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• Riding a quad earlier this week, Josh Burton heard two quick shots from a duck hunter’s rifle and took cover. The 22-year-old wasn’t in danger, but when you’re fresh back from Afghanistan, that’s the way your mind works. “People have come back in the past and they’ll hear a car backfire and that’ll immediately send them into a spin,” he says.

• The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) wants the provincial government to cover the cost of medications that help people quit smoking as part of the NL prescription drug program. By making smoking cessation products part of the program, advocates say it will target lower-income people who typically have the highest rates of smoking.

• Dennis Byrne struggled for 10 hours to free himself from a fallen birch tree that left him pinned helplessly to the ground with not a soul in sight. The 73-year-old Stephenville native knew he was in trouble, but he kept his faith and believed his good friend Barry Lomond would eventually come to his rescue.

Luckily, he was right.

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Organizations: The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, NLMA, Breaking News

Geographic location: Afghanistan, Stephenville

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