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State lawmakers introduced a bill requiring Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, in all middle and high schools. But the legislation never made it past a House committee.

Leaving that legislation on the table could have consequences.

Rhode Island researchers have received 500 thousand dollars in federal grant money to investigate a fungus that’s killing native bats. The mysterious illness has attacked bats across the country.

Over the last decade, biologists believe an illness known as white-nose syndrome has killed some six-million bats in North America. The fungus appears on the bat’s muzzle. It targets hibernating bats, causing serious infections on their wings, and bodies.

Providence lawyer Sally Dowling has been appointed to chair the Rhode Island Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Gina Raimondo, the governor announced today.

Dowling, a lawyer at the Adler, Pollock and Sheehan law firm, has a long resume of public service in Rhode Island and was a onetime policy director for former Republican Gov. Edward DiPrete.

Dowling replaces Louise Durfee, whose term has expired.

``Sally’s years of experience in the legal field will be a tremendous asset to the commission,’’ said Raimondo in a statement..

Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence is encouraging same-sex marriage opponents to engage in ``conscientious objection’’ to gay unions in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized such marriages in all 50 states.

``A county clerk in Hood, Texas isn’t going to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because, she said, she has rights too. ``I will not be issuing same sex marriage licenses due to my religious  convictions,’’ Katie Lang wrote. Lang said that the Constitution guarantees her freedom of religion too.

Rhode Island motorists will pay a penny more per gallon of gas, beginning tomorrow (July 1), under tax changes announced by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue.

The gas tax hike was due to an inflation indexing formula that the General Assembly approved in 2014.

Cigarette smokers will be paying an additional  25-cents per pack in Rhode Island taxes beginning August 1 under the budget for fiscal year 2016 approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Gina Raimondo.