On the West Virginia Morning, in 2016, about 15 thousand people were killed by gun violence in the U.S. About 3 thousand teenagers were either injured or killed. In Charleston, West Virginia, there were 11 murders in 2016 -- eight of them occurred on the West Side of town and many of them were teens.
Trey Kay, host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Us & Them podcast, has been working on a series of reports focusing on Charleston's West Side. His first installment focuses on Deanna McKinney, a Charleston resident who has become an advocate against gun violence and a leader for improving the quality of life for kids on the West Side. She was inspired to act after her teenage son Tymel was murdered on her porch back in 2014.
This morning, we're featuring a portion of the Us & Them report.
Also this morning, a total solar eclipse will cross North America next month for the first time in nearly a century. And Hopkinsville, Kentucky will be ground zero as day turns to night. The rural town nestled in western Kentucky will offer the longest opportunity to view the eclipse in the entire world. From Kentucky station WKYU, Lisa Autry reports on how the small town has big expectations.