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 Association of School Superintendents

The superintendent of Simpson County schools is leaving his post to head up a statewide education group.  Jim Flynn will become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, which represents the 173 school superintendents in the commonwealth. 

The group also does advocacy work with the state legislature and federal government.  Dr. Jim Flynn will lead the group starting July 1st of next year. 

One of his goals will be advocating for better funding for education.  He says he will also work toward reversing declining enrollment in colleges of education across Kentucky.

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The head of a Catholic Diocese in Kentucky says he has no knowledge that a former priest removed from ministry in Tennessee committed any sexual misconduct while in working in Owensboro. 

The Diocese of Nashville published a list this month of 13 former priests accused of sexually abusing minors.  On the list was Father Paul Haus who was assigned to the Diocese of Owensboro in the 1970s. 

In a news conference on Friday, Bishop William Medley who has led the Diocese of Owensboro for the past eight years, said he had never heard of Haus, much less, any allegations against him.

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This week’s election has produced a shakeup in a capital murder case in south central Kentucky. 

Nearly three years after a young Allen County girl was brutally murdered, a new prosecutor is joining the case. 

Clint Willis, the commonwealth’s attorney for Allen and Simpson counties, was defeated in Tuesday’s election by Franklin lawyer Corey Morgan. 

Willis built the case against Timothy Madden after he was charged in the November 14, 2015 death of seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin.

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For the first time since 2012, Kentuckians will vote in a referendum to amend the state Constitution. 

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether or not to approve Marsy’s Law, which would give crime victims the same rights afforded to the accused, including a voice in the judicial process. 

Some opponents say the referendum is unnecessary and could create unintended consequences.

One Monroe County woman, Teresa Huber, is a solid 'yes' vote in support of Marsy's Law.


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Kentucky’s attorney general is suing another pharmaceutical manufacturer for contributing to the state’s opioid crisis. 

Andy Beshear filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court against Pennsylvania-based Teva Pharmaceuticals. 

In a news conference, Beshear accused Teva of promoting highly addictive Fentanyl-based cancer drugs for off-label use.

Diocese of Owensboro

The Diocese of Owensboro wants to have a conversation with the public about sexual misconduct in the Catholic Church. 

The diocese will hold a listening session in Owensboro on Wednesday and another in Hopkinsville on Oct. 29.

Bishop William Medley says he understands how a report released recently from a Pennsylvania grand jury that detailed decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups has stirred up some painful memories. 

Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

A new leader has been named for the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

When Sherry Murphy takes the helm, it will be a homecoming of sorts.  Murphy is a Logan County native and graduate of Western Kentucky University.  She says that she’s always had an eye on Bowling Green and what is has to offer.

"The number of attractions there in Bowling Green really makes it a tourism mecca of activity there," Murphy told WKU Public Radio.

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The group that oversees higher education in Kentucky has announced three finalists to become its next president. 

The Council on Postsecondary Education is looking for a successor to Dr. Bob King who retired.  King has been tapped by President Donald Trump to join the U.S. Department of Education as the Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.  King must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and his nomination is still pending, according to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office.

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The Kentucky Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint on Monday against a state lawmaker from Muhlenberg County.  Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty is accused of misusing government resources in violation of state law.

The complaint alleges that Rep. Prunty used her government email account on September 25 to send a newsletter in response to an advertising campaign that highlighted her support of a worker’s compensation bill. 

The ad from the Kentucky Democratic Party highlighted how it thinks the bill has negatively impacted coal miners. 

Bluegress Music Hall of Fame and Museum

An attraction newly two decades in the making comes to fruition with this week's opening of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro. 

The downtown venue replaces the old International Bluegrass Music Museum which is now closed.  The new $15 million facility has double the exhibit space, a 450-seat theatre, an outdoor stage, and private event space. 

Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Convention Center, says the new venue complements the downtown district.

Diocese of Owensboro

The Catholic Diocese of Owensboro says it has received 66 sexual abuse allegations since it was founded in 1937. 

The diocese released newly compiled statistics on Monday showing that the accusations were against 27 priests, 11 of whom were deceased at the time the claims were made. 

The diocese released the information in a news release.

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U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul of Kentucky have joined a growing list of lawmakers who have had their private information made public.  The information leaks come as both lawmakers report increasing bouts of threat and intimidation.

The Washington-D.C. newspaper Roll Call reports that McConnell’s home addresses in Washington and Kentucky were posted on his public Wikipedia page this week.  In an op-ed to CNN, Rand Paul’s wife Kelley wrote that someone posted the address of their Bowling Green home online, as well as the senator’s cell phone number. 

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The wife of Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul says her family has endured violence and threats at a “horrifying level” over the last 18 months. 

Kelley Paul is blaming some of the acts on comments from one of her husband’s Senate colleagues. 

In an op-ed for CNN, Mrs. Paul asks Senator Cory Booker to retract comments he made urging activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople." 

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The leader of a health advocacy group says Kentucky isn’t investing enough in the prevention of cancer. 

Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says many of the state’s cancer cases are related to smoking.  In a speech to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday, Chandler said the state isn’t doing enough to curb the habit. 

The Foundation wants a higher tax on cigarettes.  While the General Assembly raised the tax this year by 50 cents, Chandler says that’s not enough to make people kick the habit. 

The Kentucky Board of Education has signed off on new graduation requirements for high school students. 

Under the new standards, 10th grade students would have to pass foundation exams in reading and math in order to receive a diploma.  They could take the tests multiple times, but if they still can’t pass, they could appeal to their local superintendent.

Students would also have to meet benchmark test scores or prove career readiness by earning industry certification or completing an apprenticeship.

Despite some education groups, including the Kentucky Education Association, wanting the vote postponed, the Board of Education gave preliminary approval to the new requirements during a meeting in Frankfort on Wednesday. 

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