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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Front Page Episodes
4:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Mayor of Murray's Twin City Offers Insight

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The city of Murray faces an all-too-common problem these days: a steady demand for services while facing the necessity of budget cuts. For other communities in the country, the outlook isn’t quite so grim. And what they’ve done, or not done, could be instructive. So, we looked for a city similar to Murray and came up with Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi. Both cover 10 square miles; they were incorporated within seven years of each other; and both are located in counties south of another county named Marshall.

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Fiscal Court
9:46 am
Fri May 4, 2012

McCracken County Fiscal Court Balances Budget, Deputies Get a Raise

In just over an hour last night, the McCracken County Fiscal Court produced a tentative balanced budget for the next fiscal year. Commissioners met to close an over $170,000 dollar shortfall. They overcame the gap by eliminating the county’s annual financial contribution to EntrePaducah and reducing funds for the county’s new animal shelter.  EntrePaducah is running a $350,000 dollar surplus, and Commissioner Ronnie Freeman says that means the county can cut their $300,000 dollar contribution to zero.

Front Page Episodes
9:00 am
Sun April 29, 2012

Front Page Sunday 4-29

Here's the Rundown for Front Page Sunday: Hear the whole program on the listen click.

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Culture
1:28 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Historian John Coski on the Confederate Battle Flag

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In early April, the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced plans for a park to be built on private land just off of Exit 16 on I-24 in McCracken County.  It's intended as a memorial to the area's Confederate soldiers.  And at the center of the park, and an emerging controversy, is a flagpole, upon which will fly the red field, blue cross, and thirteen white stars of the Confederate battle flag.  The flag has been a lightning rod for controversy for years; the SCV insists it’s a symbol of heritage while opponents see it as an emblem of racism symbol.  For some perspective, Todd Hatton speaks

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Morning Cram
9:12 am
Wed April 25, 2012

the morning cram [the Learning Liquor Edition]

Paducah City Commissioners say wait staff serving liquor by the drink in the city limits will need training.

Governor Steve Beshear announces 80 new jobs for Cadiz.

Where will you be come primary day in Kentucky?  If you're on the road, consider voting absentee.

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Government
9:01 am
Wed April 25, 2012

TN House panel kills guns bill, NRA pushes floor vote

A Tennessee House committee has voted to kill a guns measure that has pitched firearms advocates against business groups.  The House Calendar Committee voted 15-8 Tuesday to send the bill to a study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year.  The measure backed by the National Rifle Association would allow anybody with a state-issued handgun carry permit to store loaded firearms in their vehicles parked on company lots - regardless of their employers' wishes.  NRA lobbyist Darren LaSorte says he will push for calling the bill directly to the House floor.

Government
9:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Governor Beshear Announces Jobs in Cadiz

Cadiz 's Transcraft  is investing $3M to add 80 new jobs, build a new 12,000 sq ft painting facility and purchase new equipment. Governor Beshear stopped in Cadiz for the announcement yesterday.  He says to encourage the investment, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority initially approved Transcraft Corp. for tax incentives up to $2 million dollars through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

Government
8:58 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Paducah Mandates Alcoholic Beverage Server Training

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The Paducah City Commission approved an ordinance last night requiring alcoholic beverage training for persons licensed for or employed in the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink.  The training is to include the identification of false documents, recognition of intoxication, and liability issues.  It is also to explain how to handle different scenarios such as confronting a patron who needs to be cut off.  Current employees must receive training within 90 days of the ordinance’s adoption and all employees hired afterwards have 60 days from their date of hire to complete the program.  R

Government
8:57 am
Wed April 25, 2012

KY Absentee Ballots

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says if you can’t to get to the polls on Election Day you may be able to vote by absentee ballot. Soldiers overseas and students on out-of-state campuses are eligible. State law allows anyone who will be traveling and won’t be able to get to their local polls to cast absentee ballots ahead of the May 22nd primary. The elderly and disabled may also be able to do so. People in hospital and, in some instances, jail also can vote absentee. You should contact your local county clerk to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

Government
8:56 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Liberal groups lash Illinois governor on Medicaid

A national liberal advocacy group is criticizing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's proposed solution to the state's Medicaid crisis.  Families USA is issuing a report Wednesday estimating job losses of more than 25,000 if Illinois cuts Medicaid spending by 2 point 7 billion dollars.  That's a reaction to Governor Quinn's call for the Legislature to stop pushing unpaid Medicaid bills into future years.

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