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WBSM News Director Jim Phillips is a New Bedford native who's been covering local news in the region since 1973. Jim worked at WBSM for 11 years in the 1970's and 80's before joining "Local Cable News," Channel 13 in Fall River. He served as News Director there for 22 years, coverng crime, politics and human interest stories. When the program ended in 2006, Jim happily accepted an offer to rejoin WBSM. Jim and his family live in North Dartmouth.
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Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Red Sox To Honor Marathon Bombing Victims And First Responders

The Red Sox will hold a special ceremony Sunday night to observe the anniversary of the Boston Marathon tragedy. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Eastern before Boston's 7:05 game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park

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TSM - Route 18 in New Bedford
TSM - Route 18 in New Bedford

Bond Bill Contains Funding for Southcoast Rail And Route 18

A newly passed Conference Committee version of a Transportation Bond Bill includes hundreds of millions of dollars for projects in the Southcoast.

The big ticket item of course is $2.3 billion to extend commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River

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TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L)
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L)

Durkin Plans Forum On School Violence

Following an apparent bullying incident this month at Normandin Middle School where a student was seriously hurt, Supt. Pia Durkin is planning a forum to discuss school violence.

Durkin says an anti-bullying program is stressed in all middle schools, but schools can't do it alone

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Photo:  Bridgewater State Hospital
Photo: Bridgewater State Hospital

Massachusetts Psychiatric Prison Under Scrutiny

A nonprofit watchdog group has launched an investigation into the treatment of inmates at Bridgewater State Hospital psychiatric prison.

The state Department of Correction confirmed Wednesday that lawyers from the Disability Law Center arrived at the medium-security prison Tuesday to meet with administrators, gather records, and meet with patients

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Jeff Swensen / Getty Images

Obama and Biden Announce Job Training Program

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are touting job training programs. Speaking at a community college in Pennsylvania, the President said more people need to be trained for better jobs. He unveiled plans to provide hundreds of millions of dollars for job training programs

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Cem Ozdel / Getty Images

Hoax Suspect To Undergo Mental Evaluation

The mother of a man arrested near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the bombings says her son has a mental disorder.

Joie Edson tells The Associated Press her son Kevin ``Kayvon'' Edson has bipolar disorder

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Convicted Arsonist Gets Break On Jail Sentence

A Brewster man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse problems has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for burning down a Cape Cod church.

Adam Finnegan was also sentenced this week in Barnstable Superior Court to 10 years of probation

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Getty Images

Update: Man Charged In Cape Cod Shooting

Update:  A Buzzards Bay man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a man found lying on a street in Bourne.

The Cape and Islands district attorney's office said Tuesday that 25-year-old Sonny Tavares has been charged with murder, home invasion, assault and weapons violations in the death of 22-year-old Antone Gutierrez of Wareham

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