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.



NH News
5:00 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Bill Would Require Drug Testing For Welfare Applicants

A Republican state lawmaker want to make passing a drug test a requirement for receiving welfare benefits.

Although it faces near-certain death with a Democratic majority in the House, State Representative Jeanine Notter hopes her bill at least starts a conversation on welfare reform.  

Notter is co-sponsoring legislation requiring drug testing for applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. 

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1:41 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Study: Excessive Alcohol Consumption Is Costing N.H. $1.15 Billion A Year

Credit J. Ronald Lee / Flickr Creative Commons


  A study finds excessive alcohol consumption is costing the state just over $1.1 billion annually due to factors such as lost worker productivity and medical costs.

The statewide nonprofit advocacy group New Futures put together the study, which also contains several policy recommendations.

Chief among them is incorporating alcohol treatment into Medicaid expansion. But Tricia Lucas with New Futures says that is dependent on lawmakers moving forward with expansion, something they will consider this session.

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NH News
3:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

USNH Officials Make Pitch For Restoring Cuts To Public Higher Educaton

The wildcat mascot at the University of New Hampshire
Credit courtesy University of New Hampshire

  University System of New Hampshire officials are making their pitch to restore cuts made in the last state budget that reduced support for public higher education nearly in half.

State university system Chancellor Ed MacKay relied on a timely economic catch phrase to describe the impact budget cuts have had on public higher education.

“You talk about a fiscal cliff; I think there’s no better depiction of a fiscal cliff than what we experienced in the current biennium.”

MacKay was speaking to members of the House Finance committee on Thursday.

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NH News
1:49 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

N.H. Sets Record For Background Checks During Manchester Gun Show

The line outside the gun show in Manchester last weekend stretched all the way around the expo center.
Credit Ryan Lessard, NHPR

A large turnout to a gun show in Manchester last weekend led to the state setting another high for background checks for handgun sales in a single day.

New Hampshire State Police conducted 611 background checks for handgun sales on Saturday.

Sgt. Sean Haggerty says that’s the most ever for a single day in New Hampshire. Saturday was the first day of a weekend gun show in Manchester.

On Sunday, state police responded to 233 requests for background checks.

At the same gun show last year, there were only 283 background checks on the first day.

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6:12 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

UNH Study Finds Use Of Food Stamps On The Rise Across Nation

A University of New Hampshire study finds that while poverty rates stabilized after the recession, recipients of the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, continued to rise.

The study was conducted by researchers at the Carsey Institute.

In 2011, 13 percent of American households relied on SNAP, a program formerly known as food stamps. That’s compared to roughly 8 percent in 2007.

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5:41 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Seeks To Lift Congressional Ban On Earmarks

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen meets with the staff of Saving People's Smiles, a nonprofit dental clinic in Concord.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

  U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wants to lift the Congressional ban on earmarks, imposed under Republican leadership in 2010.

Shaheen says earmarks, often criticized as so-called pork spending, were a useful way for lawmakers to target money to projects in their home states.

When they were in effect, Shaheen says taxpayers could find information online about who was requesting the money and where it was going. Now, she says under the ban those decisions about spending are left to the administration.

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NH News
2:53 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

N.H. Community Colleges Would Lower Tuition If State Provides More Money

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the New Hampshire Community College System

  The head of the New Hampshire Community College System says schools could lower tuition if lawmakers can boost funding in the next two-year budget.

Chancellor Ross Gittell says if the state provides another $3 million beyond restoring cuts made in the last budget, that money would be used to reduce tuition by an average of 5 percent.

At a minimum, Gittell is urging lawmakers to restore the 20 percent cut in funding to the community college system.

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NH News
9:00 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

After Season Of Giving, Need Remains At N.H. Food Bank

A volunteer sorts donations at the New Hampshire Food Bank.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

 At the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, inventory is high and spirits are up. Just ask volunteer Bob Lodico.

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NH News
1:37 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Wants To Repeal 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Credit Sam Evans-Brown

  A Democratic state lawmaker wants to repeal New Hampshire’s so-called Stand Your Ground law.

State Representative Stephen Shurtleff says the law goes too far in giving individuals the right to use deadly force in a public place.

Shurtleff has filed legislation to repeal Stand Your Ground in New Hampshire. The law allows people to use deadly force anywhere they have a right to be if they feel their lives are in danger.

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NH News
4:56 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Live Blog: The Gun Control Debate

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There has been a national debate over gun control since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. nearly a month ago.

President Barack Obama has backed a proposal to reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons.

The Exchange tackled the gun control debate on Friday morning's show. It was the final installment of a three-day series looking at possible lessons from Newtown.

State Rep. J.R. Hoell, a Dunbarton Republican and State Rep. Stephen Shurtleff, a Penacook Democrat, took part in the discussion.

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NH News
3:11 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Comcast Subscribers To See 1.6% Average Increase In Bills

If you’re a Comcast cable subscriber, expect to see an increase in your next bill.

Comcast subscribers will see an average increase of 1.6 percent in their bills, starting with their next billing period.

The higher rates go into effect January 22.

Different services will see different rates of increases.

Comcast spokesman Marc Goodman says investments in new technology and infrastructure required the increase.

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NH News
3:05 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Education Funding Debate To Be Delayed After Senator Pulls Legislation

A State Senator is withdrawing plans for legislation that would amend the constitution to alter New Hampshire’s education funding formula.

State Senator Nancy Stiles says lawmakers already have enough on their plates this session, starting with crafting a two-year budget.

That’s part of the reason she is postponing for a year a proposal to change the state constitution to allow for targeted aid to needy school districts.

Stiles says putting the issue off until the 2014 session also gives lawmakers time to craft the right amendment.

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NH News
4:34 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ayotte: Now Is The Time For Congress To Plan For Spending Cuts

New Hampshire Food Bank director Mel Gosselin, left, speaks with U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, right, in Manchester on Wednesday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Senator Kelly Ayotte says Congress needs to act now to cut spending or it will face another last-minute decision at the end of February.

“We want to fund our priorities, but there’s some things we can’t afford, programs that have been going on that maybe don’t work anymore. We really have to go through line by line and get that done.”

The deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff pushed the deadline for across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration to March 1.

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NH News
4:30 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Family Of N.H. Journalist Captured In Syria Looking For Answers

James Foley

Family members of a freelance journalist from New Hampshire kidnapped in Syria say they are concerned about the lack of information from his captors.

During an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show on Tuesday, Diane Foley, journalist James Foley’s mother, says unlike the last time her son was kidnapped, the family has few details.

Foley, who is from Rochester, was held captive for more than a month in Libya in 2011.

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NH News
12:34 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

N.H. Senators Strike Differing Tones On Secretary Of Defense Nomination

New Hampshire’s two Senators have differing reactions to President Obama’s nomination of Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.

While praising Senator Hagel’s service in Vietnam, Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has concerns about positions he has taken during his time in Congress.

In a statement, Ayotte pledged to "vigorously question" Hagel on his long-standing opposition to increased sanctions against Iran.

Ayotte says she will also ask Hagel about his views regarding Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as Israel.

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