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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 - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee

Supt. Durkin Issues Report On Keith Alarm

Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin had little new information to share Thursday night with the School Committee about the alarm failure earlier this year at Keith Middle School.

The school was the scene of a break-in two months ago, and two adults and 11 juveniles were charged with vandalizing the building

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Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Chester Encouraged By Visit To New Bedford

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says he's encouraged by what he saw Thursday in New Bedford's underperforming schools.

Chester visited both the Parker School and New Bedford High School

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Alex Wong/Getty Images
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Dispute Over Pay For New Bedford VA Nurses Settled

The dispute over salaries for nurses at the New Bedford VA Medical Center has been resolved.

The VA said the nurses had been overpaid for years and had threatened to cut their pay by 14%-20%, and require them to repay the over-payments

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Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Fairhaven Woman Brings Fight Against Common Core To New Bedford

When state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester drove up to the Parker School in New Bedford Thursday morning, he was greeted by Michelle Furtado of Fairhaven, a staunch opponent of the Common Core education standards in Mass

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Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Twenty-Six Members Of Congress Want Travel Ban From West Africa

Over two dozen lawmakers on Capitol Hill want travelers from West Africa banned from the U.S. until the Ebola outbreak is under control.

Twenty-three House Republicans and three Democrats have sent a letter to President Obama that asks the State Department to impose a travel ban and restrict visas issued to people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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ICCGNB/Facebook

Former CT Congressman: Casinos Not a Good Bet

Former congressman turned author Bob Steele of Connecticut makes no bones about it: he's opposed to casino gambling and the impact it has on people and the communities where they're located.

Speaking with WBSM's Taylor Cormier, Steele said the nation's most successful casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, are now facing tough times

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mayor: City Welcomes Education Commissioner’s Input

The state's Commissioner of Education is visiting New Bedford on Thursday, stopping at two of the city's underperforming schools for meetings with teachers, administrators and parents.

Mitchell Chester will start his day visiting classroom at the Parker Elementary School, which the state has designated as a level five school or chronically underperforming

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Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang / Jim Phillips / TSM
Health Connector Executive Director Jean Yang / Jim Phillips / TSM

Health Connector Director Apologizes For Website Glitches

A news conference Wednesday focusing on the importance of people signing up for the state's "Health Connector" insurance program began with an apology....

Jean Yang, the director of the Health Connector program, is promising a far more workable website this year, but it won't be perfect

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Business owner Jessica Coelho chats with UMass President Robert Caret on Wednesday / Jim Phillips / TSM
Business owner Jessica Coelho chats with UMass President Robert Caret on Wednesday / Jim Phillips / TSM

UMass President Salutes Graduates On The Southcoast

The President of the University of Massachusetts system is highlighting the accomplishments of alumni during this year's bus tour around the state.

Robert Caret stopped at Tia Maria's Cafe in New Bedford's Historic District on Wednesday, owned and operated by UMass Dartmouth graduate Jessica Coelho

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From left to right. Top: Hairston, Frye. Bottom: Goshen, Garcia/Wareham Police
From left to right. Top: Hairston, Frye. Bottom: Goshen, Garcia/Wareham Police

Wareham Stabbing Victim Dies, Four Men Arrested

State and local Police in Wareham have arrested four men following a fatal stabbing Wednesday inside a local convenience store.

Police say they responded to a Cumberland Farms Store on Main Street, and found a 23-year-old man suffering from a stab wound

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