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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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Mitchell Appeals Riverwalk Funding Decision

The City of New Bedford is seeking more money for its Riverwalk project, and is asking the Natural Resource Trustee Council to take another look at its priorities.

Mayor Jon Mitchell is asking the Council to revisit its list of priority projects, and award the Riverwalk plan more funding from the Bouchard Oil Spill Settlement

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Mass. State House / Getty Images

House Approves Ban On Handcuffing Female Prisoners During Childbirth

The Massachusetts House has unanimously approved a bill outlawing the practice of handcuffing women prisoners to hospital beds during childbirth.

The bill approved Wednesday would create a uniform ban on restraining women during pregnancy, labor and delivery in state and county correctional facilities unless they present a specific safety or flight risk

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Getty Images - Gov. Deval Patrick

Gov. Patrick Won’t Second Guess Florida State Attorney Findings

Gov. Deval Patrick says he's in no position to second guess an investigation clearing an FBI agent of criminal charges in the fatal shooting last year of a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects

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Fairhaven Fire-EMS/Facebook

Woman Drives Car Into New Bedford Harbor

Fairhaven Police say a woman, apparently confused because of poor visibility Wednesday morning, drove her car down the Bridge Street boat ramp into New Bedford Harbor.

The woman is identified as 32-year-old Tami Pitter of Rochester

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Rob Carr / Getty Images

Red Sox Headed To The White House

The Boston Red Sox will be celebrating their World Series championship with President Barack Obama next week.
 
    The White House announced Tuesday the president has invited the team for a ceremony on April 1

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Photo from Northeast Maritime Institute - Bridge Simulator

Northeast Maritime Institute Seeks Support For New Degree Program

The Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven hopes to offer a two-year Associates Degree program in Applied Nautical Science, but needs approval from the State Dept. Of Higher Education to do it. 

Institute President Eric Dawicki sees the two year program as a way to provide a solid employment opportunity for young people perhaps not cut out to attend a four-year college

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Popular Seafood Restaurant Closed By State

A popular Route Six seafood restaurant has closed at least for a few days, perhaps longer.

An official document posted on the front door of the Mattapoisett Chowder House says the restaurant has been seized for non-payment of taxes

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Photo from New Bedford Educators Association
Photo from New Bedford Educators Association

Educators Union And School Nurses Help Needy Students

 

The New Bedford Educators Association and school nurses teamed up again this year to come to the aid of needy students in the school district. 

The union received an $1,800 grant from its parent organization, Mass. Tea

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Office of the Governor / Getty Images

Fourteen Confirmed Dead In Washington Mudslide

There are concerns that the number of deaths from a mudslide over the weekend in Washington state will climb far above the fourteen people who've been confirmed dead so far.
 
    A 1-square-mile mudslide on Saturday swept through part of a former fishing village about 55 miles north of Seattle. The li

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Sutter To Seek Re-Election In 2014

Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter says he's running for re-election in 2014.  He made the announcement Monday in Fall River. 

He says the campaign will not in anyway hamper his preparation for the Aaron Hernandez trial

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