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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Republican members of the Kentucky House are huddled in Bowling Green for the final day of a retreat ahead of the 2017 General Assembly.

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Rain and cooler temperatures have allowed fire crews to gain the upper hand on wildfires in Kentucky. For the first time in over a month, there are no active forest fires.

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A Kentucky group that seeks to protect individual freedoms is reporting an increase in support following the presidential election.

A group of university presidents is meeting today (Monday) to finalize a performance funding model for Kentucky’s higher education institutions. Bob King is president of the Council for Postsecondary Education. He says a primary emphasis will be the number of degrees that schools produce. “There’s a premium if the degree is earned by a minority student or a low-income student, and that’s a way of addressing the achievement gap issue.” King says the funding model also incentivizes universities...

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Western Kentucky University is seeking a declaratory judgment against the Kentucky Retirement System. The feud relates to the pension benefits of former buildings and grounds workers.

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Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer will be sworn into Congress Monday. Comer is being seated a month-and-a-half earlier than the rest of his freshman class.

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Dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures have caused a rash of wildfires across Kentucky. Nearly 30,000 acres of forest and grassland have burned in the eastern half of the state.

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As Veterans Day approaches, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be cautious of scams targeting service members. Nearly 330,000 veterans in Kentucky could be at risk.

KENTUCKY CABINET FOR HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES

Kentuckians wanting to buy health insurance on the federal exchange will have fewer options and higher costs.

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.

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