Legislation would mandate CPR training in high school

High school seniors in Rhode Island would be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators under legislation endorsed by state lawmakers.

The House passed the bill earlier this week. The Senate has already approved similar legislation, but the bills must win final approval before heading to Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

The proposal would add CPR and defibrillator training to graduation requirements. Students are already given brief training in CPR, but the bill would mandate hands-on training.

Thirty-six states require CPR training in high school.


Mud Pond Trail in Jefferson getting national designation

A handicapped-accessible trail in New Hampshire is among 28 trails nationwide to be designated as a national recreation trail.

The recognition for the Mud Pond Trail in Jefferson was announced Friday, the day before National Trails Day.

The trail is more than a half-mile long and includes 900 feet of raised boardwalk. It ends at an observation deck overlooking Mud Pond. The trail was built over the course of four years by volunteers and opened in 2011.

The wide trail meanders through a boreal forest and wetlands and switchbacks zig-zagging across steeper areas to make them more accessible.

The new trail will receive a certificate of dedication and a set of national trail markers.

The trail is part of the Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge.

Deadline passes for entries in lottery for moose permits

The deadline for the annual New Hampshire moose lottery has passed.

Applications had to be postmarked or received online by Friday. Winners will be chosen June 21.

Those who win a permit must pay to obtain a moose hunting license, at a cost of $150 for state residents and $500 for nonresidents.

Hunters from 18 different states won permits last year. More than 13,400 hunters applied last year, with 275 getting permits after being randomly chosen by computer in June. Moose season this year runs from Oct. 19-27.


Lieutenant governor to quit office officially on Sunday

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray says he has “mixed emotions” as he prepares to leave the job he has held for more than six years.

Murray announced last week he was resigning to lead the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

In his final scheduled public appearance as lieutenant governor, Murray joined Gov. Deval Patrick for a tour of a farm in Westfield on Friday. The administration used the event to announce $700,000 in grants for 11 agricultural projects.

But Murray did have one more official role to serve — that as acting governor while Patrick is in Chicago on Friday and Saturday.

Murray’s final official day as lieutenant governor is Sunday.


Inmate facing sex change warned for breaking rules

A federal judge has warned a Massachusetts prison inmate convicted of murder that she could lose her opportunity for a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation if she violates court confidentiality rules again.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Wolf said in a ruling Thursday that Michelle Kosilek used a friend to conduct an email conversation with an unidentified doctor who’s in willing to perform the surgery.

The Boston Globe reported that Wolf wrote that the contact violated the confidentiality rules he laid out when he ordered the department to prepare for the surgery that he approved. The state has appealed.

Wolf wrote that a second violation could jeopardize the surgery.

Kosilek was named Robert when convicted of his wife’s 1990 murder. She lives as a woman in a men’s prison.