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
9:00 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Sponsor of guns in TN parking lots bill to amend it

The Republican sponsor of a proposal letting workers in Tennessee store firearms in vehicles parked on their employers' lots says he's listened to GOP leaders and plans to amend the legislation so that it's not so broad.  The original bill was up in the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, but Senator Mike Faulk decided to delay it a week.  The measure would apply to any legally owned firearm regardless of whether the owner had a state-issued handgun carry permit.

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Government
8:59 am
Wed March 21, 2012

KY Bill would require seat belts in 15-passenger vans

The Kentucky House has passed a Senate measure requiring seat belts on vans carrying 15 or fewer passengers.  The bill is intended to strengthen the Commonwealth's seat-belt laws two years after an Interstate 65 crash that claimed the lives of 11 people in a 15-passenger van.  Democratic Representative Hubert Collins proposed the bill in the House. It would change the current law, which applies only to vans that carry 10 or fewer passengers. It passed in that chamber Tuesday.

Government
8:58 am
Wed March 21, 2012

TN Bill ending ID requirement for early voting fails

A proposal to allow people to cast early votes in Tennessee without a photo ID has failed in the state House.  The measure sponsored by Democratic House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh sets up a system for photographing voters at the polling place instead of requiring them to provide government-issued photo identification.  The measure failed Tuesday in the House State and Local Government Committee by one vote.  A separate measure seeking to do away with the state's new photo ID law altogether was delayed for a week.

Government
8:56 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Paducah City Commissioners Go Back on Housing Contract

Paducah City commissioners last night rejected an ordinance that would have changed a property swap agreement with the city’s Housing Authority.  In May 2009, both parties agreed to exchange city property on H.C.

Barn Named Landmark
8:44 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Tobacco Barn Deemed Historic Landmark

Murray Ledger & Times

The Kentucky Heritage Council has recognized a Calloway County tobacco barn as an area landmark.  Built in the 1880s, the log frame barn was part of the Arnett Farm in the southwest of the county. A descendent of the family, Sam Arnett, told the Murray Ledger & Times that he sought historic recognition for the barn as a way to signify the cultural importance of tobacco in the region.  Although tobacco barns are plentiful in the area, few have been the subject of artwork. J. C. Goodman, one of Arnett's cousins, used the Old Arnett Tobacco Barn in one of his paintings.

Front Page Sunday
12:16 pm
Sun March 18, 2012

Front Page Sunday 3-18

(1.) WHEN GEN. GRANT EXPELLED THE JEWS 2-WAY -- Conflict and uncertainty can make life difficult for minorities in the United States.  As we’ve seen, events of the last decade have led some to be suspicious of American Moslems.  This isn’t new in our history.  During the U.S. Civil War, it was Jewish Americans who came under suspicion.  Adding to existing prejudices were broad accusations of trading with Confederates and undermining the Union.  Things came to a head in December 1862 when U.S. Major General, and future President, Ulysses S.

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Front Page PM
6:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Front Page PM 3/16/12

(1.) COLSTON ON THE CAPITOL –- Lawmakers in Frankfort have been hard at work over the past week in the Kentucky General Assembly.  A proposed state-wide indoor smoking ban cleared its first legislative hurdle and the senate has passed four constitutional amendments.  Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston gives Rick Howlett the latest on what’s happening in Frankfort.

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History
9:27 am
Fri March 16, 2012

A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Author of When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Dr. Jonathan Sarna
Spertus.org

Conflict and uncertainty can make life difficult for minorities in the United States.  As we’ve seen, events of the last decade have led some to be suspicious of American Moslems.  This isn’t new in our history.  During the U.S. Civil War, it was Jewish Americans who came under suspicion.  Adding to existing prejudices were broad accusations of trading with Confederates and undermining the Union.  Things came to a head in December 1862 when U.S. Major General, and future President, Ulysses S.

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History
11:51 am
Tue March 13, 2012

The Civil War in the Western Rivers Part 3

In the conclusion of our 2011 documentary about the Civil War in the Four Rivers, Todd Hatton looks at the little-known Battle of Paducah, where Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest first tasted defeat at the hands of African-American Union soldiers.

History
11:47 am
Tue March 13, 2012

The Civil War in the Western Rivers Part 2

In the second installment of our 2011 documentary on the Civil War in the Four Rivers region, Producer Todd Hatton takes us through the Civil War's beginning in our area, and the west's first significant campaign, Forts Henry and Donelson.

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