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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Society
1:03 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Syphilis Cases Rise In Kentucky

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Kentucky is seeing a rapid increase in the number of syphilis infections, mirroring a national trend. 

Public health officials are seeking expanded education and treatment for the sexually transmitted disease. Kentucky’s number of syphilis cases has doubled since 2009, to just over 10 cases per 100-thousand residents.

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Education
2:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

WKU Suspends Swimming and Diving Program for Five Years Following Investigation

Credit WKU

WKU is suspending its Swimming and Diving program for five years, effective immediately.

The university informed the team members and coaching staff of the decision Tuesday morning.

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Society
1:17 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Website Tracking Evansville Area Business Attitudes Toward LGBT Community Seeking to Expand

Credit Ludovic Bertron, Wikimedia Commons

An online tool with information about Evansville-area businesses and their attitudes towards LGBT customers and employees is looking to expand.

The Map Evansville website is the brainchild of University of Southern Indiana psychology professor Amie McKibban, who asks business owners to fill out a survey, with the results shared online.

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Government
4:22 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Partnership Between Owensboro and State to Jumpstart New Bluegrass Music Center

Credit Bryan Leazenby / International Museum of Bluegrass

The city of Owensboro is receiving $5 million for the construction of the new International Bluegrass Music Center project along the town’s riverfront.

The money comes from a partnership between the city and state announced Wednesday by Governor Steve Beshear and city leaders.

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Politics
6:43 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Ky. Republicans Give Preliminary Approval to Switch to Presidential Caucus System

Credit Republican Party of Kentucky/Facebook

  The Kentucky Republican Party appears ready to change the way it nominates presidential candidates—something that would help U.S. Sen. Rand Paul run for the White House and Senate in 2016.

The executive committee of the state party gave preliminary approval Saturday to Paul’s request to hold a presidential caucus next year, instead of a primary election.

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Government
3:06 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Brake Named New President/CEO of Greater Owensboro Chamber

Credit Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce/ chamber.owensboro.com

The next President and CEO of the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce won’t have to go far to begin her new job.

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Environment
11:21 am
Tue February 24, 2015

White Nose Syndrome Discovered in Bats Living in Warren County

Credit Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation

A disease that has already ravaged parts of the North American bat population has been discovered in another southern Kentucky cave. Researchers found bats with White Nose Syndrome in a dozen tri-colored bats living in the WKU-owned Crumps Cave in Warren County.

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Politics
11:25 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Beshear: Democrats Need Better Narrative, Deeper Bench Ahead of 2016 Elections

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the national Democratic Party is paying the price for not putting enough resources into winning Congressional and state legislative races.

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Society
1:00 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kentucky Ranks 49th in Nation in Survey of Overall Well-Being

Credit Gallup Healthways / http://www.well-beingindex.com/

Kentucky ranks next-to-last in a measure of each state’s overall well-being.

It’s the sixth straight year Kentucky has come in 49th in the 2014 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which was released Thursday.

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Government
2:49 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Comer: If Governor, Passing Right-to-Work Would Be Top Priority

James Comer
Credit WKMS/John Null

Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer says passing a statewide right-to-work law would be his first priority if elected as Kentucky's next governor.

Comer, Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner,  predicts the issue will be hotly debated during the general election, given that Democratic front-runner Jack Conway opposes such a law.

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