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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Health
8:27 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Owensboro Hosting Final Public Forum on New Kentucky Health Insurance Exchange

The next public forum over Kentucky’s upcoming health insurance exchange is being held Friday in Owensboro. The federal healthcare overhaul calls on each state to create its own marketplaces in which residents can compare and purchase insurance plans, or sign up for Medicaid.

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Education
9:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Logan County Native Was an Unsuspecting--but Willing--Pioneer as First Black Undergraduate at WKU

Margaret Munday plays the organ every Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church in Auburn. She's been playing there since she was 10.
Kevin Willis

Margaret Munday is a woman who is both a pioneer, and an eyewitness to an amazing time in Kentucky history. Ms. Munday helped change the course of higher education in south-central Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University in particular. In 1956, she became the first African-American undergraduate student to enroll in what was then called Western Kentucky State College.

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Politics
10:01 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rand Paul Says He's Ready for a "Fight and Tussle" Over His Pakistan Aid Bill

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he will use procedural tactics to delay future spending votes unless his bill on aid to Pakistan gets an up-or-down vote. The Bowling Green Republican is pushing a measure that would cut U.S. financial assistance to Pakistan, unless that country frees a doctor who helped the C.I.A. track down Osama Bin Laden.

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Sports
2:38 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

WKU Opens Summer Practices Looking to Build on Last Season's Winning Record

All around the country, college football teams are holding their first summer practices for players this week--and WKU is no different. The Hilltoppers open their season September 1st against Austin Peay, but there are several questions to answer before the games begin.

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Education
9:19 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Budget Problems Delay Start of School Year in Sumner County, Tennessee

Students in a northern Tennessee county are in limbo as the local school board continues to debate a budget impasse. The Tennessean reports the school board voted 10-1 last week to delay the beginning of school in order to deal with a nearly $8 million budget hole.

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Sports
2:56 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

WKU's Donahue Wins Gold as Part of U.S. Women's Relay Team

WKU graduate and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claire Donahue

She may not have been in the pool Saturday, but former WKU swimmer Claire Donahue will bring home an Olympic gold medal just the same.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Tennessee's Democratic U.S. Senate Nominee Disavowed as Member of Anti-Gay Group

The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing its U.S. Senate nominee, saying he’s associated with a “known hate group.” Mark Clayton won Thursday’s seven-way Democratic primary with 30% of the vote.

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Business
8:29 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Daviess County Leaders Give the Go-Ahead for Further Coal Mining

Daviess County Fiscal Court has voted to allow a company's request to rezone 700 acres of land for coal mining. However, both supporters and opponents of the move say the issue isn't settled yet.

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Business
8:21 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Daviess County Commissioners to Decide on Possible Mining Expansion

Thursday's vote will be held at the Daviess County Courthouse in downtown Owensboro.
Kevin Willis

Daviess County Fiscal Court will vote Thursday evening on whether it should uphold a decision to rezone nearly 700 acres for coal mining. The Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission narrowly approved the request in May.

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Agriculture
7:55 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Bad Weather is Forcing Kentucky Livestock Producers to Make Tough Decisions on Sales

Buyers and sellers take part in a recent livestock auction in Barren County.
Kevin Willis

The drought that has impacted so many parts of region is also presenting major challenges to livestock producers. The lack of corn crop this year has led to higher feed prices for cattle, and that is forcing livestock producers into a difficult decision: do they sell their cattle now at a loss, or hold on to those animals in hopes of getting better prices down the road?

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