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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Van McLeod, commissioner of the state Department of Cultural Resources, has died.

McLeod, 70, was serving his sixth term as head of the department, which he led for 24 years. He was the longest-tenured state agency head currently serving.

No details are available on what caused his death.

In a statement, Gov. Maggie Hassan described McLeod as a "steadfast steward of our cultural and historic resources in the Granite State."

Republicans drafting the party's platform in Cleveland this week rejected appeals to soften language opposing same-sex marriage.

According to NPR, delegates supported language in this year's platform that says children "deserve a married mom and dad," and refers to "natural marriage" as between a man and a woman. 

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An expected effort in Cleveland this week to challenge New Hampshire’s leadoff position in the presidential primary process never materialized.

Crews are working to repair a major water main break in Manchester.

City water technician John St. Pierre says the 24-inch pipe burst early Thursday morning.

“We’ve located where the break was, we’ve excavated down to it, and we’re in the process of cutting the pipe and splicing in a new piece of pipe to repair the issue," he said. "We’ll be out there working throughout the day and then the highway department will be out there repairing the road.”

The break caused extensive damage and several roads in the area of the Bridge Street Extension are closed.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen says while passing the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act this week will be a step in the right direction, it's ultimately a disappointment because it doesn't include the funding needed to address the crisis.

"While it makes some changes in programs so that it expands what we can do under certain programs, it doesn’t include the funding that is so desperately needed," Shaheen told NHPR's Morning Edition.

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A hard-fought Democratic presidential primary comes to an end in New Hampshire Tuesday.

For Sanders supporters, this marks the end of a movement that began here with a resounding win in the first in the nation primary.

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It will be an important week for the four Republican candidates for governor to begin the process of differentiating themselves from one another.

The candidates are set to take part in two forums and their first debate.

First up is a candidate forum in Derry Monday night at the Halligan Tavern at 6:3o.


Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard says vitriol directed at law enforcement from the White House, politicians, and the media is to blame for putting officers' lives in danger.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will join Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for a campaign event in Portsmouth Tuesday, Clinton's campaign announced Monday morning.

Speculation is Sanders will formally offer his endorsement of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, though there’s been no official confirmation of that yet.

A Manchester woman's hot dog creation could soon be on the menu at Fenway Park.

Danielle York's submission, "Le Chien Poutine," has made it to the top five in Kayem's "Create the Next Fenway Frank" online contest. Voting runs through the end of the day Friday.

"Poutine on a hot dog! French fries, beef gravy and cheese curds smothered on top of a Kayem Fenway Frank," reads the description.

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Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire Thursday. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee held a private, town hall style event at a shuttered light bulb plant in Manchester.

It was Trump’s second trip here in just the last few weeks, and behind the scenes, there’s been a shakeup in his New Hampshire campaign since his last visit.

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Donald Trump will be in New Hampshire Thursday, his second trip to the Granite State this month.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will be at the former Osram Sylvania building Manchester at 3:30, where he’s expected to deliver a speech focused on trade.

This is the second day of a two-day swing through New England for Trump.

He held a fundraiser in Boston Wednesday, and held a rally in Bangor, Maine.

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The Executive Council this week will take up the issue of state funding for Planned Parenthood, a vote that could have political implications in the race for governor.

Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin Van Ostern sit on the five-member panel that will take up the $549,000 contract for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England at a meeting Wednesday.

Sununu and Van Ostern are among the slate of candidates looking to replace outgoing Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan.


Donald Trump will deliver a "major speech" in New Hampshire Monday he says will focus on Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando, as well as immigration and national security.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee switched the focus of the address following the shooting at a gay nightclub, in which the shooter, 29-year-old Omar Mateem, killed 49 and injured 53 others.

It's the deadliest mass shooting in the country's history.

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Donald Trump's campaign has announced two events for his trip to New Hampshire Monday.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will deliver a speech at Saint Anselm College at 2:30, according to his campaign schedule. It's billed as a private event, and no tickets will be available to the public.

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Alcoholics Anonymous has become a well-known part of recovery, but now, Heroin Anonymous meetings are popping up all over the New Hampshire. The meetings are in large cities like Manchester and Nashua, but also in smaller communities where the addiction epidemic has taken a toll.

Advocates say one of the biggest gaps in the state is access to addiction treatment for pregnant women. And that’s where two women working in the medical field want to step in by opening a residential treatment facility for up to eight mothers and their babies in Rochester.

But as they’ve discovered, filling that need is no easy task.

One impact of the addiction epidemic has been a skyrocketing rise in newborns experiencing withdrawal after being exposed to opioids in the womb. 

From 2006 to 2011, the number of newborns in withdrawal more than doubled in New Hampshire, and hospitals say the problem is only getting worse.

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In Manchester, more than 100 people died of overdoses last year.

Despite those grim numbers, it’s a surprisingly positive atmosphere on a Thursday night at Hope for New Hampshire Recovery, a substance abuse recovery center in the heart of New Hampshire’s largest city.

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One way that people are trying to help make a difference in New Hampshire's epidemic of addiction is through recovery coaching, a peer-support model that's gaining momentum in the state.

Coaches support those in recovery by helping access treatment and other resources, like finding a job and a safe place to live as they try to get clean.

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Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is criticizing comments made by Donald Trump suggesting the federal judge presiding over the Trump University fraud case is biased against him because of his Mexican heritage.

"His comments are offensive and wrong, and he should retract them," Ayotte said in a statement provided to several news outlets Sunday.

Still, Ayotte's office tells WMUR that she still intends to vote for Trump, though continues to make the distinction that she won't endorse him.

On a Saturday afternoon at the fire department, a handful of people are learning how to use the now widely available overdose-reversal drug Narcan. It’s one thing to get it into the hands of those who may need it, but it’s another to know how to use it properly.

Hope on the Front Lines is a week-long series focusing on the people and organizations working to make a difference on the front lines of New Hampshire's opioid crisis. The series culminated in an hour-long radio documentary that combined many of the stories into a single program.

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The drug crisis is taking a toll on New Hampshire’s families, as more and more parents accused of abuse or neglect are dealing with addiction issues.

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Lawmakers in Congress appear to be finding some common ground when it comes to dealing with the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

But how much money will actually be put toward funding treatment and prevention programs remains a sticking point.

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Manchester police have arrested 32 year-old Ian MacPherson on two counts of attempted capital murder following Friday morning's shooting of two police officers.

At a press conference, law enforcement officials identified the two injured officers as 27 year-old Ryan Hardy and 28 year-old Matthew O'Connor.

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Democrat Molly Kelly and Republican David Boutin announced Tuesday they will not seek re-election to the state Senate this year.

Kelly, who lives in Harrisville and represents Keene and the surrounding area, was elected in 2006, and said it was a difficult decision not to seek a sixth term.  

"This does not mean the end of my political interest or my commitment to this community and to the people of this great state," Kelly said in a Facebook post.

Kelly is currently vice chair of the Senate Health and Human Services committe.

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Republican U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she plans to support Donald Trump, but stopped short of endorsing her party's apparent presidential nominee.

With Trump's two remaining Republican opponents out of the race following his win in Indiana Tuesday, he is now assured of the nomination.

Ayotte has consistently said she would support the Republican nominee, and while she confirmed that position yesterday, her spokesman added that as a candidate, she doesn't plan to endorse anyone.

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A mall in Concord may seem like an unusual place for the city's newest live-performance space.

The Steeplegate Mall is a poster child for the economic challenges facing malls across the country, struggling to compete with online shopping and a resurgent downtown.

But the opening of the Hatbox Theatre this month could mark a new beginning for the Steeplegate.

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For minor league baseball players working toward making it to the big leagues, life isn’t always so glamorous.

Jon Berti is a 26-year-old second baseman for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and is one of many players chasing that dream.

Berti has been with the Toronto Blue Jays organization since being drafted in 2011. He’s played everywhere from Vancouver, to Lansing, Mich., to Dunedin, Fla.

He’s been with New Hampshire since 2014, though spent some time with the Blue Jays’ triple-A affiliate Buffalo last season.