Michael Brindley

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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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  A community vigil is planned for Tuesday, after Manchester school officials say racially-charged signs were found posted outside two of the city's schools last week.

Manchester Superintendent Bolgen Vargas sent a letter home to parents last week, informing them of the first sign discovered on a fence outside the Middle School at Parkside Wednesday. The sign referenced the "White Genocide Project" and read, "Diversity is a codeword for white genocide."

In the letter, Vargas said the sign was removed immediately and the incident is under investigation.

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  Friday is inauguration day, as Donald Trump is set to take the oath of office and be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.

NHPR’s Morning Edition spoke to two Granite Staters from opposing sides of the political spectrum about what they’re hoping to hear from Trump in his address, and their expectations from him as president.

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At a debate Wednesday night, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley made his case to lead the party at the national level.

Buckley is one of six candidates vying to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee who took part in the forum at George Washington University (you can watch the entire debate here).

Following a contentious primary process in last year’s election, Buckley pledged a series of reforms.

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  New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan repeatedly pressed education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos Tuesday night on whether she would advocate for the rights of students with disabilities.

It’s an issue that’s personal for the Democratic Senator, whose son has cerebral palsy.

At one point, Hassan circled back to a comment DeVos made earlier in the confirmation hearing, in which she said states should be able to do decide whether to enforce the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA.

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  More than two thousand patients are receiving medical marijuana in New Hampshire, including a handful of children and teenagers.

That's according to new numbers released by state health officials last week. The state legalization medical marijuana in 2013, but only began dispensing it last spring.

According to the report, the youngest qualifying patient is two years old, and the oldest is 98.

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  New Hampshire Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has joined a growing number of Democratic lawmakers who say they plan to skip Donald Trump's inauguration.

In a tweet Monday night, Shea-Porter said instead of attending Friday's ceremonies, she'll attend religious services to "pray for all of our leaders and people."

House lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on a proposal to increase state aid for students attending full-day kindergarten programs.

The state currently funds kindergarten programs at half the rate as other grades, even for districts that choose to offer full-day programs. Districts are required to offer at least half-day programs.

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A state representative faced a strong rebuke from the Speaker of the House after she dropped her loaded handgun while entering a House Education Committee hearing Thursday.

Milford Republican Carolyn Halstead apologized for the incident, in which her gun fell to the floor, but did not fire. She says it came loose from her waistband while she removed her backpack.

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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is raising concerns about President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the federal Department of Education.

The Democratic senator met Monday with Betsy DeVos, a billionaire Republican activist and school choice proponent who has supported publicly-funded vouchers for use at private and religious schools.

In a statement released after their meeting, Hassan said she remains concerned about what she described as DeVos' lack of experience in and support for public education.

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  New Hampshire's two Democratic U.S. Senators are pushing back on a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that cutting off federal funds to the nation's largest abortion provider would be included as part of a reconciliation bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

At a press conference later that day, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined other Senate Democrats in criticizing Ryan's plan.

Hassan called the proposal an outrage.

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A new treatment program for adolescents battling drug and alcohol addiction opens in Concord Wednesday.

The program is called Choices, and will offer outpatient substance abuse treatment to teens 14 and older. The program is part of the Riverbend Community Mental Health network.

Audrey Clairmont, Choices' lead clinician, spoke to NHPR's Morning Edition about the program and the unique approach required when working with teens dealing with substance abuse issues.

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What do schools spend their money on?

Books, teacher salaries, computers, and then there’s the building itself, often the single most expensive investment in public education a community will make.

But in New Hampshire, a program that has helped school districts pay for those projects for more than half a century has been on an indefinite pause for nearly a decade.

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  An incoming state Senator who also heads New Hampshire's largest teachers union says he’ll be open about any conflicts of interest that may come from serving in the two roles simultaneously.

But Scott McGilvray, a Hooksett Democrat, said it's only "critics" raising concerns about where his interests will lie.

"Being part of running the state’s largest teachers union, it certainly puts a big target on my back," he told NHPR's Morning Edition.

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  When New Hampshire's state Senate convenes for its first session of the year next week, there will be plenty of new faces.

Nine of the legislative body's 24 members are newly elected, and this week, we're hearing from two of those incoming lawmakers.

Ruth Ward is Republican from Stoddard who will represent the Senate’s eighth district. That includes towns like New London, Weare, and Antrim.

Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke sat down with Ward to talk about her new role.

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  A reality show featuring New Hampshire conservation officers and wildlife biologists is set to premiere next year on the cable network Animal Planet.

There’s no shortage of drama in the two-minute trailer released this week for “North Woods Law: New Hampshire.”

The clip features everything from a Fish and Game officer carefully capturing a rattlesnake to tense exchanges with members of the public.

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  As of Thursday, it’s legal to grow, use, and possess marijuana in Massachusetts.

Voters there approved a referendum in November legalizing the drug. And with Maine in the midst of a recount of a similar referendum, it’s possible New Hampshire could soon be bordered by two states where pot is legal.

New Hampshire remains the only New England state that hasn't decriminalized the drug.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says she'll resign on January 3rd, in advance of being sworn in as New Hampshire's next U.S. Senator.

Hassan says she's following precedent set by former Governor Judd Gregg.

In a statement released this morning, Hassan says the decision was not made lightly, but says "it's the best course to protect New Hampshire's interests in the United States Senate."

The Democrat narrowly won her election to the U.S. Senate in November, defeating Republican Kelly Ayotte.

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There’s growing bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for investigations into whether Russia tried to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

The Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee announced plans this week to hold hearings looking into the alleged hacking.  

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a member of the foreign relations and armed services committees, and she joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about where she hopes the investigation goes.

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A coalition of New Hampshire towns and cities is hoping to reverse a decision to end the state’s stabilization education grant program.

The grants were put in place four years ago as a way to offset the impact of changes made at the time to the state’s education adequacy formula.

The state distributes roughly $150 million in stabilization grants each year to districts that are generally lower income and have seen declining student enrollment.

City councilors in Lebanon passed a controversial ordinance last week that bans camping and overnight parking on city-owned property.

Those found to be in violation could face a fine of $100.

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The state’s outgoing Director of Economic Development Carmen Lorentz sat down with NHPR's Morning Edition to reflect on her time on the job, and what needs to happen to improve the state's economy.

Lorentz isn't going far: she's the new Executive Director of the Laconia Area Community Land Trust.

New Hampshire's all-Democratic incoming Congressional delegation is throwing its support behind Ray Buckley's bid for chair of the Democratic National Committee.

In a joint statement Thursday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator-elect Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Kuster and Congresswoman-elect Carol Shea-Porter praised the current chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, writing that Buckley has "the vision, energy and commitment to reform the DNC and utilize it to reinvigorate state and local parties across the country."

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  Pregnant women battling substance abuse addiction in New Hampshire have a new place for treatment.

Hope on Haven Hill opens its doors in Rochester on Thursday. The residential program will provide treatment for up to eight pregnant women in recovery as they prepare for birth.

And new mothers will be able to continue living at the home for up to a year with their babies as their treatment continues postpartum.

Lawmakers in the U.S. House have overwhelmingly passed a wide-ranging health care reform bill that sets aside $1 billion to be split among states like New Hampshire battling the heroin and opioid addiction crisis.

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  New Hampshire has joined a growing list of states where more white people are dying than are being born.

That’s according to a University of New Hampshire study released Tuesday, which found 17 states experiencing this demographic shift known as “white natural decrease.”

That’s up from just four states in 2004.

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President-elect Donald Trump is alleging there was quote-serious voter fraud in New Hampshire and other states during the election earlier this month, despite no evidence to back up such a claim.

Trump narrowly lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton, though won the election despite losing the overall popular vote.

In a series of tweets Sunday, Trump claimed he would have won the popular vote had it not been for the quote-millions of people who voted illegally.

Trump also claimed there was serious voter fraud in New Hampshire, Virginia, and California.

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This weekend, maple syrup experts and novices alike will meet in Tilton for the fourth-annual Maple School

 

The one-day training is sponsored by the UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Maple Producers Association.

 

Steve Roberge, a forester with the Cooperative and an all-around maple aficionado, joined NHPR's Morning Edition to talk about the school, and the pros and cons of maple syrup tasting.

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Governor-elect Republican Chris Sununu says he wants to repeal same-day voter registration in New Hampshire.

“Most states don’t have it. There’s a reason. It can cause problems,” Sununu said, speaking to NHPR’s Morning Edition.

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Governor-elect Chris Sununu sat down with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley Thursday for his first interview with NHPR since last week's election.

Listen to the full interview here, or read some excerpts from the interview below that will be added throughout the morning.

One of the first decisions you made since the election has to do with your transition team.

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New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is one of more than 150 House Democrats urging President-elect Donald Trump to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon as chief strategist.

In their letter to Trump, House Democrats say the former CEO of Breitbart News used his platform to promote anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and racism.

Kuster spoke to NHPR’s Morning Edition about her concern.

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