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Nearly 800 Sign Up For Florida 'Python Challenge' Hunt
MIAMI (AP) -- Nearly 800 people have signed up to hunt Burmese pythons on public lands in Florida.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is holding a month-long "Python Challenge." Officials are offering cash prizes to whoever brings in the longest python and whoever bags the most pythons.
The hunt starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends at midnight Feb. 10.
The Burmese python is an invasive species that experts say is decimating native wildlife in the Florida Everglades. Florida currently prohibits possession or sale of the pythons for use as pets. Federal law bans the importing and selling the species.
For the first time, the public is joining licensed hunters in the search for the snakes. Officials hope the competition will help rid the Everglades of the invaders.
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Posted: Saturday, January 12 2013, 07:09 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Service members clean smashed Okla. veterans park
May 23, 2013 00:44 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- With Memorial Day just around the corner and an Oklahoma veterans park in shambles after a tornado, airmen from a local base moved in to spruce things up for the holiday.
Master Sgt. Kimberly Baldwin went to the Veterans Memorial Park where she and her husband Joseph do their daily runs and found the park littered with debris and statues knocked over. By Wednesday, she and other service members from Tinker Air Force Base were at work to clean it up.
Baldwin's sister Marla Moore said the aim is to have the park fixed up by Memorial Day, which is Monday.
Baldwin said the park feels like the "heart of Moore," which was hit Monday by a tornado packing winds over 200 mph. State emergency managers said 24 people died.
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