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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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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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Vatican Upholds Bishop’s Decision To Close St. John The Baptist

It appears the fight by a group of parishoners to keep open the historic St. John the Baptist Church in New Bedford is nearing an end.

According to the Anchor, the newspaper of the Fall River Diocese, the Catholic Church's highest judicial body has upheld Bishop George Coleman's decision to close St

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Calls On Congress To Act On Immigration Reform

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell says the talk has gone on for long enough; its time for Congress to get moving on immigration reform.

Speaking on his weekly radio show Wednesday night, Mitchell said it was time to bring people out of the shadows and for Congress to act

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New Law Protects Mass. Domestic Workers

People who hire nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in Massachusetts must now adhere to established labor standards and other worker protections.

The bill signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick defines domestic workers as individuals who provide in-home services including housekeeping, laundering, cooking and even companionship

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Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Watching The World Cup — Thumbs Up

I haven't seen much of the World Cup tournament, just a game here and there.  But on Tuesday I did have the chance to watch the entire Belgium-USA contest and honestly, it was a joy.  Here's a recap of my experience:

00:44  USA Goalkeeper Tim Howard made the first of his 16 saves, the highest total for World Cup goalkeeper in 50 years

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Postal Service Rejects City’s Appeal To Keep Downtown Post Office Open

The U-S Postal Service is not backing away from its decision to close the Downtown Post Office on Pleasant St. in New Bedford.

Mayor Jon Mitchell had appealed the decision in May, claiming the Post Office was an historic building, named after retired federal Judge George Leighton, who is a New Bedford native, and was an important part of the daily life in the Downtown

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TSM - Stabbing investigation In Fairhaven

Son Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Parents

A Fairhaven husband and wife were stabbed Monday morning on Washington Street in Fairhaven. Their son is being charged with the crime.

A woman suffering stab wounds to her neck, ran into the School Department headquarters at 128 Washington Street around 9:15

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Andrews Sentenced To One Year In Jail, Loses License For 15 Years

A Fairhaven woman has been sentenced to two-and a half years in the House of Correction, one year to serve, after she was found guilty last month of motor vehicle homocide and other charges.

Renee Andrews was found guilty in the hit-and-run death of Katelyn Brienzo on Sconticut Neck Rd

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