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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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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Agriculture
1:55 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Counties Along Green River, Lake Cumberland Especially Hard Hit by Drought

What a difference a year makes. Last year was the wettest on record across Kentucky going back to 1895. Many areas of the commonwealth that experienced widespread flooding last year are now in drought.

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Education
1:59 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Less Than 19% of Proposed WKU Budget Comes from State Funding

The campus of WKU

WKU President Gary Ransdell has sent all faculty and staff an email containing the school’s proposed budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The WKU Board of Regents Budget and Finance Committee will debate the $388 million blueprint at a meeting Friday morning, with a vote before the full Board scheduled for June 22nd.

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Education
12:41 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Daviess County Judge-Executive Hopes His Region Will Be Included in Future Scholarship Plan

A Daviess County leader says he hopes the counties in his region will soon be included in some sort of coal tax college scholarship program. The scholarship fund announced this week by Governor Beshear includes nine counties in eastern Kentucky. While not criticizing the Governor's plan, Daviess County Judge-Executive Al Mattingly told WKU Public Radio a college scholarship program paid for by coal severance tax dollars could greatly benefit his and other coal-producing western counties, like Henderson, Webster, and Hopkins.

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Education
10:57 am
Wed May 30, 2012

WKU Places in Top 5 Nationally in Hearst Journalism Competition

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has finished fourth in the Overall Intercollegiate Championship in the 52nd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program. WKU has ranked among the top eight nationally for 19 consecutive years and won the overall title in 2005, 2001 and 2000.

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Regional
9:10 am
Tue May 29, 2012

Flash Flood Warning in Effect for Part of Whitley County

Update at 2:20pm:

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Whitley County in Kentucky until 4:30pm eastern. The warning comes as severe weather has made its way across parts of our listening area today, hitting much of the WDCL listening area in and around the Pulaski County region.

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Economy
12:05 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Job Outlook Improving for Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana Teens

A new state-by-state analysis of the teen unemployment rate shows the youth jobless picture improving throughout our listening area. The figures look at the number of 16 to 19 year olds in each state who are actively seeking work.

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Health
2:51 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Hospital in Owensboro Uses Cutting-Edge Technology to Reduce Surgical Cuts

Dr. Brad Cornell and surgical assistants performing dry-run of single-incision gallbladder surgery in Owensboro
Gordon Wilkerson, OMHS

A medical team in Owensboro is preparing to use a robotic surgical unit to perform a single-incision gall bladder removal. Friday's procedure at Owensboro Medical Health System will use a device known as the da Vinci Surgical System, which has been in use there since 2009.

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Health
10:49 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Major Gift to U of L Will Go Towards New Technology to Help the Paralyzed

The University of Louisville is receiving a $6.3 million dollar gift for efforts to help paralyzed people regain movement in their limbs. The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust is giving the money to support U of L’s Department of Neurological Surgery and the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center.

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Sports
1:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

WKU Women's Basketball Lands Commitment from Lexington Guard

WKU women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard is making more noise on the recruiting trail. The first-year coach has signed her first commitment for the Class of 2013. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School junior Kierra Muhammad says she’ll play her college ball at WKU.

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