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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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Photo from Fairhaven Police

Fairhaven Police Arrest Rochester Man For Stealing Handguns

Fairhaven Police have arrested a Rochester man and charged him with stealing eight handguns and ammunition from a Howland Street home.

Police say the break-in happened on September 12th.  Twenty-two year old David Norman was arrested on the 15th, but police say none of the weapons were found

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Students at Global Learning Public Charter Schools
Students at Global Learning Public Charter Schools

Global Learning Charter School Sees Major Jump In MCAS Scores

MCAS scores at the Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford improved the most ever in school history.

The state had placed the charter school on probation, and had given the administration through next year to improve academic achievement

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Photo from Fairhaven Police Dept.

Fairhaven Police Conduct Investigation On Lafayette St.

State Police bomb technicians responded to a home on Lafayette Street in Fairhaven, after police found suspicious items on the property.

Police were called to the scene on Friday after the man had made what police described as irrational statements to members of his family

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Goodell Outlines New Policies To Combat Domestic Violence

The NFL is taking new steps to help combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

In his first public comments since early last week, commissioner Roger Goodell outlined today the league's updated policies that will require all NFL team personnel and staff to undergo prevention training starting within 30 days

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

New Bedford Shows Modest Gains In MCAS

State Education officials say 88 percent of high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state's largest cities were in danger of failing

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Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

White House Boost Efforts Against Campus Rapes

The White House is launching a new campaign to combat rapes at colleges and universities. "It's On Us" aims to boost public awareness about campus sexual assaults.

In a White House event, President Obama called it a problem that matters to every person in the U

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New Bedford High School Marching Band performing recently in Dartmouth / Greg Desrosiers/TSM
New Bedford High School Marching Band performing recently in Dartmouth / Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Instruments Needed For Students In New Bedford

New Bedford Public Schools and the Symphony Music Shop on State Road in Dartmouth are teaming up to collect "gently used" instruments for school kids in New Bedford.

Bob Williamson with Symphony Music says his shop has been working with the school system off and on, for years

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Photo by Jim Phillips / Town Square Media
Photo by Jim Phillips / Town Square Media

Charges Dropped Against Michelle Hodgson

A special prosecutor has dropped charges against Michelle Hodgson, the daughter of Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, because of insufficient evidence.

According to the Clerk's Office at New Bedford District Court, the case was "nol processed" Thursday morning

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Mayor Jon Mitchell / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Defends School Committee Letter

Mayor Jon Mitchell says the operational and policy issues facing the New Bedford School Committee are not the business of the City Council.

The School Committee wrote the Council a letter this week, asking Councilors to respect the school board's boundaries

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Photo by NFL via Getty Images

Greg Hardy Takes Voluntary Leave Of Absence

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is taking a voluntary leave of absence from the team.

General Manager Dave Gettleman says Hardy has agreed to be placed on the exempt list as his domestic violence case plays out

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