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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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

A freshman lawmaker from Louisville has filed a bill in the Kentucky General Assembly that limits how long members can serve.  Legislation by State Representative Mike Nemes limits House and Senate lawmakers to serving no more that three consecutive terms.

For several years, the vaccine for Human Papillomavirus has been recommended for young females.  Now, the Centers for Disease Control is going a step further by recommending the HPV vaccine for boys, as well.

The woman accused of murdering an expectant mother and kidnapping her baby in Warren County last year will not stand trial.  Kathy Michelle Coy sobbed in court this morning as she changed her plea to guilty but mentally ill, and accepted a sentence of  life without parole.

New data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that one in nine high school seniors has used synthetic marijuana within the past year.  Sold as a legal alternative to marijuana, the synthetic products carry a greater health risk, and in some case, have resulted in deaths.

Best Reporter

Feb 9, 2012

An Iraqi man facing charges of trying to funnel weapons and cash to Al-Qaida operatives in his home country is scheduled for trial July 30 in Bowling Green.  U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell set the trial date for 24-year-old Mohanad Shareef Hammadi during a conference call Wednesday morning. 

A Tompkinsville businessman is the newest member of the Kentucky General Assembly.  Republican Bart Rowland won a special election Tuesday against Democrat Barry Dean Steele. The Monroe County native and insurance executive will represent the heavily Republican 53rd district which covers Monroe, Metcalfe, Cumberland, and Green counties.

Half of the Kentucky teachers who lost their teaching licenses last year were involved in inappropriate relationships with students.  For some, their crimes will go unpunished, but the ones who get caught gain a criminal record that stays with them the rest of their lives.  Lisa Autry has this report on predators in the classroom.

Voters in four counties in South Central Kentucky go to the polls Tuesday to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives.

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