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
2:31 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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NH News
7:15 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Live Blog: Common Core Standards

Credit James Sarmiento / Flickr

9:56: Gage says over the summer, all five regions of state putting together professional development for teachers to help with implementing Common Core standards. “We’re going to be working very diligently.”

9:52: Question about impact of students at upper end of academic scale, says his daughter’s needs are not being met. Peterson says the nation is not challenging high school students enough. 

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Business and Economy
7:04 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Gov. Hassan Kicks Off Manchester Small Business Week

Governor Maggie Hassan will be in Manchester this afternoon to kick off small business week in Manchester.

She will speak at an event at noon at the Derryfield Country Club.

The event also includes a panel discussion featuring local business leaders.

The third annual Manchester Small Business Week is sponsored by the city’s economic development office.

It features a series of programs and events meant to ensure small business owners have the resources and information they need.

NH News
3:09 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

N.H. Couple Injured In Marathon Bombing Dealing With Medical Costs, Mental Impact

Martha and Alvaro Galvis of Nashua were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Credit www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/ts82/galvisfund

A month after the Boston Marathon bombings, a Nashua husband and wife injured in the blast are raising money for mounting medical costs.

But they are also still dealing with the psychological impact of the tragedy.

After the Boston Marathon bombing, Martha Galvis lost the ring finger on her left hand and nearly had to have her left leg amputated.

She’s had four surgeries on her hand and is due for a fifth next week.

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NH News
12:38 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Outgoing N.H. Attorney General Takes Position In Private Practice

Former Attorney General Michael Delaney

Outgoing New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney is taking a position with the McLane Law Firm.

Delaney will join the firm later this month as a director in the litigation practice group.

McLane’s Managing Partner Dick Samuels said Delaney brings extensive litigation and government experience to regulatory and compliance matters at the firm.

Back in March, Delaney announced he would be step down from the role after his term expired.

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NH News
3:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Keene Sues 'Robin Hood' Group That Fills Parking Meters, Videotapes Officers

A scene from one of the videos of "Robin Hooding" in Keene.
Credit YouTube.com

The city of Keene filed a lawsuit this month against a group of people they say are harassing officers handing out parking tickets.

They call themselves Robin Hood of Keene.

They fill parking meters set to expire and videotape officers as they fill out parking tickets.

But city officials say the group has been harassing the parking enforcement officers.

John MacLean is Keene’s city manager.

He says the officers are beleaguered and must be able to do their jobs.

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NH News
12:40 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Fallen Greenland Police Chief's Name Added To National Memorial

Credit Greenland Police Department

Fallen Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. this morning.

Officers from the Greenland Police Department were in the nation’s capital Wednesday morning to attend the National Peace Officers Memorial Service.

President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker.

He encouraged people not to wait until tragedy strikes to thank first responders for their service.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Senate Urged To Exclude Tips From Business Enterprise Taxes

Hospitality industry advocates are urging lawmakers to exempt employee tips from being calculated into business enterprise taxes.

Adrienne Rupp with the Business and Industry Association says the push back is in response to a rule change by the Department of Revenue Administration.

“Where they have begun applying the BET, the business enterprise tax, to tips earned by employees.”

She testified Tuesday before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on behalf of the association’s restaurants and lodging members.   

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