Michael Brindley

Newscast Producer/Reporter

Before coming to NHPR, 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. When he's not reporting, Michael can often be found searching for the best burrito in the Granite State and scouring local record stores for some classic vinyl.

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NH News
3:29 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Shea-Porter: Tax Break For Teachers Who Buy Own Supplies Should Be Permanent

1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter speaks with school officials in Derry.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter wants to make permanent a tax break for teachers who buy their own school supplies.

Speaking outside South Range Elementary School in Derry, Shea-Porter says she knows personally how much money teachers spend on their own to make sure children have what they need.

“My mother-in-law was a teacher and I can remember her having a room full of stuff that she had to buy and she would cart back and forth to the school each season,” Shea-Porter said.

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NH News
2:58 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Shea-Porter, Kuster Express Support For Extending Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

First District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter says she supports extending the open enrollment period to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Shea-Porter says it’s important people have the time they need to enroll after what she describes as a deplorable roll out of the health insurance exchanges.

“If they are delayed a few weeks because they couldn’t get online, yes. But I’m not for delaying the individual mandate for a year or anything like that. Just kind of extending the enrollment period for a few weeks.”

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On the Political Front
8:18 am
Mon October 28, 2013

On The Political Front For Oct. 28

On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses the legacy of longtime Executive Councilor Ray Burton.

Burton, a Republican from Bath, announced over the weekend that he would not be seeking reelection after learning that his kidney cancer had returned. 

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NH News
4:27 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

NH Lawsuit Argues Online Travel Sites Not Paying Full Share Of Taxes

New Hampshire has sued several popular online travel sites, claiming the companies aren’t paying their full share of the state’s 9 percent room and meals tax.

New Hampshire joins a number of state and local governments that have filed similar lawsuits.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

House Committee Rejects Bill To Remove Merrimack Toll Booth

The toll booth at the Exit 11 ramp getting onto the F.E. Everett Turnpike heading south in Merrimack.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A House committee has voted unanimously to reject the latest effort to remove at least one of the toll booths along the F.E. Everett Turnpike exit ramps in Merrimack.

The 15-0 vote came during a Public Works and Highways committee meeting on Wednesday.

Former Senate President Peter Bragdon sponsored the bill, which would have removed the ramp tolls at Exit 12.

But committee members say the issue should instead be discussed as part of the state’s 10-year highway improvement plan.

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NH News
12:25 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Gone Viral: CHaD Patients, Staff Rock Out To Katy Perry's 'Roar'

An image from the video of CHaD patients and staff.
Credit YouTube

The patients and staff at the Childrens Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have hit the Internet big time.

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NH News
10:04 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Salem Police Report Via Twitter That Suspect In Homicide Attempt In Custody

Thomas George
Credit Salem Police Department

 

Salem police are saying via Twitter that they have apprehended 18-year-old Thomas George.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

$8.6M Grant To Boost Behavioral Health Services In Three NH School Districts

Three New Hampshire school districts are the joint recipients of an $8.6 million federal grant to improve behavioral health services for children.

Governor Maggie Hassan announced the grant on Wednesday.

Schools in Concord, Laconia and Rochester will share the funding from the four-year grant, which state officials say will benefit as many as 10,000 children during that time.

The school districts joined with community partners, the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services in applying for the grant.

NH News
2:34 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

The Walmart Rest Area? NH Selling Naming Rights To Welcome Centers

With many of New Hampshire’s rest areas struggling financially, the state is selling the naming rights to businesses as a way to generate revenue.

House Minority Leader Gene Chandler says the revenue will be used to support roughly a dozen of the state’s rest areas, many of which have had to close due to budget cuts.

“Walmart or McDonald’s, someone will be able to sponsor a rest area, have their sign there to generate some money. And it’s been estimated that as much as maybe $200,000 or more a year could come in from these sponsorships.”

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NH News
1:48 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

After Decades Of Debate, Nashua's Broad Street Parkway Becoming A Reality

Residents look at a blueprint of the Broad Street Parkway at a community meeting at Amherst Street Elementary School on Monday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

After decades of debate, the Broad Street Parkway project will soon be a reality in Nashua.

Proponents say it will open the Millyard area for development and add a much-needed third crossing over the Nashua River.

The project is slated to be finished late next year and city officials are preparing residents for a bumpy road ahead.

At a community meeting Monday evening, Nashua resident Jay Ouelette looks over blueprints detailing the parkway’s path.

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NH News
12:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Seeks Data Showing Enrollment In Health Insurance Exchange

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte wants to know how many New Hampshire residents have signed up for the new health insurance exchanges.

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On the Political Front
10:23 am
Mon October 21, 2013

On The Political Front For Monday, Oct. 21

NHPR’s Josh Rogers talks with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the political impact of the shutdown resolution for New Hampshire Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen.

Rogers also talks about Shaheen’s fundraising efforts with her reelection coming up, and action at the State House in Concord.

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NH News
4:55 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Sen. Shaheen: Congress Must Pass Budget To Avoid Another Last-Minute Deal

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says by getting to work now on a long-term spending plan, Congress can hopefully avoid another last-minute deal like the one reached earlier this week.

Senator Shaheen says one of the positive things to come out of the resolution to the partial government was the establishment of a committee of conference focused on crafting a federal budget.

During a stop at a business in Salem on Friday, Shaheen says that committee has already started its work.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Gov. Hassan Proclaims Nov. 18-22 Anti-Bullying Week

At a Statehouse ceremony Thursday, Governor Maggie Hassan proclaimed the week of Nov. 18-22 as Anti-Bullying Week in New Hampshire.

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NH News
3:28 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

White Mountain National Forest Recalling Employees Following Shutdown Deal

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Following the resolution of the partial government shutdown, officials at the White Mountain National Forest say they’ll be back to a full staff of 120 employees by the end of the week.

Forest Supervisor Tom Wagner says he received official word late Wednesday night, and began calling employees back to work first thing Thursday morning.

“I probably have about 50 percent of my workforce back now, and the remainder will be up and operational tomorrow at 8 o’clock in the morning.”

The shutdown forced the national forest to cut its staff down to roughly 16 employees.

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