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
7:44 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Citywide yard sale set for Murray

Murray Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Next month, bargain hunters from around the region will be able to shop all of Murray during its Fall Citywide Yard Sale. The date for this year's event is set for September 15th.  Those interested in selling items must send in a $10 entry fee to be listed on a map. The fee will go toward the city's July Fourth celebrations.  For out-of-towners or those who don't want to sell from their homes, parking lot spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  You can find more information and this year's application here.

Government
8:24 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Illinois Fire Officials Offer Safety Tips for Campfires

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llinois state officials are reminding campers to practice fire safety, especially with the severe drought conditions in the state.  Officials with the State Fire Marshal’s office say that with the drought there's greater danger for brush fires.  There were 212 uncontrolled campsite fires reported between 2005 and 2012 and authorities say they could have been avoided.  Safety tips include avoiding building fires in windy conditions, not using gasoline or other substances that could cause explosions and never leaving a campfire or grill unattended.  Officials also recommend ensuring all fire

Sports
8:19 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Manning Speaking at Graves County Fundraiser

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Peyton Manning followed Tim Tebow to Denver, and now he's following him to Graves County.  The Broncos' quarterback will be the featured speaker at Graves County High School's Eagle Foundation fundraiser next April. 

Last April, the foundation brought former Bronco and now New York Jets quarterback Tebow in for the program.  The nonprofit foundation is made up of parents and community, business and education leaders who raise money to help cover education and facility needs of students in the local schools.  The second annual Night with a Champion will be April 20th.

Government
8:13 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Quinn Rejects Illinois Plastic Bag Recycling Bill

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Illinois manufacturers say they're disappointed with Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of a bill requiring a plastic bag recycling program.  Quinn rejected the proposed law yesterday saying it limited local municipalities. It would have required manufacturers to set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate. It also would have required them to register with the state.

Government
8:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Tennessee Unemployment Claimants Must Keep Logs

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Beginning September 1st, anyone claiming Tennessee unemployment benefits will have to show they’re actively looking for work, including keeping a work search log.  According to state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, claimants will be required to conduct three work searches each week.   A list of valid work search activity is available on the department's website or at the nearest Tennessee Career Center.  Labor and Workforce Development officials will conduct random audits of a thousand claimants' work search documentation each week to verify activity.

Morning Cram
9:58 am
Fri August 24, 2012

the morning cram [electric Oatmeal edition]

Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower on Long Island, circa 1902.
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Today on NPR: Internet Cartoonist Helps Raise $1 Million for Tesla Museum

Kentucky:

Unemployment is down in most Commonwealth counties.

U.S. DOE settles with Bechtel Jacobs over radioactive waste disposal at USEC.

Government
9:50 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Kentucky Releases Unemployment Rates

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Kentucky’s latest unemployment figures show widespread improvement in July. The Office of Employment and Training reports jobless rates fell in 97 counties. Rates increased or were unchanged elsewhere.  

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Government
9:36 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Energy Department Contractor and USEC Settle

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The federal government and Department of Energy contractor Bechtel Jacobs have reached a 230-thousand-dollar settlement over allegations the company improperly disposed of radioactive waste from the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The settlement was unsealed yesterday in U-S District Court in Paducah.  It does not require Bechtel Jacobs to admit fault and clears the company of liability related to improper disposals from 1998 through 2004.  The settlement ends a 10-year legal battle started by two former plant employees on behalf of the federal government.
 

Business
9:34 am
Fri August 24, 2012

New Limestone Processing Plant Comes to Lyon County

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined other state, local and business officials in Eddyville yesterday to announce H-and-G Limestone Products’ plans to begin operations in Lyon County. The company will invest almost one and a half million dollars to build a 22-thousand-500-square-foot processing plant employing 10 full-time workers. H&G Limestone produces material for roofing shingles and makes a calcium supplement used in animal food.

Government
9:41 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Tennessee Justices Let Lethal Injection Ruling Stand

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The Tennessee Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal by two death row inmates who claim changes to the state's lethal injection procedure are unconstitutional.  The state's high court declined Monday to hear the case brought by Stephen Michael West and Billy Ray Irick.

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