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Task Force: Opioid Abuse An Epidemic In Massachusetts

A task force created by Gov. Charlie Baker says drug addiction must be considered a medical disease and has outlined a series of steps to fight opioid abuse.

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Are There Still Potholes On Your New Bedford Street? Report Them Here

New Bedford City workers have been hard at work filling the potholes caused by a record-setting winter, and they'll likely be doing that for much of this year.

Mayor Jon Mitchell says since the snow has stopped, City crews have filled nearly 7,000 potholes in City streets

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Dan McCready/TSM

Report Finds Gender Gap Contributes To Number Of Women In Poverty

Studies show that about half the households in New Bedford and Fall River are lead by single mothers and half of those single mothers are living in poverty.

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UPDATE: Panel Recommends Salary Hikes For Top Pols

An advisory board recommends increasing the Massachusetts governor's annual pay to $250,000 while also giving sizable raises to other statewide officials and top legislative leaders.
The Special Advisory Commission on Public Compensation says the governor's pay should increase from $151,800 to $185,000 plus a new, yearly $65,000 housing allowance

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Investigation Into Joan Rivers Death Shows A Number Of Mistakes

The New York Department of Health and Human Services has examined the office where Joan Rivers stopped breathing and a disturbing number of mistakes were found.

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Violent Crime Down, Drug Deaths Up In Massachusetts

A new report by state health officials is showing a drop in violent crime but continued problems with heroin deaths, rising childhood asthma and obesity.

The Massachusetts Health Council report, citing FBI crime reports, said that the state's murder rate fell by 34% and all violent crime fell by 4

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Google Cars Safer When Speeding

A report says Google's driverless cars are safer when they speed.

Google's driverless car is programmed to stay within the speed limit, but research shows that sticking to the speed limit when other cars are going much faster actually can be dangerous

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Shark Sighting Report Unconfirmed In Padanaram Harbor

Reports of a shark sighting in Padanaram Harbor this morning have not been confirmed, but the town harbormaster is keeping a close eye on the situation.

Dartmouth Harbormaster Steve Melo tells WBSM News he received a phone call from an official at the New Bedford Yacht Club whose instrucor had seen a dorsal fin at the entrance to Padanaram Harbor

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MH370 Report Released

A preliminary report on the disappearance Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 says air traffic controllers did not realize the plane was missing until 17 minutes after it disappeared from civilian radar and an official search and rescue operation wasn't launched until four hours later

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Fall River Man Arrested On OUI Was Carrying Heroin

A Fall River man faces numerous charges after being stopped by police in Fall River.

State Police responding to reports of an erratic driver headed eastbound on Rt 195 just before 10pm Wednesday night, pulled the car over in Fall River

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