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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High school seniors planning to attend college in the fall of 2019 need to fill out a form known as the FAFSA.

An event this weekend at Western Kentucky University will help students and their families fill out and electronically sign the document.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is required for state and federal financial aid, as well as grant opportunities, work-study programs, and student employment.

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The owners of a southern Kentucky horse racing track want to expand their Simpson County facility and build a new one near Fort Campbell.

Kentucky Downs says it wants to double the size of its main building in Franklin that houses the track’s historical horse racing and simulcasting operations, and build a new indoor equestrian complex. The plans also include new RV and trailer parking for racing participants and spectators.

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The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General says one of the latest scams making the rounds in the state targets senior citizens and military veterans.

The AG’s Office has received reports from Edmonson, Fayette, Jefferson, and Spencer counties that con artists are trying to get would-be victims to switch their monthly bank deposits to a fake bank account.

The scammers’ goal is to steal monthly Social Security or military veteran benefits.

Bowling Green International Festival

The Bowling Green International Festival is celebrating its 29th year of promoting cultural diversity.

Organizers says Saturday’s event will feature a record-number of food booths, which will allow festival-goers to sample cuisines from different cultures. Three stages spread across downtown's Circus Square Park will feature music, dance, and cultural demonstrations.

“You see a lot of neat and interesting things as far as cultural demonstrations and dress”, said Hannah Barahona, Vice President of the Festival’s Board of Directors. “You can, of course, try different kinds of food that that you’ve never had before. But at the same time it’s a really good opportunity to show support to our foreign-born residents within our community.”

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Owensboro is getting its first family medicine residency program.

The effort is a partnership between the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Owensboro Health and is scheduled to open in 2020.

The three-year program is expected to start with a class of six resident physicians and admit an additional six physicians each year.

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says the White House needs to use a lie detector test to find out who wrote an anonymous op-ed published in the New York Times this week.

The op-ed is purportedly written by a senior official in President Trump’s administration who claims to be a part of an internal resistance effort actively working to block the president’s most extreme policies and instincts.

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A Daviess County pharmacist says the demand for Hepatitis A vaccine continues to grow in the face of a statewide outbreak.

Jigna Wilson, with Wilson Family Pharmacy in Owensboro, says her office is keeping busy filling requests for the vaccine from doctors’ offices and customers.

Wilson’s pharmacy is offering to take the Hepatitis A vaccine to the homes of customers who aren’t able to get out.

Motorists are being warned to be prepared for a major resurfacing project that begins Tuesday night along a stretch of Interstate 65 in southern Kentucky.

All six lanes of the interstate are being repaved between mile markers 35 and 44, which covers the Oakland area to the Cumberland Parkway exit.

Wes Watt, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet office in Bowling Green, says the resurfacing work will be done in the late evening and early morning hours, between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

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The Western Kentucky University School of Journalism and Broadcasting is commemorating the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous years in recent U.S. history—1968.

That year, the Vietnam War was raging, the Civil Rights struggle was in full-swing, and Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated. An exhibition of images is being displayed through the end of November that depict life as it was that year on the WKU campus.


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A new non-profit group in Kentucky is advocating state health care tax reform as a way to fund the state’s Medicaid expansion.

Balanced Health Kentucky is asking state lawmakers to review all of the health care industries in the commonwealth, and consider how much they are—or aren’t—being taxed.

Kentucky expanded the number of people eligible for Medicaid in 2014 under then-Governor Steve Beshear, a Democrat.

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The Office of the Kentucky Attorney General says a scam making the rounds is trying to get business owners to pay for services that are provided for free by the federal government.

Attorney General Andy Beshear says his office has received reports from aspiring small business owners who are receiving messages from a website mimicking the Internal Revenue Service. The scammers offer to help obtain an Employer Identification Number for a fee of $250 to $300.

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Kentucky's Governor is meeting Monday night with the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S.

Matt Bevin and Cui Tiankai will discuss economic development at the meeting in the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort.

The meeting comes at a time of increasingly strained relationships between Washington and Beijing.

President Donald Trump has pursued an aggressive trade policy against China, slapping billions of dollars in tariffs on imported Chinese products, such as solar panels, washing machines, flat-panel televisions, and medical devices.

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Tougher federal guidelines on refugee resettlement are having a big impact on a southern Kentucky agency.

The Trump administration has cut the overall number of refugees allowed into the U.S., and has added increased layers of security that have drastically cut the number of refugees from majority-Muslim countries. The advocacy group Human Rights First says there’s been a 90 percent decline in the number of refugee Muslim admissions in the U.S. compared to the 2017 federal fiscal year.


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Western Kentucky University has announced it raised a record amount of private financial support during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The school says it raised $45 million—a nearly 24-percent increase over the previous fiscal year’s record-breaking total.

The private contributions given last fiscal year came from more than 14,000 donors from all 50 states.

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Kentucky State Police investigators are looking into the case of a stolen forklift they found submerged in the Ohio River over the weekend.

Divers located the equipment in Union County.

The forklift was pulled from the water by a crane, according to photos posted on Twitter by Trooper Corey King, spokesman for the state police post in Henderson.

King asked anyone with information on the stolen equipment to contact state police at 270-826-3312.

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