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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.
Election Commissioner Maria Tomasia showcases new vote tabulator machines.  New voting booths are in the background.  Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Election Commissioner Maria Tomasia showcases new vote tabulator machines. New voting booths are in the background. Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Election Office Displays New Voting Equipment

New Bedford has purchased new voting tabulation machines, scanners, and voting booths, replacing equipment that is now out of production or is very old.

More than 40 new tabulation machines have been purchased

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Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images
Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images

UPDATE: Shooter Identified In Washington State

Police are confirming that the gunman in today's school shooting north of Seattle died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The gunman has been identified by witnesses as 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg. Police also said that the other person who died in the shooting was female

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Getty Images

Texas Hospital Changes Protocols Because Of Ebola Case

Changes are coming to the Dallas hospital where three people were diagnosed with Ebola.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas announced today it was upgrading medical record software to make sure nurses and doctors know the travel history of a patient

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Southcoast Health photo
Southcoast Health photo

Southcoast Health Awarded $8 Million Grant From HPC

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has awarded Southcoast Health Systems an $8 million grant to provide more care for individuals with behavioral health issues and high-risk diabetes patients, along with improved emergency care.

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Casino worker Tyronne Connell speaks in New Bedford / Jim Phillips / TSM
Casino worker Tyronne Connell speaks in New Bedford / Jim Phillips / TSM

“Vote No On Question 3″ Campaign Brings Message To New Bedford

The casino industry is spending big money to defeat Question Three in Massachusetts next month.

The Vote No on Question Three campaign stopped in Downtown New Bedford on Thursday, offering a series of speakers from New York, Detroit, and Springfield to discuss the impact of casinos in their community

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Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Sears To Close Dozens Of Stores

Sears stock is getting a boost on word of major cutbacks just in time for the holidays.

Shares in Sears Holdings rose nearly five percent today after a report that the struggling retailer plans to lay off nearly 55-hundred employees and close dozens of stores -- many of them before Christmas

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District Attorney Sam Sutter  - Getty Images
District Attorney Sam Sutter - Getty Images

Sutter Takes Out Papers To Run For Mayor Of Fall River

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter has pulled nomination papers to run for Mayor in the city of Fall River.

But in a statement given to the Herald News,  the District Attorney said he would not begin his campaign till after the conclusion of a court hearing next Monday to determine whether the recall election of Mayor Will Flanagan will go forward

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Sheriff Tom Hodgson on WBSM's Mid-Day Magazine / Dan McCready / TSM
Sheriff Tom Hodgson on WBSM's Mid-Day Magazine / Dan McCready / TSM

Hodgson Organizing Caravan To Secure Borders

Sheriffs across the country are being recruited to make a statement about border security and immigration reform.

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson says both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have failed to act on immigration reform, and in the meantime, immigrants are entering this country almost unchecked

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