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New Bedford Police Lead the State in Taser and Stun Gun Use

A report by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security places New Bedford at the top of the list of Massachusetts communities when it comes to the number of times officers used tasers or stun guns in 2014

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Photo Courtesy of New Bedford Police

Wanted Man Leads Police on Car Chase Through New Bedford

A Dartmouth man wanted in two states leads police on a car chase through New Bedford Tuesday.

Late Tuesday morning, Officer Kurtis Gonsalves spotted a man driving near School and South Second Streets he recognized as having several outstanding warrants in New Bedford and New Hampshire

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New England Governors Urge FDA to Set Tougher Opioid Labels

BOSTON (AP) _ The governors of all six New England states have sent a letter urging the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tighten warnings on opioids.

The governors said the FDA should require changes on labels for immediate release opioids to make sure patients and doctors understand the risk of addiction, overdose, neonatal abstinence syndrome and death associated with the drugs.

The governor

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Photo Courtesy of New Bedford Police

New Bedford Man Arrested in Connection to Theft, Break-In

New Bedford Police say surveillance video from two separate incidents led to the arrest of a New Bedford man Monday morning.

Detective Captain Steve Vicente says a man was caught on camera Thursday stealing a leafblower and a weedwhacker from an Acushnet Avenue driveway, with the same man being recorded breaking into Sunshine Donuts on Belleville Avenue the next morning

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HAZMAT INCIDENT

Asbestos Contamination Displaces Over a Dozen Residents in New Bedford’s South End [VIDEO]

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HAZMAT response on Salisbury StreetHere's a video of New Bedford firefighters responding to a probable asbestos/lead response with HAZMAT suits on Salisbury Street this afternoon. It's reported that a young man was power washing a house when asbestos/lead w

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Mass. State Police/Twitter

McKeon Sworn In As Mass. State Police Leader

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) _ The Massachusetts State Police officially have a new leader.

Richard McKeon was sworn in Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker as colonel and superintendent of the state police. The ceremony wa

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State: First Person Infected This Year By West Nile Virus

BOSTON (AP) _ The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says a Middlesex County man is the first person to contract West Nile virus in Massachusetts this year.

The agency says the unidentified man in his 40s was diagnosed following testing that was completed Thursday.

The Departme

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Photo Courtesy of New Bedford Police

New Bedford Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Child

A New Bedford man is sentenced to up to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to the sexual assault of an underage girl.

The Bristol County District Attorney's office says 38-year-old Nathaniel Rodrigues pleaded guilty Monday in Fall River Superior Court to multiple charges including rape of a child with force and indecent assault and battery of a person under 14

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UMD/gettyimage

UMass Dartmouth Welcomes 40 New Faculty Members

UMass Dartmouth is welcoming new faculty members for the upcoming academic year. The University has recruited 40 new faculty members from across the country.

UMass Dartmouth spokesman John Hoey tells WBSM News in recent years the campus has been attractive to teachers of every caliber

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Photo courtesy of Regan Communications

Mitchell: Other Casinos Unlikely if Wampanoags Get Federal Approval

Just weeks after New Bedford loses out on a casino bid, a Taunton-based casino may soon get the green light from the federal government.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for years has tried to get land in trust approved for a tribal resort casino in Taunton

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