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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.
Xander Bogaerts receives World Series ring / Michael Ivins / Getty Images
Xander Bogaerts receives World Series ring / Michael Ivins / Getty Images

Red Sox Get Rings Then Drop Home Opener To Brewers 6-2

Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the ninth inning off Edward Mujica, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Red Sox 6-2 Friday in Boston's first game at Fenway Park since winning the World Series last October

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Chair-Throwing Student Can No Longer Attend NBHS

A New Bedford High School student, already facing criminal charges for allegedly throwing a chair at a teacher's desk, can no longer return to the high school.

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin tells WBSM News, a due-process hearing was held on Friday

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Callender Found Guilty Of Second Degree Murder

A New Bedford man has been found guilty of killing a man in a fight outside a Fairhaven VFW post six years ago.

The Bristol County district attorney's office says jurors convicted 24-year-old Brandon Callender of second-degree murder on Friday for the fatal stabbing of 30-year-old Joshua Fitzgerald

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Gomes Wants Punishment For Others In Classroom

City Councilor Brian Gomes says the student involved in the chair throwing incident at New Bedford High School should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

And Gomes says other students who were in the classroom, laughing and cheering on the student, should be punished as well

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Jim Davis / Getty Images

Investigators Determine Cause Of Fatal Boston Fire

Officials say sparks from a welding operation next to a Boston brownstone caused the blaze that killed two firefighters last week.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans says officials are confident the fire was not intentional

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John Tlumacki / Getty Images

Application Deadline Pushed Back For Region C Casino

The state Gaming Commission now says it will push back the next deadline for casino applications in the Fall River-New Bedford area to at least late September.

At a meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Thursday, the Commission pushed back an application deadline in Southeastern Massachusetts from July 23rd to at least Sept

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TSM - Work has begun at Water and Union Street
TSM - Work has begun at Water and Union Street

Intersection Improvement Projects Underway In New Bedford

Its a busy time of the year for the Department of Public Infrastructure in New Bedford.

Commissioner Ron Labelle tells WBSM News, a number of intersection improvement projects are beginning, including one at the bottom of Union Street Downtown

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State Wants To End Smoking In Public Housing

The Patrick Administration is moving to stamp out smoking in public housing.

The Department of Housing and Community Development on Thursday issued guidelines to all 240 local housing authorities urging them to develop smoke-free housing policies within their state-aided public housing units

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Holder Urges Balanced Approach In Dealing With Heroin Crisis

Attorney General Eric Holder says the government needs to deal differently with the heroin epidemic than it did with the crack cocaine crisis decades ago.

Holder told a Senate committee Thursday that a ``balanced approach'' involving treatment, education and enforcement is needed to confront the country's heroin crisis and avoid mistakes made during the widespread use of crack

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Dina Rudick / Getty Images

Grossman Pushes Pre-K Education

State treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steven Grossman is urging business leaders to support a universal pre-kindergarten program for all of the state's children.

In a speech on Thursday to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Grossman called for creation of a public-private partnership that would provide the resources to place some 30,000 children into pre-K programs who are now on state waiting lists, including many from low-income families

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