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
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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NH News
4:34 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Need To Solve N.H.'s Budget Woes? Rep Says Legalize, Tax Marijuana

Credit Photo Credit Katja Rupp, via Flickr Creative Commons

On the same day when Governor Maggie Hassan proposed relying on millions in revenue from a casino to fill budget holes, Representative Steve Vaillancourt says he has an alternative.

Legalize and tax marijuana.

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NH News
10:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Gov. Hassan's Full Budget Address

Here's the word cloud from Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address this morning.
Credit Courtesy of worditout.com

The following is the full text of Governor Maggie Hassan's budget address, as prepared for delivery.

Madam Speaker, Mr. Senate President, Madam Chief Justice, honorable members of the House, Senate and Executive Council, my fellow citizens:

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NH News
4:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

House Kills Latest Effort To Make Right-To-Work Law In N.H.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have made right to work the law of the land in New Hampshire.

Union workers broke into raucous applause after Speaker of the House Terrie Norelli announced the tally of votes on the right to work bill brought before the full House on Wednesday.

“The House will be in order," said Norelli, as she slammed her gavel.

The bill was defeated, 212 to 141. The vote fell mostly along party lines.

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NH News
4:27 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Study Finds N.H. Faces $1.3B Backlog To Repair Roads, Bridges

A new report finds New Hampshire is facing a significant funding shortfall to maintain its roads, highways and bridges.

The state is facing a backlog of $1.3 billion to repair all state-maintained roads, highways and bridges.

That is according to the report issued Tuesday by TRIP, a national transportation research group.

Director of Research and Policy Frank Moretti says 37 percent of the state’s roads and highways are in poor condition.

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NH News
3:01 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Lawmakers Urged To Repeal 2013 Provisions Of Voter ID Law

Credit Tracy Lee Carroll, NHPR

  A bill that would repeal provisions of the state’s voter ID law set to take effect this year had a hearing before the House election committee Tuesday.

Sarah Chapman has been supervisor of the checklist in New Boston for 29 years.

She told the House election committee that training an all-volunteer staff to implement the initial requirements of New Hampshire’s voter ID law was challenging enough.

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A Loaded Issue
5:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Keeping Guns Loaded, Unlocked At Home With Children Can Be Deadly

Michael Goyette, owner of Pete's Gun and Tackle in Hudson, shows the SpeedVault, a device for home gun storage.

For parents, keeping guns in the home means taking steps to make sure children can’t get to them.

But as recent cases in New Hampshire show, things can go wrong. The results can be tragic, but also raise questions of how hard law enforcement should come down on those parents.

Sonja Smock vividly remembers the details of the night nearly two years ago when her daughter accidentally shot her.

The gun was a Smith and Wesson 38 Special Revolver.

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NH News
11:38 am
Fri February 8, 2013

By Using #NemoNH, Gov. Hassan Wades Into Naming Dispute

A tweet by Governor Maggie Hassan earlier Friday
Credit Courtesy of Twitter

  Governor Maggie Hassan wants to coordinate winter storm updates on Twitter.

But in doing that, she’s also acknowledged a storm naming convention that’s been somewhat controversial in the world of meteorology.

Hassan is encouraging people and media outlets to use the hasthag #NemoNH when tweeting information about the storm.

“@NHPatch, please encourage your sites to use #NemoNH tag, thank you,” Hassan tweeted earlier today.

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NH News
12:16 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

N.H. Town Officials Weigh Postponing Weekend Meetings, Events Early

Officials in Granite State cities and towns are checking weather forecasts today, as they decide whether to postpone events this weekend due to the impending snow storm.

Londonderry is one of several towns scheduled to hold a deliberative session this weekend. It’s part of the annual town meeting process.

Londonderry School District Business Administrator Peter Curro says a decision about whether to postpone the town’s school deliberative session will be made Friday morning.

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NH News
4:43 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

N.H. Fish And Game Warns Of Unsafe Ice On Winnipesaukee, Other Lakes

This NH Civil Air Patrol photo taken on 02/06/2013 shows open water near Welch Island on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Credit New Hampshire Fish and Game

  New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are warning that ice conditions are unsafe on parts of Lake Winnipesaukee and other large lakes.

A recent aerial survey of Lake Winnipesaukee by the New Hampshire Civil Air Patrol revealed treacherous ice conditions on some parts of the lake.

That includes an area of open water near Welch Island.

Sgt. Dave Eskeland with New Hampshire Fish and Game says this winter season has been unusually bad for ice making.

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NH News
1:16 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Kuster Apologizes But Offers No Explanation For Late Tax Payments

Ann McLane Kuster

Democratic Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster says she is working to get caught up on unpaid property taxes on her two New Hampshire homes.

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NH News
5:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Cost Of N.H. Voter ID Law Adds Up As New Requirements Roll Out

  New Hampshire election officials are preparing for the cost of rolling out the next phase of the state’s voter ID law.

Starting with elections this fall, voters without identification must have their pictures taken by a poll worker before casting a ballot.

Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan says his department estimates purchasing a digital camera and printer for each of the state’s 330 polling sites, plus backups, will cost roughly $85,000.

He says the department will also have to hire someone to oversee the new requirements.

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NH News
4:59 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Medicaid Managed Care Delay Could Leave $15M Hole In DHHS Budget

Implementation of the state’s Medicaid managed care program continues to stall.

Further delays could lead to a multimillion dollar budget shortfall in the state’s largest department.

Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Nick Toumpas projects a $9 million shortfall in his budget for the rest of this fiscal year.

As he explained to members of the House Finance Committee Thursday, that’s because savings from the managed care program were assumed in the department’s budget.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Study: While State Aid Dwindles, Cities And Towns Rely More On Property Taxes

This chart from the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies shows the per capita spending for New Hampshire cities and towns from 2001 to 2011.
Credit Courtesy of New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies

A study released this week finds that in the past several years, less state money has gone to cities and towns.  

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