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
12:09 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Ransdell: WKU Department Budgets Benefit Under Health Privatization

The new WKU Health Services facility was built in 2008.
Credit WKU

WKU President Gary Randsell says the decision to privatize the campus health center was a budgetary one. 

"We believe one of our local hospitals or health care providers will win that bid and operate that center in a way that will sustain the quality service for our students, faculty, and staff, and maybe even open it up to the public," comments Ransdell.  "We'll lease the building or share in the revenues.  One way or another, we might even create a revenue stream for the campus."

President Ransdell adds that having a private provider run WKU Health Services will save the university more than a $1 million per year. Those savings, he says, will be spread across the university budget, minimizing each department’s budget cut.  The proposed state budget for the next two years cuts WKU’s funding by $1.8 million.

He tells WKU Public Radio the university has already  privatized other services with success, including the bookstore and restaurants.

The university plans to issue a request for bids in April and have a private provider in place by July. 

WKU Health Services will operate as normal for the rest of the semester.

Regional
12:39 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

NASA Jet Headed to Bowling Green's Aviation Park

The T-38 Talon was dismantled in Tucson, Arizona for shipment to Bowling Green.
Dan Cherry

The next addition to the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green will hold special significance to Logan County native and astronaut Terry Wilcutt.

"Not only did Terry Wilcutt himself fly this airplane, but just about every astronaut that any of us have ever heard of has actually flown this very airplane," explains Dan Cherry, Executive Vice President of the Aviation Heritage Park.

The supersonic jet, called a T-38 Talon, was used by NASA for training exercises.  The plane is en route from Arizona to Bowling Green.  Cherry returned this week from Tucson where he oversaw the plane’s disassembly.

"It's been sitting in the desert in an Air Force storage area for about three years.  It's a bit dusty and needs a new paint job, but other than that, it's in excellent condition," adds Cherry.

The dismantled plane will arrive on a flatbed trailer at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport Saturday afternoon.  It will stay in a hangar there while being restored. 

The aircraft was made in 1966 and retired by NASA in 2011.

Regional
1:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Former Central Kentucky Pain Clinic Owner Sentenced

The former owner of two Kentucky pain clinics that illegally dispensed prescription drugs to thousands of patients was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Lexington.

U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell ordered Ernest William Singleton to serve 20 years in prison, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Singleton and his corporations, which owned Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management, Central Kentucky Family Pharmacy of Georgetown, and the Grant County Wellness Center in Dry Ridge, were convicted by a federal jury last summer. 

According to evidence presented at trial, doctors at the clinics prescribed large quantities of Oxycodone and Diazepam. 

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Regional
4:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Three Nominated for Vacant Warren County Judicial Seat

A major step was taken Friday in filling an open judicial seat in Warren County Family Court. 

Kentucky’s Judicial Nominating Commission selected three Bowling Green attorneys whose names will be submitted to Governor Beshear for consideration. 

The nominees included James Richard Downey, David Lanphear, and Rebecca Adams Simpson.

"The committee considered several factors such as experience in the practice of family law-type cases, the depth of the practice, the amount of cases they've handled, the places they've handled those cases," said Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton.  "The committee interviewed these three and others, and selected these three."

Governor Beshear will appoint one of the nominees to serve the remaining term of the late Judge Margaret Huddleston.  Beshear has 60 days to make the appointment or the duty falls to Supreme Court Chief Justice Minton.

Lanphear and Simpson are among six attorneys who have filed to run in the November election for a full term.  The others candidates are Rebecca Gibson, Ralph Beck, Jennifer Brinkley, and John McCracken.

Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

SKyPAC's New Leader Will Make an Encore Performance

Jan Allan Zarr
Credit SKyPac

When Jan Allan Zarr takes the reins of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center later this month, it will be a homecoming. 

Zarr has been hired as the new executive director of SKyPAC, a facility he helped open.  He’s been away for a year, but he told WKU Public Radio it won’t take long to get up to speed.

"The staff knows me, I know the staff," he said.  "That takes off a lot of pressure and time.  Normally, you come into a situation and you spend the next six months of the staff getting to know you, you getting to  know the staff and how everybody works."

Zarr currently directs the Topeka Performing Arts Center in Kansas.  His first day on the job in Bowling Green is March 24. 

SKyPAC, now in its third season, has seen a drop off in attendance, but Zarr says that’s normal. 

“You’re going to see that," replied Zarr.  "We started above the bar there and outpaced ourselves starting out.  What you’re seeing now is Skypac coming in where it should be.”

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