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UC Merced Construction to Continue

University of California, Merced, officials say construction will continue on the campus there, despite a state Senate subcommittee vote yesterday to delay the opening for one year.

The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education voted to postpone the school´s opening from fall 2004 to fall 2005, saving the cash strapped state budget $4 million. The decision must be approved by the state Assembly and Governor Davis.

Still, university spokesman James Grant says construction will continue. He says the school is considering alternate plans in case the opening is delayed. If the delay does happen, Grant says faculty members could spend the extra year creating a curriculum.