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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Education
10:41 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Warren County School Once Again Named a Green Ribbon School

A Warren County elementary school is being honored as one of three Green Ribbon Schools in Kentucky. Richardsville Elementary joins Rosa Parks Elementary in Lexington and Georgetown Middle School in Scott County as the only Kentucky schools to receive the award.

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Politics
10:15 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Daviess County Budget Contains Employee Raises, No New Taxes

Daviess County Fiscal Court’s next proposed budget has no plans for borrowing money or tax increases. The $74.1 million spending blueprint unveiled this week also calls for county employees to receive 1.5% raises.The Messenger-Inquirer reports Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly says he wants county employees to receive a 2% raise.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Bad Omen for 2013? Kentucky Senate President Says House Negotiated in Bad Faith

David Williams, at left, speaks with Senators last week in Frankfort
LRC

The President of the Kentucky Senate says he’ll never again negotiate with Democrats in private. Cumberland County Republican David Williams says House Democrats reneged on a previous agreement regarding transportation projects in his district.

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Health
9:56 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Warren County Doctor Says There is Legitimate Concern over Proposed Kentucky Pill Bill

A Bowling Green doctor says the Kentucky House Speaker should stop pretending he knows what the majority of physicians, nurses, and dentists thinks regarding a prescription drug bill. Dr. Robert Emslie told WKU Public Radio he's concerned about comments made by Speaker Greg Stumbo about doctors' support of a measure that would put the state's prescription pill monitoring program under the control of the Attorney General.

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Politics
10:57 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Governor Haslam Sees His Agenda Moving Through Tennessee Legislature

The Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has scored three legislative victories regarding food and inheritance taxes, and a civil service reform bill. Members of the Tennessee House have voted to cut the state’s tax on food by a quarter of a percentage point, and they agreed to gradually eliminate Tennessee’s tax in inheritance by 2016.

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Regional
2:21 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Report: Confusion and Chaos in Leadup to Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

A new report describes confusion leading up to the stage collapse at last summer’s Indiana State Fair that killed seven people. According to the report, Fair officials weren’t properly prepared for emergencies, and the stage that collapsed wasn’t built to withstand strong winds.

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Agriculture
9:17 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Proposed Labor Department Regulations Would Impact Young Farm Workers

Some farmers and political leaders in our region are speaking out against new US Labor Department rules regarding child workers on farms. Many in the agriculture industry say the proposed changes would change longstanding traditions, but the government says the rules don’t apply to children working on farms owned by their parents.

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2012 Presidential Race
3:38 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Lasley: Get Ready for a Nasty Campaign this Fall

A WKU political analyst says voters should brace themselves for a rough general election battle this fall. Political Science Professor Scott Lasley says with Rick Santorum out of the Republican primary, Mitt Romney and President Obama can focus on something they had already started to do—blaming the other person’s ideology for the current condition of the economy.

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Regional
9:03 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Interstate 65 Lane Closure Planned Wednesday Evening

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will have a lane closure in place for southbound I-65 beginning Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 pm until midnight. The lane closure is necessary while crews shift southbound traffic to the far left lanes between the Cumberland Parkway (mm 43) and Park City (mm 48).

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Health
2:45 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Funding Will Help Kentucky Researchers Battle Heart Disease

Dr. Roberto Bolli of the University of Louisville

Research being done in Kentucky to treat one of the great health crises of our time is getting a major boost. Monday the University of Louisville announced a new seven year, $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health aimed at finding cures for cardiovascular disease.

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