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
9:22 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Dippin Dots Sold Amongst Bankruptcy Proceedings

An Oklahoma-based company has purchased Dippin Dots, Incorporated.  The Paducah-based Dippin Dots is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings and a court-mandated change in ownership.  The Oklahoma company, which goes by the same name, struck the deal yesterday in U.S. bankruptcy court to purchase Dippin Dots for more than 12.5 million dollars.  Dippin Dots' Paducah factory employs 165 people.

Education
7:14 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Parent Grading Bill Headed to Tennessee House Floor

Tennessee parents would grade themselves on how involved they are in a student's school performance under legislation headed for a state House floor vote.  The measure passed the House Finance Committee Tuesday on a voice vote.

Government
7:11 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Tennessee Bill does away with Early Graduation Program

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A proposal to do away with Tennessee's early graduation program is advancing in the House.  The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Glen Casada was approved Tuesday on a voice vote in the House Education Committee. The companion bill unanimously passed the Senate last week.  Under the so-called Move on When Ready Act, a student who scores 27 on the ACT is only required to obtain 18 hours of specific classes to get a diploma.

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Government
7:09 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Tennessee Tattoo Bill Headed for House Floor Vote

A proposal to crack down on the tattooing of minors is headed for a vote on the Tennessee House floor.  The measure sponsored by Democratic Representative Antonio Parkinson was unanimously approved in the House Finance Committee Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.  The proposal makes it illegal for anyone without a license to possess tattooing paraphernalia. The measure also encourages underage tattooing incidents be reported to the Health Department.

Government
7:05 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Beshear Offers Staff to Help Draft Kentucky Road Plan

Kentucky Governor  Steve Beshear is urging lawmakers to finish their work on a transportation budget and six-year road plan on the final day of this year's legislative session.  Beshear says the Kentucky's roads and bridges are the state's economic lifeblood, and not passing legislation to ensure their continued maintenance would do more than threaten public safety.  With time running out, lawmakers haven't yet reached agreement on what road construction projects to fund in the next two-year budget cycle or in an overall six-year plan.  Beshear says he will make State Budget Director Mary L

2012 General Assembly
9:57 am
Tue April 10, 2012

KY Lawmakers still without agreement on road budget

Kentucky lawmakers still haven't reached an accord on appropriations in the state's transportation budget.  State Representative Sannie Overly says House and Senate lawmakers remain far apart on proposed construction projects to be included in a six-year, $10 billion road plan.  Legislators are scheduled to reconvene Thursday for the final day of this year's legislative session.  This only allows two more days for negotiators to work out differences in the competing proposals offered by the Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate.  Overly is a leading Democratic negotiator

Agriculture
9:42 am
Tue April 10, 2012

KY Agricultural agency OKs $400,000 in farm loans

The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation has approved more than $400,000 in loans to farmers to expand their operations.  The agency partners with lenders to help farmers finance projects that would increase their profits.  The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced the latest round of loans Monday. The largest loan topped $110,000.  The finance corporation also has a beginning farmer loan program that helps people start or expand a farming operation. Those loans can be used to purchase livestock, equipment and land.

Tennessee Legislature
9:25 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Haslam: Decision on evolution bill likely Tuesday

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says it will probably be close to the deadline before he decides whether to sign a proposal protecting teachers who allow students to criticize evolution and other scientific theories, such as global warming.  The deadline is today.

Tennessee Legislature
9:23 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Tennessee Democrats Unhappy with "fast pace" of State Legislature

Tennessee House Democrats say the Republican majority is moving too quickly through the legislative process.  Toward the end of the House floor session Monday, Democratic Representative Jimmy Naifeh took exception to a Republican move to end debate on overhauling a judicial disciplinary panel.  Naifeh says the measure is a complex change, and lawmakers were unable to receive any details before the vote took place.  Republican Representative Curry Todd made the motion to head straight for a vote.  He says the final vote of 86-7 in favor of the bill showed no debate was necessary.  House Demo

Tennessee
8:38 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Clarksville Police drop pads for ticket printers

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Clarksville’s Police Department is going paperless in an effort to cut down times for traffic stops and help the City Court become more efficient.  Police Chief Al Ansley tells the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle he hopes to have the paperless traffic stops in place soon.  He says it will cut down the time it takes to issue a citation from fifteen minutes down to five and eliminate time-consuming data entry for city clerks.  Ansley also says the paperless system will save the department money on ticket books.  He says the department has ordered 148 printers, one for each patrol officer, that pri

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