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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Regional
9:24 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Community Comes Together to Celebrate Life of Shooting Victim

Music and ministry were a large part of Bradshaw's life. Fellow church members participate in the celebration of life service.

Several hundred people filed into the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center in Bowling Green Thursday evening to remember a young man who touched countless lives. 

Brandon Bradshaw was shot just over a week ago by an off-duty Warren County court security officer. Kentucky State Police are investigating what led up to the shooting in a parking lot on the 31-W Bypass. For now, those closest to Bradshaw are celebrating his life.

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Regional
9:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Growers Sentenced in One of Kentucky's Largest Marijuana Operations

A Barren County felon and nine co-defendants have been sentenced for running a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation. 

Considered the ring-leader of the operation, 70-year-old Dallas Norris of Glasgow, was sentenced this week to nearly 20 years in prison. He was charged with manufacturing and distributing the marijuana, money laundering, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. 

A tip led Kentucky State Police to Norris’ home in November 2011, where they discovered more than 1,200 marijuana plants. Police learned the indoor grow began in 2008 and had been producing seven to ten pounds of weed every two weeks. Norris was selling it for around $3,000 per pound. 

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Regional
7:40 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Celebration of Life Service for Brandon Bradshaw Set for Thursday at SkyPAC

Brandon Bradshaw

A celebration of life service is being held Thursday afternoon for a Bowling Green man shot to death by an off-duty Warren County court security officer.

The service for Brandon Bradshaw is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, where Bradshaw served as youth theater director.

Official visitation for Bradshaw is 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday at J.C. Kirby and Son Funeral Chapel on Lovers Lane. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Living Hope Baptist Church.  The complete obituary can be viewed here.

The 27-year-old Bradshaw was shot Feb. 26 by off-duty Court Security Officer Tommy Brown in a parking lot on the 31-W Bypass in Bowling Green.  Kentucky State police continue to investigate the shooting. No arrests have been made in the case.

Brown's lawyer says his client acted in self-defense.

Regional
4:16 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Funeral Arrangements Complete for Bowling Green Shooting Victim

Brandon Bradshaw

The family of Brandon Bradshaw released funeral arrangements Tuesday via a special Facebook page created in Bradshaw's honor. 

The 27-year-old Bradshaw was shot one week ago by off-duty Court Security Officer Tommy Brown in a parking lot on the 31W Bypass in Bowling Green.  Kentucky State police continue to investigate and so far Mr. Brown has not been arrested.  His lawyer says Brown acted in self defense. 

His obituary says a celebration of life will be held Thursday at 4:30pm at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center where Bradshaw was the youth theater director.  Visitation is scheduled from 2:00pm-8:00pm Friday at J.C. Kirby and Son Funeral Chapel on Lovers Lane.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Saturday at Living Hope Baptist Church.  The complete obituary can be viewed here.

Arts & Culture
12:44 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

After 36 Year Run, Curtain Closes on Kentucky Repertory Theatre

Seats are installed in October 2012 for opening night of Sherlock Holmes
Credit Facebook

After 36 years, the curtain is closing on the Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave. According to its board of directors, the theatre is no longer able to compete for funding and patrons. Liz Fentress is among those saddened by the announcement. She currently teaches at Actors Theatre of Louisville, but says some of her best times were spent at the theatre in Horse Cave.

"I have memories of being in the audience watching professional performances by other people. I have memories of directing fine actors, Warren Hammack and Pamela White being at the top of the list. "And I have wonderful memories of performing there myself," said Fentress.

In addition to professional acting, the Kentucky Repertory Theatre also served as a training ground for young talent. Since it opened in 1977, the theater staged 230 productions. 

Board of Directors Chairwoman Lyn Taylor Long says economic challenges were just too great to overcome, including a loss of major donors.

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Regional
4:46 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Warren County Bailiff Accused in Shooting Claims Self Defense

The off-duty court security officer who fired on a Warren County man this week has hired a lawyer, who says his client acted in self-defense. Bowling Green Attorney Alan Simpson is representing Tommy Brown, who shot Brandon Bradshaw three times while Bradshaw was inside his truck off the 31-W Bypass. 

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, Simpson was asked why Brown has not been arrested.

"This was self defense, and knowing law enforcement here in Warren County--very reputable--the commonwealth attorney was on the scene, and if they thought something was amiss, Mr. Brown would have been arrested," said Simpson. "It is a misnomer or a misconception that people have that if someone shoots someone that they're going to be immediately arrested."

Simpson would not say if Bradshaw was armed. Brown is on paid leave while the 27-year-old Bradshaw remains in a coma at a Nashville hospital.

In a Facebook posting, the family says doctors are not optimistic that Bradshaw will leave the hospital.

Regional
10:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Two Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide at Fort Knox

A Fort Knox Soldier and his wife were found dead Friday morning on the central Kentucky army post. 

Fort Knox police responded to a 911 call from an on-post residence around 3:30 A.M.  Officers heard gunfire before entering the home and found a man and woman, both with gunshot wounds.  A press release from Fort Knox says early indications point to a domestic dispute. 

Two children were in the home at the time of the shooting.  They were not harmed and are now in state custody. 

Post officials say they will not release the names of the deceased until 24 hours after their families have been notified.

Regional
10:03 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Bowling Green LifeSkills Employees Plead Guilty to Medicaid Fraud

Three former employees of LifeSkills in Bowling Green admit they stole from the state Medicaid program. Charges against the trio include Medicaid fraud, forgery, and theft. 

An investigation by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office found the employees submitted false time sheets and service notes for services that were never performed.

"These are taxpayer dollars we're talking about that were entrusted to organizations across Kentucky to help provide services to the developmentally disabled, some of our most vulnerable citizens," said Attorney General's Office Spokeswoman Alison Martin. "So it's important that money is spent appropriately and Attorney General Jack Conway felt that the punishment fits the crime in this case."

Timothy Schwartz, who devised the scheme, pled guilty in Warren Circuit Court this week. He faces up to five years in prison at sentencing next month. His accomplices, Mark and Mandy Huff, were sentenced to home incarceration and ordered to pay restitution.

Education
9:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Kentucky Educators Reach Out to Churches to Recruit Minorities

Kentucky's community and technical colleges around the state will take part in Super Sunday this weekend.  Representatives from the schools will visit more than three dozen African-American and Hispanic churches. Following services, an information fair will reach out to prospective students and their parents. 

"KCTCS has a strong commitment to diversity and ensuring that every citizen in this state has the educational opportunities that they need to succeed," said Dr. Michael McCall, president of the  Kentucky Community and Technical College System. "It's our responsibility to make everyone aware of college, that it is within their reach."

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Education
9:17 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Special Needs Kentuckians Eligible for Retroactive Diplomas

Kentucky high school graduates with special needs may now request an alternative high school diploma from their local board of education. 

State Senator Dennis Parrett of Elizabethtown sponsored legislation last year to give students who finished a modified curriculum an alternative diploma. Until then, they were given only a certificate of attainment. 

Under a change that took effect in January, special needs students who graduated before the law took affect, may now retroactively request an alternative high school diploma. 

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