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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Child advocates in Kentucky say a new federal law aims to help at-risk families and prevent youth from entering the foster care system.

While it doesn't provide any new funding, the Family First Prevention Services Act signed by President Donald Trump last year gives states more flexibility in how they spend federal money on child welfare.

Kentucky says it will invest more at the front-end of cases by supporting families with things such as parenting education, substance abuse resources, and mental health services. 

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Bowling Green City Commissioner Slim Nash is out of jail following his arrest Thursday night for public intoxication. 

According to the arrest citation, a Warren County sheriff's deputy was working a special detail at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center when he noticed Nash who appeared "extremely intoxicated."

The deputy stated that he saw Nash get into his vehicle with his daughter and start the engine.  Nash told the deputy that he wasn't planning to go anywhere.

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Monday is Memorial Day, a time when the nation will pause to remember the men and women who died while serving in the military. More than four decades after the Vietnam War, some veterans in Kentucky and elsewhere say the conflict is still claiming casualties. 

“This guy here, he and I were on the same team in Vietnam, said Hardin County veteran Denzil Lile. "That’s Billy Smith, he was the first one to get killed from Metcalfe County. Me and him was drafted on the same day.”

Denzil Lile looked through a scrapbook at the kitchen table in his apartment in Elizabethtown.  There's one of him with a black Labrador Retriever.

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Kentucky’s candidates for governor are in the home stretch of their campaigns ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Democrat Rocky Adkins was pressing the flesh on Friday in Bowling Green.

The former basketball standout at Morehead State University worked the tables at Teresa’s Restaurant telling the breakfast crowd it’s the last three minutes of the game and his team has momentum.  

Adkins has spent more than three decades in the Kentucky House, 13 as majority leader and the past three years as minority leader. 

The state representative from Sandy Hook said he’s the only Democrat in the race who can beat Republican Governor Matt Bevin in November.

Kentucky’s attorney general is taking the nation’s three largest insulin manufacturers to court over rising drug prices. 

Beshear has filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court against Eli Lilly, Sanofi-Aventis, and Novo Nordisk.  The three defendants control 96 percent of the world’s insulin market.  

Beshear says the companies have increased the price of their insulin products at least ten times while production costs have remained low, usually less than seven dollars per vial.  The wholesale price has jumped to nearly $300 and the price paid by some Kentuckians can exceed $1,000 a month.

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A tobacco manufacturer in Owensboro is increasing its workforce by a quarter with a newly completed expansion. 

Swedish Match, which produces snuff and chewing tobacco, recently added 34,000 square-feet of space and added 120 new jobs. 

Joe Ackerman, Marketing Director for New Products, says the company is now producing a tobacco-free oral nicotine pouch called ZYN which appeals to consumers in several ways.

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More children are living with relatives in Kentucky than any other state in the nation.  Nearly 100,000 youth are in kinship care because of their parents’ drug use, incarceration, abuse, or neglect. 

The first story of our series explored how the Henderson County school district is offering a support group for relative caregivers to tend to their physical and emotional needs. 

Our second story shows that getting financial support is often a bigger hurdle to overcome.


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Democrat Adam Edelen says he’s running for governor to bring 21st century leadership to Kentucky. 

The solar energy entrepreneur and former state auditor says the commonwealth isn’t putting pillars in place that support modern economic development. 

In a speech to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday, Edelen said the state hasn't prepared enough for the digital age.

“Next time you’re outside of Bowling Green proper and you find yourself at a McDonald’s between 4:00 and 6:00 in the evening, it will be chock full of people not just there to buy hamburgers and milkshakes, but because the most reliable provider of wi-fi in Kentucky is a McDonald’s," Edelen stated.

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Kentucky has the highest rate of children being raised in kinship care situations in the nation.

Kinship care means a child is being taken care of by a relative other than a parent. Most of those relatives are over the age of 50, and many of them struggle with their health and live on fixed incomes. 

Some 96,000 children in Kentucky are being cared for by kinship providers or close family friends known as fictive kin. 

In the first of a two-part series of reports on the state of kinship care in Kentucky, we have a look at one western Kentucky school district that's doing what it can to help kinship families get through the new normal.


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Students living in southern Kentucky will soon be able to get four-year degrees at Somerset Community College. 

Four universities, including Western Kentucky University, plan to offer bachelor’s degrees through the two-year college in Pulaski County. 

The school announced the initiative in December, but released which schools are participating on Monday.  Three other schools taking part are the University of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University.

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A western Kentucky town may repeat history by passing a Fairness Ordinance. 

A public meeting will be held in Henderson on Monday evening to gauge interest in a law that would give civil rights protections to the LGBTQ population. 

Former Mayor Joan Hoffman helped pass a fairness law in 1999 that was repealed 18 months later because of changes on the city commission.

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A judge has denied a motion to exclude the death penalty against the man accused in the brutal death of a young Allen County girl. 

Timothy Madden returned to Allen Circuit Court on Friday for a pre-trial hearing.  Madden is charged with kidnapping, raping, and murdering seven-year-old Gabbi Doolin in 2015. 

Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker ruled that Madden would remain eligible for a death sentence if he is convicted.  Doolin’s cousin Lori Wilson said the family feels that if there’s ever been a case that warranted the death penalty, it’s this one.

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The state Attorney General’s Office is issuing a scam alert after several Kentuckians reported losing money to two computer virus scams. 

In the last two months, the attorney general’s office has received complaints from Kentuckians in Daviess, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, and Johnson counties with losses totaling more than $92,000. 

A Jefferson County victim alone lost $89,000 and, so far, hasn't been able to recover the stolen funds.

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General Motors is making a major investment in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. 

Top executives from the automaker held a news conference at the factory on Thursday afternoon to announce that GM is adding a second shift and more than 400 hourly jobs to support production of the new production of a new Corvette model, known as the C8.

Despite criticism from President Trump over GM closing the Lordstown, Ohio plant earlier this year, CEO Mary Barra said GM is committed to keeping production in America.

“Since 2009, we’ve invested more than $22 billion," stated Barra. "In this plant alone, more than $900 million.  We’re investing in this country, creating in good paying jobs, and we’re really proud of that.”

General Motors

General Motors says it will make a major announcement on Thursday afternoon at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. 

CEO Mary Barra and other top executives will reportedly announce the factory will build the new mid-engine Corvette and begin a second shift to meet demand for the C8, the eigth generation of the sports car.

GM also plans to relocate several hundred laid off workers from other GM plants to the Bowling Green plant.

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