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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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

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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
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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

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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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Society
3:16 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Springtime Brings the Birds and the Bees, and Lots of Stray Cats for Animal Shelters

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It’s the time of year when animal shelters across the state become inundated with kittens.

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Culture
2:14 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Incoming Chairman of Bluegrass Music Museum Says New Center Will Rival Other Major State Attractions

L to R: Mike Simpson, incoming Chairman; Dr. Peter Salovey, outgoing Chairman; and Terry Woodward, Vice Chairman
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A Bowling Green businessman is taking over as chairman of the board of trustees at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro.

Mike Simpson is a lifelong bluegrass music fan who spent childhood summers in the Ohio County town of Rosine, which was home to the man considered the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He takes over the museum’s board chairmanship from Dr. Peter Salovey, President of Yale University. 

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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

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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

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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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