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SOLDIER FROM MIAMI DIES IN AFGHANISTAN

MIAMI

A soldier from Miami has been killed in Afghanistan. According to the Defense Department, 26-year-old Sgt. Amaru Aguilar died Friday in Kandahar province. Officials said Sunday that Aguilar died of wounds suffered when his unit encountered small arms fire. Aguilar was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division.

GAINESVILLE

UF eases Haiti travel restrictions

The University of Florida is easing some restrictions on student and faculty trips to Haiti. University officials had limited undergraduate trips to Haiti after an earthquake and a subsequent cholera outbreak rattled the Caribbean country. Faculty members and graduate students could travel to Haiti with UF's approval. A new Haiti travel policy was announced Friday. International Center dean David Sammons said conditions had improved enough for faculty members, staff members and graduate students to go to Haiti without needing his approval.

TALLAHASSEE

Executive to join education board

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Ponte Vedra Beach business executive Gary R. Chartrand to the state Board of Education. Chartrand was named Monday to replace T. Willard Fair, who blasted Scott in his letter of resignation for forcing out Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith. The board is seeking to replace Smith, whose resignation is effective June 10. Chartrand is executive chairman and former chief executive of Acosta Sales and Marketing.

MELBOURNE BEACH

Cameras will catch behavior of turtles

Brevard County is installing hidden cameras along a stretch of beach at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge to try to learn more about sea turtles. Officials want to know what makes turtles abandon nests and whether guided turtle walks alter nesting behavior.

Associated Press

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