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This story was originally published by The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom which covers guns in America, in partnership with The 19th, a nonprofit newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy.

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CONCORD — With hunting season underway, wildlife agencies in New Hampshire and Vermont have started testing for COVID-19 in white-tailed deer, as antibodies for the virus have been found in deer in other states, according to a government study.

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While new national data shows an increase in overdoses over the last year, partly due to fentanyl-laced drugs, New Hampshire harm reduction advocates say that substances cut with hard-to-detect tranquilizer xylazine present new dangers for drug users.

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Citing the state’s record levels of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, Gov. Chris Sununu announced new statewide at-home testing and vaccination programs Tuesday in addition to issuing an executive order allowing hospitals to set up large “surge” treatment rooms. The order also direct…

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SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. — Paris Kern has been a Feldenkrais practitioner since 1992, and she is now a nationally known teacher trainer as well. She has brought her workshops to Main Street Arts in Saxtons River. The most recent was Nov. 20, and the next will be Dec. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Concerns about surging COVID-19 hospitalizations have prompted Cheshire Medical Center in Keene to join the list of hospitals postponing some elective surgeries, pleading with patients to avoid the emergency room if possible, or begging people to get vaccines and boosters.

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Larry Gordon, who likely brought community singing to more Vermonters than anyone in our state’s history, died last week at the age of 76 as the result of a tragic bicycle accident. The accident — with no car involved — occurred Nov. 1, near his Marshfield home, and resulted in serious brain…

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LACONIA — As fatigue among nurses has become more commonplace due to anxiety, exhaustion, and COVID fears, nursing homes are struggling to hold on to staff at a time when the need for quality elder care has become particularly critical.

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WINDSOR, Vt. — A 59-year-old woman from Rockingham was killed and two more were injured Tuesday afternoon in a wrong-way crash with a suspected DUI driver on Interstate 91 in Windsor, police said.

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CHESTER, Vt. — The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Lauren Fierman announced at the Nov. 18 Green Mountain Unified School District Board meeting, that the schools will not run the snow sports program this year. Also, as budget talks are about to start in early December, the board …

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CHESTER, Vt. — The Chester Selectboard heard updates on several town projects, were given an update on a few upcoming additions to the budget, and listened to a presentation by Springfield Regional Development Corp on increasing workforce participation in the area during the Nov. 17 meeting.

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BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker is abandoning his administration’s ambitious plan to create a multi-state compact aimed at dramatically reducing transportation pollution after the deal failed to gain traction in other states.

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