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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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Wilson Sporting Goods Completes Purchase Of Baseball Bat Company

Wilson Sporting Goods says it has completed its purchase of the Louisville Slugger brand for 70 million dollars.

Louisville Slugger baseball bats have been made by the family-owned Hillerich and Bradsby company for more than 130 years

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Aaron Hernandez To Be Called To Testify In Lawsuit

A lawyer for the family of a man slain by Aaron Hernandez plans to call the former New England Patriots star to the stand in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Speaking alongside Odin Lloyd's mother, lawyer Doug Sheff promised the case would take a different tone than Hernandez's criminal trial, which ended April 15 with his conviction and sentencing to life in prison for Lloyd's 2013 murder

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Twin River Is Proposing Casino In Tiverton

Twin River Management Group wants to close Newport Grand and build a full service casino on a 45 acre site alongside Route 24 and 81 in Tiverton near the Massachusetts Border.

The chairman of the Twin River board of directors, John Taylor said the project will allow Rhode Island to compete with future Southeastern Massachusetts casinos

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Patriots To Host Steelers In Season Opener

The 2015 NFL season will open with the Patriots and Steelers in Foxboro.

ESPN reports the Super Bowl champions will host Pittsburgh in the Thursday night season opener on September 10th.

Meanwhile, the Packers and Bears will square off on Thanksgiving night as Green Bay retires Brett Favre's number-four to the Lambeau Field facade

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(Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

David Ortiz Faces One-Game Suspension

Major League Baseball is suspending Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz one game for making contact with an umpire.  He's also been fined an undisclosed amount.

The incident took place Sunday against the Orioles when Ortiz argued a checked swing call by third base umpire Jerry Meals

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DEA Director Leonhart Stepping Down

The head of the embattled Drug Enforcement Administration has announced her retirement.

Word of the retirement of Michele Leonhart came late today in a statement from Attorney General Eric Holder

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Protesters outside Federal Court ? Getty Images

Death Penalty Opponents Protest Outside Federal Court

Death penalty opponents are renewing their calls for mercy as the federal trial of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters the penalty phase.

More than a dozen protesters held signs outside the courthouse Tuesday

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Hodgson: Hernandez Is a Master Manipulator

The sheriff who had former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez in custody for more than 18 months says he's a master manipulator and will probably do fine in prison now that he has been sentenced to life for murder

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NOAA Proposes Removal Of Most Humpback Whale Populations From Endangered Species List

NOAA Fisheries is proposing that ten of fourteen humpback whale populations around the world be removed from the Endangered Species list. That's because the number of humpback whales has increased dramatically since they were first listed in 1970

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Additional Arrests Made Related To Boston Marathon Bombing
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Penalty Phase Of Tsarnaev Trial Begins Tuesday

The guilt phase of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial was considered a slam dunk for prosecutors, especially after his lawyer admitted he participated in the deadly 2013 attack.

But the outcome of the second phase of the trial is more difficult to predict

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