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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  New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is calling on Republican House leaders to withdraw their health care reform bill.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would increase the number of people without insurance by 14 million in the first year, and 24 million by 2026.

Speaking to NHPR's Morning Edition, Kuster said she's not surprised White House officials are disputing the figures released Monday.

  Governor Chris Sununu says legislation is needed to clarify state law with regard to whether local officials have the authority to postpone Town Meeting elections.

After several communities announced Monday they were postponing local elections slated for Tuesday due to the storm, the Secretary of State's office said state law required them to hold their elections regardless of the weather.

Sununu said towns ultimately had the right to postpone, but did so at the risk of potential legal challenges.

  While many communities have opted to postpone Tuesday's Town Meeting elections due to the storm, others are moving forward with voting.

The town of Durham is still holding its town election today, despite what’s expected to be major nor’easter that could drop as much as two feet of snow.

Town Manager Todd Selig is encouraging voters to cast their ballots early, before the storm picks up in strength later in the day.

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  New Hampshire U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice has resigned.

Rice was among the 46 U.S. attorneys appointed by President Obama who were asked last week by the Trump administration to submit their resignations.

Rice was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in January of last year, after receiving the support of both Senator Jeanne Shaheen and then-Senator Kelly Ayotte.

In a statement, Rice said she was deeply honored to serve the people of New Hampshire.

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Governor Chris Sununu says the head of the state's child protective services division has been placed on administrative leave, following a report that more than 1,500 cases of suspected abuse and neglect were closed over a two-day period last year.

Voters in many New Hampshire communities will decide during next Tuesday’s Town Meeting whether to expand a property tax credit offered to veterans.

A state law passed last year gives communities the option of offering a tax credit of up to five hundred dollars to all veterans with at least ninety days of active service.

Previously, only veterans who served during wartime were eligible.

Margaret Byrnes is a staff attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, and says expanding the tax credit would mean a drop in revenue for town budgets.

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  As lawmakers in Concord debate changes to the state’s election laws, college students in New Hampshire are raising concerns about how they might be affected.

Of the nearly 6,000 new voters who registered in November using an out-of-state ID, many were concentrated in New Hampshire’s college towns.

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The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is losing one of its two NASCAR race weekends.

An announcement was made Wednesday that beginning in 2018, the Loudon speedway would no longer host its September event, which will be held instead in Las Vegas.

The track will continue to host its race weekend in July.

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House lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. A vote could come during today’s full House session.

But what do we know about what legal protections are already in place for New Hampshire’s transgender community?

Joni Esperian, executive director of the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about the issue.


A bill that would increase the minimum age for marriage in the state to 18 is up for a vote in the New Hampshire House this week.

State law currently allows girls as young as 13 and boys as young as 14 to enter into a marriage contract, with parental consent and judicial approval. The law dates back to 1907.

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House lawmakers are to set to vote on a bill this week that would add gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws.

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New Hampshire is home to the oldest state library in the nation, and this year, it’s marking its 300th anniversary. It was founded in 1717 with just two books and a proclamation by the New Hampshire general assembly.

The New Hampshire State Library has gone through plenty of changes since then. Its current home was built in 1896, located on Concord’s Park Street, next to the Statehouse.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley took a tour of the building to learn about the history of the state library, and the role it plays today.

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When the stepfather of Celina Cass was arrested and charged with her murder, it appeared there might finally be justice for the 11-year-old West Stewartstown girl who was found dead in 2011.

Police arrested Wendell Noyes last summer and charged him with second degree murder.

Police said he submerged Celina Cass’ body in the Connecticut River, where she was found nearly a week after she was reported missing.

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  Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire joined NHPR's Morning Edition Wednesday for reaction  to President Donald Trump addressed to a joint session of Congress.

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  Officials at Plymouth State University are still working to remove cars that were caught in a student parking lot that flooded over the weekend.

More than two hundred vehicles were in the parking lot along Route 175 in Holderness Sunday morning when the nearby Pemigewasset River overflowed due to an ice dam downstream.

  Refugee resettlement has resumed in New Hampshire after a federal judge halted President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning refugees.

A federal appeals court last week refused to reinstate the president’s order, which also bans immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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A towering landmark in New Hampshire's North Country has been brought back to life.

After falling into disrepair, the 171-foot-tall Nansen Ski Jump in Milan was restored over the winter, and will soon host its first jump in more than three decades.

Located just north of Berlin along Route 16, the jump hosted Olympic Trials in 1938, and went on to host four national ski jumping championships.

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  Party leaders on both sides of the aisle are defending New Hampshire's electoral system in the wake of another unsubstantiated claim by President Donald Trump that there's massive voter fraud happening in the state.

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  One of New Hampshire’s oldest movie theaters could be yours for the right price.

The owner of the 102-year-old Peterborough Community Theatre announced this week that she’s putting it up for sale. The single-screen, 95-seat theater dates back to 1914.

Carol Nelson is the theatre’s owner, and is a longtime Peterborough resident.

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  There’s a different kind of census happening in New Hampshire this weekend.

Bird enthusiasts across the state will be taking part in the Backyard Winter Bird Survey this coming Saturday and Sunday.

The event is organized each year by the New Hampshire Audubon as a way to keep track of what’s happening with our state’s winter birds.

Becky Suomala is survey coordinator for New Hampshire Audubon. She talked to NHPR’s Morning Edition about the survey.

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  The debate over whether to bring casino gambling to New Hampshire – and the eventual rejection of any such proposal – has become an annual tradition of sorts at the Statehouse.

Year after year, lawmakers have shot down bills that would legalize casinos, though sometimes by the slimmest of margins; a proposal in 2014 lost in the House by just one vote.

But that history isn’t stopping state Senator Lou D’Allesandro, a longtime casino proponent.

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There are programs in many New Hampshire communities for those in need, but it’s not always easy for people to get to where those services are available.

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  Former Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte has been tapped by the White House to lead the effort of shepherding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch through Capitol Hill.

President Donald Trump named Gorsuch Tuesday night as his pick to fill the seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia, who died last year.

  An organization that resettles refugees in New Hampshire says 11 individuals cleared to arrive in the state next month have been blocked by President Trump’s executive order.

Trump’s order halted new refugees from entering the country for 120 days during a review of the vetting process.

Amy Marchildon with Ascentria Care Alliance in Concord says seven families – 11 individuals in total – from Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo were set to be resettled in Concord and Nashua next month after two years of screening.

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  State lawmakers will consider a bill this year that would make anyone convicted of killing a minor eligible for the death penalty.

New Hampshire is the only state in New England with capital punishment still on the books, though the state hasn’t put anyone to death since 1939.

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  New Hampshire's two Democratic U.S. Senators both say they plan to vote against Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen explained her decision on NHPR’s Morning Edition.

"I think his involvement in crafting - that has been reported - in crafting these executive orders raise serious questions about what he would do as attorney general," she said.

Sen. Maggie Hassan says she will also vote no on Sessions.

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  Former state Senator Jeanie Forrester is poised to become the next chair of the state Republican Party.

The Meredith Republican is the only candidate running to replace outgoing chair Jennifer Horn at Saturday’s annual party meeting in Derry.

Forrester is a three-term state Senator and also ran for governor last year. She spoke to NHPR’s Morning Edition heading into this weekend’s vote.

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A school choice program that allows businesses to make tax write offs for donating to education scholarships had a banner year in 2016.

The program received $385,662 in donations last year, according to an annual report filed with the state’s Department of Revenue Administration. That’s a 77 percent increase from the $217,199 in donations the program saw in 2015.

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  A community vigil is planned for Tuesday, after Manchester school officials say racially-charged signs were found posted outside two of the city's schools last week.

Manchester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas sent a letter home to parents last week, informing them of the first sign discovered on a fence outside the Middle School at Parkside Wednesday. The sign referenced the "White Genocide Project" and read, "Diversity is a codeword for white genocide."

In the letter, Vargas said the sign was removed immediately and the incident is under investigation.

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  Friday is inauguration day, as Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office and be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.

NHPR’s Morning Edition spoke to two Granite Staters from opposing sides of the political spectrum about what they’re hoping to hear from Trump in his address, and their expectations from him as president.

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