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
4:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Conway Asks DOE for More Funds on PGDP Site Cleanup

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says U.S. Department of Energy officials will request an additional $35 million for cleanup of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion site, bringing the total spent for Fiscal Year 2014 to $177 million. 

Conway told members of Paducah’s Community Task Force today that Deputy DOE Secretary Daniel Poneman informed him of the request at their meeting in Washington on July.  However, Conway says he doesn’t think the money allocated so far is enough.

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Arts
4:53 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Tommy Thompson Previews Presentation on Rockabilly Pioneer Ray Smith

Many early Rock & Roll stars hailed from the historic Jackson Purchase, including Carl Perkins and Scotty Moore. After 1952, many of them gravitated to Memphis, Tennessee to record with Sam Phillips at Sun Records. The Sun roster reads like a who's who of Rock & Roll: Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis... and a western Kentucky truck driver named Ray Smith. In 1959, Smith's Sun single "Rockin' Little Angel" hit number one, and through he never returned to the top of the U.S. charts, he continued to tour the world and record until his death in 1979. Paducah native Tommy Thompson knew and played with Ray Smith, and tonight (July 25), at the McCracken County Public Library, he presents a program on this rockabilly pioneer's life and career. Todd Hatton spoke with Thompson to get a preview.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Possible Downburst Hits Calloway County Community

A powerful storm moved through parts of northern Calloway County early Thursday afternoon, generating a possible downburst near Kirksey that damaged more than 20 structures, leveled about 50 trees, and brought down several power lines.

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Government
7:31 am
Thu July 18, 2013

TN Labor department to discuss workers' comp changes

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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is holding a series of seminars across the state to explain the Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2013.   The bill removes injured workers' claims from state trial courts and instead creates a special panel appointed by the governor to hear claims and appeals. 

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Morning Cram
8:01 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Morning Cram [Imaginary Football edition]

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From NPR: The changing face of sports that aren't real.  Sort of.

Kentucky: The Commonwealth's lone Democratic Congressman says U.S. Senator McConnell will have a fight on his hands in next year's election.  The state treasurer warns Kentuckians of scams involving unclaimed property.

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Politics
7:40 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Madigan to seek re-election, not run for IL governor

IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she'll seek another term instead of running for governor next year.  Madigan says she's been considering the decision for months but she enjoys her current job.  She says mulled the gubernatorial run because of the need for effective management. 

However, she says one factor is in her decision is her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan. She says the state wouldn't be well-served with a governor and speaker from the same family. 

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Politics
7:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

GOP's Dillard officially enters IL governor's race

IL State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R)
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Illinois Republican state Senator Kirk Dillard has launched his 2014 campaign to become that state’s governor.  Dillard lost the 2010 GOP primary to state Senator Bill Brady Dillard but says he's learned lessons since then.  He's billing himself as a good candidate because he's a suburban Chicago politician with downstate votes. 

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Government
7:36 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Blagojevich facing deadline to appeal convictions

Former IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich
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Lawyers for imprisoned former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have appealed his corruption convictions and 14-year sentence.  Monday's filing with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes more than two years after the Blagojevich's retrial and 16 months after he entered a Colorado prison. 

Jurors convicted the former governor for wide-ranging corruption, including a bid to profit from his power to appoint someone to the U.S. senate seat Barack Obama vacated to become president. 

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Business
7:32 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Pilot sends checks to companies shorted on rebates

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Pilot Flying J has sent checks to trucking companies allegedly shorted on rebates amid an FBI investigation of alleged fraud by the sales staff at the nation's largest diesel retailer.  Company CEO and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam says that following an audit, his company has sent out money owed, with interest, to customers. 

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Business
7:23 am
Tue July 16, 2013

KY Treasurer warns of unclaimed property scams

KY State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach
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Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is urging residents across the Commonwealth to be alert for scams involving unclaimed property.  Hollenbach says several business firms are using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain unclaimed property owner information. He says their intent is to sell individuals an unclaimed property search. 

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