Lisa Autry

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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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A former Simpson County physician will spend more than four years in prison for over-prescribing pain killers and anti-anxiety medication.  Roy Reynolds was sentenced in federal court in Bowling Green on Friday. 

Roy Reynolds has been held in the Grayson County Detention Center since his conviction in April on 15 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances outside the course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. 

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A Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War is finally coming home.  Private First Class Joe Elmore was killed nearly 70 years ago, but his remains were never identified.

The Clinton County man went missing in action in 1950 in Changjim County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea, but his remains have just been positively identified and are in the process of being returned to Kentucky.  His sister, Mary Bowlin of Bowling Green, got the news in a phone call on July 5.

 


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As many Kentucky students head back to school this week, the state Department for Public Health is reminding parents to make sure children and teens are up to date on their vaccines

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade must show proof of having received two doses of the Hepatitis-A vaccine to attend school.  The commonwealth is in the grips of a Hepatitis-A outbreak with more than 400 confirmed cases in the past year.

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Western Kentucky University has new roadmap that will guide the school for the next decade. 

The Board of Regents met on Friday and approved a new strategic plan.  Developing it was a nearly year-long process, which WKU President Timothy Caboni described as a semi-herculean task. 

The plan is centered around retaining and graduating students.  The university will transform advising to give special attention to first and second-year students.

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The city of Elizabethtown is dealing with a major influx of panhandlers since a 2017 Kentucky Supreme Court ruling that said local ordinances prohibiting begging and soliciting on public streets are unconstitutional. 

Justices struck down Lexington's pandhandling ordinance last year, ruling that panhandling is protected speech under the First Amendment.

Officer John Thomas with the Elizabethtown Police Department says panhandlers sometimes misrepresent their situations, preying on the sympathies of other people.

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A capital murder case in Allen County is facing more delays now that the defendant has a new attorney. 

Timothy Madden, who is charged with kidnapping, raping, sodomizing, and murdering seven year-old Gabbi Doolin, returned to court on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing. 

His newly appointed public defender Tom Griffiths told the judge that he had not received any files in the case from Madden’s former attorney Travis Lock.

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Kentucky’s attorney general is calling on Governor Matt Bevin to rescind his executive order abolishing a board that protects the health and safety of workers. 

Governor Bevin’s July 17 executive action abolished the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board which is responsible for workplace safety regulations.  The independent panel is made up of 12 members who represent industry, labor, agriculture, and safety and health professions. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear says abolishing the board removes the expertise of the members and transfers it to a single individual, the Labor Secretary, who is an at-will employee of the governor. 

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U.S. Bank is closing its home mortgage call center in Bowling Green, affecting about 100 workers. 

Employees were notified on Wednesday that operations at the Louisville Road facility would cease by the end of September. 

U.S. Bank Regional President Craig Browning says a few of the displaced workers will remain with the company but work from home.  Others will go to a much larger call center in Owensboro.

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About 125,000 Kentuckians served in the military during the Vietnam War and many were exposed to a harmful herbicide used to clear vegetation on the battlefield.  Illnesses from Agent Orange are showing up more in Vietnam veterans as they age. 

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange have an increased risk of developing illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.  Many veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam were exposed to the chemical and, for a majority of them, their health has been affected in some way. 

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Pushback to changes made to Kentucky’s public pensions and Medicaid program have led to a drop in Governor Matt Bevin’s job approval. 

A poll by Morning Consult suggests that Bevin is the fourth-least popular governor in the nation.

Fifty-seven percent of Kentucky voters said they disapproved of Governor Bevin’s job performance during the second quarter of this year, compared with 29 percent who backed him.  That’s a 25-point net dip from the first quarter.

A Kentucky State Police trooper is back on patrol in the Owensboro region after striking a handcuffed man with his foot. 

The June 24 incident was caught on surveillance cameras at the Daviess County Detention Center. 

The video shows the arrestee, Nazarine Ingram, kicking a door, cursing at the trooper, and refusing to sit down.  His public defender told the Messenger-Inquirer that Ingram was upset because the trooper wouldn’t loosen his handcuffs. 

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As President Trump considers revoking the securing clearances of some former intelligence officials, Kentucky's 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, says there should be a review of who gets and maintains access to classified information. 

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, the Bowling Green Republican said he was surprised to learn that some staffers outside of an administration are allowed to keep their security credentials.

"I don't think we need to say that these people, because they made comments against the president, should necessarily lose their security clearance because of that, but I do think that people, once they leave an administration, they shouldn't have a security clearance," stated Guthrie.

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Construction is underway to bring the Natcher Parkway in Ohio and Daviess counties up to interstate standards. 

The work zone runs north from the Ohio-Butler County line to the U.S. 60 Interchange in Daviess County.  Keith Todd, a spokesman for the state Transportation Cabinet, says the work will include the removal of concrete where toll booths were once located under the Kentucky 69 overpass.

"When we took out those tollbooths several years ago, it left some rough concrete that has deteriorated over the years, so they're going to jack hammer that out and replace that pavement," Todd explained.

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Kentucky’s college freshmen this fall are being urged to take 15 credit hours to become nearly twice as likely to graduate on time. 

A new policy brief by the Council on Postsecondary Education finds that the likelihood of students graduating on time greatly improves for students taking 30 credit hours their first year. 

Chief Academic Officer Aaron Thompson says taking 15 hours a semester can help close the achievement gap among under-represented minority and low-income students.

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Kentucky is expanding its Work Ready Scholarship program to include associate degrees and high school dual credit courses. 

The scholarships which began in 2016 pay tuition for eligible students seeking an education in high demand fields of work. 

Those sectors include Advanced Manufacturing, Business and IT, Construction Trades, Healthcare, and Transportation and Logistics. 

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