YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Friday was a sunny day in Hampton Roads, just like three out of every five days throughout the year. People who are converting to solar are leveraging that fact to save money and help the environment.

The science of solar appeals to homeowner Gwyn Williams, a scientist himself. He powers his 1850 farmhouse in Yorktown with 21st century technology.

“There’s $100 worth of energy that lands on that roof every month from the sun, so the question is, can you harvest it?” Williams said.

For him, the answer to that question was the co-op known as Solar United Neighbors. That’s where he learned about solar, finding an installer, and the new meaning for the term “purchasing power.”

“They can gather about 60 customers at once, so you get volume discounts on panels,” Williams said.

Williams used to pay $5,000 a year for heating oil

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(RTTNews) – After a positive start, Canadian stocks are up firmly a few minutes past noon on Wednesday, led by gains in healthcare, consumer discretionary, financial and energy sections.

Several stocks from industrial, information technology and materials sectors are also up with solid gains.

The benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index is up 144.95 points or 0.9% at 16,381.70 a little past noon.

The mood in U.S., Canadian and European markets turned positive after U.S. President Donald Trump indicated he would support individual stimulus measures after calling off negotiations over a broader relief package.

“The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!” Trump tweeted.

He later added, “If I am sent a Stand

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economic recovery continued to advance at a slow pace over the past week, with signs that businesses were still rehiring workers but also that a gusher of government assistance earlier in the year may have run its course.

FILE PHOTO: A Kentucky State Trooper explains to Margaret Wells, of Louisville, that the line outside a temporary unemployment office established by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet is closed, at the State Capitol Annex in Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S. June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

Shifts worked at a variety of industries increased, and the pace of weekly shift growth through September moved back to 1% after falling over the summer, according to data from time management firm UKG here. Shifts across industries were approaching 95% of the levels at the start of the year, before efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus prompted widespread business closures in the

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New York City could have 40 or more productions underway by year end, bringing it decisively back to pre-COVID-19 levels as an industry ramp-up that started in September gathers steam into the fall.

That’s great news for the entertainment business, a welcome shot to the local economy and a heartening boost of in-person bustle —  with strict protocols — in a city where block after block of offices towers sit empty, tourism is shot and unemployment soaring.

“The parking lot is full,” said Doug Steiner, the real estate developer and CEO of Steiner Studios. “Everyone’s back,” he said, referring to nine productions that include Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — in lengthy pre-production and eying a January 2021 start — and Showtime’s City On a Hill — also in preproduction and gearing up. Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost is shooting pickups for its current season.

Steiner said 1,500-2,000 people daily

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. economic recovery continued to advance at a slow pace over the past week, with signs that businesses were still rehiring workers but also that a gusher of government assistance earlier in the year may have run its course.

Shifts worked at a variety of industries increased, and the pace of weekly shift growth through September moved back to 1% after falling over the summer, according to data from time management firm UKG https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/update-us-workforce-activity. Shifts across industries were approaching 95% of the levels at the start of the year, before efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus prompted widespread business closures in the spring.

Employment in real time: https://graphics.reuters.com/USA-ECONOMY/REOPENING/gjnvwxamxpw/chart.png

Estimates of retail traffic based on cellphone data moved above their March 1 level, before a state of emergency was declared, according to information from Safegraph https://www.safegraph.com/dashboard/covid19-commerce-patterns.

Estimates of national retail foot traffic from Unacast https://www.unacast.com/covid19/covid-19-retail-impact-scoreboard

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AUSTIN — Texas collected 6.1% less in sales tax in September than a year earlier, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said Thursday.

Retail trade was a rare bright spot, he said.

The state’s oil and gas sector, though, continued to get hammered. So did all other major sectors except retail.

A pre-pandemic bolstering of sales-tax collections on e-commerce has helped offset what would otherwise be even bigger setbacks to the state’s revenue workhorse, Hegar said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and low price of crude oil continue to weigh on the Texas economy and sales tax revenue,” he said in a written statement.

In five of six months since the pandemic struck, the state’s sales tax haul is down from 2019. A 4.3% increase in July, based on Gov. Greg Abbott’s full reopening of the economy in June, was the only exception. Otherwise the trend has been down: By 9.3% in April, 13.2% in

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We’re all adapting to work from home, but teachers, in particular, have had to figure out unique ways of recreating that classroom experience in front of a camera. Here’s how they’re doing it.

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“They have WiFi issues, I have WiFi issues. There’s just a lot of challenges in the world right now,” says Emily Nix, a professor who teaches finance and business economics at USC. “It’s a conundrum, how do you reach students in the same way online as you do in face to face?”

Emily Nix, professor at USC

Professor Nix was frustrated over the loss of the most basic classroom tool, the blackboard, and wanted to find a way to re-create a similar experience on Zoom.

“I do a lot of board work and so I’m up at the board, writing things, talking

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Carvana (NYSE:CVNA) news for Tuesday concerning the company’s guidance for the third quarter of 2020 have CVNA stock on the rise.

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Carvana doesn’t provide specific financial guidance for its upcoming earnings report. However, the company does note that it expects to report record numbers for several financial measurements.

According to a Carvana news release, the company expects record results from revenue, retail units sold, total gross profit per unit, and EBITDA margin. Assing to this is its expectation for EBITDA to roughly break even.

Even if Carvana doesn’t provide exact numbers, we know what analysts are looking for. Wall Street’s estimates for CVNA’s third quarter of the year have it expecting adjusted losses per share of 54 cents on revenue of $1.48 billion.

Ernie Garcia, founder and CEO of Carvana, said this about

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Here are some of Rigzone’s top upstream stories during the last week, just in case you missed them…

Permian in for Prosperous and Bright Future

According to a new report from the Permian Strategic Partnership, the Permian Basin’s future is prosperous and bright. The report outlined that the region will remain an energy epicenter for decades to come but warned that investment was necessary.

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Big Bank Makes Bullish Oil Prediction

Oil prices will get back up to $60 per barrel before the end of next year, Citigroup Inc outlined. The move may not last long though, according to Citi.

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Oilfield Services Poised for Transformation

One of Rigzone’s regular market watchers predicts that lasting changes are likely on the horizon in the oilfield services and equipment industry.

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BP and Shell Call

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The bout of positive economic data is strongly suggesting that the world’s second-largest economy is steadily recovering from the coronavirus-led economic slowdown. The country’s August industrial output rose the maximum in eight months, while retail sales increased for the first time in 2020. The strong economic data sets have spread optimism among investors, with Asia equities gaining post the data release.

The country’s strong control on the coronavirus outbreak is expected to have supported the faster economic recovery. Moreover, massive government stimulus and support from the central bank have been strong contributors to China’s impressive economic recovery. In this regard, Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, has said that “strong external demand, a further recovery from the pandemic and pent-up demand from the floods all contributed to the robust activity data in August,” according to a Reuters article.

Economic Data in Detail

According to data from the National Statistics

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