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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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New Bedford Beaches Reopen

The New Bedford Health Department has announced that all beaches have been reopened for swimming.

Sections of East Beach, located on East Rodney French Boulevard, and West Beach, located on West Rodney French Boulevard were shut down Thursday due to elevated bacteria counts

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Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images
Photo by Ross D. Franklin-Pool/Getty Images

Hodgson Doubts Many Children Will Be Deported Soon

Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson expects some of the thousands of migrant children who crossed the southwest border into the U-S will find their way to Massachusetts, and New Bedford.

Hodgson is visiting processing and detention centers along the border with a delegation of Sheriffs to get a first hand look at the immigration crisis

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Boeing 777.   Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Boeing 777. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Boeing Releases Statement On Airliner Crash

Boeing is releasing a statement on the Malaysia Airlines crash in eastern Ukraine that appears to have killed all 295 people on board.

The Chicago-based plane manufacturer said "our thoughts and prayers are with those on board MH17, as well as their families and loved ones

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Photo Courtesy of New Bedford Police
Photo Courtesy of New Bedford Police

Twitter Pic Leads To Arrest In New Bedford

A 17 year old was arrested Wednesday night after New Bedford Police say he posted photos of himself on Twitter posing with a gun, bragging about the jewelry on his neck, and tempting people to try and rob him

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Photo courtesy Swansea Fire Dept via Facebook.
Photo courtesy Swansea Fire Dept via Facebook.

Lightning Strikes In Swansea

They say lightning doesn't strike the same place twice, but it can strike the same town twice.

The Swansea Fire Department says two buildings were struck by lightning Wednesday morning.

According to the Department's Facebook page a tree on Locust Street was struck around 8:15 a

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Kristen Pacheco/Townsquare Media
Kristen Pacheco/Townsquare Media

Dartmouth Police Warn Residents About House Breaks

Dartmouth Police are advising residents to take precautions following a recent increase in housebreaks.

Detective Kyle Costa says residents should lock their doors and windows and activate alarm systems if they have one

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New Bedford Beach Closures

The New Bedford Health Department has announced some recreational beach areas will be closed Thursday due to high bacteria counts caused by the recent heavy rainfall and flooding.

Towers 1 and 4 and Davys Locker on East Rodney French Blvd will be closed

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SLAMDiabetes

The New Bedford Bay Sox will help battle diabetes this weekend with the SlamDiabetes Bay Sox Classic at Walsh Field at New Bedford High School.

The Wiffle® Ball tournament will raise money to help send local kids to day camps where they can learn how to better manage their disease

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TSM - New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge

State Officials Say Repairs To Popes Island Bridge Should Finish By Fall

State officials say repairs on the Popes Island Bridge could be finished in a few months.
Michael Verseckes, a spokesman with the Massachusetts  Department Of Transportation, tells the Standard Times the concrete barriers that have been narrowing the bridge down to one lane, in each direction, should be removed by early fall

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Onset Bay Reopens To Shellfishing

The Wareham Harbormaster Department says Onset Bay has been reopened for shell fishing.

The announcement was made Monday on the department's Facebook page saying that the state Division of Marine Fisheries has lifted the closure

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