RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina high school students will be required to learn CPR and the Heimlich maneuver before earning their diplomas starting in 2015.
Gov. Beverly Perdue signed into law Thursday a bill that requires students to show proficiency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation training before graduation. She says it's a way to save lives.
CPR training has been required for graduation since 1997, but it has not been enforced. The governor's office says North Carolina is one of five states with the requirement.
Perdue also signed into law a bill that requires at least one automatic external defibrillator unit in every state building and that employees are trained to use them.