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AM Briefing: Beacon Hill Revs Up; BU Crash Charges; Teen Killed In New Bedford

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Happy Friday. Top local stories and what we're watching today:

-- The Massachusetts Senate passed its version of health care cost-containment legislation.

-- The Senate also passed the heavily lobbied "right-to-repair" auto bill. [State House News Service, via MassLive]

-- The House approved legislation that would allow grocery stores to stop individually pricing items. [SHNS, via Wicked Local Lakeville]

-- New Zealand police have charged the 20-year-old driver of the fatal van crash that killed three Boston University students and injured five others.

-- Amid an altercation, New Bedford police officers shot and killed a 15-year-old boy after the teen stabbed a cop.

-- The state's highest court has banned officials from increasing sanctions against drivers whose drunk-driving cases are dismissed. [Boston Globe]

-- The Boston City Council hosts a hearing this morning regarding NStar's two recent blackouts stemming from a Back Bay substation. [Universal Hub]

-- With the vacancy rate down to the lowest level in a decade, Boston's residential rents are soaring. [Boston Herald]

-- With an extended contract, Plymouth's Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant has allowed all workers to return. [Herald]

Sports:

-- The Red Sox, led by Cody Ross' hitting, topped the Rays, 5-3

-- Tonight in Philly, the Celtics will try to go up 3-1 in their series against the Sixers.

This program aired on May 18, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

Benjamin Swasey Twitter Digital Manager
Ben is WBUR's digital news manager.

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