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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 Bedford Beach Closures

The New Bedford Health Department  says East Beach located along East Rodney French Boulevard and West Beach located along West Rodney French Boulevard, as well as the beach inside Fort Taber Park are closed to swimming today

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Flooding on Route 18 in New Bedford
Flooding on Route 18 in New Bedford

Flooding Reported On Southcoast

Southeastern Massachusetts saw heavy rains on Friday for much of the day, causing flooding in localized areas.  Route 18 in New Bedford sustained the worst flooding, and for a time Friday afternoon, State Police blocked off ramps leading to the highway to prevent cars from getting stuck

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Photo by Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images

Pope Francis Okays Use of Exorcists

Pope Francis is formally approving the use of exorcism by the Catholic church.  The Vatican's newspaper reported that recognition has been given to the International Association of Exorcists.

Father Francesco Bamonte told "L'Osservatore Romano"  the Holy See's decision to recognize them is a joy

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New Bedford Fireworks Moved To Saturday

The threat of heavy rain from Hurricane Arthur has prompted New Bedford officials to move its Fourth of July Fireworks display over the harbor from Friday to Saturday night.  The show was scheduled to be held Friday night starting at 9pm

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Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Dow Climbs Over 17,000 For First Time In History

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is above the 17-thousand mark at the end of trading on Wall Street for the first time in history.

The Dow hit the milestone right after the opening bell today following the release of a strong June jobs report

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Photo by Jonathan Wiggs / the Boston Globe via Getty Images
Photo by Jonathan Wiggs / the Boston Globe via Getty Images

Hernandez’ Attorneys Claim Hodgson Violated Their Client’s Rights

Bristol County prosecutors say they do not oppose a request from former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez to move him to a jail closer to his Boston attorneys.

However, in their written transfer request, Hernandez's lawyers accused the administrator of the Bristol County House of Correction, Sheriff Thomas Hodgson of violating Hernandez's privacy and due process rights

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Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Boston Pops Show And Fireworks Moved Up

The Boston Pops annual July 4th concert and fireworks show attended by thousands is being moved up a day because of potential heavy rains ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur.

Organizers and public safety officials said Wednesday afternoon the celebration is being rescheduled to what appears to be the best of two potential bad weather days

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Homeland Security Grant Will Help Fire Departments

Three local fire departments are sharing a $387,000 Homeland Security grant. Fire departments in Fairhaven, Onset, and Chatham will use the money to purchase new equipment. The grant was announced Wednesday by Mass

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