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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Tennessee
7:45 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Saggy Pants Bill to be Heard by House, Senate

A measure that would prohibit Tennessee students from dressing indecently in school is scheduled to be heard on the floor of the House and Senate this evening.  The bill seeks to prohibit students from exposing "underwear or body parts in an indecent manner that disrupts the learning environment."  A stricter version of the proposal failed to pass the Legislature three years ago.

Kentucky General Assembly 2012
7:34 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Lawmakers Bust Myth with Open Budget Negotiations

LRC Public Information

Kentucky lawmakers busted a myth late last week when they reached agreement on a $19 billion state budget without retreating out of public view.  In the past, negotiators have worked out details of the Commonwealth's budget behind closed doors with shades down, hallways roped off and state troopers standing guard.  Negotiators this year allowed Kentucky Educational Television cameras to run throughout the proceedings.

Front Page PM
6:30 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Front Page PM 3/30

There’s an old chestnut about how to get to Carnegie Hall, but for an Elizabethtown car salesman, making it to the Metropolitan Opera stage is no joke.  He’s done it, and this is why.  We’ll find out how he made his dream happen, today on Front Page P.M. from WKMS News.

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Government
7:24 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Kentucky Senate to Consider Human Trafficking Bill

The Senate is expected Friday to consider a measure to attempt to fight human trafficking in the state.  The bill sponsored by Democratic Representative Sannie Overly of Paris passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday evening with changes recommended by public defenders.  It would make it a crime to patronize a minor victim of human trafficking, strengthen current laws to help prosecutors get convictions in human trafficking cases, create a special state police unit on human trafficking by training existing officers and establish a victims' trust fund.  Penalties under the bill coul

Government
7:21 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Illinois House Approves Austere Spending Limits

Virtually all parts of state government would be forced to cut spending under a budget outline approved by the Illinois House.  The measure requires cutting Medicaid by $2.7 billion, or about 14 percent. Spending on services from schools to prisons would fall by about $900 million.  The House approved it 91-16 yesterday. Now it goes to the state Senate.  The measure calls for paying about $1.3 billion in overdue bills, or about 16 percent of the backlog.  It also increases the state's annual contribution to government retirement systems.  Democratic Rep.

Government
7:17 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Abortion, Ultrasound Battle Rages on Illinois House Floor

A legislative battle over abortions and ultrasounds has reached the Illinois House floor.  Abortion opponents want to require that women be given the option of seeing an ultrasound image of their fetus before undergoing an abortion. Unlike proposals in some other states, it would not force women to obtain an ultrasound.  Abortion-rights advocates are fighting the bill.

Business
7:13 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Illinois House Passes Password Snooping Ban

The Illinois House wants to bar employers from asking workers and job applicants for access to social media like Facebook.  The legislation passed Thursday and now goes to the Senate.  Some employers, particularly law enforcement, have begun asking for passwords so they can review the online activities of job applicants.  Under the legislation, workers could file lawsuits if pressured to open up private accounts if they're denied a job for refusing. Employers could still ask for usernames to view public information online, and they can monitor work-owned computers.

HIgher Education
7:09 am
Fri March 30, 2012

New For-Profit College Panel

For-profit colleges in Kentucky would be subject to a new oversight panel under a bill that’s cleared the legislature and now heads to the governor.  The measure creates the 11-member Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education made up of four representatives from for-profit colleges and four at-large members with backgrounds in education and business.  It also includes the state's education secretary, education commissioner and the Council on Postsecondary Education president.  The legislation gives the commission authority to hire staff to monitor and to investigate complaints about for-

Government
7:01 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Placement Agents Under State Ethics Laws

Lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would make placement agents involved in financial investments for Kentucky's pension program subject to the state's ethics laws.  The legislation is an offshoot of a state audit that raised questions about the use of placement agents who advise the state about how to invest retirement funds for teachers and government workers.  The House voted 94-0 Thursday for final passage.  Democratic Rep.

Government
11:17 am
Wed March 28, 2012

KY Synthetic Marijuana Bill

Kentucky's Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a measure controlling the production and sale of synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of methamphetamine, marijuana and other controlled substances.  The legislature had already banned hallucinogenic drugs known as "bath salts" and synthetic marijuana, but chemists have gotten around the ban by slightly altering formulas. The new bill's approach would ban whole categories of compounds. Penalties for first-time offenders could include forfeiture of property, fines, jail time and loss of alcohol sale licenses.

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