News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - Actress Alfre Woodard has urged Tufts University graduates to "foster justice" in the world. The award-winning actor, producer and activist advised the more than 3,000 graduates in her Sunday commencement address that they should strive to "stand for the true principles of life, liberty, choice, and the pursuit of happiness" and "never let anybody who is telling the truth stand alone."
BOSTON (AP) - Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting earlier this month in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood. Boston police announced Sunday that members of the department's Youth Violence Strike Force had located and arrested 27-year-old Julio Soto, of Brockton, in the city's Dorchester neighborhood. Police say there was a warrant out for Soto's arrest in connection to the non-fatal shooting of a man on May 11. The department didn't identify the victim or provide details about the shooting.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner's small business loan program is expanding. Magaziner's "BankLOCAL" initiative now includes two new banks, BankNewport and Freedom National Bank, bringing the total number of participating banks and credit unions to 10. The program moves the state's money, which has historically been deposited in big national and international banks, to local credit unions and banks to incentivize them to make loans to small businesses in Rhode Island.
BOSTON (AP) - A prominent marine mammal scientist is speaking at the New England Aquarium to explain why saving the endangered North Atlantic right whale is important for the health of the ocean. Scott Kraus' lecture Tuesday is entitled "On the Brink: Saving Our Right Whale, Saving Our Ocean." Scientists think there are only a little more than 400 North Atlantic right whales left.
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