Lisa Autry

Reporter/Producer

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum.  She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years.  Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville.  She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky.  Many of her stories have been heard on NPR. 

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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Barren County Judge-Executive Announces Retirement

Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer
Credit Barren County Government

Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer will not seek re-election to a fourth term. Judge Greer says her family had a lot to do with her decision to retire.

"My family doesn't want me to run again, so I just gave in and said okay," admits Greer. "I've loved what I've done and if I was 20 years younger, I wouldn't think twice about running again and again."

During her three terms heading Barren County government, Greer tells WKU Public Radio that the highlight was building the correctional center. 

Greer's retirement leaves no shortage of potential successors. 

Barren County Magistrate Chris Steward is seeking the judge-executive post, as well as five others. They include Brian Taylor, W.R. Tarry, David Honeycutt, Don Gossett, and Rob Strickland.

Agriculture
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Issues Ten Percent Challenge

Homemade jams are on of the offerings at the Community Farmer's Market in Bowling Green.
Credit Lisa Autry

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner is asking you to add one more New Year’s resolution to your list.  James Comer wants families to spend at least ten percent of their food dollars this year on locally grown food.

There are several ways to buy Kentucky Proud products.  Jackson Rolett with the Community Farmer’s Market in Bowling Green says the indoor market provides consumers with fresh produce even in the winter.

"Some of the things we can offer are a lot of squash and greens, a lot of root crops, turnips, beets, carrots, potatoes," explains Rolett.  "We also have a lot of farmers who are diversifying into high tunnel production and greenhouse production, so we have some producers here with red tomatoes.

Another way to buy Kentucky Proud is by visiting certain grocery chains, including Kroger, Walmart, and Whole Foods. 

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Environment
2:50 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Western Kentucky Utilities Monitor Chemical Spill in Ohio River

Credit Henderson Water Utility

In western Kentucky, Henderson is taking steps to ensure the safety of drinking water as some pollutants move down the Ohio River. 

Last week’s chemical spill in the Elk River in West Virginia has water utilities downstream taking precautions.  The plume is expected to reach Henderson Monday morning. 

Henderson Water Utility is collecting data from monitoring stations along the Ohio River and staying in contact with upstream water utilities, including Evansville and Louisville.  Treatment Manager Kevin Roberts says no decision has been made on whether to close intake valves.

"We are going to take the greatest step we can to ensure the community is protected and that we supply water," adds Roberts.  "If that includes shutting the intake then we certainly will do that."

A decision may not come until Sunday night, but the utility is working to build up the drinking water inventory just in case the intake valves are closed. 

Contaminant levels in the Ohio River are currently below the threshold for any risk to the public.

Education
12:48 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Grant to Help WKU Steer Early Learners into Math, Science

WKU has been awarded a $150,000 grant to support early childhood education. 

The funding from the PNC Foundation will be used to produce videos that will expose children to the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and math.  The videos will be distributed to places such as libraries, housing authorities, and preschools in Kentucky and Tennessee. 

"The hardest thing about changing the number of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in Kentucky relates to the fact that unless you stimulate interest early and students are really prepared to be successful when they go to college in those areas, then it's not going to happen," said Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU.

Kentucky will need to fill 74,000 STEM jobs by 2018, yet only 12 percent of bachelor’s degrees conferred in the state are in STEM fields.

Education
2:49 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Bowling Green, Warren County School Districts at Odds over Student Transfers

A dispute between the Bowling Green city and Warren County school systems is headed for mediation.  The two school systems are at odds over a non-resident student agreement for next school year and beyond. 

The county last year lowered the number of students by 86 who could transfer to city schools.  The state wouldn't reimburse the city school system for students over that number, although they could still attend city schools by paying tuition.

On Monday night, the Warren County School Board rejected an agreement presented by the city school system that would have cut the number of transferring students by four each year for ten years.  The county wanted to cut non-resident students by 50 each year for a decade. 

Paducah attorney Rick Walters will mediate discussion between the two sides on February 8th.   Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has given the school systems until April 1st to reach an agreement.

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