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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Politics
2:12 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Sen. Paul: Cut All U.S. Foreign Aid to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan

A man holds a gun outside the U.S. consulate in Libya after it was attacked Tuesday.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to cut all U.S. foreign aid to Egypt and Libya following this week’s deadly attacks on American embassies and consulates in those countries. Sen. Paul had previously put forth legislation stripping U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan, after that country imprisoned a Pakastani doctor who helped the U.S. military locate terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden.

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Politics
1:14 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Retirement Official Says Kentucky Pensions Systems Haven't Used Controversial Agents Recently

After being heavily criticized for their use, Kentucky’s major pension program says it hasn't used a placement agent for three years. Placement agents are investing middle men that direct pension funds to investment opportunities. Kentucky has not had a good track record with placement agents, who have been accused of mismanaging millions for the pension funds according to a 2011 audit.

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Agriculture
8:57 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Comer: Kentucky Can Double Current Agriculture Sales

Kentucky broke a record in 2011, with $4.92 billion in total agriculture receipts.

Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says he sees no reason why the state can't double its agriculture sales in the coming years. James Comer tells WKU Public Radio high commodity prices helped Kentucky set a record of $4.9 billion in agriculture receipts in 2011. He says by helping Kentucky farmers increase production and gain access to new markets overseas, sales could skyrocket.

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Sports
1:20 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

WKU Sophomore Snipes Out for Year with Torn ACL

WKU's Nigel Snipes during his freshman season
WKU Herald

The WKU men's basketball team will be without one of their top reserves this season. Sophomore Nigel Snipes suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Monday, and will miss the entire 2012-13 season. A statement issued by WKU Athletics says a full recovery is expected in time for the 2013-14 season.

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Politics
10:31 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Kentucky Senators React to Killings of U.S. Ambassador, Three Others in Libya

Both of Kentucky's U.S. Senators are reacting to the attacks on diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell expressed support Wednesday for deploying every tool available to keep Americans safe overseas and to hunt down those responsible for the attacks which killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American diplomats.

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Business/Agriculture
2:23 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Kentucky Proud Products to Be Featured in Kentucky Walmart Stores

A program dedicated to showcasing Kentucky food could be headed to a Walmart near you. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says the world's largest retailer has agreed to stock Kentucky Proud shelves in some of its Bluegrass State stores, which would contain food and other products made in the commonwealth.

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Agriculture
3:00 am
Mon September 10, 2012

In Debate Over Hemp, a Question about State vs. Federal Drug Laws

Recent calls by high-ranking Kentucky officeholders to legalize industrial hemp have put the spotlight on the crop and what it might mean for Bluegrass State farmers. Both U.S. Senator Rand Paul and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer say they want to see federal and state law changed to allow farmers to grow hemp legally.

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Sports
8:26 am
Fri September 7, 2012

WKU Hilltoppers to Play Role of David in Matchup with Goliath, AKA Alabama

When the WKU Hilltoppers take the field this Saturday, they'll do so in a place that has become the epicenter of college football greatness. The Alabama Crimson Tide are the defending national champions and boast the number one ranking in both major polls.

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Agriculture
1:44 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Rain Comes Too Late for Many Crops, but Could Help Next Year's Harvest

Corn in a Warren County farm, near Richpond
Kevin Willis

While the recent rain in our listening area is certainly a welcome sight for farmers, it comes too late to save the crops that have already been devastated by the drought. Still, WKU agriculture professor Todd Willian says the rainfall could help crops that are harvested later in the year, like soybeans.

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Health
8:23 am
Thu September 6, 2012

WKU Wide Receiver Makes Long Journey Back to Football Field After ACL Injury

Marcus Vasquez demonstrates the "shuttle", one of the many rehab exercises he did to strengthen his injured knee.
Kevin Willis

In WKU's season opening win last Saturday against Austin Peay, senior wide receiver Marcus Vasquez didn’t have a particularly amazing stat line: one catch for 25 yards. But the fact Vasquez was on the field at all is a tribute to the power of the human body, spirit—and the miracle of modern medicine.

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