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Kanawha school board agrees to give library $1.9M

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (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 (http://bit.ly/11nA40r ) that library officials told the board that the funding would be enough to keep all of 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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