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
2:50 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Ceremony Recognizes A Debt 'As Great And As Old As This Nation'

Flags were set next to each of the approximately 6,000 graves at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen on Thursday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Hundreds turned out Thursday for a Memorial Day ceremony at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.

There are roughly 6,000 people buried in the state’s veterans cemetery.

And Governor Maggie Hassen told the audience at Thursday’s ceremony that we owe our freedom to each of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Our debt to them and to all of those who died in service is as great and as old as this nation.”

It was a day to celebrate the lives of those lost serving their country.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Special Olympics Flame Makes Its Way Through Concord

Kerry Morency of Derry lights the Special Olympics flame at the State House Plaza in Concord on Wednesday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The Special Olympics Summer Games kick off Friday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.

The Special Olympics flame made its way through Concord on Wednesday.

Kerry Morency of Derry had the honor of lighting the Special Olympics flame in the State House Plaza.

She’s been involved in Special Olympics since she was 12, and says she enjoys the camaraderie and the competition.

“Just having new friends, meeting new friends, old friends, and competing for the gold. Definitely for the gold medal.”

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NH News
3:22 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Sen. Ayotte To Speak About 'Never Contract With The Enemy' Bill At NHIOP

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte will be in New Hampshire Tuesday to speak about legislation she says makes it easier to cancel federal contracts with groups that support American enemies.

Ayotte will be at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at noon to speak about the bill titled “Never Contract with the Enemy.”

She will be joined by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Ayotte is also hosting a business roundtable discussion at her Manchester office Tuesday morning.

And she will tour a business in Hudson later in the day.

NH News
2:57 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

True Meaning Of Memorial Day Comes Into Focus At Ceremonies

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Communities across the Granite State recognized Memorial Day on Monday with celebrations and ceremonies.

Hundreds lined Mammoth Road in Londonderry, as the Londonderry High School marching band led the town’s Memorial Day parade.

Lori Zuzelski was among the spectators.

She talks about what brought her out for the event.

“Remembering the soldiers who fought for us, for our freedom, and my son is marching in the parade.”

Earlier that morning at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, members of American Legion and VFW laid wreaths at veteran memorials.

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NH News
2:03 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Events Set For This Weekend

Cities and towns across the Granite State are holding Memorial Day celebrations this weekend.

The towns of Fremont and Seabrook are hosting Memorial Day parades Sunday morning.

And later in the evening, Hampton will have fireworks on the beach, starting at dusk.

Monday morning, parades will be held in several New Hampshire communities, including Concord, Nashua, Derry, Salem and Hampstead.

Manchester holds its parade at 2 in the afternoon.

NH News
11:21 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen Support U.S. District Court Nominee

New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are lauding President Obama's nomination of Judge Landya McCafferty to the state’s District Court Bench.

If confirmed, Judge McCafferty would be the first woman ever to serve in the position.

She has served as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Hampshire since 2010.

In a joint statement, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen described McCaffety as quote- an incredibly qualified and accomplished individual with extensive federal court experience.

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NH News
10:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

540K Tourists Expected To Flood Into Granite State For Memorial Day Weekend

Credit Camp Belknap view by Rebecca Lavoie

State tourism officials anticipate a busy Memorial Day weekend, as tourists are once again expected to flood into the Granite State.

Despite the gloomy weather forecast, the state’s travel and tourism department projects 540 thousand out-of-state visitors will travel to New Hampshire this weekend.

That would be roughly 1 percent higher than last year.

Tourists are expected to spend about 88 million dollars this weekend, up by about 2 and a half percent from last year.

The bulk of the tourists are expected to come from New York and other New England states.

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NH News
2:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

State Senate Rejects Increases To Gas Tax, Tobacco Tax

The state Senate has rejected a proposal to increase the state’s gas tax.

The bill had already passed the House, and would have increased the tax by 12 cents, or 67 percent.

Republican Senator Jeb Bradley said such an increase would hurt families that are already financially stressed.

“A 12 cent increase in the gas tax is a large increase in the gas tax, and it will hurt the very people that we are sent here to protect.”

The Senate voted 18-6 to indefinitely postpone the measure.

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NH News
8:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Open Road Tolling In Hooksett Open For Business

Drivers with an EZPass can now go through the tolls in Hooksett at up to 65 miles per hour, after the state launched four open road tolling lanes there on Wednesday.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton said the goal was to get the project finished before the arrival of tourists for Memorial Day weekend.

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All Things Considered
6:15 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan

House lawmakers prepare for debate on SB 152, a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

The State House has rejected a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire, by a vote of 199 to 164.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley was on hand for the debate today in Representatives Hall. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with the latest.

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NH News
10:11 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Live Blog: House Votes 199-164 To Kill Casino Bill

A supporter of SB 152, a bill legalizing a casino, walks out of the Statehouse Wednesday morning.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

4:40: The House has voted 199-164 to kill SB 152. This means amendments will not be considered to the gambling legislation and the bill is dead.

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NH News
12:18 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Manchester, State Police Work To Curb Distracted Driving

Lt. Jim Flanagan of the Manchester Police Department hands a pamphlet about distracted driving to a woman who was driving with her dog in her lap.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Manchester police partnered with State Police on Tuesday to educate people about the dangers of distracted driving.

Lieutenant Jim Flanagan approached drivers as they stopped at the corner of Hanover and Elm streets in downtown Manchester.

He had a smile on his face and an informational pamphlet about distracted driving in his hand.

“We’re just trying to get the word out and let people know before the worst happens. And we see most of our accidents, or a great deal of them, are related to distracted driving, in some fashion or another.”

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NH News
1:23 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Former Sen. Gregg Named CEO Of Wall Street Lobbying Group

Former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg has been named chief executive officer of a Wall Street lobbying firm.

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association announced the move on Monday.

Before being elected to the Senate, Gregg served two terms as governor of New Hampshire. He also spent four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Politics
8:59 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Sen. Paul, RNC Chair Headline Sold-Out Event In Concord

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will be in Concord tonight for a sold out event at the Grappone Center.

The New Hampshire Republican’s Party’s first Liberty Dinner will also feature National Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus.

The event is a fundraiser for Granite State Republicans, as they raise money for the 2014 elections.

Rand Paul is considered one of the leading potential candidates for president in 2016.

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NH News
7:48 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Police Search For Suspect In Fatal Manchester Shooting

An autopsy is scheduled today for the victim in a shooting in Manchester over the weekend.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in the shooting, which took place just before 11 o’clock Saturday night.

Authorities have not released the name of victim.

The shooting took place in the area of Pine and Prospect streets.

Officers responded to the area, where they found an adult male who had been shot.  He was treated at the scene, but died after being transported to a local hospital.

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