Kevin Willis

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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Environment
12:51 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Conway Joins Other AGs in Lawsuit Over EPA Waterways Rules

Credit Kentucky Attorney General's Office

  Kentucky’s attorney general says he’s filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency over the regulation of waterways.

Jack Conway announced Tuesday that he’ll join either other state attorneys general asking a federal court to block the new EPA rules.

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Government
12:40 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Paul's Amendment Would Change How Deployed Military Are Counted in Census

Credit Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

  An amendment championed by Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator would change the way deployed military personnel are counted in the Census.

Rand Paul’s amendment would require the Census to count all deployed servicemen and women at the base or port where they lived before deployment. Currently, those individuals are counted as part of the U.S. overseas population.

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Society
8:18 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Owensboro to Unveil Historical Marker Honoring African-American Civil War Soldiers from Region

The Daviess County courthouse

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 3:43 pm

An estimated 1,000 African-Americans who fought for the Union in the Civil War are being honored in Owensboro.

The Daviess County Bicentennial Committee is unveiling a historical marker on the courthouse square Friday evening for the Daviess County men who fought in what were known as “colored” infantries and cavalry units during the war.

The marker will be unveiled at 6 p.m. at the northwest corner of the courthouse.

Committee Co-chair Aloma Dew was one of the driving forces behind getting the marker established. She says the black men who volunteered for the units took great personal risks.

“We know of a couple of men who walked from Pleasant Ridge, which is about 15 miles outside of Owensboro, into Owensboro to sign up. They were slaves and they knew that if they were apprehended there would be a high cost to pay,” Dew said.

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Education
3:01 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Alltech and WKU Partnering to Create Craft Beer Production Line in Bowling Green

The WKU Center for Research and Development
Credit WKU

  A Lexington brewing and distilling company is setting up a beer production line in Bowling Green.

Alltech, which produces Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, delivered a production-level brewing system Wednesday to WKU’s Center for Research and Development. No date has been set as to when the production line will begin operating, though it could start sometime this fall.

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Society
2:46 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Two Survivors of 2014 Muhlenberg County House Fire File Suit Against Owensboro Company

The scene of the Jan. 31, 2014, house fire that took the lives of nine Muhlenberg County family members.
Credit Lisa Autry/WKYU

  The two surviving members of a 2014 Muhlenberg County house fire are filing a lawsuit against a construction company.

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Politics
11:51 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Beshear on Voter Turnout Predictions, Hoping for Positive General Election Gov Campaign

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Governor Beshear says predictions of low voter turnout are disheartening. 

The Secretary of State’s Office has estimated only 10 percent of registered voters will go to the polls today.

Speaking after an event in Bowling Green this morning, Beshear said the recent nasty turn in the Republican primary for governor probably won’t help.

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Politics
9:24 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Poll: Dead Heat Among Top Three Kentucky GOP Candidates for Governor

Credit Twitter / Matt Bevin/James Comer/Hal Heiner

A new statewide survey shows the Kentucky Republican primary for governor is a tossup between the top three candidates.

The Survey USA poll found Matt Bevin with 27 percent support, James Comer with 26 percent, and Hal Heiner with 25 percent. Will T. Scott trailed with just 8 percent support.

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Politics
11:49 am
Thu May 7, 2015

NY Times: Analysis of Paul Fundraising Shows Campaign Has Strong Appeal in Small Towns, Rural Areas

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
Credit ASHLEY LOPEZ, WFPL

An analysis of fundraising data from the beginning weeks of Rand Paul’s presidential campaign shows he has strong support from donors in small towns.

The New York Times reports the Bowling Green Republican took in $1 million online in less than 30 hours after formerly launching his campaign April 7.

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Education
7:52 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Gatton Academy at WKU Prepares to Expand Residence Hall and Class Size

Gov. Steve Beshear at the ceremony at WKU announcing the expansion of the residence hall housing the Gatton Academy of Math and Science.

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:08 pm

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Math and Science at WKU is preparing to undergo a transformation that will sharply increase its population.

The academy has been given a financial gift from businessman Bill Gatton to expand the residence hall that houses the academy’s students. The renovation is needed because the academy is expanding its class size from 120 to 200 students this fall.

The academy is home to some of the top high school juniors and seniors in the state who take college courses for two years at WKU, and has been repeatedly ranked as the top high school in the nation.

Speaking at a ceremony Wednesday at WKU announcing the gift from Gatton, Governor Steve Beshear said the academy is a point of pride for the state.

“The Gatton Academy is a shining example of how our educators are preparing the next generation of highly-trained graduates. I’m proud that my last budget will allow another 80 students the opportunity to study in the nation’s best high school.”

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Government
3:39 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Ft. Knox is First Military Post in Nation Capable of Providing Electricity to Power All Operations

Credit 48states, Wikimedia Commons

Ft. Knox is the first military post in the nation with the potential to supply 100-percent of the energy needed to run its operations.

At a ceremony Wednesday, officials demonstrated the results of the post’s Energy Security Project, which converts natural gas beneath the installation into electricity. The post uses a micro-grid to control a group of sub-stations and generators.

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