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
2:49 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Barren County Treatment Center Administrator Indicted

A former co-owner of a mental health treatment center in Barren County is facing theft and fraud charges. 

According to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, 36-year-old Jeremy Catron was indicted last month.

He’s accused of defrauding  Medicaid by billing the program for therapy services he did not perform.

Prosecutors claim he stole more than $10,000 from the state’s Medicaid program. 

Catron formerly co-owned Alliance Counseling Associates.

He pleaded not guilty Monday in Barren Circuit Court. If convicted, Catron faces up to 15 years in prison.

A pre-trial hearing was set for April 28.

Regional
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Kentucky Chief Justice: Court Worker Pay 'Woefully Inadequate'

One-fourth of the judicial workforce in Kentucky falls under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton calls the broken salary structure the most pressing issue in the state’s judicial system. 

Minton is asking for funding to in the next two-year state budget to bring salaries more in line with wages in the private sector and the Executive and Legislative branches of state government. 

He says that a judicial brain drain is occurring in Kentucky.

"We find that our best qualified people are snatched away from us rather quickly.  I also find that the greatest competitor that the judicial branch has are the other two branches of government because they pay better for the same type of job."

Minton says the situation has been worsened by years of frozen raises and the judicial branch furlough of 2012.

Education
12:24 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Bowling Green Principal Honored with National Award

William King was surprised during a school assembly with a Milken Educator Award.
Credit Bowling Green High School

A school administrator in Bowling Green says he is still in shock and hasn’t slept much this week. 

What was supposed to be a school assembly on Wednesday turned into a surprise award ceremony for William King.  The Freshman Class Principal of Bowling Green High School was presented with a national Milken Educator Award. 

"The award isn't something you apply for, so nobody sent in anything nominating me.  I'm glad I dressed up that day and wore a coat," laughed King.  "All I knew was that the Commissioner of Education was coming to speak to our students that day."

The honor also comes with a $25,000 cash award. 

King's roots run deep at Bowling Green High School, where he graduated in 1996. After earning his teaching degree at WKU, King returned to Bowling Green High where he taught history before moving into administration. 

Education
9:31 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Warren County School District Names New Class of Distinguished Alumni

Professionals in the fields of business, medicine, athletics, and education, and entertainment make up the newest class of the Warren County Public Schools Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The school district will honor 13 graduates of Warren County high schools at its second annual induction dinner April 12 at the Sloan Convention Center.

The 2014 inductees include:

*Norah Lee Allen, a 1966 graduate of Warren County High School, has been a singer on the Grand Ole Opry stage for more than 25 years.

*Dr. Jack Britt, a 1962 graduate of Warren County High School, has fashioned an impressive career in agriculture and education. He has conducted research that has contributed to advances in veterinary medicine.

*Sam Bush, a 1970 graduate of Warren Central High School, is a legendary musician and one of the founders of the band Newgrass Revival.

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Regional
6:25 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Corvette Museum Begins Restoration Efforts; Will Enlist GM Help To Restore Cars

Workers want to stabilize the red spire in the center of the Skydome before removing of the Corvettes that fell into the sinkhole.
Credit National Corvette Museum

General Motors says it will oversee the restoration process for the eight sports cars that fell into a giant sinkhole Wednesday morning at the Corvette Museum.  Bowling Green Corvette plant manager Jeff LaMarche  says they won’t know the exact condition of the cars until they’re recovered.

“We know that these cars represent significant milestones – not just in our history in Chevrolet and General Motors but also in the automotive history. And nobody really has a better understanding of their significance and what it takes to properly restore these than the engineers and designers at Chevrolet where they were developed," said LaMarche.

The lead engineer for the reconstruction project says it will take 2-3 weeks to stabilize the ground around the sinkhole.  After that, he says it will take 4-6 days to remove the cars. Museum officials say repairs will start Friday and they hope to have everything complete by August when the museum celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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