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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  As Kentucky’s gubernatorial campaign enters the final three weeks before the election, the latest poll shows Democrat Jack Conway with a very slim lead over Republican Matt Bevin. 

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Kentucky’s new education commissioner starts work later this month. Stephen Pruitt says he wants to continue the strides the state has made over the years in improving college and career readiness.

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Borrowing attitudes are posing a challenge for community banks in Kentucky and across the nation. 

Community bankers recently provided input at town hall meetings hosted by state regulators in 27 states, including Kentucky. 

Pope Francis will make his first trip to the U.S. this week and an Elizabethtown native will have a front row seat.  Sean McKinley is studying at the Theological College at the Catholic University of America in Washington.  He’ll get to attend a mass with the pope at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.

McKinley is unsure if he’ll get to personally meet Pope Francis, but said it will be exciting just to be at the mass. McKinley was ordained as a deacon in March and hopes to be an ordained priest next May with the Archdiocese of Louisville.

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Boeing has forecast a rising demand for commercial airline pilots, and a program in Kentucky will help fill the need.  

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The ride-sharing service Uber has come to Bowling Green. 

Uber uses a mobile app to connect people who need rides with available drivers, who use their own cars to carry passengers. 

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Teams from Kentucky State Police and the National Guard have spent the summer trying to rid the state of an illegal crop.  

Trooper Corey King says teams fly over the commonwealth each summer looking for marijuana. 

"We're looking for those cultivating marijuana small-scale like out in the gardens to the large scale in the quantities of thousands that's out either in a rural spots or out in the cornfields," said King.

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WKU President Gary Ransdell says the university is at a crossroads in three areas: enrollment, state funding, and employee compensation. 

While noting many of the university’s achievements, Ransdell also outlined the school’s challenges to faculty and staff in his opening convocation Friday morning. 

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  Kentucky students would start the school year later under legislation that will be considered in the 2016 General Assembly.

State Senator Damon Thayer will sponsor a bill that would send students back to school in late August. Some education leaders believe the start date should remain a local decision, but Thayer argues the legislature should have a say.

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  Efforts are underway to make Elizabethtown the ninth Kentucky city with a fairness ordinance.

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