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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Government
3:50 pm
Wed June 24, 2015

Kentucky Booster Seat Law Takes Effect Today

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A new child safety seat law takes effect Wednesday in Kentucky.

The law requires children younger than 8 and between 40-57 inches tall to ride in a booster seat.

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Politics
2:26 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Ky Secretary of State Prepared for Thursday Recanvass

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County clerks across Kentucky will be double checking vote totals tomorrow\today in a statewide recanvass requested by two Republicans.  

Gubernatorial candidate James Comer is seeking a recanvass after losing to Matt Bevin by 83 votes in last Tuesday’s primary.  Richard Heath lost to Ryan Quarles by just over 14-hundred votes in the race for the GOP nomination for Agriculture Commissioner.  While Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes plans to announce the outcomes of the recanvass tomorrow\today, she says the winners will still be unofficial until next month.

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Society
11:06 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Red Cross Seeks Summer Blood Donations

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The American Red Cross is sending out an appeal for blood donations.  

With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, it’s always challenging to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients, but Spokeswoman Regina Conway with the Tennessee Valley Region says blood donations typically decline during the summer months.

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Government
3:19 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Court Date Set to Hear Right-to-Work Suit Against Hardin County

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A court date has been set for a judge to hear arguments in a right-to-work lawsuit against Hardin County.

Oral arguments will take place in U.S. District Court in Louisville on August 4th. 

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Politics
2:18 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Ten Percent Turnout Predicted for Kentucky's Primary Election

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One in ten registered voters is expected to cast ballots Tuesday in Kentucky’s primary election.  

Voters on May 19th will choose their nominees for governor and other constitutional officers.  

Based on previous elections and the 5,100 absentee ballots cast, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts 10% of registered voters will go to the polls.  

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Health
8:07 am
Mon May 11, 2015

More Patients Visiting ERs Despite Affordable Care Act

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Nationwide, a majority of emergency room physicians report an increase in the number of patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect.

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Education
12:51 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Henderson Co Schools Cutting 80 Positions Next Year

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Some Henderson County teachers will not be returning to the classroom next school year. 

Faced with a $6.7 million shortfall, the school system is cutting positions.  Layoff notices are going out this week to teachers at every school. 

School system spokeswoman Julie Wisher says about 80 positions are being cut. 

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Society
7:55 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Amish Fight Animal Droppings Law in Court

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 3:41 pm

An Amish father and son will be in a Logan County courtroom Wednesday.  The men are facing charges of violating a local ordinance requiring owners to clean up after their large animals.

Amos Mast and his son Dan, both of Auburn, were cited this year by police for refusing to fit their horses with special bags to collect their droppings.  The ordinance requires large animals to wear the collection devices in order to keep streets clear of feces. 

Members of the Amish community object to the law, claiming the devices can spook their horses.  The Mast family will take their case before a jury in Logan District Court. 

The Masts are members of the Old Order Amish, the same sect involved in a legal battle a few years ago when they refused to place a slow-moving vehicle emblem on the back of their horse-drawn buggies.  They objected to the bright orange emblem on religious grounds.  The General Assembly eventually passed a law allowing the Amish to place reflective tape on their buggies.

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Government
5:48 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Kentucky Revenues Up Amid Greater Demands in Next Budget

House Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards
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Pointing to strong tax collections, state budget officials say Kentucky will likely avoid another budget shortfall.

Revenues are expected to increase more than 3 percent in the budget year that ends June 30.

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Government
4:06 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

House Leader Calls for Interim Study on Kentucky Teacher Retirement System

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The Republican leader of the Kentucky House wants a study conducted on the under-funded Kentucky Teachers Retirement System before the 2016 legislature convenes. 

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover sent a letter this week to Governor Beshear urging him to create a task force.

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