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West Virginia Hero Prepares For Honor of a Lifetime Video included

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Woody Williams is true living history with an incredible story. Sitting in his favorite chair at his home in Ona, Williams reads out load some of the recent pack of letters sent to him by school children he recently visited. "I promise to be a true American and I will vote and I will not break a single law," a laughing Williams read. "Isn't that wonderful."

States of Addiction Town Hall - Resources for Hope - Part 6

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States of Addiction Town Hall - There is Hope - Part 5

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States of Addiction Town Hall - Social Problems Linked to Drug Problems? - Part 4

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States of Addiction Town Hall - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome -Part 3

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States of Addiction Town Hall - Is Narcan Helping or Hindering? - Part 2

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States of Addiction Town Hall - Part 1

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Local Mom Battles Addiction Video included

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Tonight, we continue our reports into the states of addiction. We recently introduced you to Jordann Thomas. Her baby was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning his body was going into drug withdrawal. Tonight, she shares her story of the addiction that lead to her baby's condition, why her sobriety has been such a battle and how she plans to win it. “It went from oxy to heroin and every day all day to from the time I was 15 to 22,” said Jordann Thomas. “I'...

States of Addiction: Most Vulnerable Victims Video included

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Tonight we continue our reports into the states of addiction with a look at the most vulnerable victims of the raging epidemic in the tri-state region. I’ll introduce you to a new mom from Milton, West Virginia who survived addiction but wasn’t prepared to see her baby have to do the same.

PREVIEW: States of Addiction - Town Hall

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All this month, 13 News has been looking into the opioid epidemic. We've brought you special reports, real life stories, and information about the uphill battle we face fighting the crisis. Now, join us for a town hall meeting bringing the Tri-State together as we discuss the issues in-depth, and look for potential solutions. You can register for the States of Addiction Town Hall by clicking here. And then watch our special States of Addiction Tow...

13 Reasons Why Not - What are Schools Doing? - Part 1

What are administers, educator, and counselors across West Virginia doing in response to the show?

1st Leadless Pacemaker Implanted in West Virginia Video included

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She was  the first patient in West Virginia to have the procedure. In fact, it has only been done a few thousand times around the world.

States of Addiction: Opioid Inc. Video included

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It's a crisis. Our crisis. The ongoing opioid epidemic has harshly affected friends, neighbors, and loved ones. "It's not just the poor. It's not the black, not the white, it's everywhere. It's everybody," said Jon Matthews, a local filmmaker who returned home to West Virginia to produce a new documentary about the ongoing crisis.

Special Report: Traveling Nurses Helping Ease Critical Nursing Shortage Video included

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In a state plagued by a shortage of at least 10,000 nurses, both the medical community and state legislators in West Virginia are searching desperately to find a cure. In the meantime, traveling nurses are serving as a type of treatment - enticing more folks to enter the nursing field and helping to ease a critical shortage statewide, according to local experts in the field.

States of Addiction: Meet the Faces of West Virginia's Opioid Crisis Video included

Over 800 people died of drug overdoses in WV last year Over 800 people died of drug overdoses in WV last year
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"I know what it's like when you are at your knees and you're begging the Lord to take your life because you'd rather be gone than have to deal withdrawal or find another drug," said Chelsea Carter, who is in recovery from opioid addiction. "I would pray to die. I mean I would just ask God to let me die driving down the road or something," said Trena Dingess, who is also in recovery. Chelsea Carter and Trena Dingess are recovering from addiction, survivors of West...

"Calling 911" - Should West Virginia Merge its Emergency Call Centers?

WV could consolidate 53 "911 Centers" to just 6. WV could consolidate 53 "911 Centers" to just 6.
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West Virginia is having a 911 money emergency. The state and many counties are in financial trouble, so a bill before the legislature would merge the 911 call centers in the Mountain State from 53 to just 6. "Savings to the state, or the counties, or to the citizens of West Virginia if we can reduce the 911 fee," said Del. Ron Walters, (R) Kanawha. Right now people pay 911 fees through their cell and landline phone bills. West Virginia has among the highest rates in the na...

Bridges Beyond Repair, A 13 News Special Report

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13 News is working for you, looking at some of the worst, most dilapidated bridges, and the best bets for getting them replaced.

Special Report: On Average, More Than 1 West Virginian Dying a Week in Fires

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In 2016, the state of West Virginia lost 58 people to fires across the state. That averages to more than one death a week. It doesn’t end there.

SPECIAL REPORT: Former Charleston Police Officer Waiting for Double Lung Transplant in Pittsburgh

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A career with the Charleston Police Department led Gary Stover to the love of his life, Lisa. "She came on the department and it just worked out. She had two great boys and we just fell in love," said Gary. Now, instead of fighting crime, Lisa is fighting for her life after being diagnosed with a debilitating lung disease. The couples son Chris, who is now on the South Charleston Police Department, says seeing his mom struggle through her illness has been heartbreaking. ...

SPECIAL REPORT: A New Hope - Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

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As the opioid epidemic continues to takes lives and destroy families in Appalachia, many say the issue doesn't discriminate. No matter your age, career, or upbringing, Dr.'s say most people know someone battling addiction. "Drug addictions are demons and some people have no idea what you fight every day," said 22-year-old Hope Wooten, a Boone County, WV native. Hope says her history of drug addiction started in high school. "At first it was fun, but then I had switch...

WV Statehouse Gender Gap: Women Lawmakers Declining

The number of women lawmakers in WV is declining. The number of women lawmakers in WV is declining.
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West Virginia's Legislature is noticeably different this year. The body has the fewest number of women in over three-decades. Right now there are 15 female delegates; and 3 women senators. That's down from last year. It's frustrating Republicans and Democrats alike. "It's not a good situation because we comprise 51% of the voting in West Virginia," said former Del. Nancy Guthrie, (D) Kanawha. "We need to get more diverse voices, and certainly that's more women," ...

Special Report: Nursing shortage hitting close to home

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West Virginia isn’t short by dozens of nurses, hundreds, or even by thousands. The Mountain State is short by up to 20 thousand. That’s an estimate according to Duane Napier, director of several nursing programs at the University of Charleston. “The nursing shortage - this is the third one I’ve seen in my career. It ebbs and flows. I think this one though, is going to be the worst,” Napier said. “It’s not just in West Virginia but we’...

Local Man Plans to Make Full-Length Documentary on Boone County Video included

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24-year-old Justin Havey says walking down the streets of Madison, WV is much different now than when he was younger.  "We're on main street right now and a lot of things have changed here. It seems like a lot of storefront businesses used to exist here in Boone especially in Madison here on Main Street," said Justin.  After realizing how much his community has suffered after the downfall of the coal industry, Justin released a mini-documentary on Boone...

Charleston Treasures: Meet Mortar Man Video included

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Every day, many people walk the streets in downtown Charleston and rarely do they stop to see a small, figure which sits high atop the Gates building on Capitol Street. He's considered West Virginia's smallest piece of public art. That's right; Art. He's a hidden treasure that, over the years, has become an icon. "It's a little bit of excitement," said Mike Young, who leads the Mountain State Food Tours. "When people first see him. it's h...

Special Report: Safest town in Putnam County Video included

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A total of three uniformed men and women make up the entire police force in Eleanor, WV. It’s all the town needs.

How a troubled Huntington community is making a turnaround

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When Huntington's West End kept seeing high drug activity and violent crime - more than any other area in the city - government, police, businesses and neighborhood groups all said, "Enough." More than two years later, 13 News checked in on the "West End Initiative" to see how it worked. @RandyYoheWOWK investigates what's making this neighborhood safer in this 13 News special report.

State of Waste: How Many State-Owned Vehicles in West Virginia? Video included

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These are some of the the thousands of vehicles owned by the State of West Virginia. Most are marked by their distinct green state-license tags, but some bear regular tags, too. The problem is no one is exactly sure just how many cars and trucks the state owns and distributes right now. The Office of Fleet Management puts the number of vehicles at 76 hundred. But the  DMV says it has issued tags for 10 thousand 5 hundred vehicles. And "BRIM", the state-owned insurance ...

Special Report: Dark Web used for child porn, credit card theft in West Virginia Video included

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In the hidden world known as the "Dark Web," illegal activity runs rampant, according to WVSP Digital Forensic Analayst Robert Boggs.

Charleston: The Haunted

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It's well known that Charleston is home to some of the most haunted places in West Virginia.  For decades, something has been lurking around the old Frankenberger mansion on Virginia Street. A ghostly presence is trying to get attention. Radio executive Noel Richardson has been working in this building for 20 years and has seen and heard many things that cannot be explained.  "We've heard noises. We've seen this ... the lights have gone out ... j...

13 NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Cyber Stalking Video included

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Like most college students, Savannah Proctor spends a lot of time on social media.  "I go to Facebook, Instagram, I'll go to Twitter a little bit, Snapchat a lot and then just go back and forth," said Savannah.  

ONLY ON 13 NEWS: Cancer Scheme Under Investigation Video included

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The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating a woman suspected of lying about having a rare form of cancer.   Amber Buskirk says she's been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for almost two years. "I had a pet scan in October, on Halloween of October 2014, and I was diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma which is brain cancer," said Buskirk.  

The Forgotten Fruit: The Paw Paw Makes A Comeback Video included

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It's often called the forgotten fruit. Could the paw paw be making a comeback? The paw paw is found in 26 states, including native West Virginia. Paw paw grower Larry Harris stumbled across the paw paw plant over two decades ago.

Local Lawyer Releases New West Virginia Water Crisis Information

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A local lawyer says one company's negligence could be the cause behind the 2014 West Virginia Water Crisis. Kevin Thompson represents more than 300,000 West Virginians in a class action lawsuit aimed at getting justice for those who were without safe water for weeks following the chemical spill in the Elk River.

13 NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Child Porn Website Spreads Through West Virginia

Officials with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office say the most recent porn website making the rounds in West Virginia is unique.  Not only does the page contain threads for sharing nude pictures on a county by county basis, it also includes personal information about those depicted in the images. 

What Huntington has learned so far from national task force addressing heroin and opioid epidemic Video included

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Mayor Steve Williams of Huntington has now been on The City-County Task Force Addressing Heroin and Opioid Abuse for more than two months. It's a national task force addressing he heroin and opioid epidemic.

Experience West Virginia: Jennifer Abney Visits Huntington Video included

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Welcome to Huntington, West Virginia! Whether its a stroll through the vibrant shopping districts or one of the award winning and picturesque parks,  you'll find so much to see in this beautiful and historic city! 

New, high-tech safety gear could soon be added to Kanawha County School buses Video included

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Kanawha County Schools could be adding more gadgets to its buses before the start of the 2016-17 school year in an ongoing pursuit of student safety. Currently, all the district’s buses have child reminder systems in place as well as emergency exits, double handlebars for gripping and automatic floor lights. Additionally, certain county buses utilize extended stop arms to help prevent illegal school bus passing. Some of the newer buses also have disk brakes, which make for bett...

13 NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: Dangerous Bridges Video included

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With more than 7,000 bridges in the state of West Virginia, over 1000 of them are considered to be structurally deficient.  "It is kind of scary. You don't know if it will fall, you don't know if you are under it will it break?" said Leslie Waters of Charleston, WV.  Federal guidelines mandate all bridges be inspected at least once every two years. 

Experience West Virginia: Jennifer Abney Visits Mingo County Video included

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Welcome to Mingo County, also known as Hatfield-McCoy Country. 

Best, most affordable security systems for your home Video included

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Home security systems may not be able to prevent break-ins, but they sure could help in the aftermath. Officials from both the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and First Security, a family-owned business located in South Charleston, recommend people in the area buy both monitored and camera security systems to install in their homes. They both say this combination of security systems is the safest route homeowners can take. “It’s not one of those things whe...

Savvy Ways to Stretch Your Budget Video included

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Who doesn't love a good deal? 

"Ticketing Texters" - A 13 News Special Report Video included

Distracted driving - including texting - is #1 cause of crashes. Distracted driving - including texting - is #1 cause of crashes.
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You see them everywhere. People texting while driving in West Virginia -- outlawed nearly 4 years ago. 

Experience West Virginia: Jennifer Abney Visits Parkersburg

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Welcome to the quaint and charming town of Parkersburg, West Virginia.  It is located just over an hour from Charleston.  The greater Parkersburg area is a place rich in unique history and the art. 

Experience West Virginia: Jennifer Abney Visits Fayetteville Video included

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It has been named as one of the "Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America", and it touts some gorgeous vistas of the New River Gorge. We wanted to find out what Fayetteville has to offer your family. So pack your spirit of adventure and come "experience West Virginia" with us

SPECIAL REPORT: Thwarting sex offenders, potential predators living near bus stops Video included

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One of many potential dangers Kanawha County School bus drivers see on their routes could be living - or standing - right next to students as they wait to board the bus. Brette Fraley, KCS Director of Transportation, says registered sex offenders are “laced” throughout Kanawha County. Some of them are registered child sex offenders. “They are everywhere,” Fraley said of registered sex offenders, while pointing to a map of Kanawha County. Because of the...

Coming Up: Hunger in the Tri-State

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More than 178,000 children are fed by school subsidized meal during the school year, but once school is out 1 in every 8 kids goes hungry across West Virginia. 

SPECIAL REPORT: The Top 5 Most Dangerous Intersections Video included

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Traffic "Danger Zones" are found in every city and town. They are intersections where multiple accidents happen on a regular basis. In our region, five of the most dangerous intersections are in and around Charleston. Most of them occur on major highways traveled by hundreds, if not thousands of drivers every day. 

Special Report: Inside look at robotic assisted partial knee replacement surgery

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Hundreds of thousands of knee replacement operations are performed across the country every year. In many cases, partial knee replacements may actually be the better option for the patient. One doctor at St. Mary’s Hospital is the only one in the tri-state region using new robotic technology to perform partial knee replacements.   Lisa Musgrave suffers from osteoarthritis. She says everyday activities as simple as taking a walk can cause her immense amounts of pain. Just ...

Unveiling the invisible: “Ghost apps” haunting parents, teens Video included

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It’s technology so advanced, some users can’t even see it. Hidden applications, also known as “ghost” apps, are a type of covert phone app many teens are using to evade their parents’ supervision. About 20 percent of teenagers across the nation and in West Virginia are using one of at least a hundred types of ghost apps, estimates Cpl. Robert Boggs, a digital forensics analyst for West Virginia State Police. 

13 News Special Report: Could you survive an active shooter situation?

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Have you ever wondered how you'd react if someone entered your workplace with a gun? After mass shooting situations like Sandy Hook and San Bernardino, it's clear now more than ever that tragedy can happen anywhere. Precision Pump and Valve Vice President Kevin Kemerer says its hard not to worry about someone coming into his business with the intentions of hurting one of his employees. 

Look Back: Boomer Train Derailment

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I'll never really forget that day in Boomer because we had a massive snow storm, we had a train that derailed, that cars start to blow up one by one.  And you have an incredibly incompetent rail company who's sending out press releases from Georgia or Florida.   WATCH HERE: Never before seen footage of the Boomer train derailment fire. What they we're doing was saying "ah, there's just a couple of cars".  No. that was not the case.  They had no idea...

Special Report: Drugged driving continues to pose problem in Kanawha County

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Fumes of fresh, burnt marijuana pouring from drivers-side car windows. Half-smoked joints lying on floorboards in the midst of a traffic stop. A man driving past an elementary school while reportedly high on Xanax.

Special Report: Real Life Code Black

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Jennifer Abney took a look at real life situations, and saw what really goes on at a local hospital emergency room. She compared fact to fiction, and saw what Hollywood gets right, and what it gets wrong. She met real EMS and hospital workers, and she learned what types of personalities thrive in that environment. There are exclusive and extended interviews that are only on this site.

Special Report: 13 News rides on one of most illegally-passed school buses in Kanawha County

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In the 2015-16 school year alone, thousands of drivers put Kanawha County students in harm's way by illegally passing stopped school buses, the district’s department of transportation estimates.

Special Report: Guns Safe and Secure

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It's likely that if you don't own a handgun, the person in the home or vehicle next to you does. Most local gun dealers say pistol sales are at an all time high, and the number of women buying guns for the first time grows every year. At a sporting goods store, checking out new hunting equipment, Jeremy Lawhorn said his two girls Kaylee 8, and Breanna 9, learned early on to respect firearms. And the girls gave us some good advice. Breanna told us,

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