Top Headlines: State retailers to hold steady and grow during holiday, State unemployment rate drops in October

State retailers should hold steady, grow during holiday
Holiday sales should hold steady or grow a little over 2019, according to the Alabama Retail Association. Consumers spent more than 8% more through September than they did the last year, the group says.  – Associated Press

Canadian firm buys controlling interest in Alabama solar plant
Montreal-based Boralex Inc. has spent $216.5 million for controlling interest in seven solar plants in the U.S., including one in Chambers County. Boralex acquired controlling interest from Centaurus Renewable Energy LLC and other investors. – Cision

State unemployment rate drops in October
Alabama’s unemployment rate in October was 5.8%, down from 6.7% in September. That translates into 130,329 people unemployed in October, down from 153,338 in September. – Alabama Political Reporter

Rainbow City residents oppose animal feed facility in Gadsden
Some Rainbow City residents are opposing a proposed animal feed production plant on land owned by the Gadsden Airport Authority. Concerns include air pollution and odors that could come from the property. – ABC 33/40

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