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.

Politics
1:00 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Beshear Says GOP Control of House Would Set Kentucky Back to "19th Century"

Governor Steve Beshear says Kentucky risks running off the “progressive path” it’s on if voters give the GOP a majority of state House seats. Beshear made the comments in Barren County Thursday.

Democrats currently hold a 54-to-46 advantage in the chamber, but Republicans have made a major push to win control of the House for the first time in more than 90 years. To help Democratic incumbents, Beshear has been on the road this week, announcing funding for infrastructure projects in districts where these members are facing competitive challenges by Republican candidates.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kentucky's Civil Rights Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Announced in Bowling Green

The late Gatewood Galbraith is one of 34 nominees for the 2014 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame.
Credit File photo

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights will announce the latest inductees into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame on Thursday.

The group will unveil which of the 35 nominees will receive the honor at a ceremony in Bowling Green at Western Kentucky University.

Those nominated for the Hall of Fame have made contributions to a wide variety of causes throughout the commonwealth, said John Johnson, executive director of the state’s Human Rights Commission. 

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Local News
7:49 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Kentucky Chief Justice Minton Announces Study Looking at Caseloads for Judges, Urges Pay Raises

Credit courts.ky.gov

Kentucky’s judicial branch is set to begin a study that will examine the balance of caseloads throughout the state.

Speaking to reporters Friday after his annual “State of the Judiciary” address to lawmakers, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton Jr., said many people hold a perception that some parts of the state have too few judges, while other regions have too many.

“And rolled up in that is the continuing concern in Daviess County of the need for family court, Daviess County being the largest jurisdiction in the state without family court," he said.

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Local News
11:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Video: Mammoth Cave Scientist Predicts White Nose Syndrome to Get Much Worse, and Soon

Rick Toomey is director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning.

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 3:22 pm

A researcher at Mammoth Cave National Park is fearful that a fungal disease is set to kill large numbers of bats in the region.

White Nose Syndrome was first discovered at the park in south-central Kentucky last year, and has impacted at least six of the eight bat species found inside the cave. Rick Toomey, director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, says researchers at the park are expecting a spike in White Nose cases.

“Unfortunately we’re expecting potentially our next big milestone this year, when we may start seeing fairly large population drops, or possibly finding bats dying of white nose at the park.”

Watch: WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham recently produced a video exploring the potential impact of White Nose Syndrome on the bat populations at Mammoth Cave, and what the park is doing to combat the fungus:

Toomey says an estimated 6.5 million bats in North America have died due to White Nose Syndrome, although he believes the actual number could be much higher. Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Tennessee has recently seen a surge in bat deaths due to White Nose Syndrome—deaths Toomey says haven’t shown up yet in official estimates.

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