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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 - Rendering of KG Urban Enterprises proposed waterfront casino in New Bedford.
TSM - Rendering of KG Urban Enterprises proposed waterfront casino in New Bedford.

Mitchell Seeks Extension Of Deadline For Casino Applications

The City of New Bedford is asking the Mass. Gaming Commission to extend the deadline for casino developers to submit applications for a casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts. 

The current deadline is in July, but the City wants it moved  to September

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Hannah Peters / Getty Images

Ending Violence Against Women Goal Of White Ribbon Campaign

The White Ribbon Campaign is up and running again in Massachusetts.  The world-wide campaign calls on men to make a personal pledge to be "active bystanders" and do what they can to end violence against women

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Encouraging Decision For Mashpee Wampanoags

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is pointing to a recent legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Interior as a major boost for its bid to have land placed into trust for a resort casino in Taunton.
 
    The department said tribes are not required to have been federally recognized before 1934 to be eligible for a land-in-trust designation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs

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Simon Ridgway / Getty Images

New Studies Released On Math Anxiety And Homework

A new study of math anxiety says it might be genetic.  Ohio researchers examined individual math anxiety in more than 500 sets of twins from kindergarten on. 

The study found genetic factors accounted for nearly half the differences in anxiety levels

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Ian Walton / Getty Images

News Helicopter Crashes in Seattle

 

An investigation is underway in Seattle into a news helicopter crash that killed two people near the Space Needle. 

Kyle Moore with the Seattle Fire Department says the two bodies found inside the helicopter are still at the crash scene. 

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TSM - Sheriff Thomas Hodgson appearing on WBSM on Monday, March 17.
TSM - Sheriff Thomas Hodgson appearing on WBSM on Monday, March 17.

Sheriff Continues To Warn About Dangers Of Drugs

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says one of the most important things the Sheriff's office can do is to keep warning young people about the dangers of drugs. 

That's why he's continued "Operation Slam" at the House of Correction, where busloads of students visit the Dartmouth jail every week

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Local Man Wants To Revive Whaling City Festival

A New Bedford man is leading a petition drive to bring back the Whaling City Festival.

Organizers of the event announced last week there would be no Festival this year, after the City refused to allow the closing time to extend beyond 8pm.

Eric Li

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New Bedford Salutes The Irish And Friendly Sons

It's a great day for the Irish.

Members of the Friendly sons of St. Patrick joined the Mayor and other local politicians to raise the Irish flag Monday morning in front of City Hall.

This years ceremony included an acknowledment of the recent "twinning" of New Bedford and Youghal, Ireland

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William Galvin - Getty Images

Galvin Urges Utilities To Extend Shut-Off Date To April 15

 

Massachusetts Secretary William Galvin is urging public utilities to extend the financial hardship moratorium on shutting off gas and electricity until April 15.
 
    Under state law, utilities are barred from turning off service to residential customers between Nov. 15

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Tough Winter Equals Down Economy

The harsh New England winter is dragging down the regional economy as consumers spend more on heating their homes rather than on electronics, clothes or a dinner out.
 
    The National Energy Assistance Directors' Association says the average winter heating bill in New England is expected to climb nearly $300, to about $1,700, up from $1,400 last winter

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