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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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People of Fairhaven and Acushnet photo

Electrical Fire Causes Extensive Damage At Country Whip In Acushnet

Fire caused extensive damage to The Country Whip Ice Cream Stand on Routre 105 in Acushnet Saturday afternoon.

In a Facebook post Saturday evening, the owners said the fire broke out in the building's attic, and was electrical in nature

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Volunteers box food for shipment to area food pantries / Jim Phillips / TSM
Volunteers box food for shipment to area food pantries / Jim Phillips / TSM

Local Residents And Letter Carriers Help Restock Food Pantries

Greater New Bedford residents donated almost 30,000 pounds of food Saturday during the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive.  By late Saturday, the food was on its way to local food pantries.

Major Gilbert Parkhurst oversees the food pantry at the Salvation Aarmy in New Bedford

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Roof Fire At Rodney Metals In South End

For the second time in ten days, New Bedford firefighters respond to Rodney Metals on East Rodney French Boulevard to douse a fire on the building's roof.

Crews responded about 1:45 Saturday afternoon

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UMD/gettyimage

UMass Dartmouth Police Say Rape Victim Changes Story

UMass Dartmouth Police say new statements made by the victim during the investigation of a reported rape on April 29th have now led police to question whether a crime was committed.

The incident was reported on May 5th

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New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Looking For Permanent Home

One of the people behind the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center says the facility will be more than a museum.

Executive Director Laura Orleans tells WBSM News, "the fishing industry is alive and while it faces its challenges, they are not ready to be relegated to a glass case

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Six New Bedford Schools Honored For Breakfast Program Increase

Six New Bedford schools have been honored for reaching 80% participation in the free School Breakfast Program.

The schools are the Hathaway, Hannigan, Kempton, Parker, Pacheco and Jirah Swift elementary schools

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a street shrine remembering Etan Patz / Getty Images
a street shrine remembering Etan Patz / Getty Images

Mistrial Declared In Missing Child Case

There's a mistrial in one of the most famous missing persons cases in America.

Etan Patz went missing in 1979 at the age of six in New York City and became the first kid to be featured on the side of a milk carton

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NYC Police Officer Laid To Rest

(Associated Press) - New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has promoted a young officer after he was fatally shot on the job.

Bratton posthumously promoted Officer Brian Moore to detective first grade during his funeral on Long Island on Friday

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AG Loretta Lynch / SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Justice Department To Investigate Baltimore PD

There have been similar investigations in Ferguson, Missouri and in Cleveland. And now, the Baltimore police department will be investigated by the U.S. Justice Department, to determine if there are law enforcement practices that are unconstitutional and violate civil rights

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A-Rod Passes Mays On Home Run List

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez passed Willie Mays and moved into sole possession of fourth place on Major League Baseball's all-time home run list
during Thursday's game against the Orioles

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