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Appalachian Power estimates electricity should be restored to almost all Appalachian Power customers by the end of Thursday. Most customers who still have no electricity are mostly in heavily damaged parts of the state or remote areas. There are still 2200 without power in Kanawha County, according to numbers from Appalachian Power last night at 9pm. Lincoln County has had power fully restored. A few hundred customers remain without power in Roane, Wayne, and Putnam Counties.
Charleston Town Center Mall is in the midst of extensive renovations now, with the total cost about $7 million. The front courts of the major department stores are being renovated, new carpet and tile floors are going in, and center court is being expanded. The mall will also have a new tech bar with multiple outlets for plugging in laptops and mobile devices. More of the plans were unveiled yesterday at a Charleston Urban Renewal Authority meeting. The work should be finished in time for the beginning of the holiday shopping season this fall.
If the power is out you can't get online or make phone calls, and two companies are giving customers who lost power with the recent storms a break. Frontier Communications and Suddenlink Communications have announced customers who lost phone, cable and Internet services with the storms won't have to pay for the time they went without those services. The West Virginia Public Service Commission said customers' bills would be prorated. Suddenlink had 55,000 in Boone, Kanawha and Putnam counties without service after the storm.
A man is dead after a shooting in Rand last night. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says the man died at the hospital, and the suspected shooter is still on the run. The shooting happened just before 1 a.m. in the 100 block of Emory Ave. in Rand.
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.