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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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Refurbished Basketball Courts Open At Buttonwood Park

If you play basketball, you probably have played a game or two at the courts at Buttonwood Park.

The three courts have been around for decades, and now have been refurbished, thanks to a fund-raising effort by The Friends of Buttonwood Park, expertise provided by the City of New Bedford, and several local companies who donated materials and labor

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WHO Predicts Expansion Of Ebola Cases

Over the next six weeks, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could sicken 20-thousand people.

Researchers with the World Health Organization and London's Imperial College say the virus could infect 20-thousand people by the beginning of November, unless intensive control measures are launched

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Photo by Pete Braley / TSM
Photo by Pete Braley / TSM

Markey Addresses Traffic Backups With State Officials

State Rep. Chris Markey says he's spoken with "Mass Highway" officials about the traffic backups caused last Friday by the work to replace the Faunce Corner Road bridge over Interstate 195.

Markey says major backups should end after crews rip out the median strip on Faunce Corner Road

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Photo from Fairhaven Police
Photo from Fairhaven Police

Fairhaven Police Arrest Rochester Man For Stealing Handguns

Fairhaven Police have arrested a Rochester man and charged him with stealing eight handguns and ammunition from a Howland Street home.

Police say the break-in happened on September 12th.  Twenty-two year old David Norman was arrested on the 15th, but police say none of the weapons were found

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Students at Global Learning Public Charter Schools
Students at Global Learning Public Charter Schools

Global Learning Charter School Sees Major Jump In MCAS Scores

MCAS scores at the Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford improved the most ever in school history.

The state had placed the charter school on probation, and had given the administration through next year to improve academic achievement

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Photo from Fairhaven Police Dept.

Fairhaven Police Conduct Investigation On Lafayette St.

State Police bomb technicians responded to a home on Lafayette Street in Fairhaven, after police found suspicious items on the property.

Police were called to the scene on Friday after the man had made what police described as irrational statements to members of his family

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Goodell Outlines New Policies To Combat Domestic Violence

The NFL is taking new steps to help combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

In his first public comments since early last week, commissioner Roger Goodell outlined today the league's updated policies that will require all NFL team personnel and staff to undergo prevention training starting within 30 days

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

New Bedford Shows Modest Gains In MCAS

State Education officials say 88 percent of high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state's largest cities were in danger of failing

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

White House Boost Efforts Against Campus Rapes

The White House is launching a new campaign to combat rapes at colleges and universities. "It's On Us" aims to boost public awareness about campus sexual assaults.

In a White House event, President Obama called it a problem that matters to every person in the U

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