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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Education
1:28 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Study Abroad at Centre College Boosted by Anonymous Gift

Centre College in Danville, Kentucky has received a $1 million anonymous gift to help fund travel to foreign countries. 

Seventy-five percent of the gift is intended for study abroad grants to qualified students who have completed two years of foreign language study at Centre and want to travel to a country where that language is spoken. 

The remaining 25% will go to Centre faculty to travel to nations where the language they teach is spoken. 

Milton Reigelman, who oversees study abroad at Centre as director of the Center for Global Citizenship, said in a news release that the gift will make an already strong program in study abroad even stronger.

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Politics
9:24 am
Sun September 29, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Prepare to Begin Search for New LRC Director

Credit Kentucky LRC

Three of Kentucky’s legislative leaders are calling on all legislative leaders to meet this week and discuss who will head the Legislative Research Commission going forward.   The LRC’s director Bobby Sherman resigned recently in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against a former lawmaker. 

A letter sent Friday to all House and Senate leaders says there are two items that require immediate action.  One is the “leadership vacuum” within the administrative staff of the LRC.  The letter notes there are currently four people with the title of Deputy Director, none of whom have authority to take over for Bobby Sherman. 

The letter also says the search needs to begin for a permanent successor, noting the LRC Director position is critical and will not be easy to fill.  The last time the organization conducted a search was in 1998.

The letter, which calls for a meeting on Wednesday, is signed by Senate President Robert Stivers, Senate Minority Floor Leader R.J. Palmer, and House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover.

Education
2:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Elizabethtown Schools Improve to 'Distinguished' Status

A central Kentucky school system is celebrating the newly released scores on state assessments.  The Elizabethtown Independent School District climbed from Proficient in 2012 to Distinguished this year. 

Superintendent Jon Ballard says one of the specific bright spots in all the data is Morningside Elementary, a school that went from the Needs Improvement category to Distinguished in one year.

“One of the elements in the new assessment is a gap score, which targets those students considered more at risk, and in that particular area, Morning Side Elementary’s scores went up by 18 points, which is very significant,” Ballard adds.

Ballard credits the success with focusing more on students individually. He also says teachers are becoming more comfortable with the new standards in the two-year-old Unbridled Learning testing system.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Second Kentucky House Member Accused of Sexual Harassment

Rep. Will Coursey, D-Symsonia
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A second lawmaker from western Kentucky is being accused of sexual harassment.  Louisville attorney Thomas Clay is representing Nicole Cusic, who claims she was retaliated against when she complained about the behavior of State Representative Will Coursey. 

“For instance, I believe he was asking one of the interns to go to the Governor’s Ball with him, and there were some other things that involved explicit language, which she thought was inappropriate.”

Cusic, who was Coursey’s secretary, claims she was transferred out of his office when she confronted him. Coursey, a Democrat from Symsonia, is represented by Paducah attorney Mark Edwards.

“Mr. Coursey’s position is that he’s never had an inappropriate relationship with anybody, and the lady who’s making the complaint did work for him, but the reason she was transferred was that she had a poor work history.”

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Education
11:26 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Bowling Green Attorney Tapped for College Post

Bart Darrell

Bowling Green attorney Bart Darrell will become Vice President of External Services at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.

“We are pleased to welcome Bart to campus in this new role. He knows the College well and loves Kentucky Wesleyan and Owensboro,” stated KWC President Dr. Craig Turner. “We welcome his experiences, insights, energy and leadership acumen.”

A news release on the college's website says Darrell will administer development, admissions, financial aid, alumni relations and public relations functions.

Darrell has worked for the law firm of Bell, Orr, Ayers & Moore in Bowling Green since 1987 and spent the past 13 years as general counsel for Warren County Public Schools.

“I first met Bart twelve years ago at Richardsville Elementary School. It has been very obvious to me since that time that he is a man with a true heart and passion for education," said Warren County School Board Chairman Kerry Young in a news release.

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Education
2:35 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

South Central Kentucky School Receives National Honor

Auburn Elementary has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.  

The Logan County school is being recognized for exemplary improvement, which means at least 40 percent of students are from disadvantaged backgrounds and the school scores among the top ten percent of those in the state with the greatest five year improvement on state assessments in reading/language arts and mathematics.

"As the saying goes, no child is left behind here at Auburn Elementary School.  We expect every child to be at least proficient, preferably on the distinguished level," says Principal David Ward.  "We just expect the best out of every child regardless of what their circumstance is." 

Auburn Elementary is one of five Kentucky schools receiving the Blue Ribbon designation.   Representatives from each of the schools will join those from other states at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.

Regional
10:08 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Body Found in Bowling Green Identified

Bowling Green police have identified a body found in a ravine off Russellville Road Sunday night.  The deceased was 31-year-old Darrell Gregory of Bowling Green, whose mother had reported him missing. 

He was last seen September 1 near the Western Hills Motel on Morgantown Road.  Police say some children playing in the area found the body, which was badly decomposed. 

An autopsy will determine if Gregory died from foul play or natural causes.

Health
6:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Launch Date Nears for Kentucky's Health Benefits Exchange

Kentucky is the only southern state implementing all of the federal Affordable Care Act.  A major tenant of the law are the Health Benefits Exchanges, which are online marketplaces where consumers can compare various insurance plans.  Kentucky's exchange, known as kynect, is one week from going live.  Kynect Executive Director Carrie Banahan says a Lexington contact center is fielding more than 100 calls a day.

“People ask ‘Does this affect my Medicare?’ The answer is no.  People want to know how they can qualify and what the eligibility requirements are.  We’ve also received questions about whether there is a limit on the number of people who can qualify for premium assistance, and the answer is no,” explains Banahan.

Kentuckians must be signed up by December 15th in order to receive coverage starting January 1.  The state has about 640,00 people currently uninsured.  It’s estimated that 300,000 will be added to Medicaid and nearly as many will qualify premium assistance.

Regional
1:21 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Bowling Green Man Charged with Violating Federal Gun Laws Released on Bond

A Bowling Green man accused of international gun trafficking is no longer in custody.  A federal judge on Friday morning granted bond to Adam Joseph Bunger. 

Adam Bunger is accused of shipping firearms to England, Sweden, and Australia, all countries with stringent gun laws.  He allegedly used a website called Black Market Reloaded to sell the weapons and used aliases to ship them overseas.  The firearms were supposedly disassembled, and the parts hidden in video game consoles.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jo Lawless argued before U.S. District Judge Brent Brennenstuhl that Bunger should remain behind bars, claiming he was a flight risk and a danger to the community.  She added that the government anticipates bringing additional charges.

“We have truly only scratched the surface,” said Lawless.

Not only was Bunger allegedly shipping firearms in illegal in other countries, Lawless said he was stripping the weapons of serial numbers.  She also contended the investigation had turned up evidence of Bunger also trading in marijuana, fake IDs, and stolen credit cards.

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Regional
2:36 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Bowling Green Man Arrested on Firearms Charges

Adam Joseph Bunger
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

A Bowling Green man charged with using an online black market to ship firearms to foreign buyers is due in federal court Friday for a detention hearing.

Adam Joseph Bunger was arrested this week on federal firearms charges.  He's accused of disassembling weapons, concealing the parts inside electronic devices, and shipping them overseas.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the 33-year-old Bunger pulled off the scheme from June through August. 

ATF Special Agent David S. Hayes wrote in a criminal complaint that Bunger sent firearms to Australia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom by tucking the weapons into Xbox consoles and DVD players.  Hayes said Bunger used a website called Black Market Reloaded to sell the weapons while using the aliases John Smith and Jarvis Smith. 

Bunger made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green on Tuesday where he was assigned a public defender and ordered to remain in custody.

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