Michael Brindley

Morning Edition producer

Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. 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.

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In their final season in New Hampshire, the Manchester Monarchs could go out on a high note.

The team is headed to its first Calder Cup Finals. Game 1 is slated for Saturday night in Manchester against the Utica Comets.

Alex Hall covers the Monarchs for the New Hampshire Union Leader.

He joined NHPR's Morning Edition for a preview of the series.


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It’s a sign of the times in Keene, where the city’s last-standing video rental store announced this week it’s closing up shop.

Video HeadQuarters opened in 1983, and at one time was one of the highest-grossing video stores in the nation.

But a rapidly evolving home entertainment industry finally caught up with the business. The store will close next month.

Owner Ken McAleer joined NHPR’s Morning Edition from his video store in Keene.

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Summer is fast approaching, and for children from low-income families, that means an end to the free or reduced price lunches they get in school.

Wednesday, the state Department of Education and the USDA kicked off the annual Summer Meals Program.

Last year, the program fed more than 300,000 meals to children across the Granite State, and organizers expect that number to grow this summer.

Cheri White, administrator for the state Department of Education’s Bureau of Nutrition, joined Morning Edition to talk about the program.

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New Hampshire 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta continues to deny any wrongdoing, despite reports released Tuesday that contradict his story about $355,000 he spent on his 2010 campaign.

Despite calls for his resignation from the state's top Republicans, Guinta said in a statement Tuesday he has no plans on stepping down.

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A New Hampshire-based web application that aims to simplify the school dismissal process is getting a lot of attention.

PickUp Patrol, a student and parent-run startup company, was recently named the winner of the Ultimate New Hampshire Connection Tech Startup Competition.

The company’s founders spent Tuesday at the Statehouse, where they met with the governor and talked with industry experts about ways to grow the business.

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A movement to push Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race will come to an end next week.

MoveOn.org and Democracy for America say the Run Warren Run movement will be suspended next Monday. The campaign began six months ago, though Warren has repeatedly insisted she isn’t running for president.

Organizers say the movement was successful in getting Democratic candidates in the race to focus on progressive issues such as income inequality.

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Deep budget cuts are causing controversy in the town of Derry.

At a meeting last month, the town council voted 4-3 to close one of the town’s fire stations. The budget also eliminates eight firefighter positions and cuts the department’s overtime budget by nearly half a million dollars.

Those opposed to the cuts are raising concerns about the impact on public safety.

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A battle is brewing at Pembroke Academy, and it’s all over a name.

Hundreds of people, including many staff and students, have signed a petition opposing the local school board’s decision to switch the title of the school’s top job from headmaster to principal.

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For the first time in franchise history, the Manchester Monarchs are headed to the Calder Cup Finals.

The Monarchs finished off a sweep of the Hartford Wolf Pack with a 3-1 win Wednesday night, capturing the team’s first American Hockey League Eastern Conference title.

Manchester will take on the winner of the Western Conference finals. The Utica Comets and the Grand Rapids Griffins are tied at a game apiece.

Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals will be June 6 at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte continues to call for 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta to resign.

In an interview with NHPR's Morning Edition, Ayotte said if Guinta stays in office, the attention will continue to be on the Federal Election Commission's finding that he accepted more than $300,000 in illegal campaign donations from his parents in 2010. 

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, marking the unofficial start of summer.

With the warm weather, farmers markets are opening for the season across the Granite State, but there aren't as many here as there used to be.

(Click here for the Department of Agriculture's directory of farmers markets for 2015, with times and dates)

Jane Lang is president of the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association. She joined Morning Edition to explain why.

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As part of our series, "The First Decade," Gov. Maggie Hassan sat down with NHPR's Morning Edition host Rick Ganley to talk about what role she sees state government playing in helping to close the opportunity gap.

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A Manchester elementary school teacher is on paid administrative leave after police say she held an underage drinking party at her home in Chester.

Steffany Maloney, a first-grade teacher at Gossler Park Elementary School, is charged with a misdemeanor, after police were called to her home early Sunday morning for complaints about a loud party.

Police say they found a half-dozen underage people passed out or intoxicated.

The teens were released to their parents.

Maloney is scheduled to be arraigned in Derry District Court on July 1.

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It makes sense that students who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to perform well at school.

And while data shows that across the country, more students than ever are benefiting from school breakfast programs, the Granite State continues to lag in that area.

A report earlier this year found New Hampshire ranks second to last in participation in the national school breakfast program among low-income students.

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Research is clear that parental involvement is critical to a child's success in school. But for a number of factors, that can be difficult for families in low-income households.

Maria Barry is the home and school coordinator for Ledge Street Elementary in Nashua, where 8 out of 10 students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Rick Ganley visited Maria in her office at the school to talk about some of the challenges she faces in her job, as well as some of the success stories she's seen.

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Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be back in the state next week.

Her campaign announced the former Secretary of State will return to New Hampshire May 22.

The campaign did not provide details about the time or location of her campaign visit.

This will mark Clinton’s second trip to the state since formally announcing her bid for president.

She held roundtable discussions in Keene and Concord last month.

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A judge has 60 days to decide whether a Portsmouth police sergeant can keep a $2.7 million inheritance left to him by a 93-year-old woman.

Closing arguments were made in the case Tuesday, with lawyers accusing Sergeant Aaron Goodwin of acting improperly in his relationship with Geraldine Webber, who died in 2012.

They argue Webber suffered from dementia and that Goodwin used his position to take advantage of her condition.

Attorneys for Goodwin say Webber knew what she was doing when she chose to leave her estate to him.

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A man convicted in helping the killers involved in a 2009 Mont Vernon home invasion was granted parole at a hearing Tuesday morning.

Autumn Savoy admitted to helping convicted killers Steven Spader and Christopher Gribble dispose of evidence in the Nashua River hours after they had killed Kimberly Cates and nearly killed her 11-year-old daughter.

It's not yet clear when he will be released.

Savoy, who’s now 25, pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiracy and hindering apprehension. He was sentenced to five to 12 years in prison.

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The community of Brentwood is marking the anniversary of the death of police officer Steve Arkell.

The 48-year-old, part-time officer was killed one year ago Tuesday responding to a domestic violence call.

He worked for the department for 15 years, and served as the town’s animal control officer.

Arkell was also the assistant coach for the Exeter High School lacrosse team, coaching both of his daughters on the team.

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  Jane Chu, the nation’s top arts leader, was in New Hampshire this week.

Chu is chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Her visit to the Granite State comes as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

NHPR Morning Edition producer Michael Brindley caught up with Chu during her visit to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.

As you’re going around talking to people, what are you learning about the arts here in New Hampshire?

Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House will consider a bill Wednesday that would ban the sale and possession of synthetic drugs.

The issue came to the forefront last year when Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency.

That was in response to a spate of nearly two dozen nonfatal overdoses in Manchester from people using a brand of spice, or synthetic marijuana.

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  Deep in the state archives, a document of historical significance was recently discovered many thought had been lost forever.

The large, framed document, or broadside, is a commemoration of the centennial of the United States.

It’s dated July 4, 1876, and is signed by president Ulysses S. Grant, the Supreme Court justices, and all members of the U.S. House and Senate at the time.

The document is set to be unveiled at a ceremony in Representatives Hall at the Statehouse Wednesday morning.

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Officials in Portsmouth are set to vote Monday night on a proposed $23.2 million downtown parking garage.

The city council is scheduled to hold a public hearing before voting on the proposal.

The six-story parking garage is expected to create an additional 600 new parking spots downtown.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposed to the project.

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If recently-declared presidential candidate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders plans to run in the New Hampshire primary, he’ll have to do so as a registered Democrat.

That’s according to Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who says declaring party affiliation has always been a requirement to get on the ballot for state and federal office.

“They all have a part of the form that the person filling it out must fill in the name of the party the person is a registered member of," he said. "That’s standard here and it has been for some time.”

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at a major Democratic fundraiser this weekend.

The McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner is set for Sunday evening at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Tickets for the event begin at $100-per-person. For $350, attendees can attend a VIP reception.

And at the high end of the scale, those purchasing tickets for $10,000 are given so-called majority maker status.

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If you’re passionate about public libraries, there’s no better place to be than in the Granite State.

That’s according to the most recent Public Libraries Survey, conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The survey found New Hampshire was tops in library staffing and library visits per capita.  The state also ranked first in the number of programs offered per 1,000 people.

Michael York is New Hampshire’s state librarian.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is heading back to New Hampshire this weekend, his first trip after announcing he's running for president.

Sanders will be in Manchester Saturday morning for a house party.

Later in the day, he’ll address the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Convention in North Conway.

As a Senator, Sanders identifies as an independent, but says he plans to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

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House lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday on a bill to legalize two casinos in the Granite State.

New Hampshire is just the latest New England state to look to casino gambling as a way to fill budget holes, raising the question of whether the Northeast gambling market is getting too crowded.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign plans to hold more than a dozen open houses across the Granite State in the coming weeks.

Campaign officials say the events will be held in each of the state’s ten counties, where supporters are expected to call on volunteers to help with her campaign.

The dates and locations of the open houses have not yet been disclosed.

The former Secretary of State will not be present.

She held roundtable discussions in Keene and Concord earlier this month.

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After Keene officials rejected the license for the city’s annual Pumpkin Festival earlier this month, there’s been no shortage of other Granite State communities vying to host the event.

Laconia, Exeter, Franklin and Portsmouth are among those said to be interested.

And in Claremont, a citizens group has been meeting regularly to come up with a formal proposal.

That group is set to bring its proposal before the Claremont City Council tomorrow night.

Michael Charest heads up the Claremont Citizens Group.

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