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
8:13 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.
Credit University of North Carolina Press

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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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West Virginia Morning
8:40 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Where Are the Gas Wells in W. Va.?

On West Virginia Morning, Glynis Board reports on an on line map compiled by the state Department of Environmental Protection showing where horizontal gas well are located.  And Liz McCormick attended a town hall meeting where veterans told officials from the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center what they really need.

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West Virginia Morning
8:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Choosing Wisely in West Virginia; Matewan Works to Turn the Town Around

On West Virginia Morning, doctors, nurses and consumers have announced a major health care quality improvement campaign.  It involves limiting medical procedures with questionable value. Also, AmeriCorps celebrates its 20th anniversary in West Virginia.

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West Virginia Morning
8:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Advocates Hold Their Own Legislative Session

On West Virginia Morning,  an advocacy group takes over the House of Delegates chamber for its own mock legislative session and religious tolerance is the focus of a discussion in Morgantown. 

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West Virginia Morning
7:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Legislative Interims Discuss Tank Safety and Craft Beer

On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the legislature’s interim meetings.  Ashton Marra on the new rule about certification and inspections of above ground storage tanks.  And Dave Mistich on what the state’s craft brewers are seeking from lawmakers.

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West Virginia Morning
8:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

What's Next in Wheeling?; Art Encourages Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

On West Virginia Morning, an unusual use for twitter.  In Kanawha County, an emergency coordinator is using the social media site to inform citizens where heroin overdoses occur.  And we’ll meet artist Janice Summers-Young who makes art from anything she finds.

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

Capito, Tennant to Debate Oct. 7

On West Virginia Morning, officials from the AARP and the West Virginia Press Association announce their plans for a U.S. Senate debate next month.  From our political talk show "Viewpoint," the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the Minority Leader talk about the election season's focus on coal. And reporter Glynis Board presents a discussion about poor health in the state. 

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West Virginia Morning
8:12 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Citizens in Grafton Are Turning Their Town Around

On West Virginia Morning, part two of a series of reports about the state’s changing political climate.  And tonight, the town of Grafton in Taylor County celebrates the first “First Friday” in an effort to turn their town around.

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West Virginia Morning
8:01 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Changing from Blue to Red on the Political Spectrum

On West Virginia Morning, our election talk show Viewpoint premieres tomorrow morning at 9:00, so we’ll review the state’s changing political pattern.  And, Huntington native Nate May has composed a one man opera about growing up here.

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