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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.
Tony Stewart / Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Tony Stewart / Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Stewart Says Fatal Crash Was “100 Percent” Accident

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart says he knows in his heart that last month's crash that left fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. dead was 100 percent an accident.

Stewart added this morning that he wants to be available to Ward's family if they want to talk about the accident

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Time Capsule Found In Old State House

Boston is abuzz with the removal of a time capsule from the head of a copper lion statue at the city's Old State House.

The Bostonian Society says the capsule was placed there in 1901 by the city after a wealthy Armenian immigrant funded the construction of the statues

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Eric Holder Has Southeastern Mass. Connection

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation Thursday, made a stop at the UMass School of Law in Dartmouth early last year.

He was invited by law school Dean Mary Lu Bilek, who was impressed by the message the Attorney General delivered to her students

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Michael Silvia/Facebook

Front End Loader Hits Utility Pole And Hydrant

The operator of a front end loader lost control of the vehicle Thursday afternoon, striking a fire hydrant and utility pole in the vicinity of Route 140 and Kempton Street in New Bedford.

D-P-I Commissioner Ron Labelle says the front end loader's hydraulic hose apparently snapped, causing the operator to lose control

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TSM

Refurbished Basketball Courts Open At Buttonwood Park

If you play basketball, you probably have played a game or two at the courts at Buttonwood Park.

The three courts have been around for decades, and now have been refurbished, thanks to a fund-raising effort by The Friends of Buttonwood Park, expertise provided by the City of New Bedford, and several local companies who donated materials and labor

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WHO Predicts Expansion Of Ebola Cases

Over the next six weeks, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could sicken 20-thousand people.

Researchers with the World Health Organization and London's Imperial College say the virus could infect 20-thousand people by the beginning of November, unless intensive control measures are launched

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Photo by Pete Braley / TSM
Photo by Pete Braley / TSM

Markey Addresses Traffic Backups With State Officials

State Rep. Chris Markey says he's spoken with "Mass Highway" officials about the traffic backups caused last Friday by the work to replace the Faunce Corner Road bridge over Interstate 195.

Markey says major backups should end after crews rip out the median strip on Faunce Corner Road

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Photo from Fairhaven Police
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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