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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.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) / Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) / Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Legislation Will Reform Veterans Affairs Department

A bipartisan deal to start reforming the troubled Veterans Affairs Department is in the works in the Senate. A group of Democrats and Republicans has worked out legislation aimed at speeding up care for veterans

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Carl Cruz Speaks At Carney Acadamy / Jim Phillips / TSM
Carl Cruz Speaks At Carney Acadamy / Jim Phillips / TSM

Students Salute Sgt. William H. Carney

History came home Thursday during a program at the William H. Carney Memorial Acadamy in New Bedford.

Congressman William Keating and the Spirit of Liberty Foundation sponsored a program where students were told about the famed 54th Infantry Regiment, Sgt

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John Tlumacki / Getty Images

Foxwoods Says Its Still Working With Fall River

Foxwoods is dismissing speculation that it has shifted focus from Fall River to New Bedford as the possible home for a new, resort-style casino.

Dale Wolbrink, a Foxwoods spokeswoman, said the Connecticut-based casino operator has not determined that possible sites in Fall River are ``unsuitable,'' despite local media reports

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Elizabeth Warren. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
Elizabeth Warren. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Warren Pushes Changes In Student Loan Program

Senate Democrats are pushing legislation to let borrowers refinance their student loans at lower interest rates.  Leading the charge is Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In a Capitol news conference, Senator Warren called the student loan situation an emergency

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Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Philly’s Lewis Katz Remembered During Memorial Service

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says ``the world will never be as much fun'' as it was before the death of businessman Lewis Katz.

Rendell spoke Wednesday at a memorial for Lewis, a sports team owner-turned-philanthropist

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Jim Phillips / TSM
Jim Phillips / TSM

New Bedford Health Officials Take Action At Tisbury St. Property

The Health Director for the City of New Bedford says the City will take legal action against a Tisbury Street property owner, unless he shows a willingness to clean his property.

Dr. Barbara Weis says during her 18-months as Health Director, inspectors have worked continuously with Edward Medeiros to get his property ship-shape

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Folkloric dancers perform during 2013's kick off for Day of Portugal / Jim Phillips / TSM
Folkloric dancers perform during 2013's kick off for Day of Portugal / Jim Phillips / TSM

New Bedford Hosts A Celebration Of Portuguese Culture

The Day of Portugal celebration in New Bedford is this weekend. Festivities begin Thursday with a 6pm flag raising ceremony on the steps of City Hall.

The festival then moves to Acushnet Avenue on Friday through Sunday, between Sawyer and Deane Streets

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Getty Images

A Medical First For Southcoast Health Systems

Southcoast Health Systems has announced a medical-first in our area.  Southcoast says Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River has become the first hospital in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to successfully implant a mini I-C-D or tiny defibrilator

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Congressional Gold Medal.  Photo by Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call
Congressional Gold Medal. Photo by Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call

Last World War Two Code Talker Dies At 93

The last original World War Two Navajo Code Talker is dead.  Chester Nez died of kidney failure this morning in New Mexico at age 93.

Twenty-nine Navajo soldiers developed a code derived from their native language that the Japanese could never break

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Coakley Agrees To Limit Campaign Spending

Martha Coakley has agreed to limit her campaign spending so she can participate in the state's public campaign financing program.

Coakley, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, joins fellow Democratic candidates Joseph Avellone and Donald Berwick and Republican candidate for governor Mark Fisher

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