcer in December, beating out more than 200 applicants.

He called his first games on Monday, a double header from Fort Myers, Florida.


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With former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie now backing Donald Trump, New Hampshire's largest newspaper is calling its endorsement of the New Jersey governor a mistake.

"Boy, were we wrong," is the opening line of an editorial penned by New Hampshire Union Leader Publisher Joe McQuaid. 

A Virginia police officer who was shot and killed responding to a domestic violence call this weekend is being mourned in her home town of Merrimack.

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New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling on her Republican colleagues to do their jobs and hold confirmation hearings for President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is calling on Democratic challenger, Governor Maggie Hassan, to sign a pledge that aims to limit third party spending in the race for US Senate.

The so-called People’s Pledge proposes the candidates agree to pay fines in the form of charitable donations when third party ads are aired in their favor.

That same pledge was used in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race.


Ohio Governor John Kasich took the coveted second prize among Republicans in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

But how did the rest of the GOP field fare?

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Voting may be a right for everyone, but for those with vision impairment, casting a ballot privately can be a challenge.

New Hampshire election officials are hoping to change that with the rollout of a new accessible voting system, called "one4all," during Tuesday's primary.

“I believe we’re one of the first if not the first state to fully adapt tablet-based technology," says David Morgan, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind. 

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New Hampshire voters will get one last chance to hear from the two Democratic presidential candidates Thursday night before heading to the polls for next week’s primary.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will square off at a debate at the University of New Hampshire.

Boston Globe political reporter James Pindell joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about the Democratic race.

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Sometimes it can seem like everyone’s talking about the primary, especially now that it’s a week away.

But history shows there are certain groups of people who aren’t as likely to head out to the polls on Tuesday.

One of those pockets of the population is low-income people.

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Each year, roughly 10,000 students visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord.

When the anniversary of the Challenger disaster comes around each year, the center’s Executive Director Jeanne Gerulskis, you typically won't see a lot of fanfare.

“We celebrate Christa’s passion for education every day,” she said. “So generally we let Jan. 28 pass as if it’s any other day.”

Thursday marks 30 years since the break-up of the space shuttle Challenger, which claimed the life of Concord High School teacher Christa McAuliffe.

She was among the seven crew members on board who were killed.

McAuliffe had been selected from more than 11,000 applicants to be the first participant in the NASA Teacher in Space Project.

Jim Van Dongen was news director for New Hampshire Public Radio at the time, filing reports from Cape Canaveral for the station.

He now works as an adjunct professor of English at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

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A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana goes before a House committee Tuesday.

The proposal would make possession of up to a half ounce a civil violation with a fine of no more than $100 for a first offense.

Possession of greater amounts would remain a criminal offense.

New Hampshire is the only New England state where the possession of any amount of marijuana remains a criminal offense.

A similar bill passed the House last year, but was tabled in the Senate.

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It's no coincidence that Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley has campaigning harder in Iowa than in New Hampshire. 

For a campaign that continues to lag in the polls, he's counting on the Iowa caucus changing the dynamic of what has essentially become a two-person race.

"Once the voters start to vote, that usually changes the dynamic. Not always, but usually. And the first state that comes up is Iowa, so that’s what we’re focused on," O'Malley said during an interview with NHPR's Morning Edition.

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With every day that passes leading up to the New Hampshire primary, the pressure builds on Republican presidential hopefuls looking to make a splash here.


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