Lisa Autry

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. 

A manufacturer of non-cigarette tobacco products is increasing its footprint in Owensboro. 

Swedish Match opened its new $3.5 million, 10,000-square-foot expansion Tuesday at the company’s current location.  The expansion will increase product research and testing capabilities. 

Thord Hassler, Vice President for Research and Development, says despite efforts in the U.S. to discourage smoking, the use of tobacco-related products remains consistent.

"There's been a gradual shift away from cigarettes to other products," Hassler told WKU Public Radio.  "I think all in all, in the U.S., there's a slight decline year by year, but it's very slow."

The expansion of the company’s research and development department is not expected to create jobs, but could lead to the creation of new products. The company has a current workforce of 355 in Owensboro.

Swedish Match produces chewing tobacco, cigars, and matches.


Tuesday is the deadline in Kentucky to register to vote in the November 8 general election.

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As the Bowling Green Police Department prepares to equip its officers with body cameras, the police chief of a neighboring community is praising the technology.


A Daviess Circuit Court judge is recusing himself from presiding over the case of a well-known Owensboro businessman.  Judge Joe Castlen has announced that he will step down from hearing Billy Joe Miles’ case.

Miles is charged with sexually assaulting a woman at his home over the summer.  He pleaded not guilty this week to charges of rape, sodomy, and bribing a witness. 

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The U.S. Senate has blocked a measure that would have halted the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Kentucky Republican Rand Paul was one of four lawmakers who forced a vote on the issue.

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Kentucky state government is working to make small businesses aware of a tax saving program for those who expand their companies. The Kentucky Office of Entrepreneurship is holding public meetings statewide for small business owners on how to qualify for the small business tax credit. 

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Republican members of the Kentucky House are planning to boycott a meeting on the state’s under-funded pension system.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo has called lawmakers to return to Frankfort Tuesday, but the GOP is calling it a trick. 

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A data breach at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife has revealed some customer information. 

The investigation is ongoing, but it appears the data accessed were names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers, email addresses, and the last four digits of social security numbers. 

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Kentucky’s leaders are grappling with how to get more of the state’s residents into the labor force. 


The first commercial flight out of Bowling Green in 44 years will take off later this month.