Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

You hear Beth Vorhees on the radio every morning and during the legislative session, you see her on TV every evening.

Beth is the producer and host of West Virginia Morning heard every weekday morning at 7:30 on West Virginia Public Radio.  You also hear her deliver the news throughout the morning on Morning Edition.

When the state legislature is in its 60 day regular session, Beth is the producer and host of The Legislature Today on West Virginia PBS.

Beth is the Director of News and Public Affairs at West Virginia Public Broadcasting, leading an 8 person news team with bureaus across the state. 

Beth received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 from the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association, just one of many awards she has received in her nearly 30 year broadcasting career at West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Beth lives in Charleston and has been married to Rick Vorhees for 31 years.  They have one daughter, Diana of Nashville, TN.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Wed October 29, 2014

An Old Name for a New Website in Wheeling

On West Virginia Morning, the Boy Scouts of America would like to rent out their massive facility of Fayette County, but they need a change in the state’s constitution to do it.  Ashton Marra will explain.  In Wheeling, some citizens are re-visiting the city’s history to take it into the future. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:11 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Aracoma Miners Honored at Mine Academy

On West Virginia Morning, in 2006 two miners died in a mine fire in Logan County.  Eight years later, a fire training facility is dedicated in their memory.  Also, noted food promoter the James Beard Foundation has honored five local food organizations in West Virginia.

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Elk River Chemical Spill
8:30 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Water Crisis Low Interest Loan Deadline is Wednesday

Credit U.S. Small Business Administration

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for West Virginia small businesses and nonprofit organizations affected by the January water crisis to apply for low-interest federal loans.
 
     The U.S. Small Business Administration says applications for the economic injury loans must be received by Wednesday. Working capital disaster loans of up to $2 million are available at 2.625 percent for private nonprofits and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.
 

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West Virginia Morning
8:24 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Rahall Discusses Third District Race; Meet Libertarian Candidate Davy Jones

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra talks with Democratic incumbent Nick Rahall about this race for re-election to the third congressional district seat.  And we begin a series of profiles of third party candidates who are running for federal offices.  We begin with Davy Jones, a Libertarian candidate from Martinsburg running for the seat in the 2nd Congressional District.

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West Virginia Morning
8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Lung Transplant Approved for Black Lung Victim

On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly checks in with a victim of black lung whose lung transplant was approved after his story aired on West Virginia Public Radio in June.  And Chris Smithers sings the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Higher Education
12:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

West Virginia University Expels Three Students for Riots

Credit Twitter

  Three West Virginia University students were expelled from campus Thursday for various acts of misconduct following Saturday's WVU-Baylor football game. 

Other students may also face University sanctions as various law enforcement agencies complete their investigations and reports and provide that information to the University. These cases are independent of any state or local criminal penalties and fines the students may face.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Is It OK to Use That Word?

There's a new film festival being held this weekend in Lewisburg.  It will feature two films making their West Virginia premieres.  "Skeleton Twins" starring former Saturday Night Live stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig and "To Be Takei," featuring George Takei who played Mr. Sulu in the original TV "Star Trek" series but is now known for his gay and civil rights activism.
But the title of this film festival contains a certain word. For an explanation into the use of that word, Beth Vorhees went right to the film festival's director Tim Ward.

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Government
2:18 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

House Health Chair: Committee Will Discuss Ebola Preparedness

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  The chairman of the House of Delegates Health and Human Resource committee says he will put discussion about the Ebola virus on the agenda when it meets next month. 

A letter signed by 11 Republican members of the committee asked Delegate Don Perdue to include the issue as a special agenda item during interim meetings in November.

The delegates recommend that the committee hear from Dr. Letitia Tierney, the Commissioner for the Bureau of Public Health and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department about the steps that are being taken in West Virginia to address this serious health concern.  Perdue said today he has been in touch with Secretary of Health and Human Resources Karen Bowling about Ebola.

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Arts
10:51 am
Wed October 22, 2014

VH1 Save the Music 2014 Fall Tour of West Virginia Schools

Credit VH1 Save the Music Foundation

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation will go on a tour of West Virginia schools that have received musical instruments from the Foundation for the 2014-2015 school year.

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Story of a Seed and a Songbird

On West Virginia Morning, operators of public water and sewer systems tell lawmakers that they are over-regulated.  They want the Public Service Commission to ease up.  And Glynis Board has an interesting story about wild ginseng and how a little bird could help the plant survive.

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News
10:30 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Rhode Island Senator to Visit W. Va. on Wednesday

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will visit West Virginia on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

As a part of their agreement to visit each other’s states, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will host Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in West Virginia on Wednesday, October 22 to demonstrate West Virginia’s ability to utilize diverse energy resources. Senator Manchin will emphasize the importance of investing in the technology needed to provide cleaner power while also ensuring reliable and affordable electricity throughout the United States.

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Morgantown Riots
7:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Gee: Culture of the University Must Change

Credit West Virginia University

  West Virginia University President Gordon Gee says the culture of the university must change following riots that erupted after the football team's win over Baylor.

Gee says in a letter to the WUV community that setting fires and other incidents following Saturday night's game are unacceptable.

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West Virginia Morning
7:55 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Why Should Voters Care About Campaign Finance Reporting?

On West Virginia Morning, lawmakers get some advice about how to make campaign finance reporting more transparent.  And we’ll profile Rocket Boy Homer Hickam. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:48 am
Mon October 20, 2014

First Woman to Walk in Space: Don't Be Afraid of Being Afraid

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Wheeling about the Women and Technology conference.  She’ll talk with the first woman to walk in space.  And Ashton Marra interviews Natalie Tennant, one of the candidates who could become the first women to represent West Virginia in the United States Senate.

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Ebola Virus
12:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Kanawha Health Officer: Response to Yeager Ebola Scare Was 'Coordinated' and 'Careful'

Credit @yeagerairport / Twitter

There were some tense moments at Yeager Airport last night.  A flight from Atlanta was delayed on the tarmac after someone on the flight overheard a conversation about Ebola in Texas.  Dr. Rahul Gupta, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department described the scene on West Virginia Public Radio this morning.

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West Virginia University
8:14 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Are W. Va. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?

On West Virginia Morning, the health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department joins Beth Vorhees to talk about hospital preparations to handle contagious diseases.  And part 2 of Roxy Todd’s report about a special heirloom cornmeal that one chef uses for his Italian polenta.  A report from the kitchen.

West Virginia Morning
8:21 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Jenkins, Rahall Debate; Monroe County Grist Mill

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports on last night’s debate between Democratic incumbent Congressman Nick Rahall and Republican challenger State Senator Evan Jenkins.  And we’ll visit Reed’s Mill which has been grinding corn meal since 1791.

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West Virginia Legislature
5:45 am
Wed October 15, 2014

House of Delegates Mourns the Loss of Oce Smith

Sergeant-At-Arms Emeritus Oce Smith
Credit Martin Valent / The West Virginia Legislature

Members of the House of Delegates are mourning the loss of the long time Sergeant-At-Arms who passed away early Tuesday.

Oce Smith was Sergeant-At-Arms Emeritus. He retired in 2012 after 45 years serving the house.

House Speaker Tim Miley today noted Smith's vast knowledge of the legislative process.   Delegate Mike Caputo called him a true Statehouse institution.

Oce Smith lived in Marion County.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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News
2:28 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

WVU Parkersburg Preparing for Petrochemical Jobs

Credit wikimedia / Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia University at Parkersburg is working to identify the major industries and staffing needs associated with the proposed ethane cracker plant in Wood County.  

In November 2013, the Brazil-based Odebrecht Organization announced a location near Parkersburg, W.Va. for an ethane cracker and associated polyethylene plants. Appalachian Shale Cracker Enterprise, or project ASCENT, will use ethane produced in West Virginia as a result of the development of the Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Small School in Paw Paw Finishes Big Science Project

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll take a trip to Paw Paw in Morgan County to visit a small school with a big science project.  And in Milton in Cabell County, a worker at Blenko Glass is worried that young people are not learning glass making skills.

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