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Headline Roundup: New Sexual Violence Policy At UNC-Chapel Hill, Tony Stewart To Race Sunday, More

Administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill have implemented new policies for responding to sexual violence. Chancellor Carol Folt says the policy applies to all students and employees and addresses harassment, interpersonal violence, and stalking.

UNC-Chapel Hill says under the new system, sex assault cases will be resolved differently. There's also a new website detailing prohibited conduct, which includes stalking and gender-based harassment. 

Earlier this year, a report issued by the university system suggested dozens of ways to improve campus security.

Former Head Of Panama Canal Authority Visits Charleston
Alberto Aleman Zubieta is speaking about the canal expansion to MBA students at the College of Charleston. 

The $5.25 billion expansion project will allow the Panama Canal to handle newer, larger container ships. But problems with work stoppages and cost overruns have pushed the completion of the canal expansion back from this October to at least December 2015.  

More Holiday Weekend Travelers On The Road
AAA says an estimated 1.5 million Carolinians will travel this holiday weekend - mostly by car. That's an increase of 1.5 percent, which AAA says may be due in part to lower gas prices. The average cost of a gallon is down close to .25 cents since the Fourth of July.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says most construction projects will be suspended for the long weekend from 4:00 this afternoon through 9:00 on Tuesday morning. 

Raleigh Close To Deal On Land Around Dorothea Dix Mental Hospital
The mayor of Raleigh says the city is close to a deal to acquire land around the former Dorothea Dix Mental Hospital. Nancy McFarlane made the comments yesterday after a closed-door city council meeting.

The City of Raleigh wants to convert the 300 acre site into a regional park. Governor McCrory cancelled a lease deal reached in 2012 with then Governor Perdue because he and state lawmakers felt it wasn’t a good enough transaction. The state and city have been negotiating ever since.

McCrory wants to maintain state office space on part of the site. The two sides have also disagreed over who would foot environmental cleanup costs. 

Duke Energy Closing Ohio Coal Plant Early
Duke Energy is closing a coal plant in Ohio four months ahead of schedule. The utility says it will retire the last two coal units at the Beckjord plant on Monday. That plant was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River.

Duke says stronger federal emissions regulations are behind the decision.

Four oil-fired units will remain at the site.

The Coast Guard says cleanup is mostly complete of the estimated 9,000 gallons of oil that spilled into the Ohio River southeast of Cincinnati.  Duke has said the spill was caused by a valve that was left open.

Stewart To Race Sunday
Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since August 9, when he hit and killed Kevin Ward,  Jr. at a race in upstate New York.

Stewart returns ranked 26th in the Sprint Cup standings.