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Garland fisherman on the hook for jail time after cheating in bass tournament

Robby Rose, family man, business owner and bass tournament competitor, admits he put a 1-pound lead weight down the gullet of a fish he caught in an event last October at Lake Ray Hubbard.

Robby Rose At stake that day was the tournament's top prize, a $55,000 boat.

But Rose says there's more to the story.

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Money's a lure for bass tournament cheaters

Garland bass tournament angler Robby Rose pleaded guilty to cheating in an October tournament, but he insisted that he stuffed a one-pound weight into a big bass in order to embarrass the tournament.

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TV show host charged with turkey violations

The host of an outdoors show has been charged with five misdemeanor wildlife offenses, which allegedly occurred as he was filming one of his programs in Jackson County.
Gary Finch, host of Gary Finch Outdoors, is charged with two counts of taking turkey within 100 yards of a feeding station, two counts of possession of being over the bag limit for wild turkey, and one charge of making a false statement in his application for a license or permit.

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A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The floating garbage - hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents - was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores islands.

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No pythons caught during Fla. hunting season

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An unseasonably cold winter in Florida may have taken care of what python hunters could not. Not a single python has been caught since the state started allowing hunters with special permits to track them on state-managed lands around the Everglades. The season started March 8 and ends Saturday.

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Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Researchers have concluded that a giant, golden-spotted monitor lizard discovered in the forested mountains of the Philippines six years ago is a new species, according to a study released Wednesday.

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