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Attorney: Dispute over Patriots records resolved

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) - A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says a dispute over records the defense had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, though it's unclear whether the documents were turned over.

Hernandez attorney Michael Fee said Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court the matter has been resolved. A separate hearing before a different judge had been scheduled for the afternoon. The defense refused to comment outside court.

The Patriots had agreed to turn over 317 pages of personnel records but objected to producing scouting reports and a psychological assessment.

The Patriots' attorney referred questions to a team spokeswoman, who had no comment.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing Odin Lloyd, whose body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

A judge scheduled jury selection for Jan. 9.


Judge approves 1st settlement in 38 Studios case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A judge has approved the first settlement made in the lawsuit brought by the state's economic development agency over the $75 million state loan guarantee with 38 Studios, the failed video game company started by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein on Tuesday approved the $4.4 million settlement between the agency formerly known as the Economic Development Corp. and lawyer Antonio Afonso and his firm, Moses Afonso Ryan.

Moses Afonso worked on the sale of the bonds that financed the deal.

Silverstein also dismissed a lawsuit brought by the EDC's former deputy director, Michael Saul. He accused lawyers for the EDC of giving him bad legal advice that he relied on as the agency struck the deal with 38 Studios.


Block wants to reduce DMV wait times

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block says if he would reduce wait times at the Division of Motor Vehicles to 30 minutes or less in his first six months in office.

Block spoke outside the DMV's main office in Cranston Tuesday.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) made improving the DMV a top priority in 2011. At the time, the wait for a new license was more than four hours. Wait times now average 90 minutes.

A years-long project to update the computer system still is not complete.

Block says he'll examine the $15 million project to decide if it's viable, and try to get money back from the company working on it.

He says if the DMV can't get wait times down, he'll outsource some of the work to AAA or other groups.


Job training program has 90 percent success rate

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are touting the success of job training program for shipbuilders that has resulted in jobs for 90 percent of its graduates.

The New England Institute of Technology's eight-week shipbuilding, marine trades and advanced manufacturing program is funded in part by almost $3 million in state and federal grants. It is free to unemployed state residents who are over 18 and pass an initial screening process.

The Providence Journal reports that 60 students have so far completed the program. Many of them have been offered jobs by General Dynamics Electric Boat, which recently was awarded a $17.6 billion contract to build 10 Virginia-class attack submarines for the Navy.

School officials say the currently have enough money to continue the program through next fall.


Bicycle officer struck by van in Providence

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 p.m. Monday. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Police say the driver stopped, and was taken into custody.

It was not clear whether the driver would face charges.


Donation replaces bows stolen from state programs

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. He says he wants to get young people involved in hunting and fishing, and the state's program is a great way to do that.

The Department of Environmental Management says 12 bows were stolen in June. They found two, but never found the rest.

Officials suspect they may have been sold on Craigslist.

The department is asking anyone who may have inadvertently purchased a stolen bow to call them.


Job candidate with criminal past alleges age bias

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.

Hartley says he was told he was passed over because the department's pension fund receives more contributions and investment earnings from younger hires.

He also says the city has hired three firefighters with criminal records despite a policy that says those convicted of crimes are not eligible.


Rhode Island ranks in middle on kids' well-being

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.

The report ranks Massachusetts first in the nation. Vermont is ranked second, New Hampshire fourth, Connecticut seventh and Maine 14th.

The report finds that Rhode Island was 14th best in the nation for the number of children who did not have health insurance in 2012, and 13th best for the percentage of fourth-graders not proficient in reading.

But it is ranked 31st for the percentage of children living in families where no parent had a full-time job.

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