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
4:39 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Kentucky SB30 and the Future of County Constable

Constables in Kentucky have been around for over 160 years. But however necessary the county-level job may have been in 1850, some lawmakers today believe it's no longer relevant. Others maintain constables free up law enforcement for more pressing work and provide an additional set of eyes and ears for police and sheriff's departments. Now, Senate Bill 30 is under consideration in Frankfort. The measure would allow counties more latitude to decide what constables do. SB 30 began life, however, as a constitutional amendment that would've abolished the office.

Government
10:39 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Kentucky SB 30 and the Future of County Constable

Constables in Kentucky have been around for over one hundred and sixty years. But however necessary the county-level job may have been in 1850, some lawmakers today believe it's no longer relevant. Others maintain constables free up law enforcement for more pressing work and provide an additional set of eyes and ears for police and sheriff's departments. Now, Senate Bill 30 is under consideration in Frankfort. The measure would allow counties more latitude to decide what constables do. SB 30 began life, however, as a constitutional amendment that would've abolished the office.

Government
7:11 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Beshear intercedes on behalf of Paducah plant

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has joined with members of the Commonwealth's congressional delegation to press the US Department of Energy to offer a plan for the future of Paducah's government-owned nuclear enrichment plant.  The plant could cease operations later this year, eliminating about 1,200 jobs.  Beshear sent a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu Monday, saying lack of action by the DOE is putting a major economic engine in western Kentucky at risk.  Beshear's letter came days after Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Rand Paul and Representative Ed Whitfield call

Education
7:09 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Panel to Hear University of Pikeville proposal

The House Education Committee is expected to consider a proposal next week to make the private University of Pikeville part of the state's higher education system.  House Speaker Greg Stumbo said Tuesday that the proposal remains alive and well, despite some county-level opposition to a plan to use revenue from the state's coal severance tax to fund it.  Former Governor Paul Patton, now president of the University of Pikeville, proposed turning the private school into a state university as a means to allow more Appalachian residents to go on to college.  State funding could lower tuition, m

Government
7:07 am
Wed February 15, 2012

KY House Committee Approves Amish Buggy Bill

The House Transportation Committee has approved legislation that would allow the Amish to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies rather than bright orange triangular signs that some object to on religious grounds.  The measure was passed on Tuesday and now goes to the full House for consideration.  The Senate approved similar legislation last week.  Both the House and Senate versions would allow the drab Amish buggies to be outlined with gray or silver reflective tape that makes them shine brilliantly in the dark when they reflect car lights.  The Amish avoid displaying bright col

Government
7:04 am
Wed February 15, 2012

False Claims Act Would Target Fraud in Kentucky

Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo says he is filing legislation to give whistleblowers strong financial incentive to step forward if state tax dollars are being misused.  Stumbo, a Democrat, said Tuesday the False Claims Act would root out fraud and potentially reduce the state's budget deficit by millions of dollars.  He said it would "extend far beyond Medicaid" to be used "anywhere fraud with state tax dollars is taking place."  The federal government created a false claims act in 1986, and several other states now have similar laws.  Those found guilty would be liable for up to

News Archive
7:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

West Kentucky Teen Charged With Killing Her Newborn

Police say they've arrested a western Kentucky teen and charged her with murder in the death of her newborn.  Detective Matt Smith told The Paducah Sun that the infant was found in November in a plastic clothes bag in the teen's closet, but she wasn't charged until autopsy results and lab work came back from the medical examiner's office.  The 18-year-old was arrested Monday, but her name wasn't released because she was 17 when the infant died.  Police said the teen had called a friend and told her she had the baby at home and it had died. The friend then called police.

Business
6:57 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Surface Mining Opponents Rally at Kentucky Capitol

Hundreds of citizen activists, Appalachian residents and environmentalists rallied at the Kentucky Capitol to call for an end to mountaintop blasting and destructive surface mining practices.  Organizers say more than 1,200 people lined the front steps of the Capitol building Tuesday and later marched to the nearby governor's mansion.

The Bridge
7:18 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Delta Mariner to be repaired in Paducah

The cargo ship Delta Mariner that tore off a 322-foot section of a bridge over the Tennessee River will be repaired in Paducah.  U.S.

Government & Politics
7:16 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Amish Man's Letters Sway Lawmakers on Buggy Issue

In a high tech world of iPads and smart phones, an old-fashioned Amish man showed that pen and paper remain effective communication devices.   Jacob Gingerich wrote 138 simple, heart-felt letters to lawmakers in Frankfort. The letters are being credited for the Senate's quick passage of a bill that would allow Kentucky's Amish residents to use reflective tape on their horse-drawn buggies instead of bright orange triangular signs that some object to on religious grounds.  The Mayfield resident used no computer, no letterhead, no printer and no copier.

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