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
3:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Manchester Set To Install Meters Collecting Money For Homeless Shelter

The city of Manchester is set to install meters downtown where people can donate money that will go to a local homeless shelter.

Program coordinators hope people will choose the meters over giving to panhandlers.

The meters are expected to be installed along Elm Street within the next week.

The money collected will go to New Horizons, the city’s local shelter and soup kitchen.

Director Charlie Sherman says he’s hopeful people will be generous with their donations.

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NH News
12:45 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

From Bolivia to Venezuela: 81 Take Oath To Become American Citizens

Caren Ongany and John Osambo of Lee with their four children outside the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord Friday. Ongany and Osambo are husband and wife and both became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

At the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord Friday morning, 81 people from 36 different countries took an oath and became American citizens.

Governor Maggie Hassan spoke at the naturalization ceremony.

Among those sworn in was a man originally from India who now lives in Hudson with his wife and their six month old child.

There was also a husband and wife, both native Kenyans, who became citizens together. They live in Lee with their four children.

And a Manchester man who moved to America from Sweden who said his citizenship was a long time coming. 

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Education
2:27 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Three New Charter Schools Get OK To Open In New Hampshire

The state Board of Education has given the green light for three new charter schools to open in New Hampshire.

Their approval was made possible after the Legislature set aside $3.4 million in the state budget for new charter schools.

The Gate City Charter School for the Arts was one of the schools to get approval from the board at a meeting on Thursday.

The school is planned for Nashua and will offer an arts-focused curriculum, starting with grades K through 4. It will open next fall.

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Queen City Crime
8:36 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Live Blog: Manchester Police Chief David Mara

Chief Mara in the Exchange studio.
Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

9:56: Mara says, “We need more police officers and we need to more of the community involved.” Says we need people to look out for each other. “We need to work together.” The department needs to do a better job, as well.

9:54: Mara says stats are kept on how many crimes are solved. For example, on robberies, we do much better than the national average. “You constantly have to assess what you’re doing.”  

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NH News
2:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

With DOMA Struck Down, N.H. Retirement System Prepares To Roll Out Benefits

The effect of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act is now being felt in the Granite State.

The New Hampshire Retirement System is asking public employees and retirees whether they are involved in a same-sex marriage.

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NH News
12:52 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Northern Pass Blankets State With Brochure Touting New Route

The brochure from Northern Pass was sent to every consumer of electricity in New Hampshire.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Northern Pass officials are blanketing the state with a brochure touting a recently-proposed new route for the controversial project that would bury nearly eight miles of power lines.

Public Service of New Hampshire spokesman Martin Murray says the mailers have gone out to every consumer of electricity in New Hampshire.

He would not disclose the cost of sending out the mailers, but added there will also be a series of open houses in the coming weeks in towns near and along the proposed route.

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NH News
3:59 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs Off On Allowing For 2 A.M. Last Call

Credit Adam Fagen / Flickr Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law this week that allows communities to extend last call for serving alcohol from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The law requires that the local governing body pass an ordinance approving the change before it can take effect.

Governor Spokesman Marc Goldberg said Hassan appreciated the bill allows local communities to decide whether to opt in to the new last call.

The New Hampshire Chiefs of Police opposed the legislation.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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Sports
4:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

North Conway's Jeff Locke Taking Major League All-Star Selection In Stride

Jeff Locke
Credit Major League Baseball

Jeff Locke dominated his opponents when he was pitching for Kennett High School in North Conway.

Now, the 25-year-old lefty is doing the same for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We caught up with him this week to talk about his most recent accomplishment - being named to the Major League Baseball all-star team.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Furloughs Begin For 1,500 Shipyard, National Guard Employees

Furloughs begin this week for 1,300 employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Because of the cuts imposed by sequestration, each week the workers will have to take one day of unpaid leave for the next 11 weeks.

Paul O’Connor is president of Metal Trades Council.

While he is not being furloughed, he says the work done by the employees who are is just as critical to shipyard operations.

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Gov. Hassan To Check On Flood Damage In Westmoreland, Lebanon On Wednesday

Governor Maggie Hassan will tour Westmoreland and Lebanon on Wednesday, two communities hit hard by last week's flooding.

Hassan will be joined by the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer to see how the towns are recovering from the damage.

The governor declared a state of emergency due to the flooding, which officials say caused more than two million dollars in damage.

Officials with FEMA toured damaged areas Tuesday to determine whether the state will qualify for federal funds.

NH News
3:38 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

New Program Will Support Unemployed People Starting Own Business

People collecting unemployment benefits in New Hampshire will soon have another option for finding work – creating their own job.

Governor Maggie Hassan says she will sign the so-called Pathway to Work bill into law on Thursday.

Up until now, people receiving unemployment benefits from the state had to show they were actively looking for work.

But under the new law, people who qualify for the program can instead focus their efforts on starting their own business.

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NH News
8:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Estranged Husband Accused Of Murdering Charlestown Woman

Credit New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

 

New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster announced this morning that James Robarge will be charged with murdering his wife, Kelly Robarge.

James Robarge is being held on unrelated motor vehicle charges in Vermont.

He will be arraigned later today in a Brattleboro court and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Officials say that will initiate the extradition process to return him to New Hampshire to face a charge of second degree murder.

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NH News
7:48 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Swift Water Warning Issued After Series Of Deadly Drownings

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol has issued a swift water warning, following a series of deadly incidents across the state over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Sgt. Dave Ouellette is urging recreational swimmers to use extreme caution.

Due to recent heavy rains, the state’s rivers and streams are running at high levels.

He says dangerous speeds and unexpectedly treacherous currents can be hidden under seemingly calm water on the river’s surface.

Over the weekend, the state saw three separate fatalities

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Education
6:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Manchester Superintendent Embracing Critical School Audit

Kindergarteners busy at the computer at Hallsville Elementary School in Manchester.
Credit Manchester School District

The new school superintendent in Manchester says a recent audit taking the school district to task in several areas should be used as a blueprint to help address those is

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NH News
5:54 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Former Congresswoman Giffords' Tour Pushes For Stronger Background Checks

Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly stop in Manchester on Friday to make the case for stronger background checks for gun sales.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were in New Hampshire Friday to push for stronger background checks for gun sales.

The stop was part of their seven-state Rights and Responsibilities tour.

At a Manchester press conference, Giffords spoke slowly but passionately, as she called on lawmakers to have the courage to pass stronger gun control laws.

“Now is the time to come together. Be responsible. Democrats. Republicans. Everyone.”

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