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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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