University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, shown in this file photo from March, warned Elizabeth City State University staff in September that ECSU administrators faced hard choices because of a $5 million budget shortfall. Not long afterward, the university announced it was laying off 46 employees.

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University of North Carolina President Tom Ross, shown in this file photo from March, warned Elizabeth City State University staff in September that ECSU administrators faced hard choices because of a $5 million budget shortfall. Not long afterward, the university announced it was laying off 46 employees.

Top 10 News stories: No. 4: Layoffs, furloughs send 600 home

By William F. West

The Daily Advance

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Editor’s note: Our countdown of the top local news stories of 2013 continues.

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