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Sponsors of the House and Senate "Safe Communities Act" bills, Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence and Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, testified at the start of Friday's Public Safety Committee hearing. Sam Doran/SHNS
Sponsors of the House and Senate "Safe Communities Act" bills, Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence and Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, testified at the start of Friday's Public Safety Committee hearing. Sam Doran/SHNS

Immigration Enforcement Bill Brings Large Crowd to State House

BOSTON — Eleven-year-old Bryan Rosa of Allston stepped into a pitched debate over immigration enforcement Friday, telling a lawmakers he fears for the future of his 3-year-old sister if they do not pass a bill limiting coordination between the federal and local authorities...

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House Judiciary Committee Meetings/Youtube
House Judiciary Committee Meetings/Youtube

Hodgson: ‘Shame on Elected Officials’ Ahead of House Vote

Wednesday morning, the Massachusetts House of Representatives will vote on two bills proposed by State Representative Antonio Cabral of New Bedford, aimed at blocking Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson's proposed programs...

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Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty Images
Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty Images

Board of Health Adopts New Regulations Banning Sale of Synthetic Drugs in New Bedford

After several years of grappling with the dangers of synthetic drugs in the city, the New Bedford Board of Health adopted new regulations Thursday to implement an outright ban on the sale of the substances effective immediately. 

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Council Plans to Crack Down on Dangerous Vehicle Maintenance in City Streets

Less than a month after a New Bedford man was crushed to death by his own car, the City Council is looking to increase enforcement of laws against repairing cars on city streets. 

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Getty Images

Panhandling Ordinance Back on the Table

The New Bedford City Council is once again looking to draft an ordinance regarding panhandling.

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Getty Images

Bill Would Limit Immigration Enforcement Cooperation in Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) _ Immigration activists are pressing state lawmakers to pass legislation that would limit how much local police departments can cooperate with requests by federal immigration officers to maintain custody of individuals suspected of being in the country illegally...

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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

City Council Revisits Panhandling Epidemic

New Bedford city councilors say panhandling remains a serious issue in the city, and are still working to come up with a viable solution to combat it.

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Photo by Jerry Redfern/LightRocket via Getty Images
Photo by Jerry Redfern/LightRocket via Getty Images

City Plans Crackdown On Illegal Peddling

The New Bedford City Council passed two motions during Thursday night's meeting addressing the long-standing issue of illegal peddlers on city streets. 

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New Hampshire Public Radio, flickr
New Hampshire Public Radio, flickr

Wareham, New Bedford Hosting Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Town of Wareham is one of a few local communities participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Area residents can bring their unwanted or old prescription drugs to collection sites throughout the Southcoast, and safeley dispose of them...

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