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
9:30 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Forum in Pulaski County Offers Chance to Learn about Kentucky's Insurance Exchange

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

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Regional
10:58 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Tennessee Mosque Foes File New Challenge to Facility

Opponents of a Tennessee mosque are trying to challenge a federal court ruling that overturned their victory in a local court. Plaintiffs have filed a motion against the mosque, the county’s zoning resolution, and the local government.

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Sports
9:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Kentucky Swimmer Hopes to Qualify for Finals of Olympic Breaststroke Event

U.S. Olympic swimmer and Louisville native Clark Burckle

Another Olympic swimmer with Kentucky connections is having a strong showing in the pool. Louisville native Clark Burckle swam the sixth-fastest time Tuesday in the preliminaries of the 200-meter breaststroke.

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Regional
10:40 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Project Manager: Owensboro's Smothers Park Will Be Ready for Reopening

Construction continues on the children's playground portion of Smothers Park in Owensboro.
Kevin Willis

The man in charge of getting a downtown Owensboro park ready for its official unveiling next month says the project will be completed on time. Project manager Ted Lolley told the Messenger-Inquirer workers will likely be putting the finishing touches on the project the night before the grand reopening.

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Sports
8:38 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Former Hilltopper Swimmer Finishes in Top 8 at Olympic Butterfly Race, Has Second Chance at Medal

Claire Donahue finished out of the medal race Sunday, but she still has one more chance at Olympic gold. Donahue, a former WKU swimmer, finished 7th in the women's 100m butterfly.

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Economy
9:44 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Kentucky Improves in Some Categories, Still Falls Short in Latest Kids Count Survey

A new report shows one in four Kentucky children lives in poverty, with their numbers growing since 2005. The latest Kids Count report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana in the bottom half of states for overall child well-being.

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Sports
9:59 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Courtney Lee Could Be On the Move to NBA Title Contender

Courtney Lee is WKU's all-time men's basketball points leader.

ESPN is reporting a former WKU basketball star could be on the move to the Boston Celtics. The network says free agent guard Courtney Lee is expected to sign with the Celtics soon, after averaging 11 points a game last season with the Houston Rockets.

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Regional
7:59 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Storms Cause Deadly House Fire, Downed Trees and Limbs Throughout Our Listening Area

A downed tree blocked the entrance to the Chestnut Street parking lot at WKU.
Kevin Willis

A series of storms that moved through the region Thursday night caused several fires, including one that killed two people in Louisville. WLKY-TV reported the fire broke out in the middle of thunderstorms last night. Neighbors told arriving firefighters two people were still inside the home.

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Regional
9:44 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Update: Tennessee Mosque Could Get OK to Open Today

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, as seen earlier this month.

A team of Rutherford County, Tennessee building code inspectors has been inside a Murfreesboro mosque today. That move is part of the process for granting the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro a certificate of occupancy, which was ordered yesterday by a U.S. District Court judge in Nashville.

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Agriculture
7:56 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Regional Corn Crop Has Been Decimated by Drought, Impacting Commodity and Food Prices

Warren County farmer Mark Chapman displays a rare healthy ear of corn against two underdeveloped ears.

The brutal weather this summer throughout the Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee region is leading to dire consequences for farmers and consumers. Some corn farmers in southern and western Kentucky have had almost all of their crop wiped out this season. That has many agriculture experts predicting both short and long term effects on commodity and food prices throughout the region.

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