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Students to protest UNC system budget cuts

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A college students' group plans to protest against suggestions that proposed cuts for the state's public universities could include closing some University of North Carolina system campuses.

The NC Student Power Union says it expects a few dozen protesters Wednesday.

A top Republican budget writer in the state Senate said last week colleagues likely will consider whether it makes sense to cut some of the 17 UNC campuses. Sen. Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County says potential consolidation will get a hard look by lawmakers.

Gov. Pat McCrory last week proposed spending more than $140 million less in state funds for the UNC system next year. McCrory also recommends increasing out-of-state tuition by 12% at places like UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and four other campuses.

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