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
2:08 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Roughly 13 Percent Of N.H. Retailers Sell Tobacco To Youth In Compliance Check

Illegal tobacco sales to New Hampshire youth increased over the past year.

The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released the results of compliance checks of tobacco sales from across the state.

During those checks, sales to minors increased from nearly 8 percent last year to more than 13 percent this year. Nearly 300 tobacco retailers were surveyed in this year’s check.

Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services Director Joe Harding says while this year’s figure is well below the federal requirement of 20 percent, the increase is concerning.

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NH News
1:54 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Report: Homelessness In N.H. Down 4 Percent In 2012

New Hampshire’s homeless population is down by 4 percent this year.

The data is included in a report released Thursday by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness.

Director Cathy Kuhn says the slight drop is good news, particularly after an 11 percent increase from 2010 to 2011.

But big picture, Kuhn says the issues isn’t going away.

Over the past two years, the number of homeless people increased in seven of the state’s 10 counties.

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NH News
2:16 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Day After CT School Shooting, N.H. Sets Record For Handgun Background Checks

If there was any question whether gun sales spiked in New Hampshire following the school shooting in Connecticut last week, State Police answered it Wednesday.

Sgt. Sean Haggerty said there 468 requests for background checks for handgun sales Saturday. Haggerty said that is by far the highest single-day number of requests in state history.

The figure from the day following the Newtown school massacre shattered the state’s previous high mark of 303 requests in a single day.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

On Assault Weapons Ban, Sen. Ayotte Only Holdout Among N.H. Delegation

Sen. Kelly Ayotte
Credit Chris jensen for NHPR

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is the only member of the state’s Congressional delegation who has not pledged support for an assault weapons ban this week.

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NH News
11:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Sen. Shaheen: Sen. Kerry Would Make 'Excellent' Secretary Of State

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she will support John Kerry for Secretary of State.

President Barack Obama is expected to tap the Massachusetts Senator to replace Hillary Clinton, who is stepping down.

In Hudson on Monday, Shaheen said Kerry is more than qualified for the job.

“I worked on his campaign to become president. I think he’s got a lot of experience internationally. I’ve served with him on the foreign relations committee for the last four years. I think he’d be terrific.”

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NH News
6:38 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

N.H. Gun Shop Sees Spike In Sales Following CT School Shooting

Doug Dack, a manager at Riley's Sport Shop in Hooksett, fills out paperwork during a sale Monday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

In the days following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut one gun shop in New Hampshire reports higher than normal sales. 

Riley's Sport Shop in Hooksett sells a variety of firearms. Manager Doug Dack says the week before Christmas is normally busy.

But this past weekend the store saw a noticeable spike in sales.

Dack attributes it directly to the school shooting that took place in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.

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NH News
3:09 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Sen. Shaheen Says She Supports Assault Weapons Ban In Wake Of CT Shooting

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen during a tour of Polartec in Hudson Monday.
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she supports a federal ban on assault rifles.

But Shaheen says more needs to be done to prevent tragedies like the one that happened in Newtown, Connecticut Friday.

Shaheen says there needs to be a comprehensive response to the school shooting.

Twenty-six people were killed in the shooting, including 20 children.

Shaheen says the nation must make sure mental health services are available for those who need it.

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NH News
10:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Review: Failures In Preparation, Breakdowns In Communication In Greenland Drug Raid

The findings of the review commission in the Greenland shooting were released Friday.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

An independent review has concluded a trained tactical team should have been used in a Greenland drug raid earlier this year.

The determination was among numerous critiques in a report issued Friday. 

The review commission characterized the operations plan of the drug raid in Greenland on April 12 as lacking sufficient detail.

The report questioned the timing of the raid and raised concerns about management and oversight of the operation.

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NH News
4:54 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Two N.H. Lawmakers Work Across Aisle To Craft Education Funding Amendment

Failing to reach consensus on a constitutional amendment to change the state’s education funding formula has become an annual rite of passage for lawmakers.

But Democratic Representative Gary Richardson of Hopkinton believes next year will be different.

Richardson is working with state Senator Nancy Stiles, a Hampton Republican, to come up with a proposed amendment to be considered in the next legislative session.

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The Exchange
5:34 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Bishop Gene Robinson: SCOTUS Will Overturn Defense Of Marriage Act

Gene Robinson on The Exchange
Credit Michael Brindley, NHPR

Bishop Gene Robinson predicts the United States Supreme Court will rule the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

Appearing on NHPR’s The Exchange, Robinson also says the Supreme Court will reaffirm a lower court decision to overturn a California law banning same-sex marriages.

“I think they won’t make marriage equality the law of the land, but I think they will reaffirm this case for California, reinstating marriage there, and by so doing, they will signal the rest the country, this is coming to a theater near you.”

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NH News
3:09 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Project Homeless Connect Event Gives Access To Social Services, Food, Clothing

The Green Street Community Center in Concord hosted the Project Homeless Connect event Wednesday.
Michael Brindley, NHPR

Erin Fennelly couldn’t keep the smile off her face as she put the finishing touches on a haircut Wednesday morning.

A haircut with Fennelly normally costs $22 at Peter’s Images Unlimited salon.  But this haircut is free.

It’s part of the Project Homeless Connect event in Concord.

The project is a national effort, meant to gather health and social services under one roof for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

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NH News
9:53 am
Wed December 12, 2012

On 12/12/12, Here Are 12 Things You May Not Know About N.H.

New Hampshire Statehouse
Credit Ben McLeod / Flickr Creative Commons

It's 12/12/12 (also known as mic check day...get it?).

Barring some major breakthroughs in science that will get y0u to Jan. 1, 2101,  this is the last repeating date you'll see in your lifetime. 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, here's a compilation of a dozen random facts about New Hampshire you may or may not already know. Be a showoff. Share them with your friends.

1. The first mechanical alarm clock was invented by Levi Hutchins of Concord in 1787.

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NH News
2:48 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Reopening 12 Beds At State Hospital Part Of Plan To Improve Mental Health Care

New Hampshire Hospital
Credit Thomas Fearon

The state Department of Health and Human Services announced plans to temporarily reopen 12 beds at the state’s psychiatric hospital.

The state now needs to find more than $2 million to cover the cost.

Mental health advocates say the plan to add beds at New Hampshire Hospital is an encouraging first step in addressing long waiting lists for treatment.

But Ken Norton with the state chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says there is still much work to be done.

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NH News
5:09 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Shaheen, Ayotte Proposals For Fiscal Cliff Deal Reflect National Partisan Debate

With a Jan. 1 deadline for the so-called fiscal cliff looming, New Hampshire’s senators are in the Granite State and discussing what needs to be done to reach a deal. 

At an event meant to celebrate New Hampshire’s all-female delegation last week, the most excited crowd reaction came when the discussion turned to dealing with the nation’s fiscal issues.

“The biggest issue for me is that we are 16 trillion in debt," Sen. Kelly Ayotte said during a celebration of the state's all-female delegation last week.

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NH News
12:16 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

N.H. Fish And Game Offering Free Ice Fishing Classes

If you're planning on trying your hand at ice fishing this winter, probably best to brush up on the dos and don'ts before heading out.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s "Let’s Go Fishing Program," in partnership with other groups, is offering several free ice fishing class. They are open to anyone, though those under 16 are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult. Those planning on going are asked to call ahead to reserve spaces.

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