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Situation Improves, But Water Ban Still in Effect

The numbers have improved, the the use ban is still in effect. Once acceptable readings are found the ban will be lifted by zones, and tests collected at 7 a.m. Sunday showed 0 parts per million. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says the results are encouraging. Hundreds of samples have been taken and sent to 10 labs in West Virignia and some have been flown to Ohio and Pennsylvania for readings. There's still no timetable when the ban will be lifted. Once the ban is lifted, West Virginia American Water will release an interactive map to allow customers to have a clear picture of their zone. Downtown Charleston will be the first zone to get the green light. Kanawha City will be the second zone followed by South Charleston. The first zone includes 25,000 West Virginia American customers. The zones were selected in this order to get four major hospitals back to full operation. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

Arrests Made After Weekend Shooting

Two men have been arrested in connection with a robbery that turned into a shooting Sunday morning. It happened in the 300 block of Ruffner Avenue on Charleston's east end. 27-year old Isaiah White and 25-year old Shawn Lane were arrested and charged with malicious wounding and 1st degree robbery. Police say the victim, James Stewart, allowed the men inside his home to buy drugs, when they pulled out a handgun and tried to steal the drugs. One of the suspects shot Stewart in the chest. He has since undergone surgery and is listed in serious condition. For more information, go to WSAZ.COM

PR Firm Drops Freedom Industries

PR representatives with Charles Ryan say they have decided to stop representing Freedom Industries after a chemical spill seeped into the Elk River. That led to the water ban impacting nine West Virginia counties. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper says a containment wall at Freedom Industries was in need of repairs totaling $1 million, and that failure let the chemicals seep through. Counties affected include Kanawha, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Jackson, Roane and a portion of Cabell. For more, go to www.wsaz.com.

DO NOT USE Water Alert Continues

WV American Water is concerned about the water in Kanawha County, and has issued a DO NOT USE WATER alert. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office confirms reports that a chemical leaked into the Elk River on Thursday, and the company believes the material is hazardous and may have entered the water system. The warning instructs customers to not use, ingest, drink, bath in, or boil water. The affected counties are Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Boone, Jackson, Lincoln, Roan, Clay and Logan. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency.

More Jobs Are Coming to Charleston

Ibex Global announced Thursday they are adding hundreds of jobs in Charleston. Company officials told WSAZ.com, they are adding 250 jobs immediately and offering a $500 signing bonus. All of the positions are at the company's facility in Charleston. They also have call centers in Elkins and Beckley but they are not adding jobs at those locations at this time. Ibex Global is having an open house on Monday from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. For more Charleston / Kanawha Valley news, go to WSAZ.COM

Arrest Made In Restaurant Break-In

More now on a story from earlier this week. South Charleston police had been investigating a breakin at the Schlotzskys deli on MacCorkle Avenue that happened Monday night, and two days later arrested a man and three teenagers. Robert Lee Jewett III was arraigned in Kanawha Magistrate Court after being accused of breaking into the Schlotzskys deli Monday night, along with the three teens. More court dates are pending.

Putnam County Students Will Make Up Snow Days

Students may love getting out of school when it snows, but it's not a free day, and that day off has to be made up somewhere. Students in Putnam County will have to go a few more days this summer because of snow days, and the last day for students will now be Friday, June 6. Students were originally scheduled to start their summer break on June 4. Also, January 15 is now an instructional day for students. It was originally a day off for students. The county will still observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a holiday on January 20. However, January 21 will now become a teacher preparation day and students will not report. The county also changed it's first day of the second semester to January 22. For more Charleston Kanawha Valley News go to www.wsaz.com.

More Details Released on Kanawha County Meth Bust

Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office S.T.O.P Team worked off of a tip this week as it investigated the distribution of methamphetamine in the area. Cpl. BD Humphreys tells us the S.T.O.P Team received information that subjects from Texas were traveling to the Kanawha County area and staying in local motels distributing Crystal Meth. The investigation led officers to the Budget Host Inn in Malden, and Steve E. Gonzales was arrested. After executing a search warrant deputies recovered enough crystal meth to have a street value of $25,000 and several hundred dollars in cash. Gonzales was charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail.

Wayne County Man Sentenced After 2012 Incident

A Wayne County man was sentenced to prison for illegally possessing a firearm. 47-year old Brian Clark of East Lynn, pleaded guilty last October to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and he was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Investigators say that on June 18, 2012, Clark illegally possessed a 9-millimeter pistol near Harts in Lincoln County and tried to rob the Logan Bank and Trust. He was not permitted to possess a weapon because of a 2004 armed robbery conviction. For more Charleston Kanawha Valley News, go to www.wsaz.com.

Gas Prices Hold Steady

The price of a gallon of gas is holding steady in West Virginia. AAA East Central says gas prices increased by a cent from last week, after a steady rise over the past few weeks. The state's per-gallon average is $3.40, up nearly a dime over the national average, but a couple pennies lower than the price at the pump one year ago. Across the state, prices range from a low of $3.27 a gallon in Huntington to a high of nearly $3.60 a gallon in Martinsburg. Gasbuddy.com reports the average in Charleston is about $3.31.

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