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
8:46 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Romney To Deliver Commencement Address At Saint Anselm College

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After bowing out of a third run for president, Mitt Romney is now set to deliver the commencement address at a New Hampshire college this spring.

Saint Anselm College says the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee will also receive an honorary degree at the ceremony in May.

Romney had been hinting at another run for president, but made clear last week he decided not to join the long list of high-profile Republicans said to be considering running in 2016.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

N.H. Nursing Home Advocates Push Back On Proposed $7M Cut

New Hampshire Statehouse
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New Hampshire’s nursing home advocates are pushing back against a proposed $7 million cut in Medicaid reimbursement rates.

The cut is part of a plan recently unveiled by state officials to close a $58 million shortfall in the current Department Health and Human Services budget, which ends in June.

John Poirier is president and CEO of the New Hampshire Health Care Association, which represents more than 90 nursing homes and assisted living centers across the state.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about his concerns with the plan.

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NH News
7:28 am
Tue February 3, 2015

After $2M In Blizzard Cleanup, State's Winter Storm Budget Wearing Thin

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Following a string a major winter storms, the state’s budget for snow cleanup and removal is running ahead of where it normally would be this time of year.

Department of Transportation Spokesman Bill Boynton says the total cost of last week’s blizzard came in at $2 million.

“Well certainly, it’s been a challenging last week or so with three major events,” Boynton said Monday. “We’ve spent $26 million going into today out of a $45 million budget, but we’ll keep going out there for as long as it takes.”

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NH News
6:00 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Manchester Police Chief: We Need A More Racially Diverse Department

Manchester Police Chief David Mara
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Manchester is the state’s largest city, and it’s also the most racially diverse.

In the wake of tensions between police and citizens in several large cities, the Manchester Police Department recently held a public forum to talk about policing in a diverse community.

David Mara is chief of the Manchester Police Department.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about the issue.

When you first talked about the idea behind the forum, you said you didn’t want to have a Ferguson in 10 years. What did you mean by that?

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NH News
6:52 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Storm To Drop 7-14 Inches In Southern N.H., 4-8 Inches In North Country

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A winter storm is expected to blanket all of New Hampshire with several inches of snow today.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says the hardest snow will hit right during the Monday morning commute.

“The afternoon commute may be a little better,” he said. “By that time, the snow should have lightened up considerably.”

He said. the state’s southern half will likely see seven to fourteen inches of snow.

“There may be a few areas that do better than that in the Merrimack Valley towards the Seacoast,” he said.

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NH News
6:30 am
Mon February 2, 2015

No Arrests As Thousands Of UNH Students Celebrate Patriots' Super Bowl Victory

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No arrests were made Sunday night after thousands of University of New Hampshire students filled downtown Durham to celebrate the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig said students were well-behaved.

The celebration broke up after about an hour.

Selig says the town, local police, and UNH officials had been planning their response to the game over the last two weeks, hoping to keep things under control.

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Arts & Culture
11:56 am
Fri January 30, 2015

The RPM Challenge: Can You Create An Album In Twenty-Eight Days?

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Create an album in twenty-eight days - that's the idea behind the RPM Challenge. Those taking part have to create ten songs, or thirty-five minutes of original material, all of which has to be written and recorded during the month of February. 

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Morning Edition
8:27 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Sen. Bradley: Repealing Concealed Carry Permit Requirement Will Make N.H. Safer

Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley
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The Senate Judiciary committee is expected to hear testimony Thursday afternoon on a bill that would repeal the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed gun.

The hearing is likely to draw a large crowd of gun rights advocates and those who have concerns about loosening the state’s firearms regulations.

Wolfeboro Republican and Senate Majority Leader Jed Bradley is the bill’s prime sponsor.

He joined Morning Edition to talk about his proposal.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Tradition Vs. Technology: The Debate Over Drones, Smart Rifles In Hunting

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At a hearing Thursday, officials from New Hampshire Fish & Game will propose new rules banning drones, smart rifles, and live-action game cameras in hunting.

Officials are trying to regulate these so-called emerging technologies, saying they’re not appropriate or ethical.

New Hampshire is not the first state to tackle this issue.

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NH News
6:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

State Government Reopens Wednesday; Executive Council Meeting Moved To Noon

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State government is set to reopen Wednesday, after shutting down Tuesday due to a blizzard that hit the Granite State.

An Executive Council meeting scheduled for this morning has been moved to noon.

In the House, committees are set to holding hearings on a number of bills, including one that would allow 17-year-olds who would be eligible to vote in a general election to cast a ballot in that election’s primary.

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Morning Edition
5:30 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Manchester Uber Driver: We're Held To A Higher Standard Than Taxis

Antonio Correia is an Uber driver in Manchester. He's standing next to the 2014 Toyota Avalon he uses. There's an Uber sticker on the front windshield.
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The ride-sharing service Uber has been at the center of debate and controversy in several New Hampshire cities the past several months.

The company is operating in Portsmouth, Manchester and has recently started up in Nashua. Local officials in all of those cities continue to discuss how Uber’s drivers should be regulated.

In the middle of all this are the drivers themselves.

Antonio Correia works as an Uber driver in Manchester.

He joins Morning Edition to talk about this issue.

For those unfamiliar with Uber, how does it work?

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NH News
7:20 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Forecast: Merrimack Valley, Seacoast Could See Up To 7 Inches Of Snow

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A winter storm is headed our way for the weekend.

Rob Carolan with Hometown Forecast says snow will start falling Saturday morning, between 6 and 8.

“This is mainly going to be a storm for the southern half of the state. It looks like south of the White Mountains is where the worst of it is going to be, particularly the Merrimack Valley and the Seacoast,” he said.

He says that region could see as much as seven inches.

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Morning Edition
5:30 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Plymouth State Research Could Help Drivers Avoid Dangerous Conditions

A sudden snow squall led to this recent 35-car pile up on Interstate 93.
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As we all know, winter weather is a reality of life here in New Hampshire. More snow appears to be headed our way this weekend.

But until the storm actually gets here, it’s often hard to know if it’s going to be a wintry mix or freezing rain, or how dangerous driving conditions could be in certain areas of the state.

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NH News
7:31 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Anti-Pipeline Group Raising Concerns About Project In Merrimack, Greenville

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Opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in Southern New Hampshire are set to go before the town council in Merrimack Thursday night.

Debra Huffman is a Merrimack resident, and says the group's goal is to raise awareness of the potential impact of the project on the town.

"Many, many residents in Merrimack don't even know this pipeline is coming and they don't even understand what this pipeline is," she said. "It's very different from a distribution line that they might be used to. This is a transmission line, which is a very different sort of installation."

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

State Senator: County Attorneys Should Be Appointed, Not Elected

State Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, D-Portsmouth.
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County attorneys in New Hampshire have traditionally been elected, but a proposal going before state lawmakers seeks to change that.

A bill filed this session proposes to amend the state constitution to make the office of county attorney an appointed position, instead of elected by the voters.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled for the Senate Judiciary Committee later this morning.

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NH News
5:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Concerns Over Bill That Changes When Officers Can Make Warrantless Arrests

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A bill going before a House committee Thursday is raising concerns among law enforcement officials and advocates of domestic violence victims.

The bill would require officers to have "personal knowledge" that a crime has been committed to have probable cause to make an arrest without a warrant.

Amanda Grady Sexton with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence says the new wording would limit officers arriving from being able to intervene.

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Politics
7:08 am
Wed January 21, 2015

N.H.'s Congressional Delegation Reacts To Obama's State Of The Union

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Reactions to President Obama’s State of the Union address predictably fell along party lines among New Hampshire’s Congressional delegation.

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says she’s encouraged by the proposals outlined by the president in Tuesday night’s speech.

“Whether it’s efforts to make higher education more affordable for young people, reforming our tax code, or investing in alternative energy sources to lower costs to create jobs, Congress should now renew our  commitment to growing our economy and helping small businesses succeed,” Shaheen said in a statement.

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Politics
6:30 am
Wed January 21, 2015

'New Hampshire Rebellion' Stages Protest Of Big Money In Politics

The NH Rebellion protesters at the Statehouse in Concord 1/21/2015
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For the second straight year, a group of activists are marching across the Granite State to raise awareness for their goal of getting money out of politics.

Members of the New Hampshire Rebellion have covered more 300 miles over the past ten days, with marches starting in Portsmouth, Nashua, Keene and Dixville Notch.

Those four marches are set to converge in front of the Statehouse in Concord later today, marking the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision.

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Would Require N.H. Employers To Offer Five Sick Days Per Year

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A bill going before New Hampshire lawmakers would require employers to offer workers 40 hours of paid sick leave per year.

House Democrat Mary Stuart Gile of Concord is one of the sponsors, and says under the legislation, businesses with fewer than 15 employees would be exempt.

"Essentially, this bill is looking at workers in the service areas and who work part-time," she said. "For example, under our bill, people who work in offices but are not full-time workers would be able to have paid sick days."

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Politics
6:20 am
Tue January 20, 2015

With N.H. Primary In Full Swing, No Clear Frontrunner Among Huge GOP Field

GOP candidates clockwise from top left: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul.
Credit NHPR Staff/Photo of Jeb Bush courtesy World Affairs Council, Chris Christie photo courtesy NJ National Guard

There’s still a year to go before any ballots are cast in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Republicans expected to make a run for president from hitting the campaign trail in the Granite State.

Chris Galdieri is an assistant professor of politics at St. Anselm College who specializes in presidential races.

He joins Morning Edition to give us a roundup of how the field of candidates is taking shape.

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NH News
6:47 am
Fri January 16, 2015

N.H. Congressional Delegation Calls For 'Transparency' On Pipeline Project

Members of the state’s Congressional delegation are calling for greater transparency before a decision is made about the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline expansion in southern New Hampshire.

U.S. Representatives Frank Guinta and Anne Kuster along with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte sent a letter to Kinder Morgan and Federal Regulatory Commission on Thursday.

In the letter, they urge Kinder Morgen and regulators to give Granite Staters time to express any concerns about the project.

Morning Edition
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

STEM In N.H. Schools: How To Follow Through On Task Force Report

A report this week found New Hampshire schools must do more to graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The STEM Task Force report issued Tuesday came up with a wide range of recommendations to prepare students for careers in those fields.

You can read the report here.

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Morning Edition
6:52 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Professor: After Review, Addison Can Still Appeal Death Sentence At Federal Level

Michael Addison
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The New Hampshire Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Thursday that for the first time center on the fairness of a death penalty in the state.

Michael Addison is the state’s lone death row inmate. He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2008 for the murder of Manchester police officer Michael Briggs.

Thursday’s arguments will focus on whether Addison’s death sentence was fair compared to similar cases nationwide.

Buzz Scherr is a law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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NH News
6:16 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau Will Not Seek Re-election This Fall

Donnalee Lozeau
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The mayor of Nashua will not seek re-election this fall.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports Mayor Donnalee Lozeau will not seek a third term, after serving as head of the state’s second-largest city since 2008.

Her term will expire in January of 2016.

Meanwhile, Nashua Chamber of Commerce president Chris Williams has already announced plans to explore a run for the office.

Several aldermen are also said to be considering running.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

For Extending Commuter Rail To N.H., Money Still The Biggest Question

In her inaugural address last week, Governor Maggie Hassan made the push for extending commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

"We must find a consensus way forward on rail that will build on our many advantages and help set the stage for a new generation of economic growth by keeping more of our young people right here in the Granite State," Hassan said. 

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NH News
6:19 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Sen. Ayotte Looks To Restrict Transfers Of Guantanamo Detainees

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte wants to make it more difficult for the administration to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

She’s part of a group of Republican Senators set to unveil legislation later today to restrict those transfers.

Ayotte was critical of the administration’s decision earlier this month to transfer five Guantanamo detainees to Kazakhstan. 

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Head Of N.H. Community Colleges: Obama's Plan 'Bold,' Costs Still A Question

Nashua Community College

    

President Obama announced last week he wants to make community college free for students across the country.

Now, that would come with a hefty price tag – the federal government would have to pick up $60 billion in costs over the next decade, with participating states paying for the other 25 percent.

Students would also have to maintain a 2.5 GPA.

The ambitious initiative has sparked a lot of discussion in higher ed circles.

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Morning Edition
8:30 am
Mon January 12, 2015

N.H. GOP Chair: 'Our Party Is More United Than We've Ever Been'

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The head of the state Republican Party was elected to her second term over the weekend.

Jennifer Horn first won the party’s chairmanship in 2013, and now with division among Republicans in the House and a big presidential primary looming, she’s taking on the role for another two years.

Jennifer Horn joins Morning Edition to talk about her re-election.

So you’ll be at the helm of the state Republican Party for another two years. What do you see as the biggest challenge heading into your second term?

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Morning Edition
6:52 am
Mon January 12, 2015

With Off-Season Onions, UNH Study Looks To Expand Growing Season

UNH research assistant Kaitlyn Orde harvests onions. Low tunnels were installed over the plants in late fall. Onions were harvested from mid-April to early June 2012 and late May to early July 2013.
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While production of certain types of produce is seasonal, demand doesn’t stop when the growing season ends.

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire may have taken a step toward a solution to that dilemma.

In a study, they successfully grew bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of low tunnels.

Becky Sideman is a researcher with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station.

She joins Morning Edition to talk about her findings.

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NH News
6:06 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Navy SEAL From N.H. Dies In Military Training Exercise

A Concord man serving as a United States Navy SEAL died over the weekend during military parachute training.

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports 31-year-old William Marston died Saturday during a training exercise in Florida.

He served in the Navy for six years, and was part of a SEAL team on the East Coast.

Martson graduated from the Derryfield School in Manchester in 2001.

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