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Fundamental changes to toll collection being considered by Parkways Authority
By Pete Davis in News | September 08, 2019 at 1:00PM BECKLEY, W.Va. —  With the West Virginia Turnpike’s toll plaza computer system due for replacement within a few years, the Parkways Authority Board is weighing its options regarding the future of revenue collection, in the context of a rapidly ...[read more]

Stuart says office looking into Beckley VA sexual assault allegations
By MetroNews Staff in News | September 06, 2019 at 8:00PM CHARLESTON, W.Va. — United States Attorney Mike Stuart has reacted to the allegations from a former patient at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Raleigh County towards a former member of the hospital’s medical staff...[read more]

Summer backups on Turnpike to be discussed during legislative interims
By Pete Davis in News | September 05, 2019 at 5:32PM BECKLEY, W.Va. — During the upcoming interim committee meetings of the West Virginia Legislature, members will examine the circumstances which caused recurring traffic backups at toll plazas on Interstate 77 over the summer, particularly during...[read more]

Former Delegate Gearheart announces bid for District 27 seat
BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Former state House member Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer, has launched a 2020 election campaign to rejoin the West Virginia Legislature as a delegate representing the 27th District, which includes most of Mercer County and a portion of Raleigh County. Gearheart, 57, filed pre-candid...[read more]

Sexual assault claims made against former Beckley VAMC doctor
By Pete Davis in News | September 02, 2019 at 2:47PM Update: According to the Beckley VAMC, the matter has been referred to the Office of the Inspector General for review. BECKLEY, W.Va. — A former patient at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Raleigh County has accused a f...[read more]

Fallen Officers Memorial dedicated in Beckley
By Pete Davis in News | August 29, 2019 at 4:43PM BECKLEY, W.Va. — A ceremony was held Thursday at the City of Beckley Police Department headquarters for the unveiling of a memorial honoring three department officers who died in the line of duty. The Beckley Fallen Officers Memorial includes a sc...[read more]

Raleigh County physician accused of raping teen, recording the incident
By Pete Davis in News | August 28, 2019 at 3:00PM BECKLEY, W.Va. — A medical professional accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment is being sued by a third person, who claims he raped her in 2016. According to the Register-Herald in Beckley, the lawsuit filed Monday accuses Dr. Zouhair Kab...[read more]

Body of Mercer County man recovered from Va. lake
By Pete Davis in News | August 27, 2019 at 1:30PM PULASKI COUNTY, Va. — A Princeton, West Virginia man was the victim of an apparent drowning Friday at a campground in Virginia, according to local authorities. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said the body of 39-year-old Kevin Roy was recovere...[read more]

Block party and music fest to be held Saturday in Beckley
By Pete Davis in News | August 23, 2019 at 3:06PM BECKLEY, W.Va. — In conjunction with the ongoing 2019 Appalachian Festival in Raleigh County, the City of Beckley will host several regional music group performances Saturday afternoon and evening. The Appalachian Festival Block Party, formerly kn...[read more]

VA facilities in Clarksburg, Beckley, Huntington receive fleet of new transport vans
By Pete Davis in News | August 21, 2019 at 2:45PM BECKLEY, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice joined Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance Dennis Davis on Wednesday to present a fleet of new vehicles for three U.S. Veterans Affairs medical facilities in the state. The non-profit ...[read more]