West Virginia Morning

Weekdays at 7:30 a.m.

Whether it's important news events, interesting features about people and places, the latest in environmental news, stories about education or the economy, West Virginia Public Radio's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in depth stories and interviews from around the state.    

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West Virginia Morning
8:51 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Hacking the Gender Gap

On West Virginia Morning, we wind up our pre-election coverage with interviews from Republicans Shelley Moore Capito, who is running for the U.S. Senate and David McKinley, who is seeking another term as the First District Congressman.  And a report about last weekend’s Hackathon at WVU which highlighted women, media and wearable technology.

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West Virginia Morning
8:19 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Martinsburg Doctors on Ebola Virus: "Stay Calm"

On West Virginia Morning, a special committee of members of the state senate convened its first meeting to find out how citizens in Beckley feel about their economic future and what the legislature can do to improve it.  And we’ll continue our series of reports profiling the third party candidates on your election ballot.  This morning we’ll meet Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate John Buckley.

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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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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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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Lawmakers Told WVOASIS Has More Problems, Group Prepares for Queer Film Festival

The director of WVOASIS, West Virginia's new integrated software platform, told lawmakers the fourth phase of the system will be delayed by at least three months after testing did not meet the required milestones. The opening of an expeditionary learning school in Huntington will also be delayed as crews work to renovate an old middle school into a facility equiped for a new style of learning.

The Appalachian Queer Film Festival begins this weekend in Lewisburg and it's director says it's okay to use that word.  

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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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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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West Virginia Morning
8:15 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Revitalizing the Economy of Southern W.Va. and Studying Natural Gas

 Senate President Jeff Kessler announced the creation of SCORE, Southern Coalfields Organizing and Revitalizing their Economy, Thursday. The program will send a group of senators to the southern part of the state to hear from citizens about what they can do to revitalize the area's economy.

A West Virginia transplant in Doddridge County moved here to enjoy the rural area, but soon after, saw well pads being placed within sight of her home. Now, she invites scientists, students, and even reporters to come study the health affects of the activity from her home.

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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 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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2014 Election
8:19 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Twitter: The New Election Soap Box

On West Virginia Morning, our digital reporter Dave Mistich looks at the effect anonymous twitter users are having on political discourse.  And, from Friday’s edition of our political talk show Viewpoint, Ashton Marra talks with Nick Casey, the Democratic candidate for the state’s second congressional district.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Is Reality TV Encouraging Ginseng Poaching?

On West Virginia Morning, a report by Glynis Board about how reality shows set in Appalachia are leading to illegal ginseng poaching.  And country music star Martina McBride is along with our Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

New State Superintendent of Schools Reveals Education Priorities

On West Virginia Morning, Wednesday marked the first official state board of education meeting for West Virginia’s new superintendent of schools.  Ashton Marra will have a report.  And we’ll visit the J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works in Malden, Kanawha County.

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

U. S. Senate Debate Overview; Generation West Virginia

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra joins Beth Vorhees for a report about the debate between Republican Shelley Moore Capito and Democrat Natalie Tennant vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate.  And we’ll meet the new Executive Director of Generation West Virginia, a group that seeks to reverse the brain drain.

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Advocates Wait for Same Sex Marriage Ruling in W. Va.

On West Virginia Morning, advocates say it won’t be long before the state’s ban on same sex marriage is overturned.  And a story about a group of Romanian music students who are traveling around the state learning Appalachian folk music.

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Research at WVU Studies Autism

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on new research underway in the state to study autism.  And we’ll hear from the third party candidates in the race for the United States Senate.  They were guests on our political talk show Viewpoint on Friday. 

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