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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French Masterpieces in Kentucky
4:29 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

A Wealth of France's Greatest Paintings is Now Showing in Kentucky

"The Joyous Festival" by Gaston La Touche

If you're an art fan--and especially if you're a lover of French paintings--you'll want to take note of a major new exhibit now showing at the Speed Museum in Louisville.

It's called "Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color", and it's a collaboration between the Speed and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis. You don't need to hold a degree in Art History to recognize the names on display: Monet, Degas, Matisse, and Cezanne, just to name a few. 

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Education
4:24 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Compromise May Be in the Works for Kentucky School Dropout Bill

Governor Steve Beshear is warming to a modified proposal to raise the high school dropout age. Beshear has long pushed to raise the dropout age to 18. The Senate Education Committee passed a bill today that lets individual school boards opt in to a higher dropout age. It also requires those boards to provide the Kentucky Department of Education with proof that a solid alternative program exists in their districts.

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Education
2:16 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

There's No Shortage of Lawmakers Wanting to Change Tennessee Teacher Evaluations

Lawmakers from both parties appear eager to make changes to Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system.

The system puts a heavy emphasis on student test scores. The new system was put in place as state leaders secured millions of dollars in funding from the federal “Race to the Top” program. The Tennessean newspaper reports nearly 20 bills have been filed by lawmakers to alter the evaluation system, despite calls from Governor Bill Haslam to leave it alone for now.

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Redistricting Lawsuit
2:39 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Judge Pushes Back Filing Deadline for Kentucky Candidates

A judge has ruled that Kentucky's election filing deadline will be postponed one week while he decides the constitutionality of new legislative districts in the Commonwealth. 

Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday afternoon, hours before the original deadlines for legislative hopefuls to file candidacy papers.

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U.S.68/KY80 Bridge
2:01 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Inspection of U.S.68/KY80 Bridge Underway

courtesy KYTC

According to a press release from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), a dive team working for KYTC is examining three piers of the U.S. 68/KY 80 bridge over Kentucky Lake to detect any critical shifting of the pier substructure. The inspection area includes Pier 6, which may have shifted when a cargo vessel crashed into the 80-year-old bridge Thursday night, ripping away a 322-foot span of the bridge. 

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Owensboro Downtown
12:35 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Final Design Plans for Owensboro Convention Center Could be Made This Week

A decision could be near concerning the final design revisions to the downtown convention center planned for Owensboro. The Messenger-Inquirer reports two panels that will ultimately approve plans for the new center are meeting Tuesday at Owensboro’s City Hall.

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Politics
9:45 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Gingrich, Obama File Papers for Kentucky Primaries

Republican Presidential Candidate Newt Gingrich has filed papers to run in the Kentucky GOP Primary on May 22nd. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney qualified for the contest last week. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has filed papers to be on the ballot for Kentucky’s Democratic Primary. The President, however, is not going to be opposed.

Creationism in Schools
10:08 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Indiana Senate Committee Gives the Go-Ahead to Teaching Creationism in Public Schools

An Indiana Senate panel has approved a bill that would allow creationism to be taught in the Hoosier State’s public schools. The Senate Education Committee voted 8-to-2 to send the legislation to the full Indiana Senate despite pleas from scientists and some religious leaders to keep religion out of public school science classrooms.

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Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

South Union Shaker Village Continues Work to Identify Shaker Graves

The lone Shaker memorial marker at South Union

An important restoration effort has made major strides at the South Union Shaker Village in Logan County. Over the past four-and-a-half years, staff identified 425 grave sites at the village, built a new fence around that cemetery, and gave the area a proper memorial marker.

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2012 General Assembly
2:30 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Elizabethtown Lawmaker Wants to Change the Way Redistricting is Done in Kentucky

Elizabethtown Representative Tim Moore says he'll introduce a bill that would change the way legislative redistricting maps are created.

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