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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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Abdul-Jabbar Undergoes Major Heart Surgery

NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is currently recovering from major open heart surgery performed Thursday in Los Angeles.

The UCLA Health System released a statement Friday revealing that
the Hall of Fame center underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery
on his 68th birthday

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Doctors Want Dr. Oz Ousted From Columbia University

Update:  TV's ``Dr. Oz'' is defending himself against 10 doctors who are accusing him of promoting ``quack treatments'' on his TV show.

Mehmet Oz released a statement today saying that his show provides ``multiple points of view'' including his own

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Hernandez Mother: I Shared Bond With Victim’s Mother

The mother of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez says she shared a special bond with the mother of the man her son was convicted of killing.

Terri Hernandez tells the Boston Herald that after the verdict was read Wednesday she smiled and nodded at Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd

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KG Urban Proposes June 23rd As Date For Casino Referendum

New Bedford is one step closer to a referendum on the Host City Agreement that would establish a waterfront casino in the city.

Developer KG Urban Enterprises is recommending a date of June 23rd for that city-wide vote

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Wareham Crash Victim Identified

Mass. State Police have identified the man killed in a one car crash on Route 25 in Wareham Wednesday night.

One of the occupants, identified as 24-year-old Timothy Melcher II of Cotuit was pronounced dead at the scene

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Baker Faces Weather and Budget Challenges During First 100 Days

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says he accomplished many of the goals he set for his first 100 days in office despite having to deal with a winter of record-setting snow.

The Republican pointed to the bipartisan team he named to lead his administration, steps taken to balance the state's budget and a strengthening of the state's relationship with cities and towns

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John George Found Guilty In Federal Embezzlement Case

A Federal Court jury has found Dartmouth Selectboard member John George guilty of conspiracy and embezzlement. The news was first reported by the Standard Times.

The ten-day trial included testimony from George on Wednesday, who denied doing anything wrong

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NFL Reinstates Adrian Peterson

The NFL is reinstating Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The league announced that he will become an active NFL player again effective Friday and may participate in all scheduled team activities

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Mass. Unemployment Drops To 4.8%

The Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent last month, a slight drop from February and a full 1.1 percentage points lower than March 2014.

The state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development also announced on Thursday that the state added 10,500 jobs last month, and there were 34,000 fewer unemployed people last month compared to the year-ago month

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Aaron Hernandez Has More Trials In His Future

(Associated Press) - Even after being found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is nowhere near done with his legal troubles

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