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Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Chester Encouraged By Visit To New Bedford

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says he's encouraged by what he saw Thursday in New Bedford's underperforming schools.

Chester visited both the Parker School and New Bedford High School

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Gov. Patrick: Massachusetts Prepared If Ebola Surfaces

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is trying to reassure residents about the threat of Ebola and says the state is taking steps to prepare for the unlikely discovery of an Ebola-infected patient here

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Alex Wong/Getty Images

Dispute Over Pay For New Bedford VA Nurses Settled

The dispute over salaries for nurses at the New Bedford VA Medical Center has been resolved.

The VA said the nurses had been overpaid for years and had threatened to cut their pay by 14%-20%, and require them to repay the over-payments

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Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Fairhaven Woman Brings Fight Against Common Core To New Bedford

When state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester drove up to the Parker School in New Bedford Thursday morning, he was greeted by Michelle Furtado of Fairhaven, a staunch opponent of the Common Core education standards in Mass

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Phil Paleologos at the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society, Inc.
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History Spoken At The Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society Museum

Rediscover a very important page of local history as I broadcast live from the beautiful location of the Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society's museum today on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images
Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Twenty-Six Members Of Congress Want Travel Ban From West Africa

Over two dozen lawmakers on Capitol Hill want travelers from West Africa banned from the U.S. until the Ebola outbreak is under control.

Twenty-three House Republicans and three Democrats have sent a letter to President Obama that asks the State Department to impose a travel ban and restrict visas issued to people from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

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John Hoey/UMass Dartmouth
John Hoey/UMass Dartmouth

Over 200 Local Students Help to Feed Hungry

Over 200 area high school students spent this afternoon packaging 10,000 meals for the hungry during an event at UMass Dartmouth.

It's part of the Leduc Center's Youth Civic Engagement Summit, which featured a workshop for students on using the power of speech to make change and food-packaging to raise awareness about hunger

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Credit: Acushnet Fire Department Facebook Page
Credit: Acushnet Fire Department Facebook Page

Prison Guard Pulls Three People From Burning Car

A prison guard who pulled three people from a burning car shortly before it became engulfed says he didn't have time to think of his own safety.

Rui Gouveia, of Fairhaven, was on his way to the state prison in Bridgewater, where he works as a correctional officer, on Tuesday night when a car passed him and crashed

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Credit: Thinkstock Photos
Credit: Thinkstock Photos

Mattapoisett Drinking Water Notice

 

The Town of Mattapoisett says coliform bacteria was detected in the town's drinking water.

A notice released by the Water Department says the coliform bacteria was found in four samples in a group of twenty samples that were taken in September.

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New Bedford Police
New Bedford Police

Attempted Robbery In New Bedford

A 25-year-old New Bedford man received a cut on his bicep during a robbery attempt Wednesday night.

Detective Captain Steven Vicente says the man was walking near County Street and Penniman Street around 11 p

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