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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Business
12:36 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Paducah Power Board Chair Steps Down as Chairman, Member

Credit Lance Dennee / WKMS

  Updated 9/22/2014 at 4:20 p.m.

Ray McLennan has resigned as both Paducah Power Board chair and member. 

McLennan’s action came at today’s PPS board meeting. 

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Culture
3:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Robert Valentine Weighs in on the Scottish Vote for Independence

On the eve of Scotland's historic vote for independence, we gain a perspective on the referendum from one of our region's outstanding Scottish Americans, Robert Valentine, also a faculty member of the Murray State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Valentine about his thoughts on the vote and its implications for the UK and abroad.

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Puppies Sound Good
2:15 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

[Slideshow] Puppies Sound Good! Meet Stella

This month's featured adoptable puppy is Stella, a 10 week old Doberman/Hound mix, available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She was a stray found by a good Samaritan who turned her in to the Humane Society. She is currently in foster care with cats and is crate trained. She loves to play with toys and meet new people/pets. She has had her first shots, been wormed and is on flea preventative. Stella was very sweet at WKMS and enjoyed being loved on and picked up. She was very well behaved in the studio. Hear the conversation from Sounds Good:

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Society
10:14 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Hammack Keynoter Dr. Anne Marshall on Creating a Confederate Kentucky

Dr. Anne Marshall, Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University
Credit http://www.history.msstate.edu

The keynote speaker at this year's MSU History Department James Hammack Banquet, Dr. Anne Marshall, teaches history at Mississippi State University with degrees from the University of Georgia.  And yet, she is the author of "Creating a Confederate Kentucky," a book about one of the Commonwealth's most transformational eras.  It may be hard to imagine here in the western part of the state, but Kentucky never seceded from the U.S., and it provided around 90% of its military age men to the Union cause.  But after 1865, Kentucky gave itself a rebel rebranding.  Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Anne Marshall to get a preview of her talk and some insight into just why the Commonwealth got its Confederate makeover. 

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Society
10:53 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Calloway Bus Driver Treated Following Crash

Calloway County Sheriff's deputies responding to the early Friday morning crash of a Calloway County school bus.
Credit Calloway County Sheriff's Office

Authorities say the driver of a Calloway County school bus has been treated for injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident early this morning.  

Forty-nine-year-old Terrie Swift of Murray was preparing to start her route when a deer ran in front of the southbound bus on Radio Road at about 6:50 a.m. 

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Government
11:10 am
Wed August 20, 2014

KY House Members Urge Army Support of Ft. Campbell

Credit http://armylive.dodlive.mil

All six of Kentucky’s U.S. congressmen have signed on to a letter supporting Fort Campbell following the Army’s release of the Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment, or SPEA, in June. 

The SPEA analyzes the environmental impact of a proposed army force reduction. 1st District Representative Ed Whitfield’s office says if the report’s recommendations are fully implemented, Fort Campbell could lose some 16 thousand soldiers and civilian personnel. 

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Society
11:35 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Preparing Your Pets for Severe Weather

It's hard to watch this video, taken by a local CBS affiliate news crew in the wake of the tornado that struck Oklahoma City in 2013, killing 24 people, and not think what you would do about your pet in similar circumstances.

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Business
11:12 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Honeywell/USW Talks Continue Amid Dispute Preparations

Credit Wikimedia Commons

United Steelworkers Local 7-669 officials say they’re concerned by the arrival this morning of salaried and contract employees during contract talks at Honeywell’s Metropolis facility.  

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Government
11:24 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Kentucky Retirement System's Secret Investments

About 340,000 state, city, & county workers and retirees are part of the Kentucky Retirement Systems.  The KRS is responsible for $15.7 billion of pension-holder money and is one of the more under-performing pension funds in the U.S.  

It has a $17.6 billion shortfall as of mid-2013.  It's also one of the least transparent.  State law exempts KRS investments from open records laws, so if you're one of the 340,000 who wants to know where your money's going, you're out of luck.  

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Environment
8:03 am
Wed July 23, 2014

DOE Awards Fluor $420M Contract for Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Decommission and Decontamination

Credit usec.gov

Federal, state and local officials are praising the U.S. Department of Energy’s awarding a three-year $420 million clean-up contract to Fluor Federal Services, for decommissioning and decontamination of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

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