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News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EDT

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials are once again working with the Arbor Day Foundation to give away 1,000 trees this spring to help homeowners conserve energy, reduce utility costs and beautify their neighborhoods. The state Department of Environmental Management says a single mature tree can save $30 annually in heating and cooling costs when planted properly. Online registration for the popular program opens Monday.

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - Divers are expected to examine a mysterious object with steel legs that has puzzled onlookers since it was found lodged underwater off a Rhode Island beach. East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says divers will go underwater to get a closer look at the metal object. Crews hope to pull it out around the end of next week. The circular object located about 10 feet (3 meters) off shore at low tide has puzzled beachgoers.

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) - Police in Rhode Island say a shooting has sent a 17-year-old boy to the hospital. Central Falls police say the teenager was found suffering from an apparent gunshot wound on Friday afternoon. He was hospitalized in unknown condition. No suspects have been taken into custody.

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island school district has done away with the controversial practice of serving cold cheese sandwiches to children whose parents fall behind on hot lunch payments. The Providence Journal reports the Cumberland School Committee has ended the district's controversial practice this month. Committee member Mark Fiorillo told the paper Friday it isn't fair to penalize children for their parents' decisions and will now notify parents by phone and email when their balance is overdue.

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