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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Last ditch efforts are being made to stop a nurses' strike at two Rhode Island hospitals. About 2,400 nurses and other health care workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital are scheduled to start a weeklong strike at 3 p.m. Monday. But the union and hospital management are scheduled to meet Monday morning with a federal mediator to try to avert a strike.

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Police say they have arrested two individuals in connection to a brawl at the Blow Hookah Lounge in Rhode Island. Several people have been hospitalized from injuries sustained in or around the Cranston bar around 1 a.m. Sunday. Three people suffered stab wounds that are not considered to be life threatening, and three other individuals were struck by a motor vehicle in a nearby funeral home parking lot. They have been released medical care. The driver of the vehicle was 32-year-old Michael Noth.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is offering a new online service to save truck drivers trips to the Division of Motor Vehicles. The state DMV says commercial driver's license holders can now submit their medical certifications online to comply with federal requirements. The General Assembly passed legislation this year to permit the certificates to be submitted electronically. The DMV says it's trying to save drivers time and streamline services using its new computer system.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Residents of a Providence neighborhood will soon be offered library services while they're at the local laundromat, flea market and bus station. The Providence Community Library and nonprofit Libraries Without Borders are partnering to engage with Olneyville residents on Saturdays, especially around sensitive issues like immigration and housing law. The pilot Legal Literacy Initiative started Saturday.

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