Todd Hatton

News Reporter and Host of Morning Edition

Todd Hatton hails from Paducah, Kentucky, where he got into radio under the auspices of the late, great John Stewart of WKYX while a student at Paducah Community College. He also worked at WKMS in the reel-to-reel tape days of the early 1990s before running off first to San Francisco, then Orlando in search of something to do when he grew up. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at Murray State University. He vigorously resists adulthood and watches his wife, Angela Hatton, save the world one plastic bottle at a time.

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2011

2nd Place - Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting - "Difficulty with BP Boycott"

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2010

1st Place - Best Light News - Market House Theatre Ghost Walk

Kentucky Associated Press Awards 2009

2nd Place - Best Use of Sound - Hidden Kitchens

Hon.Men. - Best Light News Feature - Aft. Super Tuesday Storms

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Education
4:53 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Former Kentucky State Senator Rhoads Joins MSU Regents

Credit jerryrhoads.org

  Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed former Madisonville state Sen. Jerry Rhoads to Murray State University's Board of Regents.

Rhoads replaces outgoing board member Constantine Curris, whose term expires this year.

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Government
11:22 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Conway: Davis Statue in Kentucky Capitol Belongs in a Museum

Credit Gage Skidmore, Flickr (Creative Commons License)

  Kentucky Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway says the Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol rotunda belongs elsewhere, and he’ll urge the agency that oversees the state’s historic properties to move it.  

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News
10:24 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Trooper Killed On Duty in Wreck Near Grand Rivers

Trooper Eric Chrisman
Credit Kentucky State Police

A recently-graduated Kentucky state trooper was killed Tuesday evening in a two-vehicle wreck near Grand Rivers.  23-year-old Trooper Eric Chrisman of Lawrenceburg was responding to a reckless driving complaint on US 62 approximately two miles west of Grand Rivers when he lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the other lane, and hit a tractor-trailer truck.  Chrisman was pronounced dead at the scene.  The other driver was treated at Marshall County Hospital and released. 

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Economy
9:04 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Paducah Riverfront Hotel Plans Announced

Lance Dennee

Paducah officials have announced a contract with Owensboro-based LinGate Hospitality to build a new hotel on the city's riverfront. 

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Government
3:52 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

NPR's Nina Totenberg Explains Supreme Court Challenge to Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Credit Steve Barrett/NPR

  

  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule soon on a challenge to Kentucky’s and three other states’ gay marriage bans.  The outcome is expected to settle the national issue of gay marriage.  

NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg has been following the issue as it moves through the court system.

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Education
3:33 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Dr. Tim Todd Tapped as Interim MSU Provost

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Following Murray State Provost Dr. Jay Morgan’s appointment to a position with the Council on Postsecondary Education, MSU President Dr. Bob Davies has tapped Dr. Tim Todd to replace Morgan on an interim basis, beginning July 1st. 

Dr. Todd joined the Murray State faculty in 1995, rising to Assistant Provost in 1998 and Associate Provost in 2002.  Since 2006, Todd has served as dean of MSU’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. 

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Sports
11:07 am
Fri May 22, 2015

MSU’s Payne Named OVC Male Athlete Of The Year

MSU Sophomore Point Guard Cameron Payne
Credit ovcsports.com

Murray State point guard Cameron Payne has been named the 2014-2015 Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year.  The sophomore was chosen in voting by OVC athletics directors and sports information directors. Payne is the ninth Murray State student athlete to win the honor since 1980 and the first since Isaiah Canaan was named in 2012. 

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Environment
3:07 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Kentucky Students Push for State Clean Energy Bill

Credit David Monniaux, Wikimedia Commons

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is touring the Commonwealth to promote passage of proposed state House Bill 229, also known as the Clean Energy Opportunity Act.  KSEC representatives, along with State Senator Reggie Thomas, met Thursday at Murray State University with representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority and members of the region’s renewable energy industry.  

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Environment
2:54 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Puppies Sound Good: Meet Roxy

Roxy, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway Co
Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Today, we meet Roxy, a (big) puppy up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She's about 1 to 1/2 years old and weighs approximately 60 pounds. She was very pregnant when rescued from the shelter and within 24 hours, gave birth to eight puppies. Roxy was very sweet and excited to meet everyone at the station. She rolled on her back for belly rubs and had her tongue sticking out almost the entire time. She is house trained and crate trained, enjoys baths, likes cats and small dogs, has foster training with young kids and large dogs, and understands several commands. Humane Society director Kathy Hodge says she'd be a good fit for an energetic family. Hear more in Todd Hatton's Sounds Good conversation with Hodge.

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News
4:04 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Region May See Severe Weekend Weather

Forecast map for the U.S.
Credit noaa.gov / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service in Paducah says the region could see severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening.  NWS Meteorologist Chris Noles says southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and a small portion of northwest Tennessee will likely see severe thunderstorms that could develop into more hazardous weather. 

"Any storms that form mid-day Saturday," Noles says, "on through the afternoon will be capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes as the environment does appear as if it will be favorable for supercell thunderstorms."

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