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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 Law Protects Mass. Domestic Workers

People who hire nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in Massachusetts must now adhere to established labor standards and other worker protections.

The bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick defines domestic workers as individuals who provide in-home services including housekeeping, laundering, cooking and even companionship

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Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Watching The World Cup — Thumbs Up

I haven't seen much of the World Cup tournament, just a game here and there.  But on Tuesday I did have the chance to watch the entire Belgium-USA contest and honestly, it was a joy.  Here's a recap of my experience:

00:44  USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard made the first of his 16 saves, the highest total for World Cup goalkeeper in 50 years

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Postal Service Rejects City’s Appeal To Keep Downtown Post Office Open

The U-S Postal Service is not backing away from its decision to close the Downtown Post Office on Pleasant St. in New Bedford.

Mayor Jon Mitchell had appealed the decision in May, claiming the Post Office was an historic building, named after retired federal Judge George Leighton, who is a New Bedford native, and was an important part of the daily life in the Downtown

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TSM - Stabbing investigation In Fairhaven
TSM - Stabbing investigation In Fairhaven

Son Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Parents

A Fairhaven husband and wife were stabbed Monday morning on Washington Street in Fairhaven. Their son is being charged with the crime.

A woman suffering stab wounds to her neck, ran into the School Department headquarters at 128 Washington Street around 9:15

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TSM

Andrews Sentenced To One Year In Jail, Loses License For 15 Years

A Fairhaven woman has been sentenced to two-and a half years in the House of Correction, one year to serve, after she was found guilty last month of motor vehicle homocide and other charges.

Renee Andrews was found guilty in the hit-and-run death of Katelyn Brienzo on Sconticut Neck Rd

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Mike Napoli homers in the 9th. / Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images
Mike Napoli homers in the 9th. / Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Red Sox Edge Yankees 2-1 On Napoli Blast

Boston slugger Mike Napoli homered in the top of the ninth, and closer Koji Uehara retired the Yankees in order in the bottom of the inning, as the Red Sox defeated New York, 2-1 Saturday night at Yankee Stadium

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Photo - St. Lukes Hospital

New Maternity Unit Under Construction

A new maternity unit is now under construction at St. Lukes Hospital. The $13.5 million project is expected to be completed late next month.

Jeannine Fontaine, Director of Women's Health, says the new unit will be a whole new ballgame for expecting mothers and families

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Cape Cod RTA
Cape Cod RTA

CapeFlyer Station Opens In Wareham

A new rail station opened Friday in Wareham Village. State and local officials cut a ribbon on Thursday at the new CapeFlyer rail station off Main Street in Wareham.

State Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett tells WBSM News, the station will provide a comfortable spot for riders to wait for the train

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Update: Welfare Overhaul Bill Clears Senate

The Massachusetts Senate has approved a welfare overhaul bill.

The bill would revive a 1995 state program designed to help place welfare recipients in full-time work and require the Department of Transitional Assistance to assign specialists to help high-risk recipients

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