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Renewable energy group airs TV ads thanking lawmakers

UPDATED: A renewable energy organization is airing TV ads thanking 23 state lawmakers for blocking an effort this session to repeal renewable energy mandates.

The roughly campaign is paid for by the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, a renewable trade group promoting solar, wind and other "green" energy initiatives. No cost was available. It is running 140 TV spots that will air for two weeks in coordination with a three-week online ad campaign, according to Lowell Sachs, a spokesman.

Democrats cross aisle to vote for unemployment overhaul

Four Democrats crossed the aisle Tuesday to vote for the Republican-backed bill overhauling the state's unemployment system.

The bill, which is up for its final vote in the Senate today, passed 36-13 on Tuesday. Joining the Republicans were Democrats: Ben Clark of Cumberland County, Clark Jenkins of Bertie County, Gene McLaurin of Anson County and Michael Walters of Columbus County.

When the bill passed the House last week, it also received support from Democrats — three to be exact: William Brisson of Bladen County, Ken Goodman of Hoke County and Paul Tine of Beaufort County.

Last year, Brisson sided with Republicans on a few otherwise partisan issues, most notably overrides of the Perdue's vetoes of the Racial Justice Act and the legislature's budget.

So far, the unemployment bill has received unanimous support from Republicans.

State Senate candidate wrecks car on way to campaign event, rushed to hospital

Gene McIntyre, the GOP nominee for state Senate in a district northeast of Charlotte, crashed his car on the way to a campaign event Wednesday evening. The Salisbury Post reports the District 25 candidate was rushed to a hospital for surgery.

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