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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MSU Draws Six-Seed
8:24 am
Mon March 12, 2012

MSU to Play Colorado State in NCAA Tournament

The Number 6 seed Murray State Racers celebrated Selection Sunday yesterday by getting ready for their first NCAA tournament opponent, eleven seed Colorado State.  The Racers will play the Rams this Thursday at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.  MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm says he’s glad the wait is over, so the OVC champions can concentrate on preparing to play Colorado State.  Tip off is set for 11:15 a.m. Central, on Thursday.
 

KY Senate Budget
8:15 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Senate Begins Budget Negotiations

Kentucky’s General Assembly session is winding down, but budget negotiations are just beginning for the state Senate.  The House passed their version of budgets for all three branches of state government last week. But Senate Budget Chairman Bob Leeper says that doesn’t mean his side will be able to act quickly on the plan.  Leeper says the Senate will compare three separate budgets: Governor Steve Beshear’s original proposal, the House’s changed plan and the last two-year budget.

Bridge Collision
7:47 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Lake Barkley Bridge Struck

The US 68/KY 80 bridge over Lake Barkley at Canton is open again to traffic this morning following a strike by a fourteen barge tow early this morning.  The U.S. Coast Guard reports the Motor Vessel EVT was pushing the empty barges downriver when a gust of wind forced a controlled landing against one of the bridge piers.  The collision was severe enough that the lead barge was taking on water.  Kentucky Transportation spokesman Keith Todd says the Cabinet dispatched an inspector who reported no structural damage to the bridge.

Front Page Episodes
6:45 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Front Page PM 3/9/12

(1.) COLSTON ON THE CAPITOL –- It’s been another busy week in the Kentucky General Assembly. And to summarize what happened and why Kentucky Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Kenny Colston speaks with Rick Howlett. 

 

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Culture
10:27 am
Fri March 9, 2012

How Kentucky Became a Basketball State

Dr. Duane Bolin
Murray State University

Spend any time in Kentucky, and you'll notice that residents of the Bluegrass love their basketball.  Of the 72 NCAA men's championship games played since 1939, Kentucky teams have won nine of them.  Only California has more championships.  So, the Commonwealth is a basketball state.  But why?  How did that particular tradition begin?  To find out, Todd Hatton spoke with Murray State University history professor Dr. Duane Bolin.  Dr.

IL DCFS Caseload Too High
8:27 am
Mon March 5, 2012

IL Department of Children and Family Services Investigator Caseloads Too High

A new analysis from the Chicago Tribune finds caseloads for Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators are too high.  The Tribune reports the biggest trouble spots are in southern Illinois, Cook County, and the counties around Chicago.

MSU OVC Champs
8:24 am
Mon March 5, 2012

MSU Takes 15th OVC Championship

The Murray State Racers’ Men’s Basketball team won their 15th Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship Saturday night with a 54 to 52 win over Tennessee State at Nashville’s Municipal Arena.  The victory brings MSU’s season record to 30 and 1, as well as a 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Racers as the OVC’s automatic bid.  Murray State Forward Donte Pool was named the OVC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

IL Church Repaid for Aid
8:20 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Illinois Church Gave Hurricane Aid in '05, Gets Tornado Aid

Organizers of a southwest Louisiana drive to help tornado-stricken Harrisburg, Illinois, says four pickup-and-trailer loads of goods delivered over the weekend are just a partial return for help after Hurricane Rita in 2005.  Phil Thibodeaux of Lake Arthur says a tractor-trailer load of supplies will probably leave nearby Lake Charles about midweek, and Lafayette-area residents are also collecting a lot of goods.  Strong storms and a tornado hit Harrisburg Wednesday, killing six people and injuring about 100.  Thibodeaux says the relationship between the two communities began when Lake Arth

Front Page Episodes
10:00 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Front Page Sunday 3/4/12

(1.) BILL CALL 2-WAY -- As severe weather struck our region this week many of you might have had weather radios alerting you of warnings to your county or the loud outdoor sirens you might be used to. This week, though as a Tornado Warning was issued for northern Calloway County residents in the storm’s path heard no out-door sirens, because there aren’t any.  WKMS’s Shelly Baskin speaks with Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call to find out why. 

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Education
5:12 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Dr. Ossama Bahloul on "Islam 101" Extended Web Version

On February 21st, reports emerged American soldiers had burned copies of the Koran, the Moslem holy book, at an airbase in Afghanistan. The riots and violence that followed in that country resulted in several deaths, including U.S. military personnel.  This incident and its repercussions highlight the lack of understanding on both sides and the necessity of promoting that understanding.  The same day the Koran-burning story broke, Dr. Ossama Bahloul was at Murray State to address that very issue.  Dr.

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