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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Society
12:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Corvette Museum Sinkhole to be Preserved for History

Credit National Corvette Museum

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green has decided to turn its unintended attraction into a permanent one. 

The board of directors met Wednesday and discussed repairs options for the Skydome, the site of a February 12 sinkhole that swallowed eight cars on display. 

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Education
10:42 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Kentucky Education Commissioner Weighs In on Next Generation Science Standards

Kentucky schools will begin using the new Next Generation Science Standards this fall.

While controversial, supporters say the changes are needed to keep pace with other states and prepare students for college and careers. Critics, however, worry that evolution will be taught as fact, but Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says it will be considered as theory, and he says man-made climate change will be treated the same. 

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Government
3:15 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Kentucky's Hemp Saga Appears Headed for Court

Credit Erik Fenderson (Wikimedia Commons)

  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is preparing to go to court to get 250 pounds of hemp seeds released to the state.  The seeds, imported from Italy, are being held at a UPS warehouse in Louisville.  The Drug Enforcement Administration argues a special permit is needed from the federal agency, despite language in the Farm Bill.                                               

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Education
12:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

WKU's Gatton Academy Looks for New Leader

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The number one public high school in the U.S. will soon have a new leader. 

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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'

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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
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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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