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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.
Jim Phillips / TSM
Jim Phillips / TSM

Jury Says State Trooped Used Excessive Force In Traffic Case

A federal jury has found in a civil lawsuit that a Massachusetts State Police Trooper used excessive force and engaged in malicious prosecution against a Massachusetts woman even though he had probable cause to arrest her for traffic violations

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Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Rarely-Seen Whale Washes Up On Massachusetts Beach

Biologists with the New England Aquarium are investigating what may have caused a rarely-seen deep water whale to wash up on a Massachusetts beach.

The carcass of the 17-foot female, weighing almost a ton, was found Friday on Jones Beach in Plymouth

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Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Junior Seau’s Family Will Not Speak At Hall Of Fame Induction

Junior Seau's daughter will be commenting only on
a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame
on Aug. 8.

Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is
limiting Sydney Seau's comments to a video presentation about the
former linebacker who committed suicide in 2012

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Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett / Getty Images
Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett / Getty Images

Built-up Hydrogen Gas Cause Of Beach Explosion

A build-up of hydrogen gas in a forgotten power cable is the probable cause of a mysterious explosion that happened earlier this month at a Rhode Island beach.

Officials said the long abandoned cable had originally been laid by the U

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Mayor Mitchel (L) with Joseph Michaud, Chairman of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce / Jim Phillips TSM
Mayor Mitchel (L) with Joseph Michaud, Chairman of the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce / Jim Phillips TSM

Mayor And Business Leaders Optimistic About Future

Disappointed but not demoralized. That's how Mayor Jon Mitchell describes his feeling toward the decision by KG Urban Enterprises to withdraw its bid for a New Bedford casino development.

The Mayor was joined by a group of business leaders on Friday at City Hall to discuss what happens next

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Greg Desrosiers / TSM
Greg Desrosiers / TSM

Breaking News: Firefighters Battling Blaze At 45 Richmond Street.

BREAKING NEWS.  New Bedford Firefighters are battling a structure fire at 45 Richmond St. A dispatcher tells WBSM News, they received an initial report that a propane tank exploded in the back of the building, igniting the fire around 1:30pm

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Mayoral Candidate Giesta Accused Mayor Of Lapse In Leadership

Mayoral candidate Maria Giesta said KG Urban's proposed casino project for New Bedford was a golden opportunity to bring jobs and investment to the city.

But now that the developer's application for a casino license has been withdrawn, Giesta says Mayor Jon Mitchell could have done more to keep the project alive

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Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sen. Markey Joins Obama On Trip To Africa

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is joining President Barack Obama on his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Massachusetts Democrat said he's honored to join Obama and other members of Congress on the trip

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Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

Terror Suspect Indicted In Western Mass

(Associated Press) - A Boston police captain's son who authorities say plotted a terrorist attack in support of the Islamic State group has been indicted on weapons and assault charges in western Massachusetts

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Sendoff Friday For Samantha Johnson

There's a big sendoff planned Friday for singer Samantha Johnson of New Bedford.

Johnson is heading to New York City to perform on "America's Got Talent." During earlier performances she's earned rave reviews from the judges and studio audiences

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