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
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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NH News
4:40 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Lawsuit Accuses N.H. Oil Company Owner Of Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Fred Fuller Oil Company, accusing its owner of sexually harassing two female employees.

This is not the first time the company’s owner has faced such accusations.

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North Country
3:29 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Sinks, Sofas, Spa Supplies Up For Grabs At Mountain View Grand Tag Sale

Dozens of chairs will be for sale at the Mountain View Grand Resort tag sale on Sunday.
Mountain View Grand Resort

You could own a piece of history this weekend as the Mountain View Grand Resort in Whitefield looks to unload everything from sinks to sofas at a tag sale.

The tag sale is Sunday and runs from 1 to 3 at the hotel, which was built in 1865.

Director of Activities Bobbi Sue Baker says the hotel’s storage building is filled with chairs, couches, handmade oil paintings, dressers, cast iron sinks, all ready to go.

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NH News
2:32 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Gov. Hassan Signs $10.7B Two-Year State Budget Into Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan signs the 2014-15 budget into law.
Credit Office of Gov. Maggie Hassan

As expected, Governor Maggie Hassan signed the state's next two-year budget into law Friday.

The $10.7 billion budget goes into effect Monday and covers Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015.

Hassan said the budget reverses many of the deep cuts from the state's last budget and sets the foundation for the state's economic future.

While the budget does not include the casino revenue Hassan initially wanted, it restores cuts to higher education, funds the construction of a new women's prison, and increases funding for programs for the disabled and mentally ill.

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Education
11:53 am
Fri June 28, 2013

USNH Trustees Freeze In-State Tuition For Next Two Years

Credit Kyle Todesca, UNH

The University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees voted Friday to freeze tuition for in-state students for the next two years.

The move comes after lawmakers agreed to substantially restore funding cuts made to the system in the last budget.

The tuition freeze for in-state students marks the first time in 25 years the cost of attending University System of New Hampshire schools will not rise.

After the Legislature cut support for higher education in half in the last budget, tuition rose by 9 percent in 2011 and by another 6 percent last year.

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NH News
11:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Sens. Ayotte, Shaheen Vote For Immigration Reform Bill

New Hampshire’s Senators were among 68 who voted Thursday for a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

In statements released following the vote, Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen both said the legislation is an opportunity to address a critical issue facing the nation.

In her statement, Ayotte said the bill will “finally secure our borders and fix our broken immigration system.”

And Shaheen called it commonsense legislation that will put millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country on a path toward citizenship.

Environment
5:28 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Environmental Advocates, Lawmakers Praise President's Climate Action Plan

Rep. Rick Watrous and Sen. Martha Fuller Clark, both Democrats, attend an event to praise President Barack Obama's recently announced climate action plan.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Environmental advocates and state lawmakers gathered in Concord on Thursday to praise President Obama’s recently announced climate action plan.

Tom Irwin, vice president and director of Conservation Law Foundation’s New Hampshire office, says a key component of the plan is to cut carbon emissions from power plants.

He pushed back against critics who argue this is a unilateral action by the administration.

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Education
2:48 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Community Colleges Freeze Tuition For 2013-14 School Year

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will remain frozen for the next academic school year.

The decision comes after lawmakers signed off on a state budget that fully restores deep cuts made to the system in the last budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says the restoration of funding allows the community college system to hold the line on tuition for the upcoming school year.

He says it will also be used to help align education and training programs with the needs of businesses.

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Education
2:58 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H.'s Application For No Child Left Behind Waiver Approved

The U.S. Department of Education has approved New Hampshire’s application for a waiver from certain requirements of the No Child Left Behind law.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan informed state officials today that their application had been accepted.

The waiver frees the state from ten different sections of the controversial education law, which calls for universal math and English proficiency by 2014.

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NH News
11:17 am
Wed June 26, 2013

N.H. Reacts To Ruling On Defense Of Marriage Act

Executive Director of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union Devon Chaffee says the ruling will have a significant positive impact for same-sex couples in the Granite State.

“After this decision, we’ll see same sex couples marries in New Hampshire and elsewhere being able to benefit from programs like family medical leave, social security survivor benefits and access to healthcare for spouses.”

Same-sex marriage has been legal in New Hampshire since 2010.

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NH News
5:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Compromise Allows For Student IDs At Polls, Delays Photo-Taking Provision

As part of a deal reached Thursday, New Hampshire college students will still be able to use their student IDs when voting.

The compromise also delays a provision requiring town clerks to take photos of voters without IDs.

Under current law, student IDs would no longer be a valid form of identification at the polls, starting with elections this fall.

But through a Committee of Conference, House and Senate lawmakers agreed to keep students IDs on the list.

Lead House negotiator Gary Richardson, a Democrat, said he expects the House to support the deal.

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NH News
1:34 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

House, Senate Budget Proposal Includes Medicaid Expansion Study

House and Senate negotiators have come to an agreement on a proposed two-year budget.

The budget plan approved by a Committee of Conference establishes a study commission that will report back on Medicaid expansion by Oct. 15.

The proposal also includes funding for a new women’s prison.

Lawmakers met late into the early hours this morning negotiating the terms of the budget.

The committee reconvened at noon today to approve the deal.

Both chambers will take full votes on the spending proposal next week.

NH News
10:49 am
Thu June 20, 2013

N.H. Senators Call On State Department To Renew Efforts to Find Missing Journalist

Credit Nicole Tung, courtesy FreeJamesFoley.org.

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen are calling on the State Department to renew efforts to find a freelance journalist from New Hampshire who went missing seven months ago.

James Foley was last seen in Syria on Nov. 22.

That’s when family members from Rochester say he was kidnapped by gunmen.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Senators Ayotte and Shaheen urged the state department to use "every resource and means available to find him."

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NH News
5:38 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Hooksett Welcome Center Upgrades Get Green Light

An artist's rendering of the new Hooksett Welcome Center.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation

The Executive Council signed off Wednesday on the redevelopment and upgrade of the Hooksett Welcome Centers on I-93.

The deal includes a 35-year lease agreement with Granite State Hospitality to oversee the design, construction and operation of the new facilities.

The project’s centerpiece – two 36,000 square foot buildings, one on each side of the highway, replacing the current state liquor store and rest stop facilities.

Each building will house new Common Man restaurants, an expanded state liquor store and wine outlet, a convenience store, and a visitor center.

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