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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Kentucky Budget
8:17 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Budget Chairman Foresees No Major Budget Overhaul

Kentucky House Appropriations and Revenue Committee Chairman Rick Rand says he expects no major overhaul of Governor Steve Beshear's budget proposal.  Rand says House lawmakers will likely do some "fine tuning" but Governor Beshear's 19 and a half billion dollar two-year budget proposal won't undergo wholesale changes.  Lawmakers spent Sunday at the Capitol examining the budget proposal, which could be presented to House lawmakers for a vote within two weeks.  Rand says he expects the almost 8 and a half percent cuts Beshear proposed for most government agencies will largely stay in place.

Weekend OVC Scores
8:12 am
Mon February 27, 2012

MSU Finishes Undefeated Road Season

The number 14 ranked Murray State Racers wrapped up an undefeated road season with a 69 to 64 victory over Tennessee Tech Saturday night.  This brings the OVC Champion Racers to 28 and 1 overall and sets them as the top seed in the conference tournament this week.  MSU will get a bye to the semifinal game this Friday at 6 p.m.

Crew finds Body
7:52 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Crews Find Body of Barge Worker in Tennessee River

Officials say crews have found the body of a barge worker who fell into the Tennessee River in Marshall County over the weekend.  Marshall Rescue Chief Curt Curtner tells WPSD-TV co-workers lost contact with the man around 1:30 Sunday morning. He says crews were called in to help search and the man's body was located about an hour later.  Curtner says the man's identity isn't being released pending notification of kin and the outcome of an autopsy.

The Bridge
10:26 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Time Frame Unclear for Kentucky Lake Ferry

Almost a month after a cargo ship collision brought down part of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge, area residents are still waiting to see what will be done to restore the crossing.  State officials are considering a ferry service to move traffic across Kentucky Lake.

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This Week at Maiden Alley Cinema
10:16 am
Thu February 23, 2012

This Week at Maiden Alley, "The Artist"

The 2011 film playing at Maiden Alley this week harkens back to the early days of Hollywood's Golden Age in more ways than one.  The Oscar-nominated French film The Artist is set in 1927, shot in black and white, and silent, save for the incredible score and a single line of dialogue.  You may have seen films with a similar plot, but you likely never seen a love letter to Hollywood so beautifully and meticulously crafted.  Todd Hatton and Larry Thomas preview The Artist.

Government
10:29 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Paul Says Re-enrichment Fight is Not Over

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he's still optimistic US Energy Secretary Steven Chu will authorize spent uranium re-enrichment at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant. Paul tells The Paducah Sun preservation of the plant's nearly 1200 jobs will be a factor.

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Government
10:18 am
Wed February 22, 2012

GOP Puts off 'Don't Say Gay' Measure in House

Supporters of a Tennessee measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students have put off consideration of the bill after being told Governor Bill Haslam is concerned about the bill. The start of yesterday's House Education Committee meeting was delayed 15 minutes while Republicans huddled in Speaker Beth Harwell's office with an unidentified member of the Haslam administration. Republican Representative Joey Hensley later announced he was putting off the bill for a week.

Government
10:09 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Paul Keeps Surgery Skills Sharp with Pro Bono Work

AP Report

An eye surgeon turned U.S. senator is keeping his medical skills sharp by doing pro bono eye surgeries for the uninsured in Kentucky. Republican Rand Paul removed cataracts from four patients in Paducah Tuesday. Paul was a longtime Bowling Green ophthalmologist before he was elected to the Senate in 2010. Paul says he has found his pro bono work during Senate recesses to be especially rewarding. Many of his patients have had extremely poor vision because they've put off treatment due to a lack of insurance.

Culture
8:25 am
Mon February 20, 2012

MSU Wins Bracketbuster

The number 16 ranked Murray State Racers dominated number 21 Saint Mary's in Saturday's ESPN Bracketbuster game at the CFSB Center. The 65 to 51 win brings the OVC regular season champion Racers to 26 and 1. Murray State wraps up its regular season on the road this week. They'll face Tennessee State Thursday and Tennessee Tech Saturday.

Government
8:24 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Tennessee Bill Would Aid Unemployed Military Spouses

Military spouses who leave their jobs in Tennessee because of the frequent moves required in the military would be eligible for unemployment benefits under a proposed state bill. The measure moved quickly through the Senate last week after Governor Bill Haslam included $280,000 for the bill in his fiscal year budget proposal. With thousands of soldiers based at Fort Campbell, the state estimates about a third of military personnel are transferred each year.

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