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In southern West Virginia, The Movement Entertainment Group has hosted an awards ceremony for the past four years.  It’s part of the DubV Fest, a weekend music festival like Floyd Fest, Clifftop or Bonnaroo. Only it’s held indoors, usually at a nightclub, and features mostly hip-hop artists from out of state.

Bike Cop
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The Beckley Police Department is rolling out a new set of bike patrols in an effort to keep improving relations between the department and the community.

Beckley Police Chief Lonnie Christian tells the Register-Herald that it had been about 15 years since the department had bike patrols. He believes the bike patrols ended because people didn't see the benefits the patrols bring.

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.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill, 67-32, on Monday, Feb. 22, that would allow the West Virginia University Institute of Technology to move from its current location in Montgomery.

House Bill 4310 would change state code to allow WVU Tech to move its headquarters from Montgomery to Beckley, less than 50 miles away into neighboring Raleigh County. But this short move has caused a big debate about whether the town of Montgomery can sustain itself after losing the university.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge has refused to grant an emergency motion to stop West Virginia University from moving WVU Tech from Montgomery to Beckley.


The lawsuit claims the move violates a state law requiring WVU Tech's headquarters to remain in Montgomery.

WVU Tech in Montgomery, West Virginia
WVU Tech

A legal challenge has been filed to block West Virginia University from Moving WVU Tech from Montgomery to Beckley.

The lawsuit filed in Kanawha County also is pressing the university's governing board to fully implement the so-called WVU Tech Revitalization Project, according to media reports.

Update Thursday Jan. 7 at 11:47 a.m.:

A Beckley pain clinic doctor has pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing a controlled substance and submitting false health care claims.

Jose Gordinho entered the plea Thursday in federal court in Beckley.

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The West Virginia Mine Wars is a period of our state’s history that until around the 1980s was often censored or left out in classrooms across the state. But a new class through Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program will offer tools for history teachers in West Virginia and beyond.

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.

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Six West Virginia municipalities have been given a larger say in how they govern.

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board granted home rule status to Beckley, Grafton, Princeton, St. Albans, Moundsville and Oak Hill on Monday.

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What are the Heavy-Set Paw-Paws? What’s it like making music in Beckley, West Virginia? And what does “Appalachian Stank” mean as a music genre? I sat down with the alt-rock group’s frontman Tyler Evans to get to the bottom of these questions and more.

John Hale

Have you ever wanted to see inside West Virginia Public Broadcasting's studios? You're invited to "come on in" as we begin a series of Open House days on July 19 at our most southern location, Beckley. 

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Beckley officials are considering banning playing basketball on city streets following residents' complaints.

Residents have complained that players refuse to yield to traffic.

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 Federal prosecutors are opposing former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship's request to go home to Las Vegas for Memorial Day.

A prosecution motion filed Tuesday in Beckley federal court says Blankenship owns homes in several states. But there's little evidence of his ties to Las Vegas, other than his claiming residency there.

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Equipment problems are hampering Beckley's efforts to dig out from more than 2 feet of snow.

Mayor Bill O'Brien tells The Register-Herald that crews are working around the clock to clear the city's 535 streets. But five of the city's 11 snow plows are broken down.

O'Brien says the plows are good for normal snow but the recent heavy, wet snow has strained them.

He also says many Board of Public Works employees haven't been able to get to work, including a mechanic.

Air Evac Lifeteam has opened a fifth base in West Virginia.

The air ambulance service says the new base in Beckley expands its coverage in the state.

The Beckley base's Bell 206 L4 Long Ranger helicopter is equipped with autopilot and a glass cockpit. Air Evac Lifeteam president Seth Myers says in a news release that the service plans to outfit the rest of its fleet with autopilot and glass cockpits over the next two years.

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West Virginia University's board has scheduled a special meeting to discuss the possible purchase of Mountain State University's campus in Beckley.

The meeting is set for Dec. 5 in Morgantown. The possible purchase is the only item on the agenda.


Would you like to see the entire first episode of Masterpiece's Downton Abbey, Season 5 in a theater (and before all the spoilers start coming in?) Call your friends and make a date to join us for these special premiere events  in Beckley (December 7), Charleston (December 9), and Morgantown (December 14)!

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West Virginia University announced Thursday it is exploring the purchase of the former Mountain State University Beckley campus.The University announced a due diligence agreement in a press release. The agreement allows WVU to explore the facilities, location, and academic programs among many other areas at Mountain State to determine if it meets their academic and fiscal expectations.

Airport officials in Beckley have announced new nonstop flights to Charlotte, North Carolina.

Florida-based ViaAir will begin the flights out of Raleigh County Municipal Airport by early December. The airline plans two flights on weekdays and one flight on Saturday and Sunday. Its 30-passenger  turboprop planes will have two pilots and a flight attendant.

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Every October, author and West Virginia native, Homer Hickam, makes a trip home to West Virginia for the annual Rocket Boys festival in Beckley…but he also makes a point to stop in on his hometown of Coalwood in McDowell County during his visit. 

A group is working to create a transportation plan for Raleigh and Fayette Counties. The Metropolitan   Planning Organization, or MPO, is working to identify transportation investments needed to move the region forward.

The MPO office is federally and state funded but it’s made up of local governments, business leaders, and others. The group is responsible for long range transportation planning.

A new after school program in Beckley is bringing Science and Art together. The program is made possible by a grant from the Beckley Area Foundation with the help from the Benedum Foundation and West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

Dr. Aida Jimenez is the Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Charleston in Beckley and director of the after school program.

West Virginia Morning
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Beckley could become the third largest city in the state if plans to annex some communities go through. State roads are in poor condition and contractors who work on these roads worry about the federal funding shortfall.  And Adrian Wright began his barbeque business in Charleston on a street corner.  Now he owns his own restaurant.

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Beckley officials are looking to boost the city's population by annexing several residential areas.

Beckley director of information technology Bill Kelly is chairman of the city's annexation committee. He tells The Register-Herald that annexing these areas bordering the city could increase Beckley's population from about 17,000 to nearly 35,000.

Department of Defense

The U.S. Army is moving its recruiting center in Beckley to Virginia.
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command's relocation to Richmond, Virginia, is scheduled to be completed by the end of June.

Two Men Indicted for Museum Break-in

Apr 24, 2014

A Cabell County grand jury has indicted two Beckley men on charges stemming from a 2012 break-in at the Huntington Museum of Art.

25-year-old Remington Wright and 26-year-old Deon Staunton are each charged with destruction of property, attempt to commit grand larceny, conspiracy and entering a building other than a dwelling.

The men are accused of breaking into the museum on April 14, 2012, and attempting to take silver antiquities.

Police disrupted the break-in after an alarm company notified the museum's director.

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  State historians say a proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's historic district.

Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking.

Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Beckley Courthouse Historic District. But State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce tells The Register-Herald that demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed.

West Virginia Citizens Conservation Corps

The operator of West Virginia's Courtesy Patrol is seeking a two-month extension of its state contract.
The Courtesy Patrol is one of nine nonprofit entities overseen by the nonprofit Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia.
The Register-Herald reports that the Beckley-based nonprofit's contract through the Division of Highways expired in July 2013 and has received three-month extensions since then.

Righteous Remnant Bartizvah
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Righteous Remnant: Jewish Survival in Appalachia is the West Virginia PBS documentary produced by West Virginia University School of Journalism Professor Maryanne Reed. The half-hour film, produced in 1997, examines the history and modern-day concerns of the small Jewish community in Beckley, W.Va. Click play below to watch the entire film.