West Virginia Morning

Weekdays at 7:41 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 Broadcasting's team of experienced reporters bring listeners in-depth stories and interviews from around the state.    

In an age of globalization and a shrinking manufacturing sector, two young men in Wheeling are hedging their bets and running with a business idea that first took off in 1854.  

And as we prepare for a special week long series on heroin addiction in West Virginia, Digital Editor Dave Mistich discusses the digital components that supplement the series "The Needle and the Damage Done: West Virginia's Heroin Epidemic."

The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways released their final report this week, finding West Virginia needs an additional $1 billion annually to both maintain and expand the state's highway system.

The commission recommends keeping the tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike in order to leverage the road for a $1 billion road bond. The bond would be one time funds. Commissioners also recommend increases in some vehicle fees and taxes to create $141 million in new revenue.

A national report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says West Virginia is one of just three states that has consecutively cut higher education funding in the past two years. The report focused on the cuts state lawmakers approved for colleges and universities across the country after the 2008 economic downturn.

Members of the Joint Committee on Tax Reform continued their work at the Capitol this week reviewing the state's current tax code and looking for ways to improve it. The Monday session brought national policy and tax experts to Charleston to review what other states have done in the areas of reform.

On this episode of West Virginia Morning, we preview the latest episode of 'Us & Them,' a newly released podcast from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The episode focuses on the conflicts between panhandlers and the cities in which they live. Trey Kay discusses the research he did into the topic.

Also, the 30 Mile Meal program is working to connect farmers in the tri-state area with chefs in the Huntington to promote the farm to table movement. And so far, it's having success.

And the Drive-By Truckers are featured on the Mountain Stage Song of the week. 

On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports that Governor Tomblin has asked the state board of education to study the viability of the Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Romney.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, a report from Lewis County where most of those attending a meeting spoke against the proposed Mountain Valley natural gas pipeline.  And we’ll learn about Teach For America.  A new law allows recruits from that organization to teach in the state’s classrooms.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board talks with Beth Vorhees about troubles at West Liberty University.  And Ashton Marra reports from White Sulphur Springs where billionaire Jim Justice announced he’s running for governor.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning,  two stories from Romney in Hampshire County.  Ashton Marra reports from the schools for the deaf and blind about its future.  And Jesse Wright reports on a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home designed for a severely wounded veteran.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, a report about old, abandoned coal mines and what the future holds to clean them up.  And The Earls of Lester perform the Mountain Stage song of the week on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, 45 years ago a young student at West Virginia University took his black and white camera to demonstrations on campus after the shootings at Kent State.  Dan Ringer tells his compelling story for the first time.  And Beth Vorhees talks with Antiques Roadshow producer Marsha Bemko.  The episodes that were taped in Charleston last summer begin airing on Monday on PBS.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey appeared before Congress yesterday to say the EPA’s clean power plan is illegal.  And Jesse Wright has the story about how service dogs can help veterans dealing with PTSD.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from a meeting about taxes and tax reform at the state capitol yesterday.  And Glynis Board introduces us to a photographer who takes pictures of Appalachia’s prehistoric remnants.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we begin a year long look at the state’s roads, bridges, water resources, broadband accessibility in a series called “Bridging the Gap: A Deeper Look into West Virginia’s Infrastructure.  Today, Ashton Marra reports from Boone County about a water project.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we continue our occasional series “Effective From Passage” with the inside story about how lobbyists worked to pass a bill dealing with insurance co-pays for cancer treatments.  And Eric Bibb performs the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That’s on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, we re-visit the PBS documentary series “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”  Nancy Tonkin of Charleston was featured in a segment taped at the Charleston Area Medical Center.  Tonkin shares her diagnosis with us and how she came to be in the PBS program.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, in the continuing series on the future of coal, a report about what’s next for coal miners.  That story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, Liz McCormick reports from a drug summit in Martinsburg where heroin addiction is a serious issue.  And Digital Coordinator Dave Mistich talks with Trey Kay about his new podcast launching May 1 called “Us and Them.” 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


On West Virginia Morning, as the nation recognizes autism awareness month, Clark Davis talks to a student who is benefiting from the services of the autism training center at Marshall University.  And Roxy Todd reports on the VISTA program in West Virginia. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

On West Virginia Morning, continuing our occasional series "Effective From Passage," Beth Vorhees talks with attorney Dan Ringer about some of the laws passed by the 2015 Legislature.  And, it's Friday, so we feature the Mountain Stage Song of the Week.  That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting - telling West Virginia's story.


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