Local Government

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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Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned
7:40 am
Tue October 7, 2014

VA Same-Sex Couples Embrace State Marriage Recognition

Attorney General Mark Herring Plaintiffs Carol Schall and Mary Townley Celebrate the Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban is already having an impact.

The 4th Circuit issued its mandate early Monday afternoon, and same-sex couples began lining up at local courthouses to get married.

One of the couples who successfully sued to overturn the state Constitution’s marriage provision renewed the vows that they had first taken in another state. 

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The Xponauts Converge
4:56 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Cityworks (X)po: Big Ideas for Better Places

CityWorks (X)po starts this week in downtown Roanoke.  It’s an annual event, a summit actually, for people passionate about creating vibrant and dynamic communities.

CityWorks (X)po is dubbed as a place-making event—bringing together entrepreneurs, community organizers…really, anyone interested in boosting connectivity within and between localities.

This year's speakers include new media scholars, investors, authors, a chef, experts in recreation and transportation.

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Transportation
8:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

VP Biden in VA to Tout Transportation Spending

Today (Wednesday) Vice President Joe Biden is speaking in Norfolk, Virginia to highlight federal transportation spending. 

This year congressional gridlock brought the federal highway trust fund to the brink of running out of cash before lawmakers were able to cobble together a short term patch to keep it funded. That’s why the administration is fanning out across the U-S touting federal investments.

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