MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials at college campuses around the
state are going back to the cutting board to determine how to deal
with the latest two percent increase in across-the-board budget
cuts for higher education.

Auburn University spokesman Mike Clardy says the new proration
means an additional $5.3 million has been taken out of the school's
appropriation from the state and Auburn is looking at "more
restrictive hiring" in the coming months.

A hiring freeze will continue at the University of South
Alabama, where officials had already halted most new equipment
purchases and stopped filling vacant positions.

Troy University officials say they hope to absorb the new two
percent cut with changes it made after the initial 9 percent
proration was announced in December.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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