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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The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback on the state’s new minimum high school graduation requirements. 

Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis will hold four town hall forums this month and next.  The first one is on Monday evening in Shelbyville at the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative. 

Jesse Knifley

Some students with learning and attention issues have outstanding skills in certain academic areas.  These kids are often called “twice-exceptional.”

They're gifted, and they have learning issues.  For instance, a child on the autism spectrum may also a gifted musician. 

As provost of Bridges Graduate School for Cognitive Diversity in Education, Dr. Susan Baum specializes in working with twice-exceptional children.  She spoke this week at Western Kentucky University and stopped by the WKU Public Radio studios to share some of her expertise.


Lisa Autry

Former Miss America Heather French Henry says her experience working with veterans would translate well to the Secretary of State’s office.  The Democratic nominee spoke to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday.

As former Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, French-Henry says she worked with the Secretary of State’s Office to create polling locations in veterans’ nursing homes and to eliminate filing fees for new veteran-owned businesses, among other things.  She says leading the department gave her administrative, fiscal, and legislative experience.


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General Motors employees in Bowling Green are back on the picket lines for the second day of a nationwide strike. 

The automaker and union are at an impasse over a new contract.  Nearly 50,000 hourly workers are seeking better pay, benefits, and job security.

In a move that surprised local union leaders on Tuesday, GM shifted employee healthcare costs to the UAW.  The union wanted the automaker to cover those costs through the end of the month.

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There are no cars rolling off the assembly line in Bowling Green, or for that matter, any General Motors Plant in the nation.

About 900 hourly workers at the Corvette Assembly Plant are on strike after negotiations over a new labor contract hit a stalemate.

Some of the workers in Bowling Green are picketing outside the Corvette Assembly Plant,  joining roughly 49,000 of their counterparts in the first nationwide strike involving GM since 2007.

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State police posts across Kentucky are expanding their services to include a victim’s advocate who will provide support to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes.

A program called Victim Advocate Support Services (VASS) was announced on Thursday at the KSP post in Elizabethtown. 

The program will connect crime victims with resources like counseling and legal support, and keep them up to date as their case moves through the court system.

Indiana Tech

Indiana Tech is expanding its presence in Kentucky by opening a campus in Bowling Green. 

The school has a traditional campus in Fort Wayne, along with 18 other locations that primarily serve working adults. 

“The difference between us and other schools, is that even if they’re online students, we like to have people face to face to offer various types of support from admissions to tutoring to helping them with registration," said VP for Enrollment Management Steve Herendeen.

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Kentucky’s attorney general is promising public school teachers a clear contrast from the current administration if he’s elected governor. 

Democrat Andy Beshear brought his “Stop the Bullying” tour to Bowling Green on Tuesday.  Speaking at the local Kentucky Education Association office, Beshear accused Republican Governor Matt Bevin of bullying and degrading teachers who protested pension reform that would have impacted their benefits in this year's legislative session.


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A federal appeals court has vacated the sentence of Rene Boucher, the neighbor convicted of attacking U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. 

In a ruling issued on Monday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals said Boucher’s 30-day punishment was so far outside the 21-to-27 month sentencing guidelines that he must be re-sentenced. 

Senator Paul didn’t appeal the sentencing.  Instead, it was federal prosecutors who had sought 21 months.

The appeals court took no position on an appropriate sentence, saying the district court judge retains "ample discretion."

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McLean County is bracing for an economic hit with the planned closure of a coal mine. 

Amid declining coal prices and industry changes, Pennyrile Energy’s Riveredge Mine in Calhoun will cease operations this fall.  The mine opened in 2014 and produced 1.3 million tons of coal last year

McLean County Judge-Executive Ed West says the mine paid some employees $25 an hour.

Stan Scott

As Hurricane Dorian begins to bear down on the nation’s southeastern coast, a Daviess County man is lending a hand to those impacted by the storm.  

Among them is Stan Scott of Owensboro who's a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  He’s stationed in Greenville, North Carolina where he’s been delivering supplies to evacuation shelters.

Scott says he enjoys volunteering because he’s been on the receiving end before.

Sydney Boles

Kentucky’s labor secretary is defending his agency’s handling of the Blackjewel fallout.  The company abruptly declared bankruptcy in July, putting hundreds of coal miners out of work and paying them with cold checks. 

Attorney General Andy Beshear last week accused the Labor Cabinet of negligence for not enforcing a law that would have paid the miners.  Coal companies operating in Kentucky five years or less are supposed to pay a performance bond that equals four weeks of pay for its employees if the mine closes. 

Labor Secretary David Dickerson says that under existing law, the Labor Cabint can’t force a mining company to pay.  It can only issue fines, which some companies rather pay than comply with the order.  He refutes Beshear’s claims that the Labor Cabinet has been negligent in bringing other companies into compliance.


Stan Scott

As Hurricane Dorian threatens the U.S. mainland, Kentucky is sending help to its neighbors to the south. 

The American Red Cross has sent more than two dozen volunteers to work in shelters, assisting those displaced from their homes with food and other needs.  Jennifer Capps is executive director of the American Red Cross of South Central Kentucky. 

“Monday night, more than 12,000 people stayed in 171 Red Cross shelters and community shelters in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, so we anticipate as the storm continues north, those numbers will grow," said Capps.

Ryland Barton

Kentucky’s attorney general is accusing the state Labor Cabinet of negligence following the bankruptcy of Blackjewel Mining in Harlan County. 

After the mine closed July 1, miners’ paychecks bounced and they haven't been paid by the company since.  Andy Beshear says other miners face the same risk. 

Mining and construction companies doing business in Kentucky for less than five years are required to post performance bonds equal to one month’s payroll.  The attorney general says an investigation by his office has found that no mining companies have paid the bonds, putting around 1,000 miners in jeopardy.

Lisa Autry

The Allen County man charged in the heinous death of a seven-year-old girl will avoid going on trial.

In a rare Saturday court hearing, Timothy Madden accepted a plea deal offered by Commonwealth's Attorney Corey Morgan. 

"We had discussions with the family and everybody agreed it would be best to have closure and to save them from years of appeals and having to relive this," Morgan explained.

The 42-year-old Madden pleaded guilty to kidnapping and murder while entering Alford pleas to charges of rape and sodomy.  In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn't admit guilt, but admits there's enough evidence to likely result in a conviction.

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