Beverly Whaling, mayor of Clay, West Virginia, resigns after expressing her support for another official’s racist Facebook post. The original poster, Pamela Ramsey Taylor, has been removed from her position.
State legislatures have prevented cities from banning fracking in the past. More than 30 mayors from 14 states have come together to insist that they the should have the power to decide whether fracking happens in their cities.
A new report from The Daily Beast cites e-mails between city lawyers and a representative of Laquan McDonald’s family that show that Rahm Emanuel knew what was on the grisly video and that the city tried to force the McDonald estate to keep it confidential as a condition of a $5 million settlement.