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
9:31 am
Tue June 12, 2012

New Health Report Shows Tennessee Men Getting Low Marks in Major Categories

The latest Tennessee Men’s Health Report Card is out, with mostly bad news for the Volunteer State. Tennessee men get F’s for a host of mortality measures, including deaths by lung, head, and neck cancer, liver disease, motor vehicle accidents, suicides, and homicides.

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Education
8:22 am
Tue June 12, 2012

WKU Students Win Hearst Journalism Award Honors

Three Western Kentucky University students finished among the top three nationally in the finals of the 52nd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program . Brynn Anderson of Bowling Green and Armando Sanchez of Clovis, Calif., finished second and third, respectively, in the National Photojournalism Championship.

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Regional
8:50 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Traffic Advisory for WK Parkway/I65 Ramp

Contract crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be repairing the eastbound Wendell H. Ford Western Kentucky Parkway ramp to Northbound Interstate 65 on Tuesday.  The work will require closure of the ramp from 9am to 5pm.

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Regional
5:14 pm
Sun June 10, 2012

I-65 Northbound Lanes Closed at Hart-Barren County Line Sunday Evening

Update at 8:39pm:

The closure of I-65 northbound lanes at mile marker 55, at the Hart-Barren County line, is expected to continue for at least another 3-4 hours. A tractor trailer accident caused the closure. Traffic is being detoured off of the interstate at Exit 53 (Cave City).  Motorists can take US 31W north to rejoin the interstate at Exit 58 (Horse Cave) via KY 218. However, traffic is reportedly backed up several miles on 31W.

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Sports
11:02 am
Fri June 8, 2012

I'll Have Another Won't Win Another, as Injury Ends Triple Crown Bid, Career

I'll Have Another won't run in Saturday's third leg of the Triple Crown.

I'll Have Another is being retired from racing with a swollen tendon. The surprising announcement Friday from trainer Doug O'Neill comes the day before the colt was set to race at Belmont for the final leg of racing's Triple Crown.

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Business
9:02 am
Thu June 7, 2012

With New Contracts Awarded, Owensboro Convention Center Price Tag Maxes Out

The price tag for a new downtown convention center in Owensboro now stands at nearly $40 million. The city-county organization overseeing the construction effort has approved the use of $3.5 million in contingency funds for the project.

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Politics
2:36 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Sandra Day O'Connor Comes to Kentucky to Speak Out Against Money Involved in Judicial Elections

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor says the money involved in direct judicial elections is corrupting the legal system. At the Kentucky Bar Association’s annual convention in Louisville Wednesday, O’Connor—the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court—told hundreds of lawyers and judges that judicial elections are in direct conflict with the intent of American justice system.

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Regional
1:52 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Evansville Mayor: Remake Roberts Stadium as Green Space

Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, IN

The mayor of Evansville says a sports and entertainment stadium that’s been in use since 1956 needs to go. Lloyd Winnecke believes plans to re-build or reconfigure Roberts Stadium simply aren’t feasible. Instead, the mayor wants Roberts Stadium to become Roberts Park, with picnic areas, bike trails, and a dog park.

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Education
10:28 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Holliday Receives Contract Extension Through 2017

Kentucky’s Education Commissioner has been given a four-year contract extension. The state board of education unanimously agreed to award the extension to Terry Holliday, who has been on the job since 2009. The new deal covers the years of 2013 to 2017, and keeps Holliday’s annual salary at $225,000.

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Regional
10:20 am
Tue June 5, 2012

South-Central Kentucky Judge Says High Number of Plea Bargains Means Low Number of Jury Trials

Jury duty: some people like it, a lot of people hate it. Regardless of their thoughts on the issue, many of those who are called for jury duty won’t ever take part in a trial. That’s at least partly because—for better or worse—so many cases result in plea bargains that are arranged by the prosecutors and defense attorneys ahead of time.

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