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Cabell Democrats to meet for brunch

Aug. 26, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

The Democrat Women's Club of Cabell County will meet for brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Guyan Golf & Country Club.

The panel discussion will be on Marcellus Shale drilling. Also, Cabell County delegates to the Young Democrats National Academy, which includes students at Cabell Midland High and Huntington High, will report on their experiences representing West Virginia.

Cost is $16. To make a reservation by Aug. 28, contact Gay Workman at 304-762-2945; Phyllis Smith at 304-743-3689; Barbara Booth at 304-522-1471; Judy Russ at 304-521-5427; or Betty Stepp at stppbjs35@aol.com.

New members and guests always welcome. Annual membership fee is $10.

Ohioans see bump in 2012 average insurance rates

COLUMBUS -- Ohioans saw increases in their homeowners and auto insurance rates last year, though they're still getting a bargain.

Ohio's Department of Insurance recently released the 2012 average rates for homeowners and auto insurance.

The state's top 10 auto insurers raised rates by 4.1 percent last year.

The 10 biggest homeowners insurance groups boosted rates by 7.6 percent. In both areas, the largest insurers represent about 70 percent of Ohio's market.

The most recent figures from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners show Ohio's average homeowners premium was $624, compared to the national average of $906. Drivers on average paid $619, compared to $791 nationally.

State officials say changes in auto insurance rates are associated with weather-related claims and repair costs. Poor weather and material costs also affected homeowner rates.

Federal grants to aide West Virginians with health care legislation

CHARLESTON -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller says more than $642,000 in federal funding is on its way to West Virginia to help residents learn about the Affordable Care Act.

The Democrat says $365,758 is headed to West Virginia Parent Training and Information to help people with limited literacy, disabilities and in rural areas. The remainder -- $276,617 -- is going to Advance Patient Advocacy to work with medical centers.

The Department of Health and Human Services funding is intended to help residents navigate new coverage options and enroll in health care plans under so-called health insurance marketplaces.

Rockefeller says the funding will give West Virginians the opportunity to sit down with experts to determine what best meets their needs.

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