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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Business
3:41 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Henderson Horse Track Could Have Instant Racing by September

The owner of Ellis Park in Henderson says he hopes to expand the horse track’s gambling options by Labor Day. Ron Geary wants to move ahead with plans to install instant racing machines, despite an ongoing lawsuit over the legality of those games in Kentucky.

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Education
2:32 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Tennessee Elementary Students Post Gains in New Statewide Testing Scores

New statewide testing data show Tennessee elementary and middle school students making gains in the subjects of math and science. The results come from the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

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Education
10:08 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Tennessee to Release Latest Standardized Test Results

The Tennessee Department of Education is releasing data Tuesday afternoon that will show the state’s progress in education reform. The Tennessean reports education leaders will reveal the results of the 2011-12 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. That’s the state’s standardized testing program given to those in third grade and up.

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Sports
9:43 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Basketball Transfer Won't Suit Up for WKU Men this Season

WKU forward Michael Bradley has been denied a hardship waiver by the NCAA that would have made him eligible to play this fall for the Hilltopper basketball team. Bradley is a 6'10'', 225 pound native of Chattanooga, Tenn., who transferred earlier this year from Connecticut.

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Politics
10:49 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Rand Paul Will Get Senate Vote on Bill that Strips Foreign Aid from Pakistan

Kentucky's junior US Senator says he has secured the right for an up-or-down vote on a proposal to end all American aid to Pakistan. The move would be a protest against the prison sentence given to a Pakastani doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden.

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Regional
11:14 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Kentucky Court Upholds Man's Actions Under "Stand Your Ground" Law

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has issued a divided ruling related to Kentucky’s version of a “stand your ground” law. Those laws have been in the national spotlight recently following the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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Regional
3:34 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Audobon Ramp in Daviess County Closing Friday Night

A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to close the eastbound Audubon Parkway Ramp Overpass to US 60 westbound at Owensboro at 7:00 p.m Friday evening. This ramp overpass closure at the Audubon Parkway Exit 24 Interchange with US 60 is for a deck rehab and overlay project.

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Sports
9:19 am
Thu June 21, 2012

WKU AD Likes Idea of Short College Football Playoff Series

The current BCS format could be changed next week to a four-team playoff system.

WKU's Athletic Director says a proposed four-team playoff model for college football would be a good move for the game. Todd Stewart tells WKU Public Radio a BCS presidential oversight committee will likely act on the proposal at a meeting next Tuesday.

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Regional
9:24 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Leader of Ft. Knox Combat Team Leaving Post for Ft. Campbell

The leader of an infantry brigade combat team stationed at Fort Knox is relinquishing command of the brigade at a ceremony tomorrow morning. But he’s not going far.

In fact, Col. Chris Toner is going from one Kentucky military installation to another.

The Kansas native has led the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division for the past three years. He was responsible for helping move the Brigade from Fort Hood, Texas to Fort Knox after the Brigade’s first deployment to Afghanistan.

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Business
10:21 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Warren County Manufacturers Need Workers with High-Tech Skills

A Trace Die Cast employee works with a CNC machine, which operate robotic tools through commands programmed by high-tech workers.

The factory floor of Trace Die Cast in Bowling Green is loud—so loud, workers and visitors wear ear plugs anytime they’re on the premises. This is the sort of place that provides the blue collar manufacturing jobs that we keep hearing are in such short supply these days.

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