State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company said it intendsto lower overall auto insurance rates in West Virginia and Kansas,thanks to tort reform and improved claims records.

In West Virginia, the company said it is lowering overall ratesby 10.1 percent, effective July 8. The reduction represents anannual savings of $32.9 million to the state's customers insured bythe carrier.

The rate reduction is in response to recent passage of a seriesof tort reforms at the urging of West Virginia Governor Joe ManchinIII, said Matthew Greer, State Farm spokesperson for theMid-Atlantic Zone.

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