Local Government

Government & Politics
12:47 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Developing Flood Protection Plans

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Hampton Roads has twice the relative sea-level rise of other Atlantic coastal communities, and Virginia is stepping up its efforts to address the associated recurrent flooding. While the General Assembly recently ordered updates to the state’s flood protection plan, the Army Corps of Engineers has rolled out a new, proactive strategic framework. It calls on local, state, regional, and federal governments to work together—due to the enormity of the tasks ahead. 

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The Bottom Line
5:19 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Buena Vista's Debt Dilemma Serves as a Lesson

A decision made a decade ago by the city of Buena Vista created a debt load that city leaders now call insurmountable. It's a situation that might well serve as an object lesson for other localities in Virginia. 

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In Debt and Out of Options
6:39 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Buena Vista: A City in Trouble

The City of Buena Vista has a loan payment due on January 15, a payment it does not intend to make. What will happen after that is unknown at present but one possible result is that local government officials and the police department will receive eviction notices. A look at a financial crisis in this Blue Ridge city of 7,000 residents that's been in the making for more than a decade. 


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Virginia Public Access Project
7:14 am
Mon November 17, 2014

VaNews: Biking in Snow, School Bus Driver Controversy

Bicycle commuters in Arlington will have an ally in their local government this winter when snow threatens to slow them down. And there's controversy in Portsmouth after the city denied bonuses for school bus drivers who worked extra on a day when many of their colleagues stayed home to protest low pay. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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Ethics in Government
4:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Governor-Appointed Panel Examines State and Local Ethics Laws

Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former Rep. Rick Boucher chair the commission meeting

A blue-ribbon panel created by Governor McAuliffe to probe state and local ethics laws and recommend reforms met for the first time Monday and got right to work.

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