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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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New Parking Meters Coming To New Bedford

New parking meters are coming to the Downtown and North End Business Districts in New Bedford.

Mayor Jon Mitchell, speaking on his weekly radio program on WBSM, said the new meters will be installed over the next week

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Melinda and Bill Gates / Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Melinda and Bill Gates / Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

Gates Foundation Pledges $50 Million To Fight Ebola

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is stepping up the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Today the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it was pledging $50-million to help with emergency efforts in containing the deadly virus

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Two new fire engines parked outside City Hall./ Taylor Cormier / TSM
Two new fire engines parked outside City Hall./ Taylor Cormier / TSM

New Bedford Purchases Two New Fire Engines

New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes has been advocating for new fire engines since becoming Chief nearly four years ago. On Tuesday, he got his wish.

Mayor Jon Mitchell unveiled two new fire engines outside City Hall

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Nordeste Mayor Carlos Mendonca (L) with Dartmouth Selectboard Chair Michael Watson /  Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Nordeste Mayor Carlos Mendonca (L) with Dartmouth Selectboard Chair Michael Watson / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Another Sister City Agreement For Dartmouth

The town of Dartmouth has several "Sister City" agreements in place with communities in England and the Azores.

The Dartmouth Selectboard signed another one Monday night with the Azorean city of Nordeste

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Jim Phillips / TSM

Low Turnout Expected In Tuesday’s Primary Election

The state's top elections official says signs point to a low voter turnout for the Massachusetts primary election despite contested races for governor and other statewide offices.

Secretary of State William Galvin said Monday that he expected approximately 550,000 people to vote in Tuesday's Democratic primary and up to 170,000 to cast Republican ballots

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(Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Two Families Left Homeless In North End Fire

Two families were forced from their homes early Saturday in a three-story tenement at 195 Collette Street in New Bedford.

According to a Fire Department spokesman, there were no injuries reported

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Indictments Returned In Alex Silva Murder Case

Two New Bedford residents have been indicted in connection with the fatal stabbing of 22 year old Alex Silva of New Bedford last July.

Silva staggered into the South End Police Station on July 31st suffering from a stab wound

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Mayor Jon Mitchell and Martha Coakley Friday on Pier Three / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell and Martha Coakley Friday on Pier Three / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Endorses Martha Coakley For Governor

According to some polls, Martha Coakley is ahead by 30 points in the race for the Democratic Nomination for Governor.

On Friday she picked up more support --- an endorsement from New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell

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