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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NH News
7:06 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Ralph Baer, Inventor Of First Home Video Games, Passes Away At 92

Ralph Baer
Credit Courtesy of Ralph Baer

A man known as the father of the video game died at his Manchester home over the weekend.

Family members say Ralph Baer passed away Saturday.

He was 92 years old.

Baer was credited with creating the videogame console industry in the 1960s while working as an engineer in New Hampshire.

Baer held the rights to more than 150 patents, and among his inventions included the popular game Simon.

He was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2006.

And in 2010, he was admitted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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NH News
6:51 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Manchester Police Say Program Curbing Gang Violence In City

Chief David Mara
Credit Manchester Police Department

Police in Manchester say an initiative launched this summer has helped to curb gang violence and gun-related crimes in the state’s largest city.

Officials from the department are scheduled to hold a press conference later today to discuss their efforts.

The department says the program led to the prosecution last week of a gang-related crime.

The program, titled “Awareness, Deterrence, and Outreach,” received initial funding through the United States Attorney’s Office-Project Safe Neighborhood Initiative.

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NH News
4:15 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Say Defense Secretary Nominee Well Qualified For Job

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.

During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.

“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”

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NH News
12:33 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

N.H. Nets $53K In Multi-State, $3.8M Settlement With Sirius XM Radio

New Hampshire will receive $53,000 as part of a multi-state, $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM Radio.

New Hampshire was among 44 states and the District of Columbia to join in the investigation, which alleged that Sirius XM violated the states’ consumer protection laws by misleading customers.

Among the complaints was that the company didn’t honor requests to cancel contracts, that it automatically renewed contracts without the consent of customers, and failed to provide timely refunds.

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NH News
10:55 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Gov. Hassan, PSNH Thank Hydro Quebec Workers For Help

Gov. Maggie Hassan thanked Hydro Quebec workers in Manchester Monday morning.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan met with crews from Hydro Quebec Monday morning to thank them for helping to restore power to thousands of Granite State residents over the weekend.

The roughly 120 Hydro Quebec workers gathered over eggs, bacon and coffee at Manchester Community College Monday morning before making the long trip home.

Governor Hassan went from table to table to say thanks, dusting off her French to show her appreciation.

“Merci beaucoup,” she said to workers. “Merci.”

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NH News
6:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

In Keene, Forum Aims To Shape Pumpkin Festival's Cloudy Future

Downtown Keene is the setting for the Pumpkin Festival, but some say it's time for the event to find a new location.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

This week, Keene residents will gather to discuss the future of the city’s Pumpkin Festival.

It’s been more than a month since riots marred this year’s festival, and led to dozens of arrests and thousands of dollars in damage.

After several years of issues involving college-aged adults, some believe it’s time for a change.

Jason Smart says the city’s annual Pumpkin Festival is one of his busiest days of the year.

“My store is packed, nonstop, all day long, which is, as I say it, most people say, ‘Oh, that sounds really good.’”

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NH News
6:18 am
Wed November 26, 2014

State, Local Police Call Death Of 3-Year-Old Nashua Girl 'Suspicious'

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State and local law officials are investigating the death Tuesday of a 3-year-old girl in Nashua.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office and Nashua Police are describing the circumstances leading to the child’s death as suspicious.

Nashua police responded to a home on Oak Street at approximately 11:30 Tuesday morning, for a medical call involving the child, who was a resident in the home.

That child was taken to the hospital, where she died a short time later.  

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

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NH News
6:06 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Bankruptcy Court OKs Sale Of Fuller Oil

A Fred Fuller Oil truck.
Credit flickr

Trucks will be rolling Wednesday to former Fred Fuller Oil customers, after a bankruptcy court judge approved the sale of the company to Rymes Propane & Oil Tuesday.

Rymes propane Co-owner Jon Rymes said the transition would be seamless once the deal was approved, with his company prepared to service Fuller’s roughly 28,000 customers.

Rymes will also be taking on nearly 100 former Fuller employees.

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NH News
8:59 am
Mon November 24, 2014

NHIA: Merger Talks With SNHU Are Dead

88 Lowell St. in Manchester, part of the NHIA's campus
Credit Via NHIA.org

Discussions about a possible merger between the New Hampshire Institute of Art and Southern New Hampshire University are dead, an NHIA official said.

The chair of the institute’s Board of Trustees Joseph Reilly says there are no plans to pursue the merger, and the focus of the school is on finding a new president.

In a statement posted on the school’s website, Reilly said an announcement about a new president would be made in “the near future.”

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NH News
8:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

N.H. Poll: Romney Tops Among Possible 2016 GOP Presidential Contenders

Mitt Romney
Credit NHPR Staff

In an early, hypothetical matchup in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, Mitt Romney leads the pack of possible Republican presidential candidates.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, got 30 percent of the vote in a poll of New Hampshire voters earlier this month.

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NH News
7:14 am
Mon November 24, 2014

UNH Football Heads Into Playoffs With Number One Seed

Credit Via UNH Wildcats website

The University of New Hampshire football team is heading into the playoffs as the number one seed.

UNH clinched the Colonial Athletic Association title this weekend, defeating the University of Maine on Saturday, 20-12.

The title, the school’s first since 1994, earned UNH an automatic bid into the NCAA Division 1 FCS Football Championship.

UNH was awarded the number one seed on Sunday, giving the team a first-round bye. UNH will host either Fordham or Sacred Heart at Cowell Stadium in Durham on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Shaheen, Ayotte Split On Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Credit Courtesy Shaheen.Senate.gov

New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are split on President Obama’s executive order on immigration preventing nearly five million people in the country illegally from being deported.

During a visit to Portsmouth Friday, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen said there’s legal precedent for the president’s action.

But Shaheen said there’s more to work to be done.

“I think Congress needs to act. That’s the way to address this issue and to get it done in a way that addresses our border security and addresses our visa system – all of the aspects of immigration.”

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NH News
11:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Falls To 4.2%, Lowest Rate In Six Years

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The state’s unemployment rate ticked down to 4.2 percent last month, the lowest it’s been in six years.

Data released today by the state’s employment security office shows the October rate was a slight improvement from September rate, when unemployment was at 4.3 percent.

By comparison, last October’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

Data shows roughly 2,000 more Granite Staters were employed last month compared to September, while the number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,300.

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NH News
2:36 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Report: At $32,795, N.H. Once Again Tops In Average Student Debt

Credit NHPR Staff

A new report finds New Hampshire college graduates are – once again – burdened with the most student debt.

According to the annual report from the nonprofit Project on Student Debt, students who graduated from Granite State colleges and universities in 2013 had an average debt of nearly $33,000, the highest in the nation.

This marks the third time in four years New Hampshire has had the highest average debt, after ranking second highest last year.

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NH News
10:55 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Forum Aims To Ease Concerns As N.H. Doctor Returns From Ebola-Stricken Country

State health officials hope a forum next week will help ease concerns of residents worried about a local doctor's return from working in an Ebola-stricken country in West Africa.

The panel discussion Monday evening at Kearsarge Regional High School will include state Public Health Director Jose Montero. Residents will also have a chance to ask questions about the disease.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, a Dartmouth professor who lives in New London, has been working in Liberia, training doctors treating Ebola patients.

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NH News
3:36 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

N.H. Set To Launch Second Open Enrollment For ACA Plans

Gov. Maggie Hassan at a kickoff event for open enrollment in Concord on Thursday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Open enrollment begins Saturday for those looking to sign up for health care plans on the state’s marketplace through the Affordable Care Act.

This will be the second chance for Granite Staters to enroll, after more than 40,000 residents signed up for plans during the first enrollment period.

In preparation for this weekend’s rollout, roughly 80 navigators and marketplace assistors gathered in Concord Thursday to learn about changes to the state’s marketplace.

The biggest difference this time? More choice.

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NH News
2:55 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Concerned Fred Fuller Customers Reaching Out To N.H. Attorney General

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Officials at the state attorney general office say they’re receiving phone calls from concerned Fred Fuller customers after the company filed for bankruptcy Monday.

The Hudson-based oil company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, giving it protection from creditors as it reorganizes.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says customers calling are still receiving their oil, but are worried about what happens moving forward.

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NH News
11:23 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Foster's Daily Democrat Bought By Seacoast Media Group

Foster's logo
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The Dover-based Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper has been sold to Seacoast Media Group, owner of the Portsmouth Herald.

President and publisher Patty Foster announced the sale in a letter to employees Wednesday morning.

In the letter, Foster said all employees of the newspaper would be offered positions by its new owner.

Foster’s was founded in 1873 and has a circulation of about 12,500 readers.

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Politics
3:24 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

In Second Term, Hassan Faces GOP-Led Legislature, Executive Council

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

With her re-election now behind her, Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan’s second term comes with the challenge of working with a Republican-led Legislature and Executive Council.

During her campaign with Republican Walt Havenstein, Hassan often said her opponent’s fiscal policies would take the state back to the "devastating Bill O’Brien era."

With Republicans taking control of the House Tuesday, the governor may now have to work with the former House speaker, should he reclaim the post.

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NH News
2:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Hassan Says State Will Take Action To Enforce 21-Day Ebola Quarantine

Credit Todd Bookman / NHPR

With a Maine nurse threatening not to comply with a state-mandated quarantine, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan says officials here are prepared to take action should a similar situation occur.

Related: listen to NHPR's full interview with Dr. Jose Montero on quarantine enforcement here. See CDC Guidance for states here.

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NH News
9:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Garcia Defends Opposition To Gay Marriage, Record On Abortion

Marilinda Garcia
Credit Allegra Boverman

In an interview at the UNH School of Law Monday night, 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Marilinda Garcia defended her record on hot-button social issues.

During the discussion with NHPR’s Laura Knoy, Garcia reiterated her opposition to gay marriage.

“I don’t think the state and the government should be there to be forcing religious denominations and institutions to redefine what is a sacrament.”

And on abortion, she says her record has been mischaracterized.

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NH News
4:23 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

N.H. Deputy Epidemiologist Headed To Liberia To Aid In Ebola Fight

New Hampshire’s deputy state epidemiologist is traveling to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot will train clinical teams in protecting against infection from the virus.

She also works an infectious disease doctor at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Governor Maggie Hassan says the Division of Public Health Services will manage Talbot’s reentry with three weeks of follow up upon returning to the Granite State.

NH News
9:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Full Audio: In 2nd Televised Debate, Shaheen, Brown Spar On Threat Of ISIS, Ebola

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown
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In their second televised debate, U.S. Senate candidates Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Scott Brown clashed on how to best handle the threat of ISIS.

Brown repeatedly tried to link Shaheen to President Obama, including on the fight against the Islamic State.

“Senator, with respect, the Kurds are hanging on for dear life, they’re in trouble. The Iraqi government is in trouble. ISIS is the size of New England right now, and you and the president have taken ground troops off the table, which is the worst thing you can do.”

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NH News
4:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Keene Police May Seek Subpoenas To ID Riot Culprits On Social Media

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Keene police say they may pursue subpoenas as they work to identify those responsible for the mayhem that occurred during last weekend’s Pumpkin Festival.

Police say the subpoenas will be used to identify account subscriber information for phone numbers and social media accounts.

Officials say social media played a significant role in the riots that occurred in Keene Saturday and into Sunday morning.

And that’s where they’re now looking for evidence.

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NH News
3:51 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Guinta Looks For Fresh Start In Third Bid For CD1 U.S. House Seat

Republican Frank Guinta speaks to a group of people at a home in Rochester.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The 2014 election marks Republican Frank Guinta's third try at the 1st Congressional District seat.

The former mayor of Manchester won in 2010, riding a wave of anti-government, Tea Party sentiment to a resounding 54-42 defeat of Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter.

Two years later, in a big year for Democrats, Shea-Porter returned the favor.

The two are now locked in a tight rematch.

At a house party in Rochester, Frank Guinta works the room, shaking hands with roughly 20 people gathered in the kitchen.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

N.H. DOT Suspends Installation Of Potentially Faulty Guardrail Component

New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation has suspended the installation of a potentially faulty guardrail end unit, but officials say they’re waiting for more information before removing the 1,300 units already installed.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the state has been installing the Trinity ET-Plus pieces for nearly a decade.

“These are devices that are meant to absorb energy and basically give and have the guard rail attached it to collapse and veer away from it if the end unit is hit.”

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NH News
11:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Keene Police Release Riot Photos, Ask Public To Help ID Suspects

Keene Police Department

Keene police have released two dozen photos from this weekend's riots and are asking the public to help identify the suspects.

"These subjects can be seen engaging in criminal acts, if identified, will be arrested and charged accordingly," the department said. 

Police said earlier this week they've already made 84 arrests connected to the riots, which took place Saturday afternoon and escalated again later that night and into Sunday morning.

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NH News
6:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

After 84 Arrests, Keene Police Ask For Help Tracking Down Riot's 'Heavy Hitters'

Officials in Keene hold a press conference Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

There have already been 84 arrests made in connection with the riots in Keene over the weekend, as police continue to scour video and photos on social media for additional culprits.

At a press conference in Keene City Hall, Police Chief Ken Meola said there’s been trouble at Pumpkin Festival in the past, but nothing like what the city saw this weekend.

“These were gatherings that occurred on public property, disrupting traffic, disrupting people’s lives, disrupting the quality of life, putting people in potential for some serious harm.”

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NH News
12:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

In Debate, Hassan Attacks Havenstein For Signing Conservative Group's Pledge

In a debate Thursday morning on WGIR, Governor Maggie Hassan repeatedly went after Republican Walt Havenstein for a pledge he signed earlier this year with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

“By singing that Koch brothers pledge, he is pledging to undo our Medicaid expansion, he’s pledging no matter what to do what the Koch brothers and Americans for Prosperity tell him to do.”

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NH News
3:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Giffords: Stronger Guns Law Will Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Brian Wallstin for NHPR

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was in New Hampshire Wednesday pushing for stronger gun laws.

Giffords was shot in the head during a campaign event in 2011, and is in the midst of a nine-state tour. She says strengthening gun laws would protect victims of domestic violence.

She made stops in Manchester and Concord on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Executive director Pia Carusone says keeping the state’s Congressional Democrats in office is critical to the organization’s cause.

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