Lisa Autry (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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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Weather
2:13 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Road Salt in Low Supply, High Demand in Kentucky

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says salt supplies statewide are reaching critically low levels. 

A nationwide salt shortage and perpetual snowfall has diminished supply.

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Environment
9:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

White Nose Syndrome Shows Up In Mammoth Cave National Park

Credit Ryan von Linden / New York Department of Environmental Conservation

Staff at Mammoth Cave National Park in south central Kentucky say a fatal bat disease has now shown up in visitor passageways.  The disease was found in remote sections of the cave system last year. 

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Government
2:51 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Kentucky Chief Justice: Court Worker Pay 'Woefully Inadequate'

Credit Wikimedia Commons

One-fourth of the judicial workforce in Kentucky falls under the federal poverty guidelines for a family of four. 

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton calls the broken salary structure the most pressing issue in the state’s judicial system. 

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Environment
11:32 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Cleanup Begins at Bowling Green Corvette Museum Sinkhole, Estimate Damages at $1M

Eight cars fell into the sinkhole that opened up at the Corvette Museum Wednesday.
National Corvette Museum

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A team of experts assembled Thrusday at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green.  They’re developing a plan for stabilizing the Skydome where eight cars fell into a sinkhole Wednesday. 

Museum Director Wendell Strode isn’t sure when the cars will be removed.

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Society
12:43 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Church Leader: Muhlenberg County House Fire Survivors Improving

Credit Watson Family Fundraiser Facebook Page

A tight-knit community in western Kentucky is preparing to say goodbye to a mother and eight of her children who perished last week in a house fire. 

Thirty-six-year-old Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie were the only ones who made it out of the house alive, but they won't be at the funerals.  They are still being treated for lung damage and severe burns.   

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Culture
3:54 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Muhlenberg County Students Cope with Losing Classmates to Fire

Left to right: LaRae Watson, 35, Madison Watson, 15, Kaitlyn Watson, 14, Morgan Watson, 13, Emily Watson, 9, Samuel Watson, 8, Raegan Watson, 7 and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson
Credit Facebook

In western Kentucky, Friday was a solemn day in the Muhlenberg County School System.  Classmates  mourned the loss of eight children a day after they died in an early morning fire in the Depoy community. 

Superintendent Randy McCarty spent much of the day at Longest Elementary School, where two of the Watson children attended.

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Fire
11:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Nine Family Members Confirmed Dead Following Muhlenberg County House Fire

Credit Lisa Autry

Updated at 3:20 pm

The nine victims of Thursday's Muhlenberg County house fire ranged in ages from 4 to 36 and included twin brothers.

Investigators with the Kentucky State Police and state fire marshal’s office say the fire was accidental and caused by an electric baseboard heater malfunction. 

Kentucky State Police spokesman Stu Recke confirmed the names of the nine family members who died in the fire that broke out around 2 a.m. in the town of Depoy.

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Government
2:49 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Provision Makes It into Farm Bill

Credit Wikimedia commons

An amendment legalizing hemp production for research has made it into the Farm Bill that will be up for a vote soon in Congress. The amendment, co-sponsored by Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie, allows universities and state agriculture departments to grow hemp for study purposes.

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Politics
11:36 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Kentucky's Senate Republicans File Amendment to Curb Governor's Power

Senate President Rober Stivers (left)
Credit Kentucky LRC

 

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear created Kentucky’s health exchange and expanded Medicaid without legislative approval, but if Senate Republicans have their way, the governor will not have that luxury in the future. 

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Environment
4:34 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Henderson Taking Precautions In Wake of West Virginia Chemical Spill

Credit Matthew Bowden, Wikimedia Commons

Henderson is taking steps to ensure the safety of drinking water as some pollutants move down the Ohio River. 

Last week’s chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River West Virginia has water utilities downstream taking precautions. The plume is expected to reach Henderson Monday morning.

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