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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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White House Fence-Jumper Ruled Not Competent To Stand Trial

The man accused of jumping a White House fence and entering the executive mansion last month isn't competent to stand trial right now.

Results of a preliminary screening of Omar Gonzalez were revealed today in court and a federal judge said she plans to order a more thorough psychiatric evaluation of the suspect

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Dr. Pia Durkin Addressing School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM
Dr. Pia Durkin Addressing School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

Durkin Offers Plan For Accelerated Improvement In NB Schools

The Superintendent of Schools is laying out a plan for accelerated improvement in New Bedford schools.

Dr. Pia Durkin told the School Committee Monday night, the plan includes principals providing leadership by coaching teachers, and teachers focusing on core instruction and working together

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Jury Pool Could Number 1,000 in Marathon Bombing Case

One thousand people could get a summons to be a juror in the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

The judge announced during a pretrial hearing he expects a pool of one-thousand potential jurors will be asked to fill out a questionnaire and approximately 100 will be called in for further questioning to find a impartial jury

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Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

FBI Needs Your Help In Locating Cyber Criminals

For more than 60 years, the FBI has issued their "Ten Most Wanted" list of criminals.  But now, its the 21st century, and the heralded law enforcement organization is keeping up with the times.  The Bureau has recently released a list of its "Most Wanted" Cyber Criminals, and the names on that list come from all over the world!  Here's some examples:

  • Five members of China’s People’s Liberation Army indicted on charges of illegally penetrating the networks of six U.S. comp
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Photo by Chris Arsenault / TSM

Candidates Spar Over Paying For Southcoast Rail

Both Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley say they support the SouthCoast Rail Project, but they differ on how to pay for the estimated $2 billion project.

During a debate Friday at UMass Dartmouth, Democrat Coakley expressed her support for a plan approved by Gov

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

City Unveils Destination New Bedford App

New Bedford's Tourism and Marketing Department has launched its first app, designed to enhance the experience of visitors and locals alike, with a touch of their phone.

Tourism Director Dagney Ashley tells WBSM News, the app is a great way to engage visitors and educate them about New Bedford

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Obama Urges More “Chip” Technology In Credit Cards

President Obama is making moves aimed at making government credit and debit cards more secure.

Visiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in DC, Obama issued an executive order shifting magnetic strip cards to cards with more secure chip technology

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Photo by Federal Bureau of Investigation via Getty Images

Search For Accused Killer In Pennsylvania Is Costly

The price of hunting down accused Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein is a costly one.

Over one-million dollars is reportedly spent every week in an attempt to find Frein within the Pocono Mountains

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Providence Woman Charged By FBI

The FBI says a Providence woman faces charges after she allegedly tossed white powder into the reception area of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island on Wednesday, prompting a hazardous materials response from the Providence Fire Department.  

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