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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.
Glock 23-model, 40-caliber handgun / Photo illustration by George Frey/Getty Images)
Glock 23-model, 40-caliber handgun / Photo illustration by George Frey/Getty Images)

Westport Gun Store Owner Faces 13 Felony Counts

New Bedford Police Detectives tipped off Westport Police about the sale of illegal weapons from a gun store in their town.  The gun store owner was later charged.

Following a two-week investigation, Westport Police have charged 67 year old Richard Pacheco, the owner of Richie's Sporting Supply, with 13 felony counts of improper sale of a firearm

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Jim Phillips / TSM

Contents Of Mattapoisett Chowder House Sold At Auction

The contents of the Mattapoisett Chowder House on Route Six are being sold piece by piece.  The business is currently in receivership because of an $800,000 debt.

An auction Wednesday to sell the entire one-acre site did not bring a legitimate bid

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Photo by Dana Sinerate/Globe Staff
Photo by Dana Sinerate/Globe Staff

Man Arresting After Driving Through Security At Federal Courthouse

Witnesses say a man has driven through a security barrier and parked in a restricted area outside the courthouse where Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was being sentenced.

Witnesses say it happened at around 1 p

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Marathon Bombing victims enter Federal Courthouse in Boston / Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Marathon Bombing victims enter Federal Courthouse in Boston / Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Tsarnaev Apologizes To Victims, Then Is Sentenced To Death

(Associated Press) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev says that he's sorry for the irreparable harm he's caused and that he prays for the victims.

Tsarnaev addressed the court for the first time Wednesday at his sentencing hearing

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First Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Mass. Opens In Salem

The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts has opened nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved marijuana for medicinal use.

Alternative Therapies Group's dispensary in Salem began accepting patients by appointment only Wednesday

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Photo by Keith Bedford for The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Photo by Keith Bedford for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Plainridge Park Casino Officially Opens

(Associated Press) - The start of casino gambling in Massachusetts kicked off Wednesday as the state's first slots parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, officially opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers

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New Bedford Voters Give Overwhelming Support To Casino Plan

Voters in New Bedford approved a Host Community Agreement for a Waterfront Casino by an overwhelming margin on Tuesday.  The final vote was 8,355 in favor, and 3,040 opposed.

According to Election officials, the turnout in New Bedford Tuesday was just over 21%

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Update: Brady’s Appeal Hearing Ends After Ten Hours

Update:  Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension lasted more than 10 hours Tuesday, ending in the early evening.
The sight of Commissioner Roger Goodell leaving the league offices after he heard Brady and representatives from the players' union during the lengthy meeting, confirmed its conclusion

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Mass. Storm Weakens And Move Offshore

Much of southern New England remains under a tornado watch, but one storm that led to a series of tornado warnings in southeastern Massachusetts weakened and moved offshore.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued at mid-evening Tuesday for a new line of storms moving across western and north central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut with an approaching cold front

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