Kevin Willis

News Director

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio.  He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.  He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production.  Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Bluegrass Music Center, Skate Park Get Funding in Owensboro

The Owensboro City Commission is giving the go-ahead to a budget amendment that includes money for a new bluegrass music center and skate park. The Messenger-Inquirer reports commissioners voted 3-to-2 in favor of the amendment at Tuesday night’s meeting at City Hall.

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Politics
12:28 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Bluegrass Poll Shows High Marks for Beshear, Even from Republicans

A new poll shows nearly two-thirds of Kentuckians approve of Governor Steve Beshear’s job performance. Sixty-four percent of respondents say they either strongly approve or somewhat approve of the job Governor Beshear is doing, with 28% strongly or somewhat strongly disapproving.

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Health
9:59 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Poll: Almost Half of Kentuckians Oppose Affordable Care Act, While Supporting Key Provisions

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll shows a near majority of Kentuckians oppose President Obama’s health care law, with a clear majority against the mandate requiring Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But that same poll indicates overwhelming support for several key parts of the Affordable Care Act.

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Sports
4:16 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

WKU Athletic Director: Impact of Win Over UK Impossible to Measure

WKU President Gary Ransdell (left), and Athletic Director Todd Stewart

When WKU beat Kentucky for the first time ever in football Saturday, the significance was not lost on Todd Stewart. He was part of the WKU athletics department when the Hilltoppers lost 26 straight games, including a winless 2009 season.

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Politics
8:37 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Poll: Slight Majorities of Kentuckians Approve of McConnell, Paul

A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows just over half of Kentuckians approves of the job performance of both Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. According to the poll, McConnell has a 51% approval rating. Paul does slightly better, with a 53% approval mark.

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Sports
8:56 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Check Out These Links to Articles and Videos About How WKU Beat Kentucky

The worst thing you can say about Saturday night's win by WKU over Kentucky is that it was the second biggest victory in Hilltopper football history. The only competition for that distinction is the 2002 1-AA national championship game WKU won against McNeese State.

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Economy
8:00 am
Sun September 16, 2012

Report Shows High Percentage of "Unbanked" Kentuckians, Tennesseans

Nearly one in ten Kentuckians doesn’t have a bank account. That’s one of the findings in a new report issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

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Sports
9:47 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

Big Red in the Bluegrass State: Hilltoppers Win in Overtime at Kentucky

It wasn't easy, but the WKU Hilltoppers made history Saturday night, beating Kentucky on the football field for the first time. WKU blew a 17 point first half lead, but won the game in overtime in dramatic fashion, 32-31. Kentucky scored a touchdown on their first overtime possession, forcing WKU to do the same. After Hilltopper running back Antonio Andrews scored, WKU needed an extra point to tie and go into a second overtime. But Hilltopper head coach Willie Taggart rolled the dice and decided to go for a two-point conversion.

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Sports
9:33 am
Fri September 14, 2012

WKU Hopes to Cut Down on Turnovers, Pull Out Win Against UK

For the second straight weekend, the WKU football team will play on the road at an SEC team. The Hilltoppers travel to Lexington Saturday to take on the Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. eastern time.

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Environment
2:43 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Daviess County Lawsuit Seeks to Stop Rezoning of Land for Coal Mining

Five Daviess County residents have filed a lawsuit over a recent decision to allow coal mining on nearly 700 acres of land. The suit targets Daviess County Fiscal Court, the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission, and Western Kentucky Minerals.

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