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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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Bus Crash in California Kills 10

The California Highway Patrol says it does not yet know what caused a FedEx tractor-trailer to veer across a grassy highway median and slam into a bus, killing 10 people.

Lt. Scott Fredrick said at a news conference Friday that investigators will try to determine whether the FedEx driver fell asleep, experienced mechanical failure or lost control because of a separate collision on the southbound side of the freeway

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Saul Loeb / Getty Images

President And First Lady Pay $98,000 In Income Taxes

The White House says President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama paid just over $98,000 in taxes on income of nearly half a million dollars last year.

The couple's 2013 income tax returns were posted on the White House website four days before the tax filing deadline

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Google Street view

Student Seriously Injured In Fight At Normandin

New Bedford Police have now released information about a fight involving two students at Normandin Middle School.

A teacher reported to police on Thursday she saw a 13 year old male student holding a 12 year old boy in a choke hold

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TSM-Scott Reiniche

Three Fires Keep NB Fire Crews Busy On Thursday

Thursday was a day for fires in New Bedford.  Firefighters spent several hours Thursday afternoon dousing a smokey blaze in a three-story tenament at 141 Peckham Street. District Chief David Cooper says the fire started on the third floor

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State Increases Death Benefit For Families Of Public Safety Officers

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill increasing the state's line-of-duty death benefit for the families of public safety officers.

The Massachusetts House and Senate quickly approved the bill after two Boston firefighters _ Firefighter Michael Kennedy and Lt

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Clergy Members Push For Minimum Wage Increase

A group representing clergy from around the state is urging lawmakers to agree on a bill that not only raises the minimum wage but also ties future increases in the wage to inflation.

Massachusetts Faith Voices met Thursday with representatives of House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray and delivered a letter signed by 344 religious leaders of several faiths

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CBS Selects Colbert To Replace Letterman

CBS is wasting no time filling the seat David Letterman is vacating behind the "Late Show" desk. The network has announced current Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert as Letterman's successor. The news comes just one week after Letterman announced his plans to retire next year

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