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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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Cosby Seeks Change Of Venue In Sexual Assault Case

Bill Cosby's legal team is asking for a change of venue in his sexual assault case.

Court documents filed Friday show the comedian's lawyer, Brian McMonagle, wants the case moved out of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania due to heavy media coverage...

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Gov. Baker Signs Bill Delaying Sales Of Recreational Pot

BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a bill aimed at delaying the opening of marijuana shops by six months.

An aide to the Republican said Baker shares the desire of state lawmakers to thoroughly prepare for launching a new industry aimed at distributing a controlled substance...

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Tourism Up In New Bedford In 2016

It was a banner year for tourism in New Bedford in 2016. That's from Tourism Director Dagny Ashley.

Based on preliminary figures so far, she estimates tourism in 2016 rose 13% over the previous year, with most of the visitors coming from Massachusetts and other northeast states...

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Funeral Held For Police Officer Killed In Line Of Duty During Ambush Attack In Palm Springs, California
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Police Officer Deaths By Gun Violence Increase 50% in 2016

There's an alarming increase this year in the number of police officers fatally shot in the line of duty.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund's report says 64 officers were shot and killed this year -- a more than 50 percent increase over 2015...

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Southcoast Health Partners With United Way For Soup Drive

Southcoast Health is letting nothing go to waste as they partner with the United Way of Greater New Bedford.

All three hospitals in the system are now freezing their leftover non-dairy based soups for the United Way's Hunger Commission to be dispersed to local soup kitchens and shelters...

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Fairhaven Selectman Shocked To Learn Of Kmart Closing

Attention Kmart shoppers: the Fairhaven store, in business for more than 30 years, is closing its doors in mid-April.

Selectman Charlie Murphy confirmed the news Wednesday, saying he was shocked by the announcement...

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Lawmakers Vote To Delay Key Sections of Marijuana Law

BOSTON (AP) _ Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to delay some key provisions of the state's new recreational marijuana law.

The Legislature, without debate, approved a bill on Wednesday that pushes back by six months several upcoming deadlines in the voter-approved law...

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Pop Star George Michael Dead At 53

LONDON (AP) -- George Michael, the British pop superstar who reached early fame with WHAM! and went on to a solo career lined with controversies and chart-topping hits that blended soul and dance music with daring social and personal commentary, has died, his publicist said Sunday

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Pope Urges Focus On Plight Of Today’s Children

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged Christians to celebrate the birth of Jesus by thinking about the plight of today's children, bemoaning how some must escape bombs or flee in migrant boats and how others are prevented from being born at all

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