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
8:55 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

At Least 12 Killed in Severe Weather Outbreak

The Associated Press now says at least 12 people were killed by the storms that moved through our region Wednesday. At least 10 tornadoes touched down in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  According to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, there were three fatalities in his state. According to the AP, six people died in Harrisburg, Ill. More than 100 people are said to have been injured.

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Fighting Lung Cancer in Kentucky
1:20 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Kentucky Lung Cancer Patients Have New Technology at Their Disposal

Dr. Neal Dunlap and the TruBeam radiation machine

New technology being unveiled in Louisville will offer faster and more accurate treatment for lung cancer patients. The TrueBeam machine allows doctors to deliver radiation more accurately to tumors in the lungs. University of Louisville radiation oncologist Dr. Neal Dunlap says TrueBeam offers two ways for doctors to more accurately see what's going on inside a cancer patient.

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Education
9:17 am
Thu February 23, 2012

"Books for Brains" Would Provide Reading Material for Young Kentuckians

A Christian County lawmaker wants to create a statewide program that would encourage pre-schoolers to develop a love of books. Hopkinsville Representative John Tilley’s bill has cleared the House Education Committee, and is something he calls “Books for Brain”.

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Amber Alert
11:07 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Tennessee Siblings Found by Law Enforcement; Amber Alert Cancelled

Update: An Amber Alert issued in Tennessee has been called off, following the discovery of two abducted children. The brother and sister were found in Maryland.

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Money and Politics
9:20 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Group Fighting Kentucky Meth Bill Spends Big Dollars Opposing Measure

A national organization trying to beat back a Kentucky bill making pseudoephedrine a prescription-only drug spent five times as much as any other group lobbying state lawmakers last month.

The Courier-Journal reports the Consumer Healthcare Products Association of Washington, D.C spent nearly $195,000 lobbying Kentucky lawmakers in January.

Some Kentucky lawmakers and many law enforcement officials want to make pseudoephedrine available by prescription only because it’s a necessary ingredient in making meth, a drug that is ravaging rural parts of the Commonwealth.

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2012 Presidential Race
2:45 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Indiana's Governor Maintains He Won't Run for White House

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels is once again brushing aside efforts by some to get him to enter the Republican Presidential contest. The online political journal Politico reports that some in the Republican Party are growing so concerned about the nominating process and the current crop of candidates that they’re looking for a late-entry nominee.

Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb is quoted by Politico as saying “the whispers have becomes shouts” and that the knocks on Daniels’ door “have become fist pounding.”

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WKU Basketball
3:26 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

WKU Names Ray Harper Full-Time Men's Basketball Coach

WKU's Ray Harper

Western Kentucky University Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Sunday that Ray Harper will have the word "interim" removed from his title and become the school's 14th full-time men's basketball coach.

Harper has led the Hilltoppers since Ken McDonald was fired from the job in early January.

Before coming to WKU to serve as an assistant coach, Harper won four lower-division national championships while head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro and Oklahoma City University.

Expanded Gambling in Kentucky
10:30 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Beshear: I'm Willing to Listen to Ideas About Changing Gambling Bill

Governor Beshear says he’s willing to make changes to his proposed casino gambling amendment in response to complaints from lawmakers. The plan unveiled by Beshear this week would allow up to five casinos at horseracing tracks, and two freestanding casinos in other parts of the state.

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Impact of Meth Series
3:57 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

In South-Central Kentucky, Meth Addicts Have Become Biggest Challenge to Law Enforcement

Meth lab bust in Barren County, Ky
Barren-Edmonston Drug Task Force

For Dean Crumbaugh, an incident that took place in January serves as the perfect example of how meth is making the job of law enforcement even more dangerous than it already was. Crumbaugh—a sergeant with the Glasgow Police Department—was assisting two fellow officers who had an altercation with a suspicious acting person at a gas station parking lot.

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2012 Indiana Senate Race
2:10 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Club For Growth Endorses Primary Challenger Facing Sen. Richard Lugar

Richard Mourdock

A prominent conservative group is endorsing Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock in his campaign to unseat a longtime Republican US Senator. Mourdock represents a challenge from the right against Senator Richard Lugar, who is seeking a seventh term this fall.

The Club For Growth has previously run TV attack ads against Lugar, but hadn’t previously endorsed Mourdock’s primary challenge. Now, the Mourdock campaign hopes the endorsement will lead to momentum and increased campaign contributions.

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