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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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Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

New Law Provides Flood Insurance Relief

President Barack Obama has signed a new law that will give hundreds of thousands of homeowners living in flood-prone areas relief from big jumps in insurance costs.
 
    Lawmakers from both parties supported the measure in response to angry homeowners who faced sharp premium hikes after an overhaul of the government's flood insurance program two years ago

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TSM - Shawmut Diner in New Bedford, Ma.

Shawmut Diner to Close April 1st

A New Bedford landmark will be closing next month.  The Shawmut Diner at 943 Shawmut Avenue will be closing its doors on April 1st.  The announcement was made Friday by Owners Phil and Celeste Paleologos, who have operated the diner since 1981

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Photo by Darren McCollester / Getty Images

Sheriff Hodgson To Speak At Mass. GOP Convention

 Republican delegates from around the state, including the Southcoast are attending the Mass. G-O-P Convention in Boston. 

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson is scheduled to address the convention Saturday morning

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TSM - Carpenters protest in Dartmouth
TSM - Carpenters protest in Dartmouth

Carpenters To Continue Picketing In Dartmouth

A local carpenters union contnues to picket a construction site behind the Hawthorne Medical Associates complex in North Dartmouth.

The union is protesting what they say are subpar wages and benefits being paid by a sub-contractor on site, Commercial Drywall and Construction in New Bedford

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Photo from Fairhaven Fire Department
Photo from Fairhaven Fire Department

Local Contractor Injured In Fall At Construction Site

A local contractor was seriously injured Friday morning at a home under construction on Shaw Road in Fairhaven.

Witnesses said the 65 year old contractor fell thru floor joists being installed, onto a cement cellar floor

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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant
Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant

Patrick Shares Concerns With NRC About Pilgrim Nuclear Plant

 Gov. Deval Patrick has written the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, expressing concerns about the safety of the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth. 
 
    Patrick was fulfilling a promise he made earlier this month after meeting with the head of a group of Cape Cod residents hoping to close the plant

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TSM - New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge

Mitchell: New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Should Be Replaced

Mayor Jon Mitchell is calling for a new bridge connecting New Bedford and Fairhaven. 

During his State of the City speech Thursday at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School, the Mayor said the antiquated span breaks down too often, and repairs take too long

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Boston Globe / Getty Images

Obama Says Scott Brown Should Head To Texas

President Barack Obama says New Hampshire has a ``great senator'' in Democrat Jeanne Shaheen but he'd be ``happy'' if her possible challenger, former Massachusetts Republican Sen.  Scott Brown, wants to move to Texas because moderate Republicans are needed in other parts of the country

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Senator Elizabeth Warren
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Senator Elizabeth Warren Photo: Andrew Harrer / Getty Images

Senator Warren Again Challenging Scott Brown

 

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is throwing her fundraising muscle behind fellow Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen who's facing a possible challenge from former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown in New Hampshire.
 

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Leigh Vogel / Getty Images

Marathon Bombing Survivor Returns To Dancing

A professional dancer has taken the stage for the first time since losing part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year.
 
    Thirty-three-year-old Adrianne Haslet-Davis of Boston danced at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday

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