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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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Cumberland Farms Store Robbed

New Bedford Police are hunting for a man who robbed several cartons of cigarettes from the Cumberland Farms store in the South End, and attacked the clerk with a windshield scraper.

Det. Lt. John Chaves tells WBSM News, a man walked into the Brock Ave

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New Bedford High School
New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

Security At NBHS In The Spotlight

School Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is announcing plans to improve security at New Bedford High School.

Durkin says the city has received $6.5 million from the Mass. School Building Authority to address security and technology issues

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Police Nab Four In “Reverse” Prostitution Sting

Four men were arrested following a reverse prostitution sting by New Bedford Police.

Det. Capt. Steve Vicente says a female officer posed as a prostitute Thursday night on both Ashley Boulevard and Acushnet Avenue, between Tallman and Bullard Streets

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Congressional Committee Meets In Dallas About Ebola

 

A U.S. House hearing on the Ebola crisis is underway in Texas. Opening the hearing, Texas Republican Mike McCaul called Ebola a threat to the U.S. homeland. The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee said the crisis is unfolding at an alarming pace in West Africa.

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TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee

Supt. Durkin Issues Report On Keith Alarm

Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin had little new information to share Thursday night with the School Committee about the alarm failure earlier this year at Keith Middle School.

The school was the scene of a break-in two months ago, and two adults and 11 juveniles were charged with vandalizing the building

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Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Chester Encouraged By Visit To New Bedford

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says he's encouraged by what he saw Thursday in New Bedford's underperforming schools.

Chester visited both the Parker School and New Bedford High School

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

Dispute Over Pay For New Bedford VA Nurses Settled

The dispute over salaries for nurses at the New Bedford VA Medical Center has been resolved.

The VA said the nurses had been overpaid for years and had threatened to cut their pay by 14%-20%, and require them to repay the over-payments

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Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Fairhaven Woman Brings Fight Against Common Core To New Bedford

When state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester drove up to the Parker School in New Bedford Thursday morning, he was greeted by Michelle Furtado of Fairhaven, a staunch opponent of the Common Core education standards in Mass

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Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Twenty-Six Members Of Congress Want Travel Ban From West Africa

Over two dozen lawmakers on Capitol Hill want travelers from West Africa banned from the U.S. until the Ebola outbreak is under control.

Twenty-three House Republicans and three Democrats have sent a letter to President Obama that asks the State Department to impose a travel ban and restrict visas issued to people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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Former CT Congressman: Casinos Not a Good Bet

Former congressman turned author Bob Steele of Connecticut makes no bones about it: he's opposed to casino gambling and the impact it has on people and the communities where they're located.

Speaking with WBSM's Taylor Cormier, Steele said the nation's most successful casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, are now facing tough times

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