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
12:00 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Season's First Case Of EEE Found In Batch Of Mosquitoes In Exeter

Credit Gamma Man / Flickr/Creative Commons

State health officials say a batch of mosquitoes in Exeter have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

This is the first case of EEE found in New Hampshire this year.

Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero says the finding is not unexpected and Exeter remains a low risk area.

Still, he cautions people to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.

In addition to the case of triple-E found in Exeter, six batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus so far this season.

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NH News
7:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Salem's Chuck Morse Looks To Take Helm Of State Senate

Sen. Chuck Morse
Credit State of New Hampshire

Senator Chuck Morse appears to be the front-runner to replace Peter Bragdon as the president of the state Senate.

The Salem Republican and chair of the Senate Finance Committee says he plans to pursue the seat.

And he has already received endorsements from Republican colleague Jeb Bradley and former governor John H. Sununu.

In a statement, Sununu praised Morse’s knowledge of state government and the budget process.

Bragdon said last week he was stepping down from the post, after taking over as head of the Local Government Center.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon August 19, 2013

600-Acre Woodmont Commons Project Nearing Approval In Londonderry

A portion of the land that the Woodmont Commons project will be built on.
Credit Town of Londonderry

A massive, 600-acre development in Londonderry is on the verge of getting the green light, after months of meetings with town officials.

The project is the first of its kind for New Hampshire and some residents are concerned how it will change the town.

Once complete, Woodmont Commons will add 3,600 residents to the town, along with several hotels and more than 800,000 square feet of retail space.

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NH News
12:07 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Sen. President Peter Bragdon Will Step Down

Sen. Peter Bragdon
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

Senate President Peter Bragdon is stepping down from his post, saying it’s the right thing to do after taking a position as executive director of the Local Government Center.

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Health
3:19 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

State Health Officials Announce Launch Date For Medicaid Managed Care

Medicaid Managed Care is a go.

That’s the message from the Department of Health and Human Services, after the three managed care organizations were able to show their provider networks can meet the needs of the state’s Medicaid patients.

Commissioner Nick Toumpas says managed care will go live Dec. 1.

That will be the first day of coverage of the state’s 130,000 Medicaid patients, who will now have to choose between the three managed care vendors.

The state approved a $2.2 billion contract for managed care last summer, the largest contract in state history.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Gov. Hassan: Concerns Over Sen. Bragdon's LGC Job Should Be 'Thoroughly Addressed'

Governor Maggie Hassan says concerns raised about Senate President Peter Bragdon heading the Local Government Center should be "carefully and thoroughly addressed."

Her office released a statement today, in which Hassan's spokesman called Bragdon's appointment "uncharted territory," given the numerous issues that come before the Legislature that deal with the LGC and its members.

Meanwhile, the state Democratic Party wants to know more about the LGC's hiring of Bragdon as its executive director.

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NH News
11:44 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Critics Say Sen. Bragdon Serving As Head Of LGC A Conflict Of Interest

Sen. Peter Bragdon, R-N.H.
Credit Sate of New Hampshire

The Local Government Center has a new executive director – to the surprise of many, it’s Senate President Peter Bragdon, a Milford Republican.

But Bragdon’s decision to fill both roles raises questions about whether doing so creates an unusual conflict of interest.

The head of the state Professional Firefighters Union Dave Lang summed up the reaction of many on Tuesday.

“Um, we find the employment interesting.”

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NH News
12:02 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Questions Over Security Raised After Shooting At Manchester YWCA

A memorial has been set up for Joshua Savyon on the front steps of the Manchester YWCA. Police say Muni Savyon shot and killed his 9-year-old son during a supervised visitation at the center on Sunday. He then killed himself.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Authorities continue to investigate a shooting over the weekend at the Manchester YWCA in which a man killed his 9-year-old son and then shot himself.

The head of the New Hampshire YWCA answered questions today about security at the visitation center and what they can to make sure children are safe.

Monica Zulauf took questions from a swarm of reporters just a few feet away from a makeshift memorial for Joshua Savyon.

She says she is confident staff did all they could to prevent Sunday’s tragedy.

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NH News
2:12 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Hepatitis A Vaccination Clinics Friday And Saturday In Hopkinton

Dr. Jose Montero, the state's public health director, receives his heptatitis A vaccination in Hopkinton on Friday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The first of two vaccination clinics for people potentially exposed to hepatitis A was held at Hopkinton High School Friday.

The Friday clinic runs until 8 tonight.

Even the state’s Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero isn’t immune from having to receive a vaccination shot.

“It was painless. It was quite quick. And I know that I don’t like needles. It’s a well-known fact,” Montero said.

He ate recently at the Covered Bridge Restaurant in Contoocook, where state health officials say a bartender was diagnosed with hepatitis A.

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NH News
11:07 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Concord Police Chief Defends Decision To Apply For Armored Vehicle

The chief of police in Concord is defending his decision to apply for a Bearcat, an armored vehicle that several other New Hampshire communities have already received.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, Chief John Duval said incidents such as the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at Sandy Hook show cities like Concord must prepare for anything.

“Law enforcement would be remiss and quite honestly irresponsible if we didn’t adequately prepare our communities for such a thing to happen here.”

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Queen City Crime
3:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Manchester Police Cautiously Weigh Ramping Up Social Media Presence

More and more, police are using social media as a way to connect directly to residents in their communities.

But the Manchester Police Department has yet to join the ranks of agencies on Facebook and other popular sites.

As the events of the Boston Marathon bombing unfolded and police hunted for the perpetrators, reporters turned to Twitter for the latest developments.

Their best source? The Boston Police Department.

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NH News
2:48 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

155 Businesses Approved For Expanded R&D Tax Credit

One hundred fifty five New Hampshire companies have been approved for the state’s recently expanded research and development tax credit.

Every business that applied to the Department of Revenue Administration was approved for a portion of the two million dollars available.

The tax credit is available to businesses that spend money on manufacturing research and development.

Governor Maggie Hassan supported doubling funding for the R&D tax credit from $1 million to $2 million.

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Foodstuffs
4:54 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Gov. Hassan Declares Farmers Market Week In New Hampshire

Credit WiscDeptNatlResources / Flickr/Creative Commons

Governor Maggie Hassan will be at the Salem Farmers Market on Sunday, where she will proclaim next week Farmers Market week in New Hampshire.

There are approximately 80 farmers markets in the Granite State.

According to Hassan, the Salem Farmers Market runs a program funded through provide fundraising that allows for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to be accepted for double their value.

The Farmers Market week will run from August 4th through August 10th.

Hassan had also proclaimed August as Eat Local Month in New Hampshire.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

N.H. Antiques Week 2013 Gets Underway

The festivities for this year’s New Hampshire Antiques Week are underway this weekend.

This year’s celebration of all things antique kicks off this weekend with the August Americana Auction, which is being held in Manchester through Sunday.

The centerpiece of the week is the 56th annual New Hampshire Antiques Show, which runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Beverly Weir-Longacre, who co-chairs the event for the state’s Antique Dealers Association, says the event is a high point for dealers and antique lovers from across the country.

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Foodstuffs
4:26 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

At Dinner Series, You Meet The Farmers And Eat Their Food, Too

Nashua beekeeper Kagen Weeks chats with Joey and Janis Paradise of Amherst at the Farmers Dinner.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Farm-to-table has become increasingly popular among people looking to eat local.

But a dinner series in Nashua takes that concept a step further, by connecting people directly to local farmers and the food they produce.

Chef Sergio Metes carefully pulls a large pan out of the oven.

He takes off a sheet of aluminum foil, releasing a wave of steam.

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