Todd Hatton

Morning Edition Host, Producer

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.

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  The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule soon on a challenge to Kentucky’s and three other states’ gay marriage bans.  The outcome is expected to settle the national issue of gay marriage.  

NPR’s Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg has been following the issue as it moves through the court system.

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Following Murray State Provost Dr. Jay Morgan’s appointment to a position with the Council on Postsecondary Education, MSU President Dr. Bob Davies has tapped Dr. Tim Todd to replace Morgan on an interim basis, beginning July 1st. 

Dr. Todd joined the Murray State faculty in 1995, rising to Assistant Provost in 1998 and Associate Provost in 2002.  Since 2006, Todd has served as dean of MSU’s Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business. 

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Murray State point guard Cameron Payne has been named the 2014-2015 Ohio Valley Conference Male Athlete of the Year.  The sophomore was chosen in voting by OVC athletics directors and sports information directors. Payne is the ninth Murray State student athlete to win the honor since 1980 and the first since Isaiah Canaan was named in 2012. 

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The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is touring the Commonwealth to promote passage of proposed state House Bill 229, also known as the Clean Energy Opportunity Act.  KSEC representatives, along with State Senator Reggie Thomas, met Thursday at Murray State University with representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority and members of the region’s renewable energy industry.  

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Today, we meet Roxy, a (big) puppy up for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. She's about 1 to 1/2 years old and weighs approximately 60 pounds. She was very pregnant when rescued from the shelter and within 24 hours, gave birth to eight puppies. Roxy was very sweet and excited to meet everyone at the station. She rolled on her back for belly rubs and had her tongue sticking out almost the entire time. She is house trained and crate trained, enjoys baths, likes cats and small dogs, has foster training with young kids and large dogs, and understands several commands. Humane Society director Kathy Hodge says she'd be a good fit for an energetic family. Hear more in Todd Hatton's Sounds Good conversation with Hodge.

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The National Weather Service in Paducah says the region could see severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening.  NWS Meteorologist Chris Noles says southern Illinois, western Kentucky, and a small portion of northwest Tennessee will likely see severe thunderstorms that could develop into more hazardous weather. 

"Any storms that form mid-day Saturday," Noles says, "on through the afternoon will be capable of producing very large hail, damaging winds and possibly tornadoes as the environment does appear as if it will be favorable for supercell thunderstorms."

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The Murray State University Secular Student Alliance presents historian, author, philosopher, and secular activist Dr. Richard Carrier.  Dr. Carrier speaks April 13, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Blackburn Science Building in Room 228 on the historicity of Jesus and evidence for his resurrection.  But first, he spoke with Todd Hatton to preview his lecture on Sounds Good.

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“By the authority granted to the Board of Regents, it is my distinct privilege to install Dr. Robert O. Davies as the thirteenth president of Murray State University.”

And with those words from Board of Regents Chairman Harry Lee Waterfield, Dr. Robert O. Davies officially assumed the leadership of MSU.  

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A new report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative shows soybeans and transportation equipment dominated exports from Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee in 2014.  Soybeans led key agricultural exports in the Four Rivers region with over $4 billion combined, or close to 20% of the U.S. total.  Illinois topped that category with over $3 billion. Kentucky exported $13.7 billion of transportation equipment, the largest share of the three states' combined $29 billion in key manufacturing. 

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Puppies sound good today! We meet Harry, a Great Pyrenees and Australian Shepherd mix. He's a 10 to 12 week-old puppy, white with heterochromatic eyes, and a few brown spots. He was very cuddly and laid-back when he came up to visit and fell asleep during his radio debut. He's available for adoption at the Humane Society of Calloway County. Executive Director Kathy Hodge stops by Sounds Good to talk with Todd Hatton about Harry, the Mutt Strut this Saturday, an Animal Health Technology Day, and how to prevent ticks and fleas.

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