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
3:59 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs Off On Allowing For 2 A.M. Last Call

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Governor Maggie Hassan signed a bill into law this week that allows communities to extend last call for serving alcohol from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The law requires that the local governing body pass an ordinance approving the change before it can take effect.

Governor Spokesman Marc Goldberg said Hassan appreciated the bill allows local communities to decide whether to opt in to the new last call.

The New Hampshire Chiefs of Police opposed the legislation.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1.

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Sports
4:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

North Conway's Jeff Locke Taking Major League All-Star Selection In Stride

Jeff Locke
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Jeff Locke dominated his opponents when he was pitching for Kennett High School in North Conway.

Now, the 25-year-old lefty is doing the same for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We caught up with him this week to talk about his most recent accomplishment - being named to the Major League Baseball all-star team.

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NH News
5:21 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Furloughs Begin For 1,500 Shipyard, National Guard Employees

Furloughs begin this week for 1,300 employees at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Because of the cuts imposed by sequestration, each week the workers will have to take one day of unpaid leave for the next 11 weeks.

Paul O’Connor is president of Metal Trades Council.

While he is not being furloughed, he says the work done by the employees who are is just as critical to shipyard operations.

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NH News
4:45 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Gov. Hassan To Check On Flood Damage In Westmoreland, Lebanon On Wednesday

Governor Maggie Hassan will tour Westmoreland and Lebanon on Wednesday, two communities hit hard by last week's flooding.

Hassan will be joined by the state's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer to see how the towns are recovering from the damage.

The governor declared a state of emergency due to the flooding, which officials say caused more than two million dollars in damage.

Officials with FEMA toured damaged areas Tuesday to determine whether the state will qualify for federal funds.

NH News
3:38 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

New Program Will Support Unemployed People Starting Own Business

People collecting unemployment benefits in New Hampshire will soon have another option for finding work – creating their own job.

Governor Maggie Hassan says she will sign the so-called Pathway to Work bill into law on Thursday.

Up until now, people receiving unemployment benefits from the state had to show they were actively looking for work.

But under the new law, people who qualify for the program can instead focus their efforts on starting their own business.

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NH News
8:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Estranged Husband Accused Of Murdering Charlestown Woman

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New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster announced this morning that James Robarge will be charged with murdering his wife, Kelly Robarge.

James Robarge is being held on unrelated motor vehicle charges in Vermont.

He will be arraigned later today in a Brattleboro court and charged with being a fugitive from justice.

Officials say that will initiate the extradition process to return him to New Hampshire to face a charge of second degree murder.

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NH News
7:48 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Swift Water Warning Issued After Series Of Deadly Drownings

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol has issued a swift water warning, following a series of deadly incidents across the state over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Sgt. Dave Ouellette is urging recreational swimmers to use extreme caution.

Due to recent heavy rains, the state’s rivers and streams are running at high levels.

He says dangerous speeds and unexpectedly treacherous currents can be hidden under seemingly calm water on the river’s surface.

Over the weekend, the state saw three separate fatalities

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Education
6:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New Manchester Superintendent Embracing Critical School Audit

Kindergarteners busy at the computer at Hallsville Elementary School in Manchester.
Credit Manchester School District

The new school superintendent in Manchester says a recent audit taking the school district to task in several areas should be used as a blueprint to help address those is

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NH News
5:54 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Former Congresswoman Giffords' Tour Pushes For Stronger Background Checks

Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly stop in Manchester on Friday to make the case for stronger background checks for gun sales.
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Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly were in New Hampshire Friday to push for stronger background checks for gun sales.

The stop was part of their seven-state Rights and Responsibilities tour.

At a Manchester press conference, Giffords spoke slowly but passionately, as she called on lawmakers to have the courage to pass stronger gun control laws.

“Now is the time to come together. Be responsible. Democrats. Republicans. Everyone.”

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NH News
2:24 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Northern I-93 Speed Limits To Go To 70, After Gov. Hassan Signs Bill Into Law

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Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill that raises the speed limit on the rural section of Interstate 93, effective Jan. 1.

The speed limit goes from 65 to 70 miles per hour beyond mile marker 45, north past Canterbury and to the Vermont border.

The speed limit will not change on the stretch of highway that runs through Franconia Notch.

Hassan says caution must be used when considering an increase to the speed limit, but said the overwhelming bipartisan support from the House and Senate helped form her decision.

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Foodstuffs
1:08 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New Hampshire Sinks To 2nd In Beer Consumption Ranking

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A study released Tuesday by the Beer Institute showed the Granite State dropped to second in the nation in beer consumption per capita, after taking the top spot in 2011.

North Dakota took the top spot in 2012.

Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin rounded out the top five, in that order.

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NH News
10:43 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Commission Taking Shape

A nine-member commission charged with exploring whether to expand Medicaid in New Hampshire is beginning to take shape.

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Education
2:53 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Stafford Student Loan Interest Rates Double, After Congress Fails To Act

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Interest rates on newly issued subsidized Stafford loans doubled on Monday.

The New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation has been working with families to help them understand what that means when planning for college.

As of July 1, the interest rate jumps from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Tara Payne is vice president of the Center for College Planning.

She says her concern is that students who qualify for subsidized federal loans are the ones with the greatest need.

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NH News
8:04 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Missing Charlestown Woman Feared Seriously Hurt Or Dead

Kelly Robarge, 42, of Charlestown, has been missing since Thursday. She is feared to be seriously hurt or possibly dead.
Credit New Hampshire Attorney General's Office

Authorities are continuing their search for a missing Charlestown woman.

Kelly Robarge was last seen on Thursday.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Susan Morrell said Monday morning that authorities have been searching all weekend for Robarge, but have found no trace of the 42-year-old woman.

She was reported missing late last week.

Attempts by family members to contact her have been unsuccessful.

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NH News
7:33 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Gun Control Tour Brings Arizona's Giffords To N.H. This Week

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords will be in the Granite State this week to make the case for stronger gun control laws.

Giffords is scheduled to be in New Hampshire Friday, with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Their trip is part of a seven-state tour focused on pushing for stronger background checks for gun sales.

The tour is organized by the group Americans For Responsible Solutions, which released a poll last week showing that 84 percent New Hampshire residents support stronger background checks.

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