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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Health
11:15 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Alzheimer's Group: Those Caring for Loved Ones With Dementia Can't Do It Alone

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An estimated 80,000 Kentuckians are serving as caregivers to family members suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The Greater Kentucky-Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association wants more of those caregivers to be better informed about resources available to them.

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Government
1:48 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Following Spike in Hepatitis C Cases, Kentucky Considers Expanding Screenings for Virus

Electron micrographs of hepatitis C virus purified from cell culture.
Credit Charles Rice, via Wikimedia Commons

  Officials at the state and local levels are in discussions about offering hepatitis C testing at all Kentucky county health departments.

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Government
3:04 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Bowling Green Preparing for DOJ Investigator Visit Next Month

Credit Bowling Green Police Department

The mayor of Bowling Green says the city continues to examine how it conducts hiring for all of its departments.  

The move was prompted by a federal investigation into how the city makes hiring decisions related to its police force.  

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Education
4:10 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Owensboro to Build New Track & Field Complex for College, High School, and Public Use

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  Three Owensboro-based institutions are combining efforts to build a new state-of-the-art track and field facility.

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro Public Schools, and Owensboro Health announced Tuesday  that they will collaborate on the new facility, which will be located between the north and south campuses of Owensboro Middle School.

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Education
8:14 am
Mon July 27, 2015

WKU President on Upcoming Meeting With Higher Education Leaders

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  The leaders of Kentucky’s higher education institutions are meeting next Monday to continue shaping their strategy ahead of the upcoming General Assembly session.

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Society
3:44 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Fairness Campaign Wants Bowling Green to Become Next Kentucky City to Adopt Fairness Ordinance

Dora James is the Western Kentucky Regional Organizer for the Fairness Campaign.
Credit Fairness Campaign

  

  A Kentucky group that advocates for the LGBT community is hoping to expand Bowling Green’s civil rights ordinance.

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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

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  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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