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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Donald Trump is back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is set to hold a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School at 7:30 p.m.

This comes as a report by Politico this week finds that Trump’s former campaign manager – New Hampshire resident Corey Lewandowski – has become increasingly more involved with the campaign behind the scenes.

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Sununu was among the high-profile Republicans who called on 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to step down last year in the wake of a $355,000 campaign finance violation. 

Now, Sununu says he no longer holds that position, even though the facts of the case remain the same.

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Republican Rich Ashooh has conceded to incumbent Frank Guinta in their primary in the state's 1st Congressional District.

With 96 percent reporting, Guinta leads Ashooh by 661 votes, or about 1 percent of the vote. 

Wednesday morning, Ashooh issued a statement, saying that despite the close margin, "I am conceding this race to my opponent so that the Republican ticket may immediately position itself for victory in November." 

Southern New Hampshire University has reached a deal with ITT Educational Services that will let students at Daniel Webster College in Nashua complete their degrees.

Under a “teach out” agreement, SNHU will take on all of the college’s 550 students, and says it will hire as many Daniel Webster College faculty members as possible.

Students with 90 or more credits will be able to earn a degree from Daniel Webster College this year, while all other students will be able to transition to SNHU programs.

Donald Trump and Tim Kaine are both headed back to New Hampshire on the same day, a sign of the increasing importance of this battleground state in the presidential election.

The Republican presidential nominee and the Democratic vice presidential candidate will both be in New Hampshire Thursday, but in different parts of the state.

Trump is set to hold a campaign rally at Laconia Middle School, according to his campaign schedule.

The rally kicks off at 7:30 p.m. 

Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte and challenger Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan have agreed to six debates in the race for U.S. Senate.

But the two candidates are already tussling over whether to add one more to the list.

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Two Republican candidates for governor are calling on the state to tear up a recently-approved, $36.5 million contract with Dartmouth Hitchcock, following the hospital's announcement it will lay off hundreds of workers.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we've been talking with the Republican candidates for governor.

Chris Sununu of Newfields has been a member of the state's Executive Council since 2011. 

He's also CEO of Waterville Valley Ski Resort.

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All this week on Morning Edition, we're talking with the Republican candidates for governor. 

Ted Gatsas is in his seventh year as mayor of Manchester, the state's largest city.

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With its parent company shutting down, the future of Daniel Webster College is uncertain.

ITT Educational Services purchased the Nashua college in 2009. The chain of for-profit colleges announced this week its more than 130 technical institutes across the country would close immediately.

All this week, Morning Edition is talking to the Republican candidates for governor.

Frank Edelblut is a first-term state representative from Wilton.

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All this week, Morning Edition is talking with the Republican candidates running for governor.

Monday morning, we heard from Jeanie Forrester. She’s in her third term as a state Senator from Meredith, and currently chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

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Sinks and water fountains in nine Manchester schools have been turned off after testing found levels at or higher than acceptable levels. 

The school district tested water in all of its 22 schools over the summer, prompted by the crisis in Flint, Mich. That testing found 25 sinks and water fountains at 12 schools measured at a lead level at or higher than the acceptable limit of 15 parts per billion. 

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Residents in the town of Troy are trying to figure out what to do with an unexpected windfall.

When former resident Betty Giorgianni died at the age of 90 earlier in April, she left the town a gift of $821,500.

For a large city, that might be a drop in the bucket, but for this community of about 2,000 people in the southwest corner of New Hampshire, it’s a big deal.

The gift amounts to roughly half of the town’s overall annual budget.

Tom Matson is chairman of the Troy Board of Selectmen. He joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the gift.

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At their first debate Thursday, incumbent Republican U.S Senator Kelly Ayotte and her challenger, former state Senator Jim Rubens, clashed on the topic of immigration.

Rubens spent much of the debate on NH1 News going after Ayotte’s record on nearly every issue, including her support for the so-called Gang of Eight immigration reform bill in 2013.

The bill included a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the United States. It passed the U.S. Senate, but ultimately failed in the House.

At a debate hosted by NH1 News Wednesday night, a candidate’s comment from earlier this summer regarding how communities have handled the state’s drug crisis sparked some heated back and forth.

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The victim in the Owen Labrie sexual assault case is speaking out publicly for the first time.

In an interview Tuesday morning on NBC’s The Today Show, 17-year-old Chessy Prout spoke about her decision to reveal her identity.

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Republican Kelly Ayotte is running for re-election, and while most of the headlines are about her race against Gov. Maggie Hassan, Jim Rubens has something to say about that.

The former state Senator is challenging Ayotte’s re-election in next month’s Republican primary, but even his supporters know the odds are against him.

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says recent attacks focused on the Clinton Foundation are a diversionary tactic by Republicans to take attention away from Donald Trump.

The Associated Press reported last week that while Secretary of State, more than half of Hillary Clinton’s private meetings with those from outside government were with people who donated to the foundation.

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This week marks the end of an era in Salem.

After opening its doors 110 years ago, Rockingham Park closes Wednesday.

Live horse racing ended at the iconic track in 2010, and the park was considered a potential site for New Hampshire’s first casino.

A celebration of the maker movement is happening in Dover Saturday.

At the Mini Maker Faire, visitors will be able to do everything from build and launch their own rockets to learn how to publish a book.

The event is in its fourth year and will be held at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.

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Donald Trump will be back in New Hampshire Thursday.

The Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester at 1 p.m. This will be his second trip to the state this month.

His visit comes after a major campaign shakeup: Trump last week named Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon as his campaign CEO, and promoted pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.

Campaign chairman Paul Manafort also stepped down.

A former New Hampshire state trooper accused of assaulting a suspect following a high-speed chase will plead guilty this week.

The attorney general’s office announced Tuesday morning that Trooper Andrew Monaco will enter guilty pleas to three counts of simple assault in Nashua District Court Thursday.

The charges stem from a May incident in which Monaco is accused of repeatedly punching a Massachusetts man who had surrendered to police once the chase ended in Nashua.

News helicopters captured footage of the incident.

A public transportation program that’s become a vital service for hundreds of people in Sullivan County is shutting down.

Community Alliance of Human Services announced last week its rural public bus service and volunteer driver program will come to an end Sept. 9 due to a lack of finances.

The bus service provides about 30,000 rides annually, running through Claremont, Newport, and Charlestown.

A program that organizers say was a critical lifeline for low-income residents of New Hampshire’s northernmost towns has closed.

The Pittsburg Area Community Service food pantry and thrift shop opened on Pittsburg’s Main Street six years ago, run entirely by volunteers.

But when the building’s owner notified organizers earlier this year that its lease would not be renewed, that led to its closure Saturday after a new home couldn’t be found in time.

More than one hundred twenty teens and young adults currently or formerly in state care gathered at Southern New Hampshire University Thursday DCYF’s annual Independent Living Conference.

The event is a chance for youth to learn skills like how to find a job and go to college, as well as to hear from those who’ve been through the system.

Trevor Perkins is 19 years old, and studying business administration at SNHU. He’s also a former youth in foster care.

Calling Donald Trump’s latest controversial comment the last straw, former U.S. Senator Gordon Humphrey of New Hampshire is urging Republican leaders to strip Trump of the presidential nomination and replace him with someone "of sound mind."

Speaking to MSNBC, Humphrey said Trump’s suggestion at a rally Tuesday that gun owners could take action to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing U.S. Supreme Court judges went too far.

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is not be eligible to be on the ballot in New Hampshire for the November election, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The former CIA operative announced his campaign bid this week, saying he wants to give voters unhappy with the two major party candidates another option this November.

But Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says McMullin didn’t file his declaration of intent paperwork in June, a required step toward getting on the ballot for the fall election.

Republicans running for U.S. Senate and New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District took part in a candidate forum in Derry Monday night.

Notably absent, however, was the state’s most prominent Republican – U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, who is up for re-election this fall and is facing a primary challenger.

That meant of the four men taking questions from the audience at the Halligan Tavern in downtown Derry, only three were actually running for office.

At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Wednesday night, a retired Navy rear admiral with New Hampshire ties described Donald Trump as too erratic to lead the nation’s military.

John Hutson, who served as dean of the UNH School of Law for a decade, criticized the Republican nominee for endorsing torture and for proposals he says would require U.S. troops to commit war crimes.

“This very morning, he personally invited Russia to hack us,” Hutson said. “That’s not law and order; that’s criminal intent.”

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