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
8:01 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Take Our Climate Change Survey

On West Virginia Morning, a special facility that cares for drug addicted newborns finally opens in Huntington.  It had taken years to get the proper permits.  And we’ll go to the state biscuit bakeoff held during the Autumn Harvest Festival in Pocahontas County. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:13 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The State of Working W. Va.; Attorney General Before Supreme Court

On West Virginia Morning, a report about a study that explores the health benefits of lower carbon emissions and we’ll learn more about a new report released yesterday about economic recovery in the state and the transition from coal to natural gas. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Fiona Ritchie & Doug Orr Explore Appalachia's Musical Lineage in 'Wayfaring Strangers'

'Thistle and Shamrock' host Fiona Ritchie and Warren Wilson president emeritus Doug Orr.
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On West Virginia Morning, Beth Vorhees has a special interview with Fiona Ritchie, the host of the popular NPR music program “The Thistle and Shamrock.”  Ritchie, along with co-author Doug Orr, has just published a book about the music migration from Scotland and Ireland to Appalachia.

Interview Highlights:

Fiona Ritchie:

"We needed to write this book.  It really is the outcome of decades of conversations between myself and my co-author Doug Orr which basically mirrored our own discoveries in the music."

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News
9:39 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Attorney General Warns of IRS Scam

Logo of Internal Revenue Service, USA.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is reminding citizens to be on guard against a phone scam in which a caller pretends to work for the Internal Revenue Service and threatens residents if they don’t pay a certain sum using a pre-paid debit card or money order.

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Political Website Looks Into Claims from Rahall and Jenkins

On West Virginia Morning, we’ll talk with the Managing Editor of the political website factcheck.org for the back story behind the black lung benefit accusations candidates Evan Jenkins and Nick Rahall are making.  And we visit Appalachian Heritage Day at Athens Elementary school in Mercer County. 

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Viewpoint
3:47 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Fact Checking the Rahall-Jenkins Race and Claims to End Black Lung Benefits

Lori Robertson of FactCheck.org breaks down smears on the issue of Black Lung benefits between Nick Rahall and Evan Jenkins in the 3rd Congressional District race.  

Political science majors from West Virginia Wesleyan College weigh in on politics in the state and their educational endeavors as they relate to the upcoming election.

Also, we profile Libertarian candidate John Buckley, who's vying for the U.S. Senate seat soon to be vacated by Sen. Jay Rockefeller. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:58 am
Fri September 26, 2014

The Important Game That Was Played 60 Years Ago

On West Virginia Morning, Sarah Lowther Hensley reports on a football game that was played in Marion County 60 years ago this week.  It was the first time an all black team played an all white team.  And Rosanne Cash performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:17 am
Thu September 25, 2014

167th Air Guard in Martinsburg Gets New Planes Today

On West Virginia Morning, The Air National Guard unit in Martinsburg will get new aircraft beginning today.  And Jessica Lilly has the second part of her series about Appalachian stereotyping.

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News
12:41 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day

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The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) ninth National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drug Take-Back Day is an opportunity for the public to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by disposing of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Participants must simply deliver the prescription medications to one of the more than 130 certified drop-off locations around the state, where local law enforcement officials will then anonymously collect the medications with no questions asked. 

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Electric Power
12:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Public Hearings to be Held in First Energy Rate Case

The Public Service Commission has scheduled six public comment hearings in the pending Mon Power and Potomac Edison Rate Case.  These power companies are a part of First Energy. First Energy has requested a $95.7 million or 9.3 percent increase of rates and charges for their West Virginia customers.

Those hearings will be held:

·       October 1, 2014, 1:00 pm, at the Days Inn Convention Center, Flatwoods

 

·       October 1, 2014, 6:00 pm, at the Days Inn Convention Center, Flatwoods

 

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West Virginia Morning
7:55 am
Wed September 24, 2014

As An Appalachian, Have You Been Stereotyped?

On West Virginia Morning, Jessica Lilly has the first in a two part series about Appalachian stereotyping.  And reporter Sarah Lowther Hensley has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She talks about the program with the new state director of CASA.

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West Virginia Morning
7:51 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Stories From Segregated Charleston: A Personal Perspective

On West Virginia Morning, Barbara Hicks Lacy remembers what it was like growing up in segregated Charleston.  And Glynis Board reports on the Division of Natural Resources' efforts to wipe out invasive species in the state.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Mon September 22, 2014

WVU Sports Economist Finds a Connection Between NFL Player Arrests and Their Compensations

On West Virginia Morning, State Auditor Glen Gainer discusses his candidacy for the First Congressional District.  And Clark Davis reports on a WVU study that looks at the connection between the arrest records of NFL players and their salaries.

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Tourism
1:43 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Calhoun County's Darkness May Be Worth A Lot of Money

Night time sky over West Virginia
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Amateur astronomers are seeking nice dark places where they can watch the nighttime sky.  They just might find it in Calhoun County.

Saturday night stargazers will set up their equipment in a park near Grantsville to see just how dark it is.

Tim Ezzell is a researcher at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  He’s leading a team of other UT researchers and officials in Calhoun County to determine if this area is dark enough to become an attractive tourist destination.

“We looked at maps and charts and sure enough Calhoun was about the darkest place left in the Eastern United States," Exell explained.  

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West Virginia Morning
8:18 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Rate of Child Poverty Increases; Mountain Stage Song of the Week

On West Virginia Morning, the number of children living below the poverty line increased in the state.  We’ll have a report.  Also, Paul Thorn performs our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. 

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News
1:49 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Funeral Services for Former First Lady Shelley Moore Begin Friday

First Lady Shelley Moore
Credit Shelley Moore Capito

Funeral services begin Friday for former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Moore.  The family will receive visitors in the Rotunda at the University of Charleston late Friday morning.  There will also be a visitation Friday evening at a funeral home in Moundsville.

Mrs. Moore was the state’s longest serving first lady.  Her husband Arch Moore was elected governor in 1969 and served two terms until 1977.  He returned to office in 1985.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Meet Concord University's New President

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports from Buckhannon where a meeting was held last night about a proposed natural gas pipeline.  And Jessica Lilly profiles the new president of Concord University who will be inaugurated this weekend. 

For more stories about energy and environment go to State Impact Pennsylvania here:

http://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/

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Washington D. C.
2:44 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Manchin Won't Support Arming Syrian Rebels

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U.S. Senator Joe Manchin today delivered remarks on the Senate floor outlining why he opposes funding, arming or training Syrian opposition forces. The Senator says he will vote against a continuing resolution to fund the U.S. Government if the measure contains that language.

The senator said this should be an Arab ground war and a U.S. air war. But he will not support arming or training the Syrian opposition force.

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Wed September 17, 2014

CONSOL Energy Tries to Calm Nervous Landowners in Lewis County

On West Virginia Morning, a report from last night’s meeting in Lewis County where an energy company spoke about gas development there.  And Sarah Lowther Hensley talks with a playwright about his play focusing on the life and work of Edgar Allen Poe.

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West Virginia Morning
8:24 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Herb Farmer Worries About Natural Gas Drilling

On West Virginia Morning, in Weston tonight there’s a meeting about oil and gas development taking place there.  We’ll have a preview of the issues.  Also, we’ll hear from a researcher from the Pew Center about the political leanings of the American people.

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