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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.
TSM - New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge
TSM - New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge

New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge To Close Two Weeks For Repairs

The New Bedford -Fairhaven Bridge is being shut down to motor vehicles on Sunday for a two week period. 

The Sate Department of Transportation says the bridge will close from Sunday, March 30th to Saturday, April 12th so contractors can make structural steel repairs to the bridge's floor beams

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TSM - Seal at the Buttonwood Park Zoo

Buttonwood Park Zoo Re-Accredited

 

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has been re-accredited for another five years. The announcement was made this week by the National Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

Zoo Director Keith Lovett tells WBSM's Mid-Day Llive, the zoo got high marks  following an intense inspection...

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Jonathon Wiggs / Getty Images
Jonathon Wiggs / Getty Images

Fallen Boston Firefighters Honored

 

Hundreds of people have honored two fallen firefighters in a solemn ceremony at Boston's City Hall Plaza.

Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy died when they were fighting a fire in a brownstone apartment building in the back bay area on Wednesday.

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afb / Getty Images

Penn National Makes $25 Million Payment To State

The state's decision to welcome casino gambling to Massachusetts is beginning to pay off.
 
    On Friday, Penn National Gaming announced it has submitted an electronic payment of $25 million to the state for the Plainridge Park Casino gambling license

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Leon Halip / Getty Images

MLB Increases PED Penalties

Major League Baseball is increasing penalties for violating its Joint Drug Agreement.

The league and Players Association have agreed to increase a first-time performance-enhancing drug suspension from 50 games to 80 games

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Photo: New Bedford Police
Photo: New Bedford Police

Police Conduct Sting At Scrap Metal Yard

New Bedford Police will summons into court a city scrap yard owner who allegedly violated city ordinances when purchasing scrap metal.

Police recruited a Police cadet to go undercover and attempt to sell scrap metal at A-W Martin at 1080 Shawmut Avenue

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Sue Cocking / Getty Images

NOAA Awards Fishery Research Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is investing $10 million on fishery research projects around the country. 

 More than $5 million will be used to fund 21 projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic

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Specialist 2nd Class Eric A. Pastor / Getty Images

More Hi-Tech Navy Aircraft To Join Hunt For Missing Airliner

 

 

A second Navy P-8A Poseidon is joining the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.  The hi-tech aircraft has a long range and specializes in searching for targets on or under the water.  An int

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St. Luke’s Hospital Hosts Mass Casualty Drill

A mock disaster drill Thursday at St. Lukes Hospital involved public safety personnel from New Bedford, Acushnet and Fairhaven.

According to Southcoast Hospital's interim Safety Officer Dave Camara, the drill consisted of responding to mass casualties resulting from a "dirty bomb" going off in the area

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