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WBSM News Director Jim Phillips is a New Bedford native who's been covering local news in the region since 1973. Jim worked at WBSM for 11 years in the 1970's and 80's before joining "Local Cable News," Channel 13 in Fall River. He served as News Director there for 22 years, coverng crime, politics and human interest stories. When the program ended in 2006, Jim happily accepted an offer to rejoin WBSM. Jim and his family live in North Dartmouth.
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New Bedford Shows Modest Gains In MCAS

State Education officials say 88 percent of high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state's largest cities were in danger of failing

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New Bedford High School Marching Band performing recently in Dartmouth / Greg Desrosiers/TSM
New Bedford High School Marching Band performing recently in Dartmouth / Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Instruments Needed For Students In New Bedford

New Bedford Public Schools and the Symphony Music Shop on State Road in Dartmouth are teaming up to collect "gently used" instruments for school kids in New Bedford.

Bob Williamson with Symphony Music says his shop has been working with the school system off and on, for years

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WBSM console - Jim Phillips / TSM

Radiothons On Friday To Assist Southcoast Pediatric Programs

Its all hands on deck at radio stations WBSM and Fun 107. Both stations are staging radiothons at St. Lukes Hospital on Friday.

Show hosts from both stations will be on hand, helping to raise funds for the Southcoast Health system's Pediatric programs

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Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images

Brazil Opens 2014 World Cup With A Victory

The first match of the 2014 World Cup is in the books.  Host nation Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in a Group A match in Sau Paulo.  Three more matches are on tap for Friday, with Mexico taking on Cameroon, Spain playing The Netherlands and Chile going up against Greece

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

Paul Revere Sign Is Coming Down

The City of New Bedford is in the process of removing the Paul Revere sign from a billboard overlooking Interstate 195.

The sign's removal has been rumored to happen for over a year. City officials including Mayor Jon Mitchell have said the sign's infrastructure needed to be reinforced to ensure safe removal

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Photo by Michael Stuparyk/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummets In U.S.

Teen birth rates are at a historic low. The National Center for Health Statistics says the number of births to teens between 15 and 19-years-old last year was about 275-thousand.

That's the lowest number since the agency began tracking data from all states in 1933

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Antique cars highlight Dartmouth 350 Celebration / Jim Phillips / TSM
Antique cars highlight Dartmouth 350 Celebration / Jim Phillips / TSM

Residents Gather At Middle School To Celebrate Dartmouth 350

Dartmouth's 350 celebration this weekend centers on the villages of Smith Mills and Hixville. Activitities continue Sunday in and around the Dartmouth Middle School. Maryanne Bettencourt is a lifelong resident of Dartmouth, and wouldn't change a thing

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