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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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Owensboro Officials Consider Changing Mystery Festival Date

Organizers say Owensboro's International Mystery Writer's Festival will likely be held in the fall next year. The event normally takes place in June, but RiverPark Center General Manager Roxi Witt says moving it to October would allow authors to interact with schools.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Kentucky Senator Planning Vote to End Pakistan Aid

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says he now has the support he needs to force a vote on ending U.S. aid to Pakistan.  Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul made the claim on the Senate floor Tuesday. Paul has been trying to sever financial assistance to the Pakistani government since it jailed Shakil Afridi, the physician who helped the U.S. find and kill Osama bin Laden.

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Regional
2:44 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Defense Rests in Murray State Arson Trial

Experts argued over fire simulation software Tuesday during the re-trial of Jerry Wayne Walker.  Now 36, Walker is on trial for allegedly starting a fatal 1998 dorm fire at Murray State University. 

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Politics
11:40 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Tennessee Republican Governor's Conservatism Questioned

Some Tennessee Republicans claim Governor Bill Haslam is not  conservative enough.  At least two local GOP chapters have passed resolutions calling on state party leaders to sanction him. GOP leaders tell the Tennessean newspaper the resolutions were initiated by Tea Party activists and passed by members at recent party meetings in Stewart and Carroll counties in rural west Tennessee.

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Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Owensboro's Bluegrass Museum Looking to Expand

The International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro has big ideas for the future.  Officials want to turn the old state office building downtown into a new International Bluegrass Music Center. 

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Regional
6:13 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Hundreds Turn Out to Remember Former Kentucky Lawmaker

Former Kentucky State Representative Dewayne Bunch has been eulogized in Williamsburg. Bunch died last Wednesday, more than a year after he was hit by a stray punch while breaking up a fight at Whitley County High School where he taught.  Bunch struck his head on the cafeteria floor in April 2011. 

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Politics
2:17 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Former Kentucky Lawmaker Dies

Former Republican state representative DeWayne Bunch has died from head injuries sustained last year.  Bunch was a first-term lawmaker when he was injured breaking up a fight at Whitley County High School, where he was a teacher.  He went through months of surgeries and recovery in Lexington and in Atlanta.

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Business
10:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Kentucky Operations to Continue as Coal Company Files Bankruptcy

Patriot Coal Corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week as it deals with reduced demand for coal and rising costs. Patriot has three operations in Henderson and Union counties in western Kentucky.

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Regional
11:33 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Warren County Grand Jury To Consider Case Against Absent Mom

Jackie Farah

The case against a Warren County mother accused of neglecting 19 children in her home is headed to a grand jury.  Jackie Farah was in court Monday morning and waived her right to a preliminary hearing. 

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Politics
11:33 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Kentucky Lawmaker Presses Governor to Refuse Medicaid Expansion Under ACA

The top Republican in the state House is urging Governor Beshear to opt Kentucky out of one of the costliest provisions of the federal health care law. The Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act gave states the legal right to refuse an expansion of Medicaid.

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