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As of 9pm last night there were still 3800 without power in Kanawha County. Crews are working to fully restore it, and could have power back on today. Power has been fully restored in Boone, Lincoln, Putnam, Wayne, and Roane counties.
A recent traffic accident left the Winfield Bridge damaged, and crews are planning to shut that down at night over the next few weeks for repairs. The bridge will close every night this week through Thursday, from 6pm to 6am. The same thing will happen between July 23 and July 27, and again between July 30 and August 3. The state Division of Highways recommends an alternate route while the work is going on to avoid delays. Good news for Putnam County fair goers though...the bridge will not be closed the week of July 16 through 20.
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.