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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Culture
10:08 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Hopkinsville expands Little Green Men festival

Roadside America

Kelly, Kentucky is expanding its festival marking the legend of an encounter with visitors from outer space.  The Kelly Community Organization’s "Little Green Men" Festival will be two days this year. The celebration starts Friday in the small town about 10 miles north of Hopkinsville.  Local legend says a flying saucer and alien beings visited the tiny Christian County community on August 21st, 1955.  Community Organization President Frank Brown says the festivities will include a screening of the 2005 documentary "Monsters of the UFO: The Incident At Kelly."

Environment
10:04 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Kentucky seeks input on list of polluted streams

The Kentucky Division of Water has begun gathering public input on a list of streams and lakes in the Commonwealth impaired by pollutants.  All states are required to compile such a list as part of a report to Congress every two years.  The list put together by officials in Kentucky shows hundreds of streams and lakes that have been impacted through a variety of sources, including coal mining, cattle farming, even human waste disposal.  That list is available for public comment at the Division of Water's website.

Government
10:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Morning Storm Damage

Strong storms last night caused localized power outages in Paducah and downed trees in Lyon and Trigg counties.  Kentucky Transportation spokesman Keith Todd reports crews were out clearing downed trees blocking highways along the Trigg/Christian County line and in the northern third of Trigg on Kentucky 128 and 164.  Todd says fallen trees also kept crews busy throughout Lyon County on Kentucky 810, 93, 295, and 819.

Government
9:59 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Judge won't void TN US Senate Democratic primary

A federal judge has refused to void Tennessee’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed.  District Judge Kevin Sharp ruled the lawsuit filed by losing candidate Larry Crim was improper because it was not filed against an individual.  Crim sued the state Division of Elections and the Tennessee Democratic Party trying to keep winner Mark Clayton off the November ballot.  The day after the election, the state Democratic Party said it wanted nothing to do with Clayton.

Government
9:14 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Quinn Signs Agriculture Laws at State Fair

wikipedia.com

Governor Pat Quinn signed five new agriculture laws at the Illinois State Fair’s Agriculture Day.  As the state's farmers deal with drought conditions, Quinn said it's an important time to support them and the state's agriculture industry.  The new legislation protects cattle pastures from wildlife damage and creates the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.

Politics
9:08 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Democrats Seek Details on Tennessee Voting Problems

wikipedia.com

Democrats in the Tennessee House of Representatives have written a letter to elections officials asking how many people were given improper ballots or were otherwise prevented from voting in the August 2 primary.  Twenty-five House Democrats signed the letter yesterday saying it is "unacceptable" to deny registered voters full participation in elections.  The lawmakers want Secretary of State Tre Hargett to respond to questions about how many voters received the wrong ballot, whether there is a uniform procedure to make voters aware of how to obtain the correct ballot and how many people w

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Education
9:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

New History App Offers Details About Kentucky's Past

wikipedia.co

The Kentucky Historical Society is releasing a smartphone app so users can find out more about the Commonwealth's historic sites.  The Explore Kentucky History app connects historical markers, related items in the Historical Society's collections and user-submitted images and stories to points of interest on a map. The information is then grouped together into tours, with a Civil War-themed tour the first available.  The KHS says it hopes Kentuckians and local history groups will participate, submitting images and stories.  The app is available for free.

Politics
9:07 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Plummer Confident GOP Can Win 12th District Race

wikipedia.com

The Republican running to replace Southern Illinois’ U.S. Representative Jerry Costello says he's confident he can put the 12th District in the GOP column for the first time since World War II.  Lumber company executive Jason Plummer recently told backers this is their year to get it done.  

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Politics
9:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Doctors Are Concerned About New Prescription Pill Law

wikipedia.com

Some Kentucky doctors are expressing concerns about new state regulations requiring them to meet tougher prescription standards in an effort to stop drug abuse.  Dr.

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Front Page Sunday
4:22 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Front Page Sunday 8/12/12

For many, retirement is something they think they’ll never be able to do.  Buddy Hall has played professional pool for more than five decades, winning world championships and a place in pool’s Hall of Fame.  And even though the Metropolis, Illinois native, has slowed down a bit, retirement isn’t something he wants to do.  We’ll find out more about Hall’s career, and his love of the game, on Front Page Sunday from WKMS News. 

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