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
9:45 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Manchester Police Chief Finalist For Job In Mass.

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Manchester Police Chief David Mara is one of four finalists to head up the police department in Somerville, Mass.

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NH News
12:54 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

UNH Seeks $38M From State's Capital Budget To Expand STEM Programs

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Officials from the University of New Hampshire want $38 million in the state’s next two-year capital budget to help expand the school’s STEM programs.

The university’s presentation Monday morning kicked off two days of hearings on $227 million in capital spending requests from 18 state agencies.

President Mark Huddleston described UNH as the state’s “STEM factory,” as he made his case before Governor Maggie Hassan and members of her capital budget advisory committee.

The issue now, he says, is one of space.

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NH News
12:35 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

House, Senate Sign Off On Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

Sen. Bob Odell (R-Lempster) speaking in support of a bill to change the Medicaid enhancement tax. The measure passed on a voice vote.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

House and Senate lawmakers have signed off on a Medicaid Enhancement Tax deal.

Lawmakers voted 278-72 in favor of the deal that settles a lawsuit with 25 New Hampshire hospitals.

The Senate later passed it on a voice vote, and it now heads to Governor Maggie Hassan’s desk.

Hassan and legislative leaders announced the settlement last week, with St. Joseph Hospital of Nashua the lone holdout.

Republican Representative David Hess of Hooksett says he may not be completely happy with the result, but the deal is better than nothing.

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NH News
11:00 am
Tue June 3, 2014

UNH President Wants Two More Years Of In-State Tuition Freeze

The president of the University of New Hampshire wants to hold the line on tuition costs for at least another two years.

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NH News
8:30 am
Mon June 2, 2014

House, Senate To Consider Medicaid Enhancement Tax Deal

Credit NHPR Staff

Lawmakers in the House and Senate this week will consider a deal between the state and hospitals on the Medicaid Enhancement Tax.

The deal, largely brokered by Governor Maggie Hassan, pulls 25 of the state’s 26 hospitals out of a lawsuit.

Two Superior Court judges had ruled the tax in its current form unconstitutional, and a ruling is pending before the state Supreme Court.

As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the deal isn’t being seeing a positive step by all.

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NH News
7:06 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Study: Greeley Park Best Place For Nashua's Controversial Playground

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A third-party study has determined the east side of Nashua's Greeley Park  would be the best place for a playground that has sparked two years of debate.

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NH News
2:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Access, Privacy Concerns Raised At Medical Marijuana Patient Registry Hearing

Prospective medical marijuana patients and advocates are urging state health officials to issue registry cards as soon as possible.

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NH News
10:09 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Sen. Ayotte Backs Scott Brown, Despite Differences On Gun Rights

Credit Michael Brindley for NHPR

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte threw her support behind fellow Republican Scott Brown, who is running for the state’s other Senate seat.

Brown also picked up endorsements from former Republican governors Steve Merrill and Craig Benson.

Standing before a large crowd of Brown’s supporters in Nashua, Ayotte described the former Massachusetts Senator as a proven leader who will get things done for New Hampshire.

“And I am very proud to stand here today and endorse Scott Brown. Working together, I can assure you we’ll put New Hampshire first,” she said.

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NH News
11:27 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Legacy Delayed: Nashua Locked In Two-Year Debate Over New Playground

Legacy Playground organizers Eric Brand, left, and David Robbins, discuss their proposal near Greeley Park's current playground.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Officials in Nashua expect the results of a study this week that aims to bring closure to a debate that’s divided city residents over the past two years.

And all of it is over a playground.

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Foodstuffs
3:15 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Concord Event Celebrates The Art Of Grilling Done Safely

Jim Proulx of Proulx Oil and Propane mans the grill at the Outdoor Living Safety Day.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

 

Memorial Day weekend is once again upon us, which means many people across the Granite State will fire up their grills for the first time this year.

To celebrate this time-honored tradition, the Propane Gas Association of New England held its sixth-annual Outdoor Living Safety Day on the New Hampshire statehouse lawn on Thursday.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley went there to talk to people about what makes grilling so great and how to make sure it’s done safely.

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NH News
11:00 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Senate Rejects Second Bid At Repealing N.H.'s Death Penalty

The state Senate has again rejected a proposal to repeal New Hampshire’s death penalty.

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NH News
12:02 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

With Final Call, Community Pays Tribute To Fallen Brentwood Officer

Michael Brindley for NHPR

Thousands of police officers, first responders, friends and family packed the athletic stadium at Exeter High School Wednesday to pay tribute to fallen Brentwood officer Steve Arkell.

It was a week and a half ago when Arkell was killed in the line of duty responding to a domestic disturbance call.

At the memorial service, speakers paid tribute to a man they said put love of family and service to his community above all else.

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NH News
2:59 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Fallen Brentwood Officer Remembered For Kindness, Passion For Helping Others

A sign at Heav'nly Donuts in Brentwood pays tribute to Officer Steve Arkell.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Steve Arkell worked Mondays as a part-time officer for the Brentwood Police Department.

And it was Monday of last week when, responding to a routine domestic disturbance call, he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

But Arkell was much more than an officer to the small town of about 4,000 people.

Those who knew him recall a man with a genuine passion for family and community.  

If you’re looking for someone to talk to you about Arkell, there are few people more qualified than Exeter High School Athletic Director Bill Ball.

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NH News
7:47 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Investigators: Brentwood Man Set House On Fire, Other Answers May Never Come

Sgt. Joseph Ebert with the state police provides an update on the investigation into Officer Steve Arkell's murder.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A week after Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell was shot and killed, investigators say suspected gunman Michael Nolan intentionally set the fire that led an explosion, destroying the house.

Nolan was killed and officials fear they’ll never know why he opened fire.

Officer Arkell was killed responding to a domestic dispute between Nolan and his father, 86-year-old Walter Nolan.

Officials were able to get Walter Nolan away from the house before the explosion, but Sgt. Joseph Ebert with the state police says he’s been unable to provide any insight about what took place.

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NH News
3:53 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

One-Day Count Finds N.H.'s Homeless Population Down 14 Percent

The point-in-time homeless count being conducted.
Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

A one-day, point-in-time count of New Hampshire’s homeless population earlier this year found a 14 percent decrease from the same count a year prior.

The state saw its biggest declines among those temporarily living with family or a friend – down 35 percent – and homeless families – down 14 percent.

However, the number of those staying in homeless shelter remained essentially the same.

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