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
2:43 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Fatal Western Kentucky Plane Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a deadly plane crash earlier this month in western Kentucky. The accident killed everyone on board except for a young girl. 

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Government
3:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Warren County Government Approves History-Making Right-to-Work Law

Chip White (left) and Alton Haycraft of the Carpenters Local 175 in Louisville were in the audience as Warren County Fiscal Court approved a local right-to-work measure.
Credit Lisa Autry

Against the advice of Kentucky’s attorney general, Warren County Fiscal Court has passed a local right-to-work law, becoming the first county in the nation to do so.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Richards Seeks Return to Kentucky House Leadership

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  Veteran State Representative Jody Richards is aiming for a return to House leadership as Speaker Pro Tem.  The Bowling Green Democrat is among four others vying for the number two post. 

Richards, who spent 14 years as House Speaker, has been out of leadership since 2009, and says some things have changed since then.

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Culture
7:04 am
Mon November 24, 2014

KY Premature Births Decline

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A new report shows Kentucky continues to make strides in reducing the number of babies born premature.  Just over 12 percent of babies in the state last year were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, which was an improvement for the 7th year in a row. 

The commonwealth earned a “C” on the latest report card from the March of Dimes. Only a few years ago, the state was failing.  Katrina Smith with the Kentucky March of Dimes Chapter credits the improvement to better education.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

United Autoworkers Union Watching KY House Races

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Voters will determine today whether Republicans will take control of the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century.  Someone closely watching House races is Jeff Cone, Vice President of the United Autoworkers Union in Bowling Green.  He fears Kentucky will become a right-to-work state under a GOP-lead House.  

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Government
6:49 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Judge Rules Polling Buffer 'Unconstitutional'

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Earlier this month, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled a state law that established a 300-foot buffer zone around polling places to be unconstitutional.  The ruling, however, won’t affect the November 4th election because an appeals court issued a stay while the Attorney General Jack Conway appeals the ruling.  Allison Martin is Communications Director for the AG’s office.

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Politics
12:16 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Ag Commissioner Comer's Gubernatorial Campaign Kicks Off Tomorrow

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Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner will officially launch his campaign for governor tomorrow in his hometown of Tompkinsville.  

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Government
3:15 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Conway Challenges EPA Authority Over Carbon-Emission Regulations

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  Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is joining attorneys general in 11 other states in asking a federal appeals court to rule quickly in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Government
3:24 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

David Patterson Responds to Debate Exclusion

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The Libertarian candidate in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race doesn’t think it’s fair he can’t participate in a debate featuring incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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Politics
3:33 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Gubernatorial Hopeful James Comer Thinks Kentucky Government Can Be Leaner, More Efficient

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Commissioner James Comer says many of the reforms he brought to the Kentucky Agriculture Department are needed across state government.  The gubernatorial candidate was in Bowling Green Friday speaking to the group Leadership Kentucky. 

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