Michael Brindley

Morning Edition producer

Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. 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.

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When students in Manchester return to school Wednesday, their classrooms may look a little different.

That’s because teachers there say they won’t be bringing anything into the classroom they purchased on their own, due to the city’s ongoing contract dispute.

Mayor Ted Gatsas recently vetoed a new teachers contract, which means this will be the third year in a row educators will be working without a raise.

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Should body camera footage of a man being gunned down by police be released to the public?

That’s the question before a Merrimack County Superior Court judge, who will rule whether to release the video over the objections of the family of the man killed.


Residents of Rochester will have a chance to weigh in a proposed medical marijuana cultivation site being proposed in the city.

A hearing will be held Tuesday evening at 7 at Rochester City Hall to gather public input on the proposal.

Sanctuary ATC is looking to open a grow center in one of the city’s mill buildings, with the product being distributed at a dispensary in Plymouth to serve the state’s North Country residents.

In its application, the company said the facility would be highly secured to prevent theft and diversion.

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is set to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.

Shaheen will make the announcement at the New Hampshire Women for Hillary kick-off event in Portsmouth on Saturday, where she’ll be joined by the former Democratic Secretary of State.

In an email to supporters, Shaheen described Clinton as a president who would stand up to help Granite Staters get ahead and stay ahead.

At Saturday’s event in Portsmouth, Clinton plans to discuss challenges women still face across the globe.

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As a new school year gets underway, more New Hampshire high schools are looking for ways to help students dealing with mental health issues.

Exeter High School is introducing new mental health services this year, in response to a rise in students dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety.

Jim Tremblay, principal of Exeter High School, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to talk about the program.

When did you realize this was something the school needed to do?

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New Hampshire E-ZPass customers now have more time to replace their old transponders before losing out on the discounted toll rate.

State transportation officials say those with non-working transponders will be charged the full rate after Nov. 1.

The department pushed back the original date of Sept. 1, after overwhelming customer response and long lines at the state’s three E-ZPass service centers.

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A legislative panel Wednesday will consider authorizing $1.1 million in emergency funding to keep state parks open through the rest of the year.

In a letter to the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, head of Parks and Recreation Philip Bryce says the projected shortfall is due to the state operating under a six-month continuing resolution.

Bryce says if the money isn’t approved, the department will have to curtail operations and close parks due to lack of staffing and supplies.

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Homeschooling continues to gain in popularity across the country, and by most accounts, here in the Granite State, as well.

From 2002 to 2012, the number of homeschooled children in the state jumped by nearly 30 percent.

But tracking how many children are being homeschooled in New Hampshire now is easier said than done.

That’s because parents are no longer required to file annual notifications of intent to homeschool.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen called the most Northern Pass recent proposal an important step forward, but says she’s not yet ready to endorse the project.

Speaking with NHPR’s Morning Edition, Shaheen says while she’s pleased more of the project’s power lines would be buried, she still has concerns about its impact.

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The recently-closed Lebanon College will reopen next year as a branch of River Valley Community College.

Officials will gather Tuesday afternoon for a press conference to formally announce the school’s reopening.

This comes a year after the small private college announced it was shutting down immediately due to declining enrollment and years of financial struggles.

The college’s reopening was made possible in part by a $1.6 million loan from the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.

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Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu underwent successful quadruple bypass surgery in Boston last week.

Sununu's office confirmed the procedure in a press release Monday.

"The governor is recovering very well from the procedure," his office said. "He is with his family and expects to return home within the week."

Sununu underwent surgery Friday at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. He was originally admitted for a coronary angioplasty procedure, when doctors discovered a significant blockage of his arteries.

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Plymouth State University’s new president has been on the job for a few weeks now, after officially taking over last month.

Donald Birx comes to higher education in the Granite State at a time when college affordability is a hot topic on the New Hampshire primary campaign trail.

He joined NHPR’s morning Edition.

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The city of Dover is suing the state, claiming it’s failing to meets its responsibility to fund an adequate education.

In the suit filed in Strafford County Superior Court, attorney Andru Volinsky says the city is seeking to overturn a cap enacted in 2011 that limits state aid to schools.

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The New Hampshire theater community is mourning the loss of one of its pillars.

Beth Ann O’Hara passed away Wednesday morning. She was 73.

O’Hara founded the New Thalian Players, with whom she produced and directed 50 plays over 25 years.

She was known simply as “mom” to countless aspiring Granite State actors.

A service will be held Friday in Manchester.

O’Hara was the mother of four daughters, including actress and comedian Sarah Silverman.

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A judge has stripped a fired Portsmouth police officer of the roughly $2 million he inherited from an elderly woman.

In his ruling, Judge Gary Cassavechia says former Sergeant Aaron Goodwin exerted undue influence over the late Geraldine Webber by "acting upon her fears and hopes."

Webber was in her 90s and suffering from dementia when she changed her will in 2012 to leave Goodwin with the bulk of her estate, including her waterfront home and a Cadillac.

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A car crashed into a toll booth in Merrimack and burst into flames Thursday after police received several phone calls about an erratic driver on the Everett Turnpike.

The driver of the car was killed.

The crash occurred on the southbound side of the F.E. Everett Turnpike at exit 11.

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New Hampshire’s budget stalemate doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, after Gov. Maggie Hassan swiftly rejected a proposal from Republican legislative leaders Wednesday.

The proposal would fund a pay raise for state employees.

Governor Hassan called it a step forward that Republicans were willing to fully fund the state employees contract.

“And that is something that we can agree on,” she said, “but true compromise needs to be around the central issue here, and so far they haven’t done that.”

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Businessman Donald Trump, the front runner among the field of GOP presidential candidates, held his first New Hampshire town hall meeting in Derry Wednesday night.

Trump took roughly a half-dozen questions from the packed house at Pinkerton Academy, one of which targeted his lack of stated policy positions.

“I was coming today and I went on your website to see some of your policy positions and the only thing there is immigration reform,” the man asked. “Can you speak to any of your other plans or policies?”

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Interstate 93 northbound in Concord is expected to be closed for several hours due to a sinkhole.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the report came in just after noon, and no injuries were reported.

"The hole is about 20 feet deep, 12 feet long, and 14 feet wide, so a major hole in hole road there that has shutdown northbound traffic," Boynton said.   

He says the DOT and private construction companies are working to address the problem.

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Six Republican presidential hopefuls are taking part in an education summit at Londonderry High School on Wednesday.

The summit is being put on by American Federation for Children, a conservative school choice advocacy group.

Lauren Camera, a reporter for Education Week, joined NHPR’s Morning Edition to help sort out where the candidates stand on K-12 education policy.

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Political reaction was mixed to the revised Northern Pass proposal released on Tuesday.

Eversource officials say they’re now willing to bury 52 miles of lines through the White Mountains. That means 60 miles of lines, or nearly a third, of the 192-mile route would be buried.

Senate President Chuck Morse of Salem called the changes a major improvement and a great opportunity for the state.

“I am pleased to be able to support the Northern Pass project as now revised,” Morse said.

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After 50 years, the iconic Macy’s department store off Interstate 293 in Bedford is shutting down.

Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc. has purchased the building and the 16-acre property for $12 million, according to Colliers International of New Hampshire, which brokered the sale.

The company plans to convert the site into an "upscale lifestyle center."

The center will be adjacent to the Goffe Mill Plaza redevelopment, which will be anchored by a Whole Foods Market. 

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Public hearings are being held this week in four New Hampshire communities being eyed as potential hosts for the state’s first medical marijuana dispensaries.

A hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Plymouth Town Hall.

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A bi-partisan group of lawmakers will meet Monday morning at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester to explore ways to cut costs at the state’s juvenile detention center.

The facility was designed for 144 children, but Senate Finance Chair Jeannie Forrester of Meredith says the population is typically between 40 to 60 youth.

Forrester says this morning’s meeting will include a tour of the center, with the hope of figuring out a way to make better use of the space.

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Laconia police arrested 20 suspects Thursday following a months-long undercover drug investigation.

Fifteen officers made the arrests early in the morning as part of a massive sweep.

Laconia police Chief Chris Adams says those arrested would be held accountable, but would also be offered treatment options.

He says Laconia simply can’t arrest its way out of the heroin epidemic plaguing the city and the state.

Police say the investigation into the suspects included numerous hours of undercover surveillance and controlled buys compiling evidence.

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After 40 years working for the Pittsburg Police Department, Richard Lapoint is calling it a career.

Lapoint has been police chief for the Granite State’s northernmost town for the past 28 years. He’s retiring on Sunday.

He joined Morning Edition host Rick Ganley recently to take a look back at his career in law enforcement in New Hampshire’s North Country.

You began your career as a part-time Pittsburg police officer in 1975. How has the town changed over the past 40 years?

Executive Councilor Chris Sununu says he’s still hoping to find alternative organizations that can provide women’s health care, after he voted to reject a contract with Planned Parenthood.

Sununu was among the three Republican councilors to vote against the $640,000 contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

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Donald Trump returns to the Granite State Friday, as he continues to lead the pack among presidential GOP hopefuls.

Trump will hold a rally at Winnicunnet High School in Hampton Friday evening.

This is his first trip back to the Granite State since his dust up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, and comments he made about her some called offensive.

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Officials with the Manchester teachers union say morale is very poor among its membership, as teachers prepare to enter their third school year without a new contract.

The Manchester Education Association released a statement Thursday, saying it was "utterly disappointed" by the veto of a proposed three-year contract by Mayor Ted Gatsas.

Vice president Maxine Mosley says teachers will report to work on the first day of school Sept. 2 and will educate the city’s students.

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson returns to the Granite State Thursday.

The retired neurosurgeon will hold town hall meetings in Hooksett and Windham.

Carson will also visit Manchester and Londonderry during his one-day campaign stop.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul will also be in the state Thursday.

He’ll be on the Seacoast, speaking to voters in Somersworth and Portsmouth. 

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