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. 

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The Kentucky Arts Council survived Governor Matt Bevin’s first budget address.

Rumors about the Council’s future have been spreading online in the days leading up to the Governor’s speech.

  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul believes his presidential bid will “exceed expectations.” Speaking in Bowling Green Monday, Paul discredited polling that shows him trailing badly for the Republican nomination.

Rob Canning

Kentucky governor-elect Matt Bevin will lead a parade of about 300 Vietnam and Korean War veterans to help celebrate his inauguration tomorrow. Bevin is an Army veteran while Lieutenant governor-elect Jenean Hampton served in the Air Force. 

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While Republican Rand Paul's presidential bid has failed to gain much traction, his odds of winning re-election to the U.S. Senate next year appear better. So far, no Democratic challenger has jumped into the race.

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to restore cuts to higher education when they write a new, two-year state budget next legislative session. The state has cut campus budgets seven times in the last eight years.

Austin Ramsey, WKMS

A major coal operation in Ohio County could be shutting down one of its mines in the coming months. Armstrong Coal operates seven western Kentucky mines and all but one are located in Ohio County.

A former swim team member at WKU has filed a federal lawsuit against the school.

The suit was filed by Collin Craig whose allegations of hazing and underage alcohol consumption resulted in a five-year suspension of WKU’s swimming program. 

The suit names WKU, former head swimming coach Bruce Marchionda, and an associate head coach.  Athletic director Todd Stewart is also a defendant along with two associate athletic directors and three former teammates. 

The 21-page complaint filed in U.S. District Court claims Craig suffered verbal, physical, and emotional abuse.  The suit alleges the coach and others knew of the abuse and didn’t take action. 

The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages.  The university said Thursday it had not yet seen the lawsuit.

The field is growing among Republicans interested in Kentucky’s 1st District Congressional seat. Ed Whitfield announced this week that he would not seek re-election next year.

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  Kentucky loses one baby every five days to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS. The state is launching a public awareness campaign to educate the public about the risks infants face when sleeping. Kentucky Department of Public Health mortality nurse Louan Cottrell says after premature births and birth defects, SIDS is the leading cause of infant deaths

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The future of an amusement park in south central Kentucky looks grim as the owner faces legal troubles.  Officials have closed Funtown Mountain just off I-65 in Cave City because of safety violations.