West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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Potential and current students at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology have gotten their first look at the school's new campus in Beckley.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports dozens of students walked around campus and toured classroom buildings and residence halls at an open house on Saturday.

WVU Tech
West Virginia University

A 120 year-old institution will soon be relocating in southern West Virginia after receiving the go-ahead from Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. 

Tomblin has signed a bill that allows the West Virginia University Institute of Technology to move from Montgomery in Fayette County to Beckley in Raleigh County, taking over the campus of the former Mountain State University. 

The Legislature Today
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At a public hearing in the House of Delegates, speakers unanimously favored a bill to allow alcohol sales on Sunday mornings, but the hearing might not fully represent the feelings of West Virginians according to a recent poll.

The chamber's Finance Committee will spend its third day discussing a bill that increases Division of Motor Vehicle Fees and some taxes to fund roads. The bill has already been approved in the Senate.

WVU Tech
West Virginia University

The West Virginia University Institute of Technology has been given the legislative go ahead to move its campus out of Montgomery to Beckley and the former campus of Mountain State University. Senators approved a bill Monday allowing for the relocation.

Senators voted 22 to 12 to allow WVU Tech to move from Montgomery in Fayette County where it’s been located for 120 years.

Senators cast their final votes on a bill to remove the permitting and safety training requirements to carry a concealed weapon in West Virginia. Members of the body also discuss a possible tobacco tax increase.

In the House, Delegates vote to allow West Virginia University Institute of Technology to transfer its headquarters out of Fayette County.

Two southern West Virginia Senators discuss the economic impact the decline in the state's coal industry is having not just on the overall state budget, but the county level budgets as well which have led to cuts in programs and services as well as school layoffs.

Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County and Sen. Ron Stollings of Boone County join us.

January 27, 1933: Folk Artist Connard Wolfe Born in Kanawha County

Jan 27, 2016
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Folk artist Connard Wolfe was born at Standard in Kanawha County on January 27, 1933. The self-taught sculptor started carving wood and stone after being discharged from the army about 1955. His first significant carvings were stones for a wall and two headstones. Other early works included a gigantic reclining nude carved from a boulder in the hills near his home and two life-sized sculptures in tree trunks: ‘‘Mountain Girl’’ and ‘‘Standing Christ.’’ Both tree sculptures were later destroyed.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the school won't abandon Montgomery after it moves the WVU Institute of Technology's programs to Beckley in 2017.

Gee told The Register-Herald that the university is looking at other options for Tech's facilities in Montgomery that are owned by WVU and the state.

West Virginia Morning
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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra visits a STEM camp for girls at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.  And host Beth Vorhees talks with Anne White, a professional tennis player from Charleston who caused quite a stir for what she wore at Wimbledon 30 years ago.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting…telling West Virginia’s story.