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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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JC Penny To Close 40 Stores Nationwide

Some forty JC Penny stores will be closing around the country over the next few months, including stores in Taunton, Hanover and Providence.

A company spokesman says the stores were under-performing

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Former Ravens running back Ray Rice / Getty Images
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice / Getty Images

Mueller: NFL Did Not See Ray Rice Video Before It Went Public

An independent investigation is supporting the NFL's claim that the league did not see the Ray Rice in-elevator video before it went public. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller released results of a four-month investigation into the NFL's handling of the February domestic violence case involving the former Baltimore Ravens running back

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Photo by George Jurasek

New Bedford Schools To Close On Thursday

The Superintendent of the New Bedford School District says school has been canceled on Thursday because of extreme cold temperatures.

Temperatures are expected to drop to near zero tonight and early Thursday

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Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin speaking during announcement of a new teachers contract. / Jim Phillips / TSM
Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin speaking during announcement of a new teachers contract. / Jim Phillips / TSM

More Details On New Teachers Contract

Officials on Wednesday offered more details on a new contract agreed to by the city government and the New Bedford Educators Association.

The package is for one year, and pledges 20 hours of professional development for teachers through out the school year

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Dartmouth Asking Gov. Baker For Help With Robinson/Smith Landfill

The Dartmouth Select Board is reaching out to Governor-elect Charlie Baker about current plans for the privately owned Smith-Robinson landfill.

State environmental officials want to cap the North Dartmouth landfill with contaminated soil trucked from the Boston area to Dartmouth

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Photo from Bristol County District Attorney's Office

D-A Quinn Sworn In During Private Ceremony

Thomas Quinn was officially sworn-in Monday as the Acting District Attorney in Bristol County.  Here's a statement from the District Attorney's Office.

 

Tom Quinn was sworn as Acting Bristol County District Attorney  late this afternoon at the Fall River Justice Center during a private ceremony attended by staff members, a large contingent of Bristol County Police Chiefs and members of District Attorney Quinn’s family.

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Photo from New Bedford Police

Tennessee Man Wanted For Violent Crimes Picked Up In New Bedford

 

A man wanted for violent crimes in Tennessee was picked up Friday morning in New Bedford.

Lt. John Chaves tells WBSM News, police responded to the homeless shelter on Eighth Street Friday on a report of a disruptive occupant. Whe

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Salmonella Traced To New Bedford Restaurant

The Mass. Department of Public Health has identified a cluster of salmonella cases in New Bedford.

Several cases of salmonella or food poisoning have been linked to food recently served at the Churrascaria Aveirense restaurant at 175 Sawyer Street in New Bedford

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Additional Arrests Made Related To Boston Marathon Bombing
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Tsarnaev Trial To Start Monday

There is not going to be a delay in jury selection for the federal trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev .

The trial judge has ruled it will start as scheduled on Monday because a delay would be too inconvenient for the 12-hundred prospective jurors

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2015 Polar Plunge / Jim Phillips / TSM
2015 Polar Plunge / Jim Phillips / TSM

Cold And Wind Fails To Halt Fairhaven’s Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven attracted more than 300 participants this year despite bitter cold and wind.

Hundreds lined up at the water's edge just before 10am, with Fairhaven's Allen Days providing a count-down

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