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Supt. Durkin explains goals to School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM
Supt. Durkin explains goals to School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

Durkin Sets Goals For 2014-15 School Year

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is setting her goals for the current school year.

Durkin outlined her agenda before the School Committee Monday night.

Durkin said her goal continues to be a 40% reduction in the number of students rated as "needing improvement" or "unsatisfactory" in the state's standardized test

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New Research Equipment Unveiled At UMass Dartmouth

A new piece of research equipment at UMass Dartmouth is the first of its kind in Southeastern Massachusetts.

A duel source single crystal x-ray diffractometer was unveiled Monday at the campus Research building

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New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/Facebook
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park/Facebook

Schooner Earnestina Headed Out-Of-State For Repairs

The Schooner Ernestina _ the official tall ship of Massachusetts _ is heading out of state for a multimillion dollar restoration project, which is not sitting well with some people on Cape Ann.

The 112-foot fishing schooner was launched in Essex in 1894

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William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

Low Oil Prices Good News For Upcoming Winter

It's been some time since oil prices have been as low as they are right now, which is good news for New Englanders who must consider their heating bill during the colder months.

Bruce Morell, director of People Acting in Community Endeavors, or PACE, says the organization's fuel assistance program may be able to help out more applicants this year

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MGM Pays $85 Million License Fee To Massachusetts

MGM has paid Massachusetts a required $85 million gambling licensing fee for its $800 million Springfield casino.

The state Gaming Commission announced that the Las Vegas-based company electronically submitted the payment for its 15-year license on Monday

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

NB Firefighters Busy Sunday Night

New Bedford firefighters quickly doused two fires Sunday night.

The first happened in an apartment house at 156 Chestnut Street.  Fire Chief Michael Gomes says the fire ignited in a kitchen and caused an estimated $35,000 damage

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Gas Prices Drop Again In Mass.

The cost of driving in Massachusetts is heading down.

AAA Southern New England reports Monday that the average price of self-serve, regular dropped another 3 cents in the past week to $2.93 per gallon

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New Bedford Police
New Bedford Police

Family Dollar Robbed At Gunpoint

New Bedford Police are investigating after an armed robbery at the Family Dollar at 139 Hathaway Road.

Detective Captain Steven Vicente says that two men, one with a handgun, entered the store at 10 p

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New Bedford Police
New Bedford Police

Bear Hug Robbery In New Bedford [VIDEO]

 

A man was put in a bear hug during a robbery Sunday afternoon.

Detective Captain Steven Vicente says the 66-year-old victim was walking in the area of County Street and Rivet Street around 12:45 p.m. w

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Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Regulators To Vote On 2015 Cod Fishing Rules

Federal fishery regulators might set rules for the badly declined Gulf of Maine cod fishery this week.

The New England Fishery Management Council is meeting Monday through Thursday in Newport, Rhode Island to set rules for the coming fishing season that begins in May

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