Local Government

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. 

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. 


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.

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.

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.