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
3:39 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

KCTCS Regents Approve Tuition and Salary Increases

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents held its quarterly meeting Friday at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Cumberland campus. 

The board approved a $928,704,000 budget, which includes a tuition hike for students and a salary increase for faculty and staff for the 2013-14 academic year. 

The budget includes a 2.86 percent increase in tuition for in-state students.  Tuition will rise from $140 per credit hour to $144.

“KCTCS remains committed to providing Kentuckians with a quality education that is both affordable and convenient,” said Board Chairman P.G. Peeples. “Our statewide system of 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses continues to be the best postsecondary education value in the state.”

The board also adopted KCTCS President Michael B. McCall’s recommendations for a two percent salary increase for full-time faculty and staff.  The two percent or $1,000 (whichever is larger) salary increase will apply to faculty and staff who receive favorable performance evaluations.

Regional
9:24 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Elizabethtown Mayor Dies Unexpectedly

City officials in Elizabethtown say Mayor Tim Walker died unexpectedly early this morning. 

Hardin Memorial Hospital issued the following statement: "It is with deep sadness that we inform the community of the passing of Mayor Timothy Walker this morning at 5:33 a.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital. At this time, please keep the Walker family in your prayers. At the request of the family, please respect their privacy.”

Walker’s body is being transferred to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Walker was 54 years old.  Before being elected mayor in 2010, Walker was a former city firefighter, a city councilman, and businessman.

Check back later for updates to this story.

Regional
2:07 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

South Central Kentucky Residents Charged with Stealing Painkillers from Pharmacy

A former pharmacy worker and two other Allen County residents were indicted this week by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green.  The trio is charged with conspiracy to distribute pain medicine that was stolen from a pharmacy by a former employee. 

According to the seven count federal indictment, 46-year-old Lynn Harper Denton, who worked at Stovall’s Pharmacy in Scottsville, conspired to sell more than $5,000 worth of stolen Hydrocodone. 

Also charged in the indictment are two other Allen County residents, 34-year-old Katherine Virginia Rookstool and 47-year-old Jeffrey Clay Stinson. 

If convicted at trial, each defendant faces a minimum of 25 years in prison.

Regional
5:11 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

FOP Organizing Benefit for Family of Slain Bardstown Officer

The Louisville chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police is planning a fundraiser to help the family of a slain Bardstown police officer.  Jason Ellis was gunned down on the Bluegrass Parkway on May 25, leaving behind his wife and two young sons. 

"All the proceeds from the benefit will go to the Ellis family just for every day expenses like food, lights, the mortgage," says River City FOP Lodge President Anita Simkins.  "In the case of Jason's  family, his wife doesn't work and they have a special needs child."

The benefit is scheduled for June 22 at the River City FOP Lodge in Louisville.  The FOP is requesting donations of items to be auctioned or raffled.

Regional
2:51 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NWS Confirms EF2 Tornado in South Central Kentucky

Credit Michael Cook

Surveyors from the National Weather Service were in Logan County Tuesday, assessing damage from a tornado that touched down on Highway 96 Monday.  An EF2 tornado was confirmed with wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour. 

According to Terry Cole, deputy emergency management director for Logan County,  seven homes are in ruins.

"One of the families was in Florida when their home was totally destroyed," says Cole.  I haven't been able to talk to them, but I talked to some of their kinfolk, and they're on their way back."

Several grain bins and barns were destroyed, as well as some tobacco and corn crops. 

Cole says only two people were sent to the hospital and their injuries were minor.

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