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Layoffs are coming to Bayer CropScience in Institute. Almost eighteen months ago the company announced it would close several manufacturing units that would mean the company would be phasing out production of a chemical known as MIC. As that proces continues, about 250 layoffs will result. The first phase of the layoffs will start in early September and they'll continue through the end of 2012. The company sent notice about the layoffs this week to Kanawha County officials, who have been working to get attract other similar industries to Kanawha County to lessen the blow.
Anyone who receives food stamps and lost food when the electricity went out with the June 29th storms can apply for replacement food stamps. The deadline is July 30 after the Department of Health and Human Resources extended it this week. Just apply for the replacement benefits with the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program through local DHHR offices.
A boil water advisory is in effect until further notice for West Virginia American Water customers in Cross Lanes. Customers in the Lakeview Drive area of Cross Lanes are effected, including the Nitro Marketplace Shopping Center and the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort. It's a water main break that's causing the problems, and customers should boil water for at least one full minute before using it, until further notice.
The Nitro police department is hiring. They'll take applications for a probationary patrolman through July 20th with the testing date July 29th. You can pick up an application at the Nitro Police Department on 20th Street and Second Avenue between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Some charges have been dropped against Ethan Chic-Colbert, who faced murder and kidnapping charges, along with several counts of child neglect for the chain of events that led to the death of 11-year old Jahlil Clements. Chic-Colbert was allegedly battering Clements' mother on the side of I-77 March 4th when Clements ran into the road for help and was struck by a car. The judge yesterday threw out the murder and kidnapping charges because he said there was insufficient evidence from the state to support the charges. Chic-Colbert still faces several charges of child neglect resulting in death and child neglect creating substantial risk of injury.
The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department has made an arrest related to the robbery of a 7-11 store early Monday morning. Deputies were called to the Rand 7-11 store at 5425 Midland Driver after a young white male went to the night service window with a gun, and demanded cash and cigarettes. The clerk complied, and the suspect ran off. Now the Kanawha County Sheriff's office reports a 16-year old juvenile from Rand has been arrested, and taken to the Tiger Morton Juvenile Detention Center. The Sheriff's office says KBI Detectives continue to investigate the crime and more arrests could be
Reports are starting to pop up that wonder whether Appalachian Power will seek a rate increase from the Public Service Commission. Rates for customers have increased 50 percent in the last four years, but another hike is possible because of the recent storms, and the repair efforts being out of forecasted budgets. A spokesperson says the focus is on the recovery now, and they'll address the cost later.
With the beginning of school approaching many parents are working on getting the kids ready for back to school, and that can mean updating vaccinations. All states let kids skip immunizations for medical reasons, but West Virginia is one of just two states with strict limits on exemptions on religious grounds. A group of parents last month told West Virginia lawmakers they want a religious exemption in West Virginia.
Sunday's storm knocked out power to many in Kanawha County, and some had just had power restored after the June 29 storms. For a time, the number in Kanawha County without power had been reduced to about 7500, then the number spiked to 30,000 with Sunday's storms. As of 9pm last night, that number was back down to about 14,000. Most of the western part of Kanawha County was spared, but there were outages in the north and east and those may remain until sometime today.
Students who attend year-round schools are back in class now, relatively unaffected by the recent storms. Piedmont and West Side elementary are back in session today, and neither of the buildings suffered much storm damage. Students are just returning from a five-week break - their longest of the year. After a nine-week session they'll have three weeks off, then go to school for another nine weeks.