UNC budget increase likely to bring tuition hike
UNC officials have unanimously approved a $3 billion budget plan that includes a $168million spending increase.
The Board of Governors approved the plan Friday. It represents a 5.8percent increase from the previous year. All but about $50 million would go toward core needs, such as salaries, financial aid and public safety at the system's 16 universities, officials said.
The budget will be submitted to the state legislature next year.
The board decided not to raise tuition last year, but UNC system President Erskine Bowles said he expects campuses will ask for an increase now.
The opening of center city's first modern movie theater has been postponed.
The EpiCentre theater, scheduled to open Friday in time for the release of “Quantum of Solace,” is now slated to open Dec. 12, officials said.
Patrons of the upscale theater will be able to reserve VIP seats and loveseats online. They will also be able to eat during a movie and drink alcoholic beverages after 7 p.m.
Construction delays led to the revised timeline, said Afshin Ghazi of The Ghazi Co, which owns the site of the EpiCentre.
A woman having medical problems drove the wrong way on N.C. 74 before causing a head-on collision that killed one and sent two others to the hospital, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Franci Dunderdale caused three wrecks with her 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer after she left work about 6 p.m. Friday night, said Trooper B.T. Kirkpatrick. Two were in Monroe; the third and fatal one was just outside the city on N.C. 74, Kirkpatrick said.
After the Monroe wrecks, Kirkpatrick said, Dunderdale drove the wrong way for about a mile on N.C. 74 near U.S. 601 South before crashing into a car driven by Eleazor Lopez, 30. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers in the car – Daniel Cruz, 29, and Nicholas Ceron, 27 – were taken to Carolinas Medical Center and listed in fair condition Saturday night.
Kirkpatrick said he couldn't say what kind of medical problem Dunderdale was having, but that the 57-year-old had problems recounting what happened.
For the first time today, York County restaurants and bars that sell food also can serve alcohol.
Voters lifted the county's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales in a Nov. 4 referendum.
Many York County restaurants planned to celebrate at the stroke of midnight Saturday with parties and drink specials.
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A Little League volunteer has been charged with molesting a child at his home. Aubrey Grimes, 81, was arrested on Wednesday night after a parent reported the assault, police said.
Grimes, known as “Pops” at the Little League fields, was frequently at games, league officials said.
“The suspect confessed that this could have gone on for as much as 10 years,” said Capt. Kevin Auten with the Rowan County Sheriff's Department.
Grimes was convicted of indecent liberties with a child in 1986. That was prior to sex offender registry laws, so he did not have to register as a sex offender.