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
10:39 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Feds Warn of Natural Disaster Fraud

A week after devastating tornadoes hit Kentucky and other states, federal officials warn the possibility of fraud remains high.  The Justice Department has a 24 hour hotline to report suspicions of fraud. 

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Regional
10:35 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Kentucky Leaders Petition President Obama for a Federal Disaster Declaration

Gov. Steve Beshear visits West Liberty, Ky on a Kentucky National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk after a tornado struck the town Mar. 2. (photo by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs)

Kentucky’s Washington delegation is asking President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and quickly.  All six House members signed a letter to the president, reiterating many of the things Governor Beshear said in his letter to the White House.  The congressmen write that the damage caused by the storms is beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments.

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Regional
11:20 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Kentucky State Police Join Tornado Relief Efforts

In the wake of the severe weather and tornado outbreaks across Kentucky, KSP posts and headquarters will serve as designated drop off sites for items needed in devastated communities.

The need has arisen for a reputable location that citizens feel comfortable leaving donations, knowing they will reach the people in most need. This will also limit the number of people traveling into these stricken areas (to deliver items) allowing first responders more access to people in need.

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Developing: Storm Aftermath
9:11 am
Sat March 3, 2012

Deadly Storms Rip Thru Region

A massive outbreak of severe weather Friday led to widespread thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes, resulting in dozens of deaths across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to facilitate local authorities' access to state resources. 

The outbreak also caused problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It comes two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.

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Storm Update
4:41 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Deadly Storms Rip Through Region

Update: A massive outbreak of severe weather Friday led to widespread thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes, resulting in dozens of deaths across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to facilitate local authorities' access to state resources. 

The outbreak was also causing problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It comes two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.

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Politics
2:25 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Kentucky Governor Holds Out Hope for Rest of Session

In a word, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear sums up the legislative session so far as unproductive.   He spoke with Lisa Autry about the defeat of some major bills and what's left on his agenda.

Regional
12:42 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Southcentral Kentucky Woman Who Admitted Killing Expectant Mom Receives Final Sentencing

Kathy Coy

The Butler County woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the murder of an expectant mother showed little emotion and offered no apologies at her final sentencing Thursday. 

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Regional
12:43 pm
Wed February 22, 2012

Western Kentucky Coroners Upset Over Plan to Close Medical Examiner's Office

Leaders in Henderson County are fighting the state's plan to close the medical examiner's office in Western Kentucky.  The fiscal court has passed a resolution opposing the closure of the Madisonville office, which serves 25 counties.

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Regional
10:37 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Prosecutors Seek Murder Conviction in Western Kentucky Hit-and-Run Trial

A man charged in the hit-and-run death of a girl in Western Kentucky is on trial this week in Daviess County Circuit Court.  Jeffrey Kotarek of Utica admits he was in the area where the accident occurred, but did not strike 13-year-old Madalynn Matlock. 

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Regional
9:25 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Southern Baptist Panel Recommends Retaining Historic Name

The headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. (AP photo)

The nation's largest protestant denomination will not be changing its name.  A panel for the Southern Baptist Convention has instead approved a new, add-on description for the denomination. 

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