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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Government
9:22 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Illinois Governor Signs Four Fire Safety Bills

wikipedia.com

Legislation requiring all Illinois college dorms to have sprinklers installed within two years is one of four new fire safety bills Governor Pat Quinn signed into law yesterday.  The bill beefs up past legislation by instituting tougher penalties for post-secondary schools that don't comply, including a $1,000-a-day fine if sprinklers aren't installed by September 1, 2014.  Quinn also signed legislation encouraging fire protection districts to buy equipment built in the state.

Government
9:16 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Federal Court Denies Former Illinois Governor's Appeal

wikipedia.com

A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Governor George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.  The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 16-page ruling yesterday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a six-and-a-half-year sentence for corruption.  The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early.

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Government
9:07 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Kentucky Judge to Review Christian Health Care Case

wikipedia.com

A judge has scheduled a hearing for later this month in a longstanding dispute between the commonwealth and a Christians-only health care plan.  The case pits the state Department of Insurance against Medi-Share, a Florida-based cost-sharing ministry that helps pay medical bills for churchgoers across the country.  Lawyers for the state have asked Franklin County Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate to hold Medi-Share in contempt of court for continuing to operate in Kentucky.

Government
8:35 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Kentucky’s Hay Hotline Re-activated

KY Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
KY Department of Agriculture

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has reactivated its hay hotline to help farmers find forage for their livestock.  Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says he restarted the hotline to connect farmers in need of forage to others willing to sell it.  The Department’s website also has online directories where producers can list hay for sale, and where farmers can search for available hay by county

Government
9:57 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Todd Hatton discusses RAMP with the PRDA's Steve Doolittle and Bruce Brockenborough

Rendering showing site of proposed hotel.
Paducah Riverfront Development Authority

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority will submit its Renaissance Area Master Plan, or RAMP, to the city commission.  The RAMP’s purpose is to facilitate improved movement between Paducah’s historic downtown, the Lowertown Arts District, and the riverfront.  Officials with the PRDA hope this will in turn make Paducah a more attractive destination for tourists as well as a greater economic resource for current residents and those yet to become residents. To find out more about RAMP and its way forward, Todd Hatton sp

Front Page Sunday
10:22 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Front Page Sunday 7/29/12

Youth Reporter Brynn Jones with Playhouse in the Park Director Lisa Cope
Rusty Jones

Incidents of snakebite are increasing in Kentucky, and wildlife officials say it could have something to do with the drought our region is in.  One researcher is definite about one thing: it’s not because there are more snakes. We’ll also hear reports on how drought is impacting river navigation and what farmers in the Four Rivers are telling federal officials about the effects of drought on their crops and livestock.  Those stories, and remembrances of the last time the Olympics were in London, are ahead in the next hour.

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Science
9:53 am
Sun July 29, 2012

Western Kentucky Snakes!

Timber Rattlesnake
Wikipedia

Earlier this month, we reported on the increase in the incidents of snakebite in Kentucky.  State wildlife officials lay some of the blame for the rise on the drought; when it gets hot and dry, it only makes sense that people, and snakes, would head for the water.  And when they come into contact, it can be unfortunate.  But this doesn't mean all, or even most, snakes are dangerous.  But how do you tell the difference between snakes that are from the ones that aren't?  What do you do if a venomous snake bites you? 

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Environment
10:45 am
Fri July 27, 2012

New Illinois laws on recycling, protecting environment

iStockPhoto

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed three new environmental laws yesterday aimed at protecting ecosystems from invasive species, improving recycling and promoting green technology in plumbing.  

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Education
10:41 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Teacher effectiveness focus of new KY panel

iStockPhoto

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Team on Teacher Effectiveness will meet for the first time today in Frankfort.  

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Culture
9:41 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Discovery Park grist mill near completion

discoveryparkofamerica.com

Volunteers at Union City’s Discovery Park are close to completing work on a grist mill that’s taken five years to build.  

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