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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Officials say several beachgoers had to be assisted by lifeguards at a New Hampshire beach due to strong rip currents.

Lifeguards helped 18 people Monday at Hampton Beach. No one was injured.

Beach Patrol Captain Pat Murphy tells WMUR-TV swimmers were only allowed up to their waists at the beach due to the strong currents.

Lifeguards have helped 160 people in the water at Hampton Beach so far this season.

Officials say they are monitoring conditions for Tuesday.

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The Manchester Board of School Committee took a vote of 'no confidence' in Mayor Ted Gatsas at a meeting Monday night, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

The 10-2 vote comes after Gatsas vetoed a three-year contract with city teachers.

School board members also asked aldermen to reconsider their vote on the agreement, and urged Gatsas, who chairs the school board, to recuse himself from a reconsideration vote.

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At a ceremony at the Statehouse Tuesday, Governor Maggie Hassan will sign a bill into law that requires those convicted of violent crimes to appear in court for victim impact statements.

New Hampshire will be the first state to have such a requirement.

The bill was filed after convicted murderer Seth Mazzaglia initially refused to appear in court to hear victim impact statements read by friends and family of his victim, Lizzi Marriott.

Mazzaglia ultimately withdrew his motion, and appeared for the hearing. He received a mandatory life sentence.

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Mack’s Apples Farm in Londonderry is changing ownership to the next generation of the Mack family.

Owner Andrew C. Mack says he’s passing on the farm to his son, Andrew Mack Jr. and his wife Carol Mack.

This will be the eighth generation of the Mack family to run the farm, going back to 1732.

It’s the oldest family-run farm in New Hampshire.

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A medical marijuana dispensary is being proposed in Plymouth.

Sanctuary ATC of Salem filed the application with the town, which will be the subject of an Aug. 17 public hearing at Plymouth Town Hall.

Under the state’s medical marijuana law passed in 2013, local zoning approval is required before opening up shop.

New Hampshire was the last New England state to legalize medical marijuana, and there have been delays in implementing the law.

Carroll County is in the midst of a budget crisis.

Officials there are trying to figure out how to make up for a roughly $2 million budget shortfall.

This week, the Bank of New Hampshire froze the county’s $4.5 million line of credit, citing concerns over the county possibly declaring bankruptcy.

County officials insist bankruptcy is not an option, and are proposing a supplemental budget to get through the rest of the year.

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The Democratic National Committee announced it will hold six presidential primary debates, including a Dec. 19 debate in Manchester.

“We’re proud to be a co-host of the New Hampshire Democratic Presidential Debate in December and we’re looking forward to hearing the Democratic candidates lay out their visions for our country’s future," said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.

Not everyone is excited about the limited debate schedule.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who has been trailing in the polls, was immediately critical.

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Campaign rallies and town hall meetings featuring a presidential primary candidate have been a near daily occurrence in the Granite State over the past few months.

Behind the scenes, running these events and the planning that goes into them is no easy task.

Chris Malloy of Chris Malloy Events has been busy this primary season. He’s planned and run campaign events for Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Ted Cruz.

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A new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders only six points behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

The WMUR Granite State poll released Tuesday shows Clinton with 42 percent of support among likely Democratic voters in the Granite State. Sanders is a close second, with 36 percent support.

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Citing declining enrollment, officials with Mount Washington College in Manchester say the school will close in April of next year.

In a statement on its website, the for-profit college says it will stop enrolling new students immediately and will focus its attention on the school’s roughly 500 current students.

The college says students can complete their programs of study online through Kaplan University free of charge.

Kaplan owns Mount Washington College, formerly known as Hesser College.

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An official in Grafton says the town still plans to host a touring circus Wednesday run by Walkers Brothers International.

That’s the same company that ran the circus in Lancaster Monday night, where a father and daughter were killed when a tent collapsed during a a severe thunderstorm.

At least 15 others were injured, and the state is investigating.

Ed Grinley is chairman of the Grafton budget committee.

He said what happened in Lancaster was a tragedy, but called it a freak accident.

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Tuesday nights in Portsmouth this summer are all about improv comedy.

Now in its 12th season, the “Stranger Than Fiction” comedy troupe puts on shows every Tuesday night at the Players’ Ring, coming up with material on the fly based on audience participation.

Fourteen Republican presidential candidates are taking part in Monday night’s Voters First Forum at St. Anselm College.

You can listen live to the forum on NHPR at 7 PM by clicking right here. 

That may sound like a lot, but organizers say it’s all about staying true to the spirit of the primary process.

Media outlets in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina organized the forum in response to networks shutting out low-polling candidates in nationally-televised debates.

You can hear the two-hour forum live on NHPR, starting at 7 p.m.

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The president of the University of New Hampshire says he’s troubled by a guide found on the school’s website that referred to the term “American” as politically incorrect.

In a statement, President Mark Huddleston says he’s among those offended by the bias-free language guide, which has since been removed from its website.

The guide discourages use of the term “American,” and suggests instead saying, “U.S. citizen” or “resident of the U.S.”

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New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’ll vote against legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, Senator Shaheen says stripping Planned Parenthood of more than $500 million in federal funding would make it harder for millions of women, including 12,000 in New Hampshire, to get the health care they need.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says she doesn’t believe National Guard recruiters should be armed.

After a shooting earlier this month at two recruiting centers in Tennessee left five military personnel dead, 60 New Hampshire House members called on Hassan to allow recruiters in the Granite State to be armed.

Hassan has been reviewing security measures at recruiting centers with the New Hampshire National Guard.

She says because the National Guard doesn’t recommend arming recruiters, it’s not something she will support.

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Manchester's police chief is hosting a forum Tuesday night for the public to talk about the city's heroin epidemic.

Chief Nick Willard will be one of seven panel members at the forum at the Radisson Hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

Manchester police Lt. Brian O’Keefe says drug activity in the city continues to surge at an alarming rate.

“We’re well over I believe 47 deaths since Jan. 1,” he said. “In addition to that, we have responded to probably well over 250 overdose-related calls since Jan. 1. The numbers are staggering in the city.”

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A new polls shows that in New Hampshire, businessman Donald Trump is leading the pack of Republicans in the presidential race.

The NBC News-Marist poll shows Trump with 21 percent support among potential Republican primary voters. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails at 14 percent, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with 12 percent.

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As brash businessman Donald Trump continues his surprising surge in the national presidential polls, behind the scenes, there’s a well-known GOP operative from New Hampshire pulling the strings.

Corey Lewandowski was the director of the conservative Americans for Prosperity here in the Granite State.

He’s now campaign manager for Donald Trump.

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Former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum makes his first trip to the Granite State today after making his campaign official nearly two months ago.

Santorum will hold a town hall meeting at the New England College office in downtown Concord at 2, followed by another town hall meeting at the Weare Town Hall at 6:30.

Since announcing his second bid for president in May, Santorum has focused most of his attention on the more socially-conservative early voting state of Iowa.

Santorum won the Iowa caucus in 2012.

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More than anywhere else, New Hampshire political news breaks and is debated swiftly on Twitter. That includes tweets not just from reporters, but from the politicians themselves. Of course, all of this can be followed using the hashtag #nhpolitics.

Here's how news of Gov. Maggie Hassan's budget compromise unfolded on Twitter through the day. 

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The New Hampshire National Guard has temporarily closed its Manchester recruiting facility after last week’s deadly shooting at a Chattanooga, Tennessee military recruiting station.

Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn says closing the Manchester office was done as a precaution, as the National Guard reviews security procedures at its two recruiting sites.

“So we’re working with the local police to review what we have in place and then from there determine how we can maybe beef those measures up or change some of them.”

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A report finds that while New Hampshire is second in the nation in child wellbeing, it’s among the worst states when it comes to teen substance abuse.

In the annual Kids Count report, the Granite State ranked second behind Minnesota when using factors such as economic wellbeing, education, and health.

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has canceled a two-day New Hampshire trip due to an illness, the campaign announced Monday morning.

The Florida Senator was scheduled to make stops in Merrimack and Londonderry on Monday and Hooksett on Tuesday.

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A celebration is planned for Saturday at the Old Allenstown Meeting House to celebrate the building’s 200th anniversary.

It will also be the first open house at the building in a decade, which has been closed while restoration efforts were underway.

A fire in 1985 caused significant damage to the building’s roof and several pews. The restoration cost nearly $200,000, a project paid for through private donations and grants.

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The cost of a license to hunt and fish in New Hampshire would increase next year under a draft proposal outlined Wednesday by the Fish and Game Department.

Under the proposal, a resident fishing license for all species would go from $33 to $38. Hunting licenses for New Hampshire residents would from $21 to $30. And a combination hunting and fishing license would go from $44 to $56.

Officials say the increases are needed to fill a $1.1 million revenue gap.

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By all indications, Market Basket is surging after last summer’s unrest sparked by the firing of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

The New England-based supermarket chain is projecting $4.8 billion in sales this year, up from $4 billion last year. And the company is expanding, with a new Market Basket under construction in Rochester.

But one unique aspect of the company is its complete lack of an online presence.

An Alton man has sued the town’s board of selectmen and police chief after he was arrested at a meeting earlier this year for criticizing board members.

The charge of disorderly conduct against Jeffrey Clay was thrown out by a Laconia Circuit Court judge last month, calling the arrest an act of “pure censorship.”

Now, Clay is seeking damages, said Giles Bissonnette, the legal director for the New Hampshire ACLU, which filed the suit in federal court in Concord Tuesday.

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Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a bill meant to streamline felony cases.

Under the so-called Felonies First model, felony cases will be handled in the superior court system, instead of starting in circuit courts.

It also eliminates holding a probable cause hearing as a right. Instead, a judge will now determine if one is warranted.

The Strafford and Cheshire county superior courts will pilot the program starting in January. It will expand to Belknap County Superior Court in July of 2016.

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It’s now been a year since operations at the supermarket chain Market Basket, a family-owned company with 75 stores across New England, came to a standstill as employees and customers rallied in support of Arthur T. Demoulas.

He was ousted as the company’s chief executive in June of 2014.

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