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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A major employer in Simpson County is getting larger with the announcement of more than 100 new jobs.

The last day of school in one western Kentucky county has turned tragic.  Henderson police say two high school coaches were involved in a shooting early Tuesday morning. Police received a call around 2:30 a.m. from a home on Cardinal Drive.  Public Information Officer Jennifer Richmond says 39-year-old Michelle Cotter was found with a gunshot wound and her husband, 36-year-old Steve Cotter, was still inside the home.

"When officers took him into custody, he did receive some injuries.  He was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville, Indiana for treatment, " Richmond said.

After years of speculating, Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville is coming back to life.  The amusement park will reopen next spring as Bluegrass Boardwalk. The tentative opening date is exactly one year from now--May 11, 2013. Bluegrass Boardwalk will be owned by the Koch family, the current owners of Holiday World in Indiana.  President Dan Koch says incentives and financing are in place and he's confident of the park's reopening next spring.

Brent Burke has been found guilty on all charges in the killings of his estranged wife Tracy and her former mother-in-law Karen Comer.  He will receive a mandatory life sentence.

State assessment tests get underway in Kentucky this month, and what happens in the closing weeks of the school year could have major implications for students, employers, and the state economy.  Kentucky is the first state to adopt international math and language standards, raising the bar on learning.

Warren County saw a 40% jump in prescription drug abuse in 2011.  Law enforcement is responding by placing permanent drop off containers for unwanted or expired medications.Tommy Loving who heads the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force says any kind of pills can be left, no questions asked.

For Kentuckians wanting to vote in next month's primary election, the deadline to register is Monday.  April 23rd is also the last day to make address changes on voter registration forms. 

For the second year in a row, the state is offering free GED testing for those looking to boost their education and careers. 

"It's estimated that by 2018, 54% of all jobs in Kentucky, that's over 1 million jobs, will require some level of postsecondary education.  So therefore, the GED is really a stepping stone on to postsecondary education, " says Reecie Stagnolia, vice president of Adult Education in the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education.

More than 110,000 men, women, and children in the U.S. are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight. April is National Donate Life Month, and one Tennessee couple is celebrating in a big way. 

A Pulaski County man is under arrest for trafficking in prescription drugs that he stole from out of state. Detectives say 31-year-old Shannon Helton of Somerset allegedly broke into a Florida pharmacy and stole drugs to mail back to Kentucky.  He was arrested in Somerset this week after detectives found a large amount of painkillers.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education is issuing a consumer alert about fake GED tests.  The notice relates to fraudulent websites claiming to offer high school and GED diplomas for a fee through the internet.

A Breathitt County woman is the first in Kentucky to be convicted of causing a death by selling prescription drugs.  Judy McIntosh is headed to prison after pleading guilty to distributing Oxycodone that resulted in a death.

Bowling Green will have more options for senior care once an expansion is complete at Christian Care Communities.  Currently, the complex offers a nursing home and independent living apartments.  A $12 million expansion will add units for assisted living, memory care, and short-term rehabilitation. 

Former Army Sergeant Bryan Anderson was  just 26 when his humvee struck a roadside bomb in Iraq, amputating both of his legs and his left hand. 

Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a small plane crash Sunday night near a private airstrip in Western Kentucky. 

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