Todd Hatton

Morning Edition Host, Producer

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.

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Murray State University

With the Kentucky General Assembly 2016 session nearing its end next month, Murray State University and other institutions across the commonwealth are waiting for the final verdict on the next state budget. MSU President Bob Davies speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good on how the university is tightening its belt to accommodate anticipated funding cuts.

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Since its discovery in a population of bats in a New York cave in 2007, white nose syndrome has become one of the gravest threats to American and Canadian bats.  White nose is a fungal infection that disrupts the bat’s hibernation cycle and has resulted in the death of approximately 6 million bats in North America.  Kentucky has not escaped the infection’s spread; it first appeared in the Commonwealth in 2011 and has been detected in bats in western Kentucky’s Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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February 3, 1959 is often called "The Day the Music Died" but it isn't the only day that can make that unfortunate claim.  The phrase is often associated with the deaths of rock and roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, but March 5, 1963 would prove as devastating to country and western music. 

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Seventy years ago, Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey decided to bring a young player up to the majors from one of their farm teams.  However, one thing made this unprecedented: the Montreal Monarchs second baseman in question was African-American.  Approval to transfer Jackie Robinson to the Dodgers could only come from the commissioner of Major League Baseball, former U.S. Senator, Kentucky Governor, and Henderson county native, A.B. "Happy" Chandler.

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Former Kentucky 6th District U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler says he still hasn’t ruled out a return to politics.

Chandler held that seat from 2004 to 2012 before losing a re-election bid to Republican Andy Barr.

Murray State University

As legislators debate Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget, which includes a 9-percent cut to higher education funding, university leaders are working to convince lawmakers of the impacts the cuts would have. Meanwhile, education officials are contemplating a switch to a performance-based funding model.

Image courtesy of David Wright, Gallatin, TN, courtesy of Ted Belue

Murray State University history professor Ted Belue will deliver a presentation at the Calloway County Public Library titled "Black Indians and Black Mountain Men on the Frontier: Restoring a Vanishing Legacy." The event’s scheduled for later this week, and Belue speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about what to expect.

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Last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency, or WADA declared Russia out of compliance with the ban on performance- enhancing drugs. Unless Russia fixes the problem, their athletes could be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. On Sounds Good, Todd Hatton speaks with Dr. Kalinski about how deep the "culture of cheating" runs.

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Kentucky officials have re-enacted a state-wide ban on bird sales and movement in response to an avian flu outbreak in southern Indiana.  State Veterinarian Robert Stout says he took the step out of an abundance of caution.  

Murray State University

As Gov. Matt Bevin prepares to present his two-year budget to the state's legislative chambers discussions are arising over his plans regarding funding higher education.

Murray State University President Bob Davies recently spent several days meeting with state leaders in Frankfort to discuss the issue. 

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