Michael Brindley

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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 Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s troubled by a report that one of President Trump’s sons met last year with a Russian attorney who promised to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Shaheen called the report “very troubling.”

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Two New Hampshire lawmakers from different sides of the aisle are asking a judge to block the Secretary of State from handing over voter information to President Trump’s election integrity commission.

State police say a man shot and killed a dog at the Hooksett Rest Stop on I-93 Wednesday afternoon, after it attacked his own dog in the parking lot.

The incident occurred at the northbound rest stop, when, according to police, a large dog broke free from its owners through an open window of a parked car, and attacked a smaller dog.

Witnesses say a man, who police did not identify, made several attempts at freeing his dog from the larger dog's jaws. When that failed, he fired a single shot at close range, killing the animal.

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New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are holding what they're calling an emergency field hearing on the Republican health care bill.

That hearing is slated for Friday at 2 p.m. at the UNH School of Law in Concord.

The Democratic Senators say they want to hear from Granite Staters about the legislation, the details of which were released earlier today.

According to the Associated Press, the bill would cut Medicaid, end penalties for people not buying insurance, and eliminate several tax increases.

A town in Southern New Hampshire is considering banning 55-and-older housing.

Voters in Pelham will decide the issue during a special meeting this Saturday. The ballot question would also impose tighter zoning regulations on 62-plus housing built in town.

The measure first passed in March, but the town is holding a re-vote because town officials failed to follow proper notification requirements leading up to the first vote.

The issue is stirring a lot debate in the community about what to do about the town’s rapidly aging population.

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The weather’s heating up, which means New Hampshire schools are letting out for the summer.

But for many students, especially those from low-income families, those two months away from the classroom can often lead to regression when they return in the fall.

A program in Manchester aimed at curbing that summer slide is expanding this year, with more than 100 middle school students taking part at no cost to families.

Online scratch tickets could soon be a reality in New Hampshire.

Lawmakers are betting on this expansion of the New Hampshire state lottery to generate millions of dollars in revenue in the next two-year state budget.

That $11.7 billion spending plan is set to go before the full House and Senate on Thursday.

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Officials have uncovered what’s being described as a puppy mill in a mansion in the town of Wolfeboro.

Eighty-four Great Danes were discovered as part of a raid carried out Friday. Investigators say the dogs were living in squalid conditions.

The owner of the house – Christina Fay – was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect. She’s free on bail and will be arraigned in August.

Lindsay Hamrick is New Hampshire state director of the Humane Society of the United States, and was part of the team that carried out this rescue operation.

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 Boston Harbor will host more than 50 tall ships this weekend, bringing thousands of tourists to the area.

But in a break from tradition, there will be no such display of the historic vessels along the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth later this summer.

Organizers of Sail Portsmouth say they’ve had to cancel this year’s tall ships festival due to contractual issues with the event in Boston.

Chad Chadwick is chair of the Piscataqua Maritime Commission, which organizes Sail Portsmouth. He joined NHPR’s Morning Edition.

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The supervisor of the White Mountain National Forest is stepping down.

Tom Wagner announced this week that he’s retiring at the beginning of September. He’s served in the role for 15 years, overseeing 800,000 acres of forest in New Hampshire and western Maine.

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The chief of police of New Hampshire’s largest city is urging people not to give money to panhandlers.

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard wrote an open letter to the community last week titled "Panhandling - A Community Issue," and it’s stirred a lot of debate.

In the letter, Willard acknowledges panhandlers are within their rights to ask for money, but added that there’s no way to know if they will use it to buy drugs or alcohol.

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Governor Chris Sununu will be in Washington D.C. Monday for a series of private meetings with Trump administration officials.

Sununu is slated to meet first with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Afterwards, Sununu will hold meetings with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon, and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

This comes after Sununu took part in a meeting focused on infrastructure at the White House last week, and spent the weekend in Utah at a summit hosted by former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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The weather’s heating up, which means farmers markets are opening for the season across New Hampshire.

One of the state’s largest communities has been without a farmers market since 2015, when the market in downtown Derry folded.

A group of community leaders has been working for more than a year to resurrect it.

The new version – rebranded as the Derry Homegrown Farm and Artisan Market – debuted on Wednesday, and will run each Wednesday through the summer from 3-7 p.m.

A new law will ensure defendants facing jail time because they can’t afford to pay their fines are appointed an attorney.

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Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas says he'll seek a fifth term as head of New Hampshire's largest city.

Gatsas made the announcement Wednesday.

"I am proud of all that our city has achieved together, and in the next two years we will build on this foundation for the good of all," Gatsas said in a prepared statement.

Gatsas was first elected mayor in 2009. He ran an unsuccessful bid for governor last year, finishing third in the Republican primary.

Gatsas narrowly beat former alderman and Democrat Joyce Craig by just 64 votes in the 2015 election. 

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Lawmakers in Congress are calling on the State Department to halt plans for New Hampshire gun manufacturer Sig Sauer to sell $1.2 million in semiautomatic pistols to the Turkish government.

This comes amid the fallout from a violent attack outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C. last month. Video appears to show Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail attacking protestors.

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows the town of Londonderry is the fastest-growing community in New Hampshire.

The town grew by 724 people between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016. That’s tops both in terms of total growth but also as a percentage of the population.

Town Manager Kevin Smith joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about what this means for the town.


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One of New Hampshire’s most eclectic music and art festivals turns 10 this year.

The Thing in the Spring kicks off Wednesday in Peterborough, and continues to grow, adding a fifth day this year.

The festival features a wide range of independent musicians. There are art displays, film screenings, and even food trucks.

Daniel Webster College in Nashua has closed its doors for good.

The college held its final graduation ceremony earlier this month, as remaining students now transition to Southern New Hampshire University.

The college was once known for its flight program, but had a tumultuous final few years after being sold to the for-profit ITT Educational Services in 2009.

After a federal crackdown on student aid to for-profit colleges, ITT announced last year it was shutting down its campuses nationwide, leaving Daniel Webster College’s future up in the air.

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Piano lessons are often a great way for children to get introduced to music – but what about taking a piano apart?

That’s exactly what children at the Dover Public Library will be doing Saturday morning. It’s part of the library’s ongoing “take apart” program. The event is for children in grades 3 and up. 

Cathy Beaudoin is director of the Dover Public Library. She joined NHPR’s Morning Edition.

Family court judges will soon be required to give priority to grandparents in guardianship cases where parents are dealing with substance abuse issues.

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill into law last week that’s meant to address the rise in grandparents taking on parental duties in the midst of the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.

The new law takes effect next year, and a public signing ceremony is expected soon.

The term “fake news” became part of the national lexicon leading up to last year’s presidential election.

But in the months since President Trump took office, there’s now been a flurry of liberal conspiracy theories being spread across social media.

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Democrats picked up a seat in the New Hampshire House Tuesday, after pulling off an upset in the typically Republican stronghold town of Wolfeboro.

Democrat Edith DesMarais won a special election to replace Republican Harold Parker, who resigned to join Governor Chris Sununu's administration.

It was an unexpected victory, and one the state Democratic Party is touting as symbolic of a shift in the political tide.

Meanwhile, Republicans held on to a seat in another special election Tuesday in Hillsborough County.

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A documentary chronicling former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly's ALS diagnosis premieres this week.

Connolly was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. In his final year at the school, Connolly gradually lost the ability to speak and to walk, but stayed on the job as long as he could. He retired last summer.

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway will be the keynote speaker at a state Republican Party fundraiser in Nashua Thursday night.

Conway's appearance at the party's closed-door “Spring to Victory” dinner comes as the Trump administration faces several controversies, including the recent firing of FBI director James Comey.

This marks Conway's second trip to the state in as many weeks.

She was in New Hampshire last week, along with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, to learn about the state's opioid epidemic.

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  New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling for a classified briefing to learn more about what President Donald Trump shared with Russian officials during a meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump reportedly shared highly classified information with the Russian foreign minister having to do with a terrorist threat from the Islamic State.

There’s been a public dispute going on in Keene over the rights of student journalists.

This is all playing out at Keene State College, where editors at the student-run newspaper say administrators have been limiting access to faculty and staff for interviews.

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A major political controversy broke last week when state officials accused Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital of failing to live up to the terms of a contract to run the state psychiatric hospital.

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A new poll this week conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center asked Granite Staters to weigh in on a number of topics that have been in the news of late.

More than 500 New Hampshire residents were asked for their opinions on everything from full-day kindergarten to marijuana legalization.

UNH Survey Center Director Andy Smith joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the results.

New Hampshire Fish & Game officials say a spike in search and rescue missions is putting a strain on the department’s already limited resources.

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