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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Businessman Donald Trump, the front runner among the field of GOP presidential candidates, held his first New Hampshire town hall meeting in Derry Wednesday night.

Trump took roughly a half-dozen questions from the packed house at Pinkerton Academy, one of which targeted his lack of stated policy positions.

“I was coming today and I went on your website to see some of your policy positions and the only thing there is immigration reform,” the man asked. “Can you speak to any of your other plans or policies?”

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Interstate 93 northbound in Concord is expected to be closed for several hours due to a sinkhole.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the report came in just after noon, and no injuries were reported.

"The hole is about 20 feet deep, 12 feet long, and 14 feet wide, so a major hole in hole road there that has shutdown northbound traffic," Boynton said.   

He says the DOT and private construction companies are working to address the problem.

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Six Republican presidential hopefuls are taking part in an education summit at Londonderry High School on Wednesday.

The summit is being put on by American Federation for Children, a conservative school choice advocacy group.

Lauren Camera, a reporter for Education Week, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to help sort out where the candidates stand on K-12 education policy.

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Political reaction was mixed to the revised Northern Pass proposal released on Tuesday.

Eversource officials say they’re now willing to bury 52 miles of lines through the White Mountains. That means 60 miles of lines, or nearly a third, of the 192-mile route would be buried.

Senate President Chuck Morse of Salem called the changes a major improvement and a great opportunity for the state.

“I am pleased to be able to support the Northern Pass project as now revised,” Morse said.

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After 50 years, the iconic Macy’s department store off Interstate 293 in Bedford is shutting down.

Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc. has purchased the building and the 16-acre property for $12 million, according to Colliers International of New Hampshire, which brokered the sale.

The company plans to convert the site into an "upscale lifestyle center."

The center will be adjacent to the Goffe Mill Plaza redevelopment, which will be anchored by a Whole Foods Market. 

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Public hearings are being held this week in four New Hampshire communities being eyed as potential hosts for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries.

A hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Plymouth Town Hall.


A bi-partisan group of lawmakers will meet Monday morning at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester to explore ways to cut costs at the state’s juvenile detention center.

The facility was designed for 144 children, but Senate Finance Chair Jeannie Forrester of Meredith says the population is typically between 40 to 60 youth.

Forrester says this morning’s meeting will include a tour of the center, with the hope of figuring out a way to make better use of the space.

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Laconia police arrested 20 suspects Thursday following a months-long undercover drug investigation.

Fifteen officers made the arrests early in the morning as part of a massive sweep.

Laconia police Chief Chris Adams says those arrested would be held accountable, but would also be offered treatment options.

He says Laconia simply can’t arrest its way out of the heroin epidemic plaguing the city and the state.

Police say the investigation into the suspects included numerous hours of undercover surveillance and controlled buys compiling evidence.

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After 40 years working for the Pittsburg Police Department, Richard Lapoint is calling it a career.

Lapoint has been police chief for the Granite State’s northernmost town for the past 28 years. He’s retiring on Sunday.

He joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley recently to take a look back at his career in law enforcement in New Hampshire’s North Country.

You began your career as a part-time Pittsburg police officer in 1975. How has the town changed over the past 40 years?

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu says he’s still hoping to find alternative organizations that can provide women’s health care, after he voted to reject a contract with Planned Parenthood.

Sununu was among the three Republican councilors to vote against the $640,000 contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

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Donald Trump returns to the Granite State Friday, as he continues to lead the pack among presidential GOP hopefuls.

Trump will hold a rally at Winnicunnet High School in Hampton Friday evening.

This is his first trip back to the Granite State since his dust up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and comments he made about her some called offensive.


Officials with the Manchester teachers union say morale is very poor among its membership, as teachers prepare to enter their third school year without a new contract.

The Manchester Education Association released a statement Thursday, saying it was "utterly disappointed" by the veto of a proposed three-year contract by Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Vice president Maxine Mosley says teachers will report to work on the first day of school Sept. 2 and will educate the city’s students.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson returns to the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon will hold town hall meetings in Hooksett and Windham.

Carson will also visit Manchester and Londonderry during his one-day campaign stop.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will also be in the state Thursday.

He’ll be on the Seacoast, speaking to voters in Somersworth and Portsmouth. 



Officials say several beachgoers had to be assisted by lifeguards at a New Hampshire beach due to strong rip currents.

Lifeguards helped 18 people Monday at Hampton Beach. No one was injured.

Beach Patrol Captain Pat Murphy tells WMUR-TV swimmers were only allowed up to their waists at the beach due to the strong currents.

Lifeguards have helped 160 people in the water at Hampton Beach so far this season.

Officials say they are monitoring conditions for Tuesday.


The Manchester Board of School Committee took a vote of 'no confidence' in Mayor Ted Gatsas at a meeting Monday night, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The 10-2 vote comes after Gatsas vetoed a three-year contract with city teachers.

School board members also asked aldermen to reconsider their vote on the agreement, and urged Gatsas, who chairs the school board, to recuse himself from a reconsideration vote.

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At a ceremony at the Statehouse Tuesday, Governor Maggie Hassan will sign a bill into law that requires those convicted of violent crimes to appear in court for victim impact statements.

New Hampshire will be the first state to have such a requirement.

The bill was filed after convicted murderer Seth Mazzaglia initially refused to appear in court to hear victim impact statements read by friends and family of his victim, Lizzi Marriott.

Mazzaglia ultimately withdrew his motion, and appeared for the hearing. He received a mandatory life sentence.


Mack’s Apples Farm in Londonderry is changing ownership to the next generation of the Mack family.

Owner Andrew C. Mack says he’s passing on the farm to his son, Andrew Mack Jr. and his wife Carol Mack.

This will be the eighth generation of the Mack family to run the farm, going back to 1732.

It’s the oldest family-run farm in New Hampshire.

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A medical marijuana dispensary is being proposed in Plymouth.

Sanctuary ATC of Salem filed the application with the town, which will be the subject of an Aug. 17 public hearing at Plymouth Town Hall.

Under the state’s medical marijuana law passed in 2013, local zoning approval is required before opening up shop.

New Hampshire was the last New England state to legalize medical marijuana, and there have been delays in implementing the law.

Carroll County is in the midst of a budget crisis.

Officials there are trying to figure out how to make up for a roughly $2 million budget shortfall.

This week, the Bank of New Hampshire froze the county’s $4.5 million line of credit, citing concerns over the county possibly declaring bankruptcy.

County officials insist bankruptcy is not an option, and are proposing a supplemental budget to get through the rest of the year.


The Democratic National Committee announced it will hold six presidential primary debates, including a Dec. 19 debate in Manchester.

“We’re proud to be a co-host of the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate in December and we’re looking forward to hearing the Democratic candidates lay out their visions for our country’s future," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

Not everyone is excited about the limited debate schedule.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has been trailing in the polls, was immediately critical.

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Campaign rallies and town hall meetings featuring a presidential primary candidate have been a near daily occurrence in the Granite State over the past few months.

Behind the scenes, running these events and the planning that goes into them is no easy task.

Chris Malloy of Chris Malloy Events has been busy this primary season. He’s planned and run campaign events for Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz.

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A new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders only six points behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

The WMUR Granite State poll released Tuesday shows Clinton with 42 percent of support among likely Democratic voters in the Granite State. Sanders is a close second, with 36 percent support.


Citing declining enrollment, officials with Mount Washington College in Manchester say the school will close in April of next year.

In a statement on its website, the for-profit college says it will stop enrolling new students immediately and will focus its attention on the school’s roughly 500 current students.

The college says students can complete their programs of study online through Kaplan University free of charge.

Kaplan owns Mount Washington College, formerly known as Hesser College.

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An official in Grafton says the town still plans to host a touring circus Wednesday run by Walkers Brothers International.

That’s the same company that ran the circus in Lancaster Monday night, where a father and daughter were killed when a tent collapsed during a a severe thunderstorm.

At least 15 others were injured, and the state is investigating.

Ed Grinley is chairman of the Grafton budget committee.

He said what happened in Lancaster was a tragedy, but called it a freak accident.


Tuesday nights in Portsmouth this summer are all about improv comedy.

Now in its 12th season, the “Stranger Than Fiction” comedy troupe puts on shows every Tuesday night at the Players’ Ring, coming up with material on the fly based on audience participation.

Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are taking part in Monday night’s Voters First Forum at St. Anselm College.

You can listen live to the forum on NHPR at 7 PM by clicking right here. 

That may sound like a lot, but organizers say it’s all about staying true to the spirit of the primary process.

Media outlets in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina organized the forum in response to networks shutting out low-polling candidates in nationally-televised debates.

You can hear the two-hour forum live on NHPR, starting at 7 p.m.

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The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled by a guide found on the school’s website that referred to the term “American” as politically incorrect.

In a statement, President Mark Huddleston says he’s among those offended by the bias-free language guide, which has since been removed from its website.

The guide discourages use of the term “American,” and suggests instead saying, “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.”


New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’ll vote against legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Shaheen says stripping Planned Parenthood of more than $500 million in federal funding would make it harder for millions of women, including 12,000 in New Hampshire, to get the health care they need.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says she doesn’t believe National Guard recruiters should be armed.

After a shooting earlier this month at two recruiting centers in Tennessee left five military personnel dead, 60 New Hampshire House members called on Hassan to allow recruiters in the Granite State to be armed.

Hassan has been reviewing security measures at recruiting centers with the New Hampshire National Guard.

She says because the National Guard doesn’t recommend arming recruiters, it’s not something she will support.

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Manchester's police chief is hosting a forum Tuesday night for the public to talk about the city's heroin epidemic.

Chief Nick Willard will be one of seven panel members at the forum at the Radisson Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe says drug activity in the city continues to surge at an alarming rate.

“We’re well over I believe 47 deaths since Jan. 1,” he said. “In addition to that, we have responded to probably well over 250 overdose-related calls since Jan. 1. The numbers are staggering in the city.”