Beth Vorhees

News Director, West Virginia Morning/News Host

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 of The Legislature Today West Virginia Public Broadcasting's nightly news program.

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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The Legislature Today
6:27 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

State Board of Education Holds Emergency Meeting Over Common Core Repeal

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

At the legislature today, the senate passes the Governor’s bill to reform the state’s juvenile justice system.  Senators from both sides of the aisle praise the bill they say will mend troubled kids and their families.  A public hearing this morning brings out the issue of discrimination against the LGBT community in West Virginia.  And the State Board of Education held an emergency meeting Friday to discuss  a bill they say could cause substantial harm to students, teachers, and school systems in the state.  We’ll find out more on The Legislature Today.

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Derailment Clean-up Continues
6:53 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

CSX Railway in Fayette County Reopened to Commerce

Credit Steve Helber / AP

The railroad tracks have been restored and the railway reopened at the site of last week’s fiery train derailment in Fayette County.   

All cars impacted by the derailment have been removed from the tracks and relocated to CSX’s Handley Yard where they will be cleaned and purged of any remaining crude oil residue.

At the derailment site, response crews installed a retaining wall approximately 500 feet long between the train tracks and the river.  This will help prevent any residual crude oil from migrating into the river through groundwater or surface run-off.   

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The Legislature Today
6:29 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Secretary of State Decries Unlimited Campaign Contribution Bill

At the legislature today, after a high school principal resigned and faces misdemeanor charges for failing to report a sexual assault at his school, lawmakers revisit a law pertaining to that issue.  One senator lashes out at a house bill that prohibits local anti-discrimination ordinances.  And we’ll talk with the Secretary of State about election bills at this session on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:29 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Abortion Bill Heads to Governor Tomblin's Desk

At the legislature today, bad blood lingers in the Senate after yesterday’s action to move the charter schools bill to the floor.  In the House, the Government Organization committee hears an earful from Democrats about the bill to roll back the prevailing wage law.  And we’ll check in with the Our Children, Our Future campaign to see how their legislative priorities are doing at The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:30 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Senate Takes Back the Charter Schools Bill

At the legislature today, bills are read in their entirety on the Senate floor as Democrats retaliate for action on the charter schools bill.  In the House, the Judiciary committee begins to consider amendments to the Coal Mine Safety and Jobs Act.  And, we’ll get a first look at a new documentary about one of West Virginia’s most notable politicians on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:31 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Senate Finance Committee Kills Charter Schools Bill

At the legislature today, infrastructure development around Morgantown will be helped by a bill passing the House of Delegates.  The bill makes adjustments for a tax increment financing district in Monongalia County. The Senate approves a bill that will add judges to four of the busiest circuits in the state court system.  And tonight, we’ll find out more about an effort to strengthen small communities to keep them economically viable on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:23 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Senate Approves Non-Partisan Election of Judges

At the legislature today, with three weeks left in this session, the Senate suspended the constitutional rule that bills be read on three separate days to quickly move legislation to the house.  In the House, the Government Organization committee has rejected a bill that would give County Commissions the authority to pass smoking regulations.  These stories and more legislative news coming up on The Legislature Today. 

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The Legislature Today
6:40 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Sen. Manchin Endorses Prevailing Wage Compromise

At the legislature today, Senators reconsider a vote that killed one of the Republican majority's legal reform bills. That bill now makes its way to the House and a special report on the state of water infrastructure in southern West Virginia on The Legislature Today.

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Weather
9:32 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Safety Tips for Cold Weather

Credit Cecelia Mason / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  Bitterly cold temperatures and dangerously low wind chills are forecasted for throughout the state over the next 24 hours. West Virginians are urged to take precautions.
 
The severe winter conditions bring the threat of hypothermia and frostbite from prolonged exposure. Unsafe efforts to stay warm, meanwhile, can lead to fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
 
Experts advise the following:
 
·        Stay indoors during such extreme winter weather. When venturing outside, dress in layers and limit skin exposure.

 

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Train Derailment
6:52 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Rail Cars Are Being Removed from Derailment Site

Credit Courtesy of Mike King

Multiple state and federal agencies have combined to establish a unified command in response to the West Virginia Train Derailment near Mount Carbon on the Kanawha River on Monday. 

Capt. Lee Boone, Federal On Scene Coordinator for the West Virginia Train Derailment said the top priorities for response personnel remain the safety of the community and responders, and mitigating the impact to the environment.

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The Legislature Today
6:32 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Legislature Considering Who Can Make Smoking Regulations

At the legislature today, there’s Senate action on a bill we learned about last night to invest 78 million dollars in broadband development.  And the House quietly passes a flurry of bills on the floor today ranging from early childhood education to rules for barbers and hair stylists.  We’ll talk with the Chair and Vice Chair of the House committee that oversees barbershops and hair salons, among other things, on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:26 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Like Father, Like Son in the W. Va. Legislature

At the legislature today, yesterday's train derailment in Fayette County was the subject of two floor speeches in the Senate. One came with a stern reminder about water safety. And this year West Virginia's legislature contains both a father-daughter and father-son team of lawmakers. We'll meet one pair tonight on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:39 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Legislature Considers Allowing Kanawha River Become Second Water Intake Source

At the legislature today, protestors brave the snow and cold at the Capitol to rally against a bill that scales back the state's prevailing wage. The head of law enforcement for the Division of Natural Resources tells a Senate committee the pay scale set in code for his officers is making it difficult to recruit qualified individuals. And a special report about the city of Huntington's on going fight against drugs on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:22 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Senate Taking a Long Look at Charter Schools

At the legislature today, both chambers have started to move on Governor Tomblin's bill to aid the state's craft brewing industry. In the House, the bill received some minor changes in committee. Senators are still working to craft a bill that would allow charter schools in West Virginia weeks after the process began. And we'll talk with the senate president now that the session is passed the halfway point on The Legislature Today.

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Energy & Environment
11:45 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Public Comment Period Ends Friday

Credit Dominion Resources

  Friday is the last day to comment on whether surveys for a proposed natural gas pipeline should be allowed in the Monongahela National Forest.

The proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline would run through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. Its path includes about 17 miles through the national forest in Pocahontas and Randolph counties in West Virginia.

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The Legislature Today
6:29 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

30 Days In, 30 To Go

At the legislature today, the House passed a Senate bill relating to deer farming in the state.  It’s an issue that’s been around a while.  In the Senate, the health committee amends a bill about immunization that gives the state more control over exemptions for vaccination.  And we’ll check in with legislative leadership for a update at the midway point on The Legislature Today. 

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The Legislature Today
6:29 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

DEP Secretary Responds to New Storage Tank Bill

  At the legislature today, legislation limiting abortions is on its way to the Senate after the House passed the bill overwhelmingly today.  Uber, the international car service, wants to do business in West Virginia, but legislators have concerns.  And we’ll talk with the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection about the bill to roll back the aboveground storage tank law on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:44 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Coal Mine Safety Debated in House and Senate

At the legislature today, emotional debate in both houses as the Senate takes up the Coal Jobs and Safety Act of 2015. In the House, Delegates focused on the legal remedies those hurt or killed in a mining accident will have. And we'll talk with Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick about his plans to grow the state's economy on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:31 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Attorney General Suggests Term Limits for Constitutional Officers

At the legislature today, Republican leaders are one step closer to realizing their tort reform goals this session as the Senate passes a bill imposing comparative fault. The amended bill heads back to the House for its approval. And on tourism day at the legislature, we'll meet the new Tourism Commissioner and find out her priorities to grow the number of visitors to the state. These stories and more coming up on The Legislature Today.

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The Legislature Today
6:30 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

House Passes Bill for Legislative Approval of DEP Clean Air State Plan

At the legislature today, the House approves a bill that inserts the legislature into the state Department of Environmental Protection’s plans to comply with US EPA carbon emission standards. That measure now goes to the senate where passage is expected. And a year after the Kanawha Valley water crisis, things are back to normal for the 300,000 West Virginians affected, but some residents of McDowell County are just getting clean water after years without it. A special report on water and more coming up on The Legislature Today.

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