The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

State News

April 22, 2013

W.Va. news briefs


State Farm: 4,400 wind-hail damage claims in the state

CHARLESTON (AP) — State Farm says the most common homeowner insurance claims in West Virginia are from wind and hail damage.

The insurance company says there were nearly 4,400 such claims in W.Va. last year.

State Farm says the average cost of those claims was more than $6,500.

Nationally, the insurer says its policyholders incurred damage losses from wind and hail totaling more than $3.9 billion in 2012. Texas led the nation with more than 47,000 such claims, followed by Illinois, 41,000, and New York, 31,000.


Kanawha school board agrees to give library $1.9 million

 CHARLESTON (AP) — The Kanawha County school board is contributing more than $1.9 million to help support the Kanawha County Public Library through July 1.

The school board on Thursday also voted to pursue an excess levy in November on behalf of the library that would bring in taxpayers’ dollars to support library services past that date.

The Charleston Gazette reports library officials told the board the funding would be enough to keep the library’s branches open.

 but “it would be tight.”

The West Virginia Supreme Court in February freed the school board from allocating part of its annual budget to fund the library. The decision ended a decade-long legal battle against being forced to give millions each year to the library.


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