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Frozen Florida iguanas cold-stunned, but probably not dead

Published: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

Iguanas Are Probably Not Dead, But Cold-Stunned

South Florida has seen iguanas proliferate in the past few years with abnormally warm temperatures. 

This cold snap may be a rude awakening.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said iguanas can become immobilized or sluggish when temperatures hit 40 - 50 degrees.

On Thursday morning, it hit 38 degrees at Palm Beach International Airport and isn’t expected to climb out of the 50s during the day.

While you may see cold-stunned iguanas on the sidewalk or in your backyard, wildlife officials warn they may even fall out of the trees.

But it would take a longer run of cold days to do kill the invasive nuisance, which eat landscaping, dig burrows that undermine foundations and produce droppings that can carry salmonella bacteria.

That happened in January 2010 when South Florida experienced nearly two weeks where the temperatures reached into the 30- to 40-degree range.

Not only was a substantial portion of the iguana population killed, Burmese pythons also died.

“Many pythons were reported dead, floating in the Everglades,” a statement from FWC said. “Although the iguana or python population may have some mortality occur, the length of time of cold weather may not be enough during this cold snap to make a significant difference.”

Be forewarned that a cold-paralyzed iguana, or a knight anole as seen in the photo above, can become active again when temperatures begin to warm. That means it’s probably not a good idea to bring them inside.

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Special education teacher accused of dragging, choking, punching students

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:06 AM

Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students in Piedmont, Oklahoma.
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Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students in Piedmont, Oklahoma.(Canadian County Jail)

A former Oklahoma teacher is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students.

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KFOR reported last week that Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is accused of "choking, punching, pinching and squeezing two of her students on several occasions" while she was working as a special education teacher for Piedmont Public Schools. 

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According to an arrest affidavit, one parent said her son came home with bruises on his face and neck. A video also showed Morris dragging one student, the affidavit said.

Morris, who was arrested and charged with two counts of causing a child to be deprived, resigned in February, KFOR reported.

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2018 Billboard Music Awards: Ed Sheeran, Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift top winner list

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Khalid accepts the Top New Artist award onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Singers, songwriters and recording artists were awarded at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas. 

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Top Artist

Billboard Chart Achievement Award

Icon Award

Top Country Song

Top Selling Album

Top Rap Song

Top Social Artist

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

Top Female Artist

Top Hot 100 Song

Top New Artist

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Kelly Clarkson calls for ‘moment of action’ to honor victims of Texas school shooting at Billboard awards

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:23 PM

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20:  Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Host Kelly Clarkson speaks onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

In a moving and somber start to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson called attention to the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and another 13 wounded.

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Instead of a moment of silence, however, Clarkson, who said no one should be in fear to go to school called on the crowd, and viewers, to honor the victims with a moment of action. 

"Once again we're grieving for more kids that have died ... I'm so sick of moment of silences ... it's not working," an emotional Clarkson said. "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school."

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Police: 2 people shot, 1 dead near high school graduation in Georgia

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:21 AM

Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)
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Clayton County police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. (WSBTV.com)(gfx)

A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.

Update 3:58 p.m. EST:

Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending. 

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The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

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Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.

That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.

The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.

Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.

 

Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.

“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.

Investigators said a third woman, who is 36 weeks pregnant, was thrown to the ground in the chaos from the shooting, but is expected to be alright.

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