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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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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2012 General Assembly
4:30 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

WKU Public Radio exclusive: Warren County Rep. DeCesare to run for new Senate seat

Rep. Jim DeCesare (R-Rockfield)
Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

A Warren County House Republican says he'll seek a new office rather than run against his fellow GOP incumbents. Under the redistricting plan sent to Governor Beshear Thursday, Rockfield Republican Jim DeCesare would be placed in a district along with CB Embry of Morgantown and Michael Meredith of Brownsville. But DeCesare told WKU Public Radio he will file papers Friday to run for a new state Senate seat that covers parts of Warren, Allen, Simpson, Logan, Todd, and Muhlenberg counties.

Politics
3:00 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Indiana Governor will give GOP response to President's State of the Union address

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has been picked to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. Daniels was considered a possible GOP Presidential candidate this year before deciding not to run for the White House. 

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2012 General Assembly
1:46 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

New legislative map going to Governor would be harsh to Senate Democrats and House Republicans

New legislative and judicial lines for Kentucky have been set. Kevin Willis has the latest on an agreed-upon redistricting map that would be harsh to the minority parties in each legislative chamber.

2012 General Assembly
2:24 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Senate redistricting plan keeps Owensboro in 2nd District, and keeps all of Pulaski County in 5th

A state Senate committee has approved a Congressional redistricting plan that differs greatly from the one passed in the House.

The Senate State and Local Government voted 7 to 4 along party lines Wednesday for the plan that keeps Owensboro in the 2nd District and Ashland in the 4th. The Senate plan also keeps all of Pulaski County in the 5th District. The Democratic House map had divided Pulaski County, home of GOP Congressman Hal Rogers of Somerset.

Politics
1:22 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

No money in Governor Beshear's budget for Owensboro bluegrass center

Governor Beshear's budget proposal does not include money for a new downtown bluegrass music center in Owensboro. The Messenger-Inquirer reports that the city and Daviess County did not receive funding for any capital projects in the Governor's two-year plan. Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne recently traveled to Frankfort to plead his case for $18 million to convert a downtown state office building into a new international bluegrass music center.

Politics
4:03 pm
Fri January 13, 2012

Family Foundation say expanded gambling won't pass this session in Frankfort

A key opponent to expanded gambling in Kentucky says the bill doesn’t have the votes to pass this legislative session.

For years, the Family Foundation has mounted strong opposition to Governor Steve Beshear’s chief legislative issue. The group’s senior analyst, Martin Cothran, says Beshear’s proposal will fall short in the Senate if it's voted on soon.

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Politics
9:54 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Kentucky House passes redistricting map that GOP calls ugly politics

A redistricting map passed by House Democrats now heads to the Senate, where it is very likely to be challenged. The Democratic-passed plan pits many GOP incumbents against each other, including three in the south-central Kentucky region. Kevin Willis has the latest.

Politics
1:18 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers get advice on how to battle meth epidemic

Officials from outside of Kentucky are encouraging state lawmakers not to repeat their missteps in the fight against meth.

At a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, officials from Oklahoma and Mississippi testified about how they've restricted the purchase of pseudoephedrine (PSE)—a common decongestant in cold medicines and an integral ingredient in meth.

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2012 General Assembly
1:36 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Bill would change the way Kentucky teachers are evaluated

A bill aimed at overhauling how Kentucky public school teachers are evaluated is headed to the House floor. Kevin Willis has our report.

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