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
2:10 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Hundreds Of N.H. Low-Income Families Would Feel Pinch Of Sequester

With across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester set to go into effect Friday, hundreds of the state’s low-income families and children could lose access to federal programs.

The federal Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program would be cut by roughly 5 percent through sequestration.

Ellen Fineberg of the Children's Alliance of New Hampshire says that would mean 1,100 low-income mothers and young children in the Granite State would lose access to the program.

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NH News
5:20 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

N.H. Lawmakers Weigh Bill Allowing For State-Based Health Exchange

New Hampshire lawmakers are considering legislation that would lift a ban on a state-based health care exchange.

A law passed last year by the Republican-led Legislature bars New Hampshire from implementing its own state-based health care exchange.

Representative Edward Butler of Harts Location is the prime sponsor of a bill to lift that ban.

At a House committee hearing on the bill Tuesday, Butler says it does not advocate for a state-based exchange.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

450 N.H. National Guard Employees Would Be Furloughed Under Sequester

Credit Courtesy New Hampshire National Guard

If a series of automatic cuts known as the sequester go into effect at the end of this week, the New Hampshire National Guard will be one of many local agencies impacted.

Major Greg Heilshorn says if the sequester happens, roughly 450 National Guard employees will be furloughed beginning in late April.

For the employees, it would mean the loss of one day a week, or 20 percent of their pay, through September.

“From an economic point of view, you’re looking at a potential impact of about $4 million in lost wages.”

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NH News
4:24 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Health Care Officials, ACLU Oppose Bill To Drug Test Health Care Workers

A bill requiring New Hampshire health care workers undergo random drug testing went before a House committee on Tuesday.

The bill comes after a former Exeter Hospital medical technician was accused of infecting more than 30 patients with Hepatitis C. Officials say David Kwiatkowski injected himself and then reused the needles.

Opponents of the bill say going after other innocent employees is not the answer.

Gary Cahoon operates Friendship Manor, a retirement home in New Ipswich.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Former Surgeon General Koop Dies At Hanover Home

C. Everett Koop
Credit Courtesy of geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/koop/cek/

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop died at his home in Hanover today. He was 96.

Koop served as surgeon general of the United States from November 1981 to October 1989.

It was during that time when he became known as “America’s Family Doctor.”

Shortly after his tenure as surgeon general was over, he returned to his alma mater. In 1992, he established the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth College.

Friend and Dartmouth colleague Joseph O’Donnell describes Koop as the founder of the field of pediatric surgery.

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NH News
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

N.H. Man Up For Congressional Medal Of Honor Service Award

A New Hampshire man is up for a national service award.

Paul Moore of Bedford is one of 23 finalists for the Congressional Medal of Honor’s Citizen Service Before Self Honors. The finalists were announced Monday.

NH News
1:59 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Bill Seeks To Curb 'Double Dipping' Among N.H.'s Retired Public Employees

A Democratic lawmaker wants to ease financial pressure on the state retirement system by cracking down on the practice known as double dipping.

Representative Daniel Sullivan says his bill is meant to curb the practice of public employees retiring, then coming back to work in part-time positions while collecting a pension.

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NH News
6:01 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

At Liberty Forum, Making Sweets One Way To Exercise Your Freedoms

Phil Denisch sets up the Free State Project booth at the Liberty Forum on Friday.
Michael Brindley/NHPR

  The Free State Project is holding its annual Liberty Forum at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua this weekend. 

At the forum, you see a lot of people expressing their passion for freedom.

Some open carry firearms in holsters. Others proudly wear t-shirts bearing the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me.”

Jillian Batty? She makes sweets.

"I make everything in kitchen at home. I make brittles, and caramels, and fudge," she says.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill

Don Gorman of Deerfield, a firearm instructor, removed his jacket to expose two firearms - one on each hip - during a hearing on HB 290 on Thursday.
Credit Michael Brindley/NHPR

Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.

Holding up a copy of the New Hampshire constitution, Steven Stefanik of Manchester told lawmakers their oath required them to reject the bill.

“You can make laws, but you can’t go against the Constitution, and I just read you article 2A: we all have the right to keep and bear arms, any place, anytime we want to protect ourselves, our state, our families and our property.”

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NH News
4:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Supporters Of Bill Allowing For Armed Teachers Say N.H. Schools Are Vulnerable

A bill that would give New Hampshire cities and towns the option of allowing licensed school employees to carry concealed firearms in schools went before a House committee Thursday.

Supporters say creating gun-free zones at schools make children and teachers vulnerable.

Angela Joy of Dover is a parent of two.

“I want my children protected. If I feel that in their school and in their community that they need an armed person, then I want that option.”

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Politics
6:03 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Rejects Effort To Let Lawmakers Receive Free Ski Passes

New Hampshire lawmakers will no longer be hitting the slopes of state-owned Cannon Mountain for free.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday killed legislation that would have exempted the free ski passes lawmakers received in the past from the definition of a gift.

House Minority Leader Gene Chandler says the intent of the long-held practice was for lawmakers to experience first-hand a park they oversee in the budget.

“But now I think it’s gone past having an explanation about how it might be a good idea and it’s just flat out gonna look bad if we do it.”

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NH News
3:00 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Bills Would Boost New Hampshire's Minimum Wage

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  Several bills being considered by the House would boost the state’s minimum wage.

One would make it $9.25 an hour. Another would set it at $8 an hour and tie annual recalculations to the rate of inflation.

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NH News
8:25 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Bill Would Limit N.H. Medal Of Honor To Those Killed In Action

Credit The U.S. Army vis Flickr Creative Commons

The House passed legislation last week that would limit the awarding of the state’s Medal of Honor to those killed in action.

The bill holds special meaning for one member of the House.

Representative Skip Rollins says he kept the promises he made to his son before he was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.

He made sure his son, Specialist Justin Rollins, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He welcomed his girlfriend into the family and watched over his dog.

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NH News
4:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Says Delay On Defense Secretary 'Disappointing'

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Concord on Friday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says delaying former senator Chuck Hagel’s appointment as Secretary of Defense has real national security implications.

Shaheen believes Hagel will ultimately be confirmed as the next defense secretary, but not until after the Senate returns from its break a week from Monday.

But she says delays to the process by her Republican colleagues do not serve the country well.

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NH News
2:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Federal Bill Ensures Equal Rights To Same-Sex Military Families

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation this week that would extend military benefits to same-sex military families.

Shaheen says the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act of 2013 is named after the New Hampshire National Guard Chief Warrant Officer who died Sunday.

“As she was dying of breast cancer, she knew her wife and her daughter were not going to be able to get the benefits that she had earned on her active duty and guard service and that’s not right. It needs to change and this legislation is designed to do that.”

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