SANDY IS COMING IN THE FORM OF SNOW IN THE WESTERN AND EXTREME SOUTHWEST PORTIONS OF VIRGINIA. KATE GUILLETT WITH THE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THAT IN THE ABINGDON AREA, THERE IS A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THAT MEANS ANYWHERE FROM 4 INCHES IN SOME OF THE LOWER ELEVATIONS TO 17 INCHES IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. IN THAT COVERAGE AREA, THE MOST SNOW WILL OCCUR IN GRAYSON, SMYTH AND TAZEWELL. WINDS WILL ALSO BE AN ISSUE.
A NEW REPORT BY THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE CONCLUDES THAT VIRGINIA HAS THE 9TH LARGEST IMMIGRANT POPULATION IN THE COUNTRY AND THAT A LARGER SHARE OF THE STATE’S FOREIGN BORN POPULATION HAVE COLLEGE OR GRADUATE LEVEL DEGREES THAN THE STATE’S NATIVE BORN POPULATION. REPORT SHOWS VIRGINIA IMMIGRANTS ARE WELL-EDUCATED AND MORE PROSPEROUS THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS NATIONALLY AND MORE LIKELY TO BE BUSINESS OWNERS THAN THEIR NATIVE-BORN COUNTERPARTS IN VIRGINIA.
Virginia regulators will soon license public adjusters to help deal with insurance companies. Officials say that insurance companies provide adjusters to evaluate and settle claims made by homeowners and businesses. But if you’ve had a large loss, you may be contacted or consider hiring a public adjuster. They represent policyholders in appraising and negotiating insurance claims and are paid for their services by the policyholder. As a result of a new law, public adjusters will be required to comply with standards of conduct and continuing education requirements. Their fees also must be fair and reasonable in relation to the work performed. Regulators also may suspend or revoke licenses under certain conditions.
Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking for a federal emergency declaration to help state and local governments and other agencies respond to and recover from the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. McDonnell on Monday made the request to President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The governor’s office says the federal public assistance program would make funding available to cover costs for emergency measures and debris removal. It is too early for the state to request federal disaster assistance for individuals.