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
12:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Manchester YWCA Tightens Security After Supervised Visit Shooting

The Manchester YWCA is tightening its security measures after a shooting during a supervised visit earlier this month.

The YWCA says it will now use a metal detector on all non-custodial parents prior to supervised visits, and will have police on site during those visits, at least for the time being.

That’s according to the New Hampshire Union Leader, which obtained a memo detailing new security measures that took effect this week.

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NH News
12:05 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Authorities Say Suspect In Nashua Double Murder Found Dead

Authorities say the prime suspect in the murder of a Nashua elderly couple in their home earlier this summer killed himself while under police surveillance.

The Attorney General’s office and the Nashua Police Department say 37-year-old Shawn Burne lived next to William and Eleanor Grant.

A visiting nurse found the couple stabbed to death in their home on June 17.

Authorities say evidence quickly pointed to Burne as a suspect, including that he was in possession of some of the Grants’ property and that he had been in their homes after the murders.

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NH News
10:51 am
Wed August 21, 2013

DHHS Commissioner: Cost Of Rolling Out Medical Marijuana Law Adding Up

The commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services says he’s concerned about the cost to his department of implementing the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Appearing on The Exchange, Nicholas Toumpas says there is no shortage of issues facing his staff as it works through the early stages.

“There are legal issues that we have, there are systems issues that need to be developed, there are protocols that need to be developed, there is staffing that is required in order to go off and certify and license.”

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NH News
7:23 am
Wed August 21, 2013

State Employees' Association Endorses Arnold For Manchester Mayor

The state’s largest union has endorsed Ward 12 alderman Patrick Arnold in the race for the next mayor of Manchester.

The State Employees Association announced its endorsement of Arnold on Tuesday. He is challenging Mayor Ted Gatsas, who is seeking a third, two-year term.

Union President Diana Lacey says she supports Arnold’s vision for economic development and job growth.

Over the next few months, the union will be encouraging members who live in the state’s largest city to vote for Arnold.

Manchester’s municipal election is scheduled for November.

NH News
3:36 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Backpack Giveaway Helps Nashua Families In Need Prepare For School Year

Backpacks are lined up on the gym floor at Ledge Street Elementary School in Nashua. More than 2,300 were available for low-income children, all filled with school supplies.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter held its annual backpack giveaway on Tuesday.

Families walked through rows upon rows of backpacks spread out across the gym at Ledge Street Elementary School.

“I’ll take the princess one,” said one girl, who was with her father.

The more than 2,300 backpacks are filled with school supplies, donated by local organizations and businesses.

This is the 21st year the soup kitchen has run the program, and as organizer Carol Weeks says, there’s no shortage of need for assistance among families in the city.

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NH News
8:09 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Manchester YWCA Set To Reopen Tuesday

A memorial on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA last week for 9-year-old Joshua Savyon.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Manchester YWCA is set to reopen today, more than a week after police say a man shot and killed his 9-year-old son and then killed himself during a supervised visit.

The YWCA has been closed since the shooting on Aug. 11.

That’s when police say Muni Savyon brought up a gun into the facility and shot and killed his son, and then committed suicide.

Police say he had threatened to kill his son, his son’s mother and himself.

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NH News
12:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Season's First Case Of EEE Found In Batch Of Mosquitoes In Exeter

Credit Gamma Man / Flickr/Creative Commons

State health officials say a batch of mosquitoes in Exeter have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

This is the first case of EEE found in New Hampshire this year.

Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero says the finding is not unexpected and Exeter remains a low risk area.

Still, he cautions people to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.

In addition to the case of triple-E found in Exeter, six batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus so far this season.

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NH News
7:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Salem's Chuck Morse Looks To Take Helm Of State Senate

Sen. Chuck Morse
Credit State of New Hampshire

Senator Chuck Morse appears to be the front-runner to replace Peter Bragdon as the president of the state Senate.

The Salem Republican and chair of the Senate Finance Committee says he plans to pursue the seat.

And he has already received endorsements from Republican colleague Jeb Bradley and former governor John H. Sununu.

In a statement, Sununu praised Morse’s knowledge of state government and the budget process.

Bragdon said last week he was stepping down from the post, after taking over as head of the Local Government Center.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

600-Acre Woodmont Commons Project Nearing Approval In Londonderry

A portion of the land that the Woodmont Commons project will be built on.
Credit Town of Londonderry

A massive, 600-acre development in Londonderry is on the verge of getting the green light, after months of meetings with town officials.

The project is the first of its kind for New Hampshire and some residents are concerned how it will change the town.

Once complete, Woodmont Commons will add 3,600 residents to the town, along with several hotels and more than 800,000 square feet of retail space.

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NH News
12:07 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Sen. President Peter Bragdon Will Step Down

Sen. Peter Bragdon
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

Senate President Peter Bragdon is stepping down from his post, saying it’s the right thing to do after taking a position as executive director of the Local Government Center.

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Health
3:19 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State Health Officials Announce Launch Date For Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care is a go.

That’s the message from the Department of Health and Human Services, after the three managed care organizations were able to show their provider networks can meet the needs of the state’s Medicaid patients.

Commissioner Nick Toumpas says managed care will go live Dec. 1.

That will be the first day of coverage of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid patients, who will now have to choose between the three managed care vendors.

The state approved a $2.2 billion contract for managed care last summer, the largest contract in state history.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Gov. Hassan: Concerns Over Sen. Bragdon's LGC Job Should Be 'Thoroughly Addressed'

Governor Maggie Hassan says concerns raised about Senate President Peter Bragdon heading the Local Government Center should be "carefully and thoroughly addressed."

Her office released a statement today, in which Hassan's spokesman called Bragdon's appointment "uncharted territory," given the numerous issues that come before the Legislature that deal with the LGC and its members.

Meanwhile, the state Democratic Party wants to know more about the LGC's hiring of Bragdon as its executive director.

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NH News
11:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest

Sen. Peter Bragdon, R-N.H.
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican.

But Bragdon’s decision to fill both roles raises questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.

The head of the state Professional Firefighters Union Dave Lang summed up the reaction of many on Tuesday.

“Um, we find the employment interesting.”

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NH News
12:02 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Questions Over Security Raised After Shooting At Manchester YWCA

A memorial has been set up for Joshua Savyon on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA. Police say Muni Savyon shot and killed his 9-year-old son during a supervised visitation at the center on Sunday. He then killed himself.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting over the weekend at the Manchester YWCA in which a man killed his 9-year-old son and then shot himself.

The head of the New Hampshire YWCA answered questions today about security at the visitation center and what they can to make sure children are safe.

Monica Zulauf took questions from a swarm of reporters just a few feet away from a makeshift memorial for Joshua Savyon.

She says she is confident staff did all they could to prevent Sunday’s tragedy.

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NH News
2:12 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics Friday And Saturday In Hopkinton

Dr. Jose Montero, the state's public health director, receives his heptatitis A vaccination in Hopkinton on Friday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The first of two vaccination clinics for people potentially exposed to hepatitis A was held at Hopkinton High School Friday.

The Friday clinic runs until 8 tonight.

Even the state’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero isn’t immune from having to receive a vaccination shot.

“It was painless. It was quite quick. And I know that I don’t like needles. It’s a well-known fact,” Montero said.

He ate recently at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook, where state health officials say a bartender was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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