Michael Brindley

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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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  New Hampshire’s all-Democratic Congressional delegation is calling President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey disturbing and highly unusual.

Trump abruptly fired Comey Tuesday, raising questions about the fate of the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the US election and what ties there may have been to the Trump campaign.

In a statement, Senator Jeanne Shaheen called Trump’s action “very disturbing and opens a Pandora’s box of additional questions regarding the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.”

  A bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana could clear a major hurdle when it goes before the state Senate this week.

The Senate has historically opposed decriminalization, but after getting the support of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, this latest proposal appears likely to pass when it comes up for a vote Thursday.

New Hampshire is the only New England state where the possession of small amounts of the drug remains a criminal offense.

  Voters in Peterborough will decide Tuesday whether to designate the town as a "Sanctuary City."

The warrant article was put forth by a group of residents, and is one of several issues on the ballot for Town Meeting elections.

If the proposal passes, police officers and other town officials would be prohibited from inquiring about the immigration status of people they encounter in the routine performance of their duties.

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The U.S. Senate is set to begin its review of the health care overhaul bill that narrowly passed the House last week. 

The American Health Care Act attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The legislation is expected to undergo significant changes in the Senate, but there are concerns about what impact the bill as its written now would have on efforts in New Hampshire to combat the opioid epidemic.

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New Hampshire political operative Corey Lewandowski was an early campaign manager for President Trump. He was officially let go from the Trump campaign last June, but he's kept in close contact with the President. An article in Politico looks at a firm he's co-founded in Washington, D.C. called Washington East West Political Strategies

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New Hampshire has its first youth poet laureate.

Ella McGrail is a senior at Portsmouth High School, and was recently named as the inaugural youth poet laureate.

Her tenure runs through August, at which point the Poetry Society of New Hampshire will seek submissions for her successor.

Alice Fogel, New Hampshire's current poet laureate, helped create the new designation, and said it's a way to recognize the work of young writers.

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Love them or hate them, roundabouts seem to elicit strong feelings among drivers.

Regardless of where you fall, the number of roundabouts here in the state is on the rise, which is why transportation officials want to make sure drivers know the rules when navigating them. 

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Is the 2020 New Hampshire primary already underway?

It may seem like it, with three former presidential candidates in the Granite State this week, including a visit Thursday from Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich.

On the Democratic side, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley was here Sunday, and this weekend, former vice president Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker at a state Democratic Party fundraiser.

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  All 100 U.S. Senators were summoned to the White House Wednesday for a classified briefing on the growing threat posed by North Korea.

This comes amid rising tensions over concerns North Korea could be readying for a nuclear test.

New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan was there for Wednesday's briefing, and joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about her reaction.

On Saturday, people will march through downtown Concord, part of a nationwide demonstration called March for Science.

Organizers say the marches are nonpartisan, but many taking part cite concerns over the Trump administration’s uncertain position toward climate science, as well as proposed budget cuts.

It’s raising questions about whether scientists should get involved in what could be perceived as a political event.

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A recent count of New Hampshire’s homeless population found it's on the decline, but that’s not the case everywhere in the state.

That overall state drop – reported by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness – was felt in every county of the state, except for one: Cheshire County.

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  Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will be the keynote speaker at a Republican event on the Seacoast Thursday night.

Lewandowski will speak at the Rockingham County Republican Committee's annual Freedom Founders Dinner at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle.

Governor Chris Sununu is also expected to attend the event.

Lewandowski lives in Windham and was active in New Hampshire politics before rising to national prominence as head of the Trump campaign.

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  Now two months into the job, New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut says he's been impressed by what he's seen far in his visits to schools across the state.

But as the state considers legislation that would vastly expand school choice options for parents, Edelblut says the goal for public schools is clear.

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  New Hampshire Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut is criticizing New Hampshire's new science standards, saying they appear to sacrifice some topics in favor of others, like climate change.

"The term 'climate change' appeared in our old standard one time. In the current standard, it appears 17 times," Edelblut said, speaking to NHPR's Morning Edition. 

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  Nearly four hundred runners from New Hampshire will be taking part this morning in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon.

Three hundred eighty five Granite Staters are registered to take part in the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boyltson Street in Boston.

You can track individual runners here.

The city is encouraging those heading to the marathon to use public transportation.

  Moose are an icon in New Hampshire, so when Mooselick Brewery launched in the state in 2015, the name made sense.

But it didn’t take long before the company found itself the middle of a trademark dispute over its name with a much larger beer maker north of the border.

That’s now forced this small business in New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region to rebrand as of this weekend.

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  Opponents of a school voucher bill say the proposal would violate the state constitution by allowing public money to be used at private, religious schools.

The Republican-backed bill would create Education Freedom Savings Accounts, allowing parents to use public money for a broad range of education expenses, including tuition at private schools. Families would get roughly $3,400 dollars per child, or 90 percent of the average per-pupil state adequacy grant.

  President Donald Trump is set to hit the 100-day mark later this month.

It’s often seen as an early milestone when a presidency can be judged in terms of its accomplishments.

Tom Rath is a longtime Republican strategist in New Hampshire and a former state attorney general.

He’s speaking Wednesday about Trump’s first 100 days at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

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  A school choice bill making its way through the legislature could have major implications for the way public education is funded in New Hampshire.

The Republican-backed proposal would create what the bill calls “Education Freedom Savings Accounts.”

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The state Senate began work Monday on crafting its version of the next two year state budget.

This comes after House lawmakers failed to pass their proposed $11.9 billion spending plan last week. It’s the first time in modern political history the House hasn’t passed a budget.

Senate Finance Chair Gary Daniels, a Milford Republican,  spoke to NHPR's Morning Edition about the process moving forward.

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  After a two-year hiatus, organizers of the Keene Pumpkin Festival are hoping to bring a revised version of the event back to the city.

Organizers have filed a request with Keene officials to hold a festival in October that would be smaller in scale than what the city hosted in the past.

At its peak, the Keene Pumpkin Festival drew tens of thousands of people to the city, setting world records for the most lit jack o'lanterns in one place.

  Officials in the city of Lebanon have adopted a policy that protects the city’s transgender employees from discrimination.

City councilors unanimously approved the change at a meeting Wedneday night. It applies to all municipal employees and volunteers, as well as contractors hired to do work for the city. 

Mayor Sue Prentiss says the policy sends a clear message.

“This is about equality and justice. I would like to think that there was never a point that anybody would be treated differently, but that’s not realistic.”

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  New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is defending an effort by Democrats to filibuster a confirmation vote on President Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch.

Speaking to NHPR’s Morning Edition, Shaheen said the move isn’t about politics.

“This is about the views of Judge Gorsuch. He is too extreme for most of the Democrats, which is why we’ve said we think President Trump should come up with another selection.”

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New Hampshire House lawmakers are set to consider a Republican bill that would add new requirements for proving voter eligibility.

The measure, SB 3, cleared the state Senate last week along party lines.

The bill would require those registering close to an election to provide additional documentation, tightening the definition of domicile for voting purposes.

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  A vote is expected Wednesday in the Republican-led New Hampshire House on its proposed state budget.

The two year, $11.9 billion spending plan has its share of critics, with Democrats arguing it doesn’t go far enough.

One of their complaints is the budget eliminates a proposal by Gov. Chris Sununu to expand full-day kindergarten.

But there’s resistance among Republicans, as well, who believe the budget’s price tag is too high.

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  Former New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte says she's certain U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed, even if it means changing Senate rules to overcome a Democrat-led filibuster.

“You would hope the Senate would allow this exceptionally qualified nominee to receive an up-or-down vote,” Ayotte reportedly said on a conference call Friday.

Ayotte was tapped by President Trump to usher his nominee through the confirmation process.

She accused Democrats of “blocking the process.”

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  New Hampshire saw a surge in the demand for gun sale background checks in 2016.

State police report administering 59,592 gun sale background checks last year. That marks a 19 percent increase from the 50,034 background checks the department conducted in 2015.

State police conducted 42,650 background checks in 2014.

In New Hampshire, all gun sale background checks are administered by the State Police.

Sgt. Michael McQuade says of the 59,592 background checks last year, 591 led to a denial of sale.

   New Hampshire is experiencing a craft beer boom of late, with more breweries popping up across the state. There’s also been more interest in local, independent films.

A week-long festival that kicks off in Derry Sunday night pairs those two things together.

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There’s a legal battle brewing in the city of Nashua over $1 million in arts funding.

A nonprofit Nashua Center for the Arts filed a petition in court this month to dissolve the organization. It wants to send the money left in its trust to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, but officials in Nashua are trying to stop that from happening to keep the money in the city.

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  When the small town of Troy, New Hampshire received a gift of more than $800,000 from a former resident who died last year, it was supposed to be good news.

But for this town tucked away in the state's Monadnock Region, the money ended up dividing the community, with tensions boiling over at Town Meeting this month.

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