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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A police officer patrolling downtown Providence on a bicycle has been struck by a van, but was not seriously injured. WPRI-TV reports that the officer was hit shortly after 9 last night. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Police say the driver stopped, and was taken into custody.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Cranston man with a criminal record has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that age discrimination cost him a job at the Central Falls Fire Department. Richard Hartley Jr. says in the lawsuit that he was well qualified for the job of firefighter and emergency medical technician when he applied as a 44-year-old in February 2012. But the Providence Journal reports Hartley has a criminal record that includes 19 arrests dating back to 1986 and served time for crimes including robbery and racketeering.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials say a donor has stepped in to replace several archery bows stolen from the Department of Environmental Management's hunter education program last month. Robert Buonanno, an orthopedic surgeon from Johnston, donated $1,100 to replace the equipment. Buonanno is also an outdoorsman and runs Deer Creek Farm and lodge in Foster.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A national report of children's well-being finds Rhode Island ranks in the middle of all states, but last in New England. The Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Rhode Island 26th among states when taking into account measures such as health, education and economic well-being.

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