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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Police have recovered the body of a Bowling Green man who had been missing since late March. 

A property owner near Jennings Creek notified police of a body in the water on Monday evening.  An autopsy confirmed the remains were those of 34-year-old Micah Reed. 

Bowling Green Police Department Spokesman Ronnie Ward says Reed’s exact cause of death hasn’t been determined.

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One of Logan County’s oldest manufacturers plans to expand operations in China with a business deal that’s expected to close June 1.  Auburn Leather is selling its leather laces division to ISA Tan Tec, which is an international tanning operation. 

Auburn Leather supplies many shoe brands that have factories in China.  President Lisa Howlett says the company needs a greater Chinese presence so it can get its products to market faster. 

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Thousands of teachers gathered in Frankfort on Monday to turn up the political heat on  Kentucky lawmakers. 

An estimated 8,000 educators from Paducah to Paintsville rallied at the Capitol, pressuring lawmakers to adequately fund public education as they voted on a new spending plan and a tax overhaul.

The next two-year state budget increases spending for the main funding formula for K-12 schools.  The measure also restores money for bus transportation that Governor Bevin had proposed eliminating and returns money to school resource centers that help provide school supplies, clothing, and food to low-income students.

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A hearing in Frankfort Tuesday will determine if four Kentucky lawmakers committed ethics violations when they privately settled sexual harassment allegations last fall. 

The Legislative Ethics Commission will consider a complaint brought by a Democratic lawmaker against four Republican state representatives.  Former House Speaker Jeff Hoover from Jamestown, Jim DeCesare of Rockfield, Michael Meredith of Oakland, and Brian Linder from Dry Ridge gave an undisclosed amount of money to a female legislative staffer to settle allegations of sexual harassment. 

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Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie says a number of actions can be taken to improve school safety without banning assault-style weapons. 

The Republican lawmaker held a town hall in Bowling Green on Monday dubbed "A Conversation With Constituents."

The event drew a small, but passionate crowd frustrated by Congress’ inaction on gun control. Congressman Guthrie said he thinks the most effective response to school shootings is adding resource officers in every school.

"If people go into schools, if they illegally walk into schools with a gun, they know no one else in there has one unless it's a resource officer," Guthrie told WKU Public Radio.  "When you have a sign that says, 'This is a gun-free zone,' and then someone walks in with a gun, they know it's a gun-free zone."

A new pilot project in some Kentucky counties will give the public a window into the child welfare system.  For the first time in state history, some child protection cases will be open to the public under a four-year pilot project. 

The Kentucky Supreme Court issued an order this month allowing the pilot project in Harrison, Hopkins, Jefferson, Nicholas, Pendleton, and Robertson counties. 

Chief Justice John Minton, Jr. says he’s in favor of opening courts if it improves accountability and transparency.

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A non-profit based in Louisville is recruiting Kentucky’s World War Two veterans for a special trip to Washington D.C. 

The Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter is looking for at least 60 veterans from south central and west Kentucky to visit their memorials on D-Day.  The trip on June 5-6 is free and open to all World War Two veterans from every branch of the military. 

Ninety-two-year-old Charles Adams of Bowling Green took the trip about ten years ago.

"I enjoyed my flight completely. I got to see things I would have never seen before," said Adams. "If you know a veteran or are a veteran, don't be bashful about signing up for this because you deserve it."

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The Horse Cave Police Department is operating with a skeleton crew following the termination of one officer and the suspension of two others. 

Police Chief Sean Henry and Officer Christopher Trulock are suspended without pay as a federal investigation into the department continues.  City officials haven’t said why the police force is the subject of an FBI probe.  Search warrants were executed at the department earlier this month.

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The president of Western Kentucky University says the most recent budget reductions to offset a $15 million shortfall were less severe than anticipated, but warns more employee layoffs are on the horizon.

WKU President Timothy Caboni says the past several weeks spent reducing personnel across four campuses have been challenging.  The initial budget reduction estimates announced in February indicated that as many as 100 filled positions would need to be eliminated.  However, the actual number of full-time employees laid off was 62.  The university also cut 57 vacant positions. 

Health care providers in Kentucky have a new tool to gauge how their prescribing patterns compare with their peers.  The state has launched a Prescriber Report Card that’s aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse.

The individualized reports are an enhancement to the state’s KASPER program-Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting.  KASPER shows all prescriptions for an individual over a specified time period, the prescriber, and the dispenser.

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You could call it Walkout Wednesday at high schools all over Kentucky-students leaving class in solidarity to end gun violence.

“This protest is not about leaving your class," said Jack Eason, president of the Young Democrats Club at Bowling Green High School. "It’s about sending a message to Frankfort, to Washington DC, that we’re not going to put up with this anymore.”

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An Owensboro businessman known for his contributions to agriculture and education has died.  Bill Joe Miles passed away on Tuesday at the age of 78. 

His death was announced in Frankfort by State Representative Regina Huff during a meeting of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee.

"Suzanne Miles is a dear friend of mine and a member of this committee, and you may have noticed she just stepped out," stated Huff. "I ask that you remember her in prayer as she just lost her father a few moments ago."

School systems across Kentucky are making plans ahead of a national school walkout on Wednesday to protest gun violence. 

Organizers of the Women’s March have called for a 17-minute walkout at 10:00 a.m., one minute for each of the 17 victims killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting on February 14.

Warren County Schools Superintendent Rob Clayton says he supports students and their right to march in support of tighter gun laws.  He told WKU Public Radio that students won’t be punished as long as their activism is approved by their school principal.

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The budget proposal being discussed in the Kentucky General Assembly contains a new infusion of money for counties that are powered by or distribute power for the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

As a federal entity, TVA doesn’t pay property taxes on any of its assets in 39 southern and western Kentucky counties.  Instead, the utility pays an in-lieu-of tax to the state, which is five percent of its gross sales.  Seventy-percent of that money goes back to TVA counties and 30 percent remains in the state’s general fund.  State Representative Bart Rowland of Tompkinsville is co-sponsoring a measure to return more of those dollars to TVA counties.

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The neighbor of U.S. Senator Rand Paul has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of assaulting a member of Congress.  Rene Boucher was in federal court in Bowling Green on Friday for arraignment. 

The 59-year-old Boucher has admitted to tackling Paul from behind as he mowed his lawn last November.  The attack left the Republican lawmaker with several broken ribs and later pneumonia. 

In a plea agreement, Boucher said the incident wasn’t motivated by politics, but rather a property dispute that had “boiled over.”

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