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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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is in Hopkinsville today to sign into law legislation aimed at curbing the use of synthetic drugs.  It will now be illegal to sell or possess the substances that produce a marijuana-like high and are often marketed as herbal incense and bath salts. 

A crash on northbound I-65 at mile marker 19 has interrupted the flow of interstate traffic this afternoon in the Warren County and Simpson County  areas in Kentucky. Northbound traffic on  the interstate is being  detoured to U-S 31W  at mile marker 6 in Simpson County. 

A major nursing home chain is leaving Kentucky. Extendicare Health Services says its decision is the result of increased litigation and the recent General Assembly's inaction on tort reform. Extendicare has 21 skilled nursing centers and more than 1,700 beds in Kentucky.

Kentucky National Guard

Governor Steve Beshear was in Owensboro Wednesday for the dedication of the Kentucky Army National Guard Readiness Center. The facility is located adjacent to the Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport, which gives the Guard quick accessibility around the state and serves as a distribution point if supplies need to be flown in during a disaster or emergency.

Starting June 1st, Kentucky motorists who don't carry insurance risk losing their car registration.  Registered owners of personal vehicles shown to have been without insurance more than 60 days will receive notices in the mail. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will hold a public meeting Thursday night to discuss plans to widen US 62 in Central City. Engineers and design consultants will be available to answer questions about the $16.5 million project that includes a busy section of US 62 from near the Central City Wal-Mart entrance at US 431 running eastward to the US 431/KY 70/South 2nd Street intersection.

Search and rescue workers have found two kayakers missing in the Trammel and Drakes Creek area of Warren County. 

Starting Monday, law enforcement will be knocking on the doors of registered sex offenders in Daviess and Henderson counties, checking whether they are in compliance with terms of their release.

WKU standout Vinny Zollo has decided to continue his basketball career at Furman in Greenville, South Carolina. The 6-foot-8 power forward announced his decision on his blog, saying he felt Furman was the best school to help him develop on and off the court.  The former Clark County star appeared in all 35 of WKU’s games this season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds last season.

Kentucky State Police have charged a division director at the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet with driving under the influence of drugs.  The Lexington Herald-Leader and The State Journal report 58-year-old Jerry T. Lunsford was pulled over Monday morning shortly after leaving work because he was ill. 

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.

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