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
4:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Kentucky Lawmaker Thinks 2013 is the Year Medical Marijuana Will Pass Legislature

A Kentucky Senator is unveiling legislation Thursday that would make medical marijuana legal in the Bluegrass State. Louisville Democrat Perry Clark's bill would make marijuana a schedule two drug, meaning it would be recognized as having legitimate medical purposes, while still being somewhat restricted.

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Sports
8:52 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Several Swimmers with Kentucky Connections Will Compete in London Olympics

WKU graduate Claire Donahue won't be the only Olympic swimmer with ties to the Bluegrass State. Louisville native Clark Burckle has qualified for the London games by finishing second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

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Health
10:05 am
Fri June 29, 2012

WKU Legal Scholar Says High Court Ruling Means States Must "Opt In" for Increased Medicaid Funding

Much of the media attention regarding Thursday's Supreme Court ruling understandably focused on the upholding of the individual mandate. Less publicized was another part of the ruling--the part that said the health care law's expansion of Medicaid placed an unfair burden on states.

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Health
3:46 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Health Care Ruling Brings Relief, Caution, Anger in Bluegrass State

Reaction is pouring in from all over the country following Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law. To find out what the decision means for Kentucky, WKU Public Radio spoke with people from a variety of backgrounds to get a feel for the long-term ramifications for the Bluegrass State.

One of those people brings the perspective of both a doctor and a university official.

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Health
11:18 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Kentucky Health Affairs Expert Praises Court Decision, but Worries about Doctor Shortage

The Executive Vice-President of Health Affairs at the University of Louisville is pleased with today's Supreme Court ruling upholding the President's health care law. Dr. David Dunn told WKU Public Radio Americans should be happy that an estimated 32 million people who haven't had health insurance will now be covered.

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Business
9:07 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Daviess-Hancock-McLean Region Credited for Business Diversification

The Owensboro region is on a list for the top areas for job growth in the nation. The Owensboro metropolitan statistical area ranked 25th on a list compiled by Area Development magazine.

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Sports
2:47 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

WKU Men's Basketball Coaches Prepared to Embrace New NCAA Texting, Phone Rules

Up until now, college coaches from all sports have been forbidden from sending messages to recruits via text, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. They’ve also been limited to how many phone calls they make to recruits.

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Business
11:09 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Fiat Expansion in Tennessee to Add Hundreds of New Jobs

A southern Tennessee county is poised to gain up to 800 new jobs when a subsidiary of Fiat expands its auto supply plant. The nearly $54 million expansion of the Magneti Marelli plant in Giles County will provide a major boost to manufacturing jobs throughout the region.

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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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