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
5:38 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Brown Says Shaheen Ad Misrepresents Abortion Bill He Backed In 2005

Scott Brown in Derry on Tuesday
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Republican Scott Brown called on opponent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen to pull an ad he says misrepresents the so-called Women’s Right to Know bill he co-sponsored as a Massachusetts state senator.

The ad was controversial from the moment it began running.

For the Shaheen campaign, this ad is the sharpest effort yet in the race for U.S. Senate to undercut Scott Brown’s record on abortion rights.

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NH News
11:56 am
Fri October 3, 2014

N.H.'s Unemployment Tax Rate Drops By .5 Percent

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New Hampshire’s unemployment tax rate went down by .5 percent at the beginning of the month.

State officials say the new rate is a result of the health of the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund, which ran a balance greater than $250 million in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014.

The state’s unemployment compensation law triggers an automatic reduction to the tax rate when the trust fund maintains certain levels.

New Hampshire Employment Security Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers says that positive trend is expected to continue into next year.

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NH News
3:54 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Effingham Rehab Center Disputes Allegations Of Neglect, Abuse

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Officials at a brain injury rehabilitation center in Effingham are disputing allegations that residents at its facility have been subject to abuse and neglect, including a death in 2012.

Governor Maggie Hassan has ordered that no further patients be admitted as the state reviews the charges.

A pair of reports issued Monday by the Disability Rights Center of New Hampshire detail problems at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center in Effingham.

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NH News
10:09 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Bomb Threat Cancels Classes At Bedford High School, Lurgio Middle School

Classes were canceled Wednesday at Bedford High School and Lurgio Middle School after officials say they received a credible bomb threat.

"Police are conducting a search of the building," according to a post from the school district this morning.

Police determined no device was ever present.

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NH News
8:53 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Shaheen: Air Strikes In Syria Only Option For Defeating ISIS

Jeanne Shaheen at the UNH Law Center. Sept, 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Democratic incumbent U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says U.S. air strikes against ISIS in Syria were a necessary step toward defeating the terrorist group.

Senator Shaheen acknowledged the quandary of working with a Syrian government that just a year ago was forced to hand over chemical weapons it allegedly used on its own people.

But in an interview Tuesday night with NHPR’s Laura Knoy at the UNH School of Law, Shaheen, a member of the foreign relations committee, said there were no other options.

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NH News
4:48 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Gov. Hassan Says State Finished FY14 With $19.5M Surplus

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the state finished the last fiscal year with a $19.5 million surplus.

It was the first year of the state’s two-year, $10.7 billion budget.

Hassan says meals and rooms and real estate transfer tax remained strong, though cautioned revenue shortfalls from business taxes and the interest and dividends tax have put a strain on the state’s budget.

In addition, Hassan says the state Department of Health and Human Services has seen caseload growth larger than anticipated.

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NH News
1:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

N.H. PUC OKs 47% Rate Hike For Liberty Utilities

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The state’s Public Utilities Commission has approved a 47 percent rate hike for Liberty Utilities customers.

Company spokesman John Shore acknowledged the increase is significant.

“When the rates go up like this, it’s not something we like to see, obviously. Our customers don’t like to see it. But unfortunately, it’s what the market is.”

Shore says the average customer will be paying about $50 more each month.

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NH News
1:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Caps Retired Police Officer's 'Double Dipping'

The N.H. Supreme Court in Concord
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The state Supreme Court has ruled against a retired police officer who argued he had the right to work part-time for several towns while collecting a pension.

After retiring as a Plaistow police officer in November of 2011, Scott Anderson continued to work in a part-time capacity for Plaistow, Atkinson and Hampstead.

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NH News
4:07 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

On Campaign Trail, Obamacare Continues To Dominate U.S. Senate Race

Scott Brown at North Country Tractor in Pembroke.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

On the campaign trail Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown continued to rail against the Affordable Care Act, taking aim specifically at the employer mandate.

During an event at North Country Tractor in Pembroke, Brown highlighted a part of the health law yet to kick in: a requirement that businesses with 50 or more full-time employees offer health insurance benefits.

The store’s owner says that’s why he’s stopped hiring at 47 employees.

Brown says it’s an example of how so-called Obamacare is hurting New Hampshire businesses.

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NH News
10:33 am
Sun September 14, 2014

James Foley's Mother 'Appalled' By U.S. Inaction Over Kidnapping, Launches Foley Fund

Diane Foley
Credit CNN

The mother of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley says the U.S. government threatened prosecution if the family attempted to raise ransom.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Diane Foley said she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the way the American government dealt with her son’s case.

James Foley, a Rochester native, was killed by the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. A video of his murder was released in August.

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NH News
9:53 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ayotte, Shaheen Join Call For NFL To Have 'Zero Tolerance' For Domestic Violence

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are among 16 female, bipartisan Senators who are urging the commissioner of the NFL to take a zero-tolerance stance toward domestic violence.

Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen signed the letter sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell, responding to the recent controversy over former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

In the letter, the Senators raise concerns about whether NFL officials knew the severity of Rice’s assault against his then-fiancée Janay Palmer.

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NH News
3:47 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

iPads, Wider Selection At First Of Two New Hooksett Rest Area Liquor Stores

The new liquor store in Hooksett features four iPads where customers can search for products and food pairings.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

The state’s newest and largest liquor store opened at the Hooksett rest area on the northbound side of Interstate 93 on Thursday.

It’s part of a complete overhaul of the rest areas on each side of the highway.

The 20,000-square-foot liquor store was bustling on its first day of business.

Liquor commission marketing director Richard Gerrish says customer convenience was at the heart of the new design.

He says that includes everything from wider aisles to a wider selection of spirits.

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NH News
5:14 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

NH1 News Set To Launch Next Week

The headquarters for NH1 News in Concord.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

A new statewide multimedia news organization is set to launch next week.

New Hampshire 1 News will begin broadcasting Monday via TV. The outlet has been broadcasting news across its network of radio stations since March.

Based out of the renovated Walker School in Concord, the network is the creation of businessman Bill Binnie.

The station held a grand opening Wednesday, and Binnie says the station’s technology is state of the art.

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Market Basket
11:26 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Hassan, 'Artie T.' Praise Market Basket Workers In Londonderry

Credit AP Photo/Elise Amendola

The morning after officially kicking off her campaign for re-election, Governor Maggie Hassan joined Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demulous in Londonderry to thank workers for their dedication.

Calling Market Basket a “New Hampshire institution,” Hassan said the company exemplifies fair treatment and respect for employees.

“Your efforts all summer were a heartening display of dedication, of loyalty, and really what’s possible when people come together,” she said.

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NH News
11:40 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Wheeler, Sheehan, Burns Tops In Executive Council Primary Races

Former Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler took a step toward returning to the council Tuesday, winning the GOP primary for the District 5 seat.

The Milford Republican defeated Steve Hattamer of Hollis.

Wheeler served on the council for one term, but lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Deb Pignatelli in 2012.

Pignatelli chose not to seek another term.

Wheeler will face Nashua Alderman Diane Sheehan, who defeated Jennifer Daler in the Democratic primary.  

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