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 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

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

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.

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 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.

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.

Weekend OVC Scores

Feb 13, 2012

And in other OVC men’s basketball action over the weekend, Morehead State beat Eastern Kentucky 58 to 45, Eastern Illinois defeated UT Martin 74 to 71, Southeast Missouri brought down SIU Edwardsville 85 to 72, and Tennessee State beat Tennessee Tech 68 to 53.

Nearly all of Kentucky's state-level Republican lawmakers have signed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's health care overhaul.  State Representative Tim Moore says he's tired of sitting on the sidelines on what is perhaps the biggest issue facing the country.  More than 300 lawmakers from 17 states, including nearly 60 from Kentucky, signed a friend-of-the-court brief libertarian Cato Institute attorneys will file today with the U.S.

Business owners in western Kentucky are expressing concern after a series of burglaries and robberies at pharmacies in the region.  Eddie Nickell, who owns Lyon Drugs in Eddyville, says burglars broke into the pharmacy in October and again in January.  Several pharmacies in the area have reported thefts or attempted thefts over the last few months.  Law enforcement authorities say the region is not alone; drug stores across the nation are reporting more thefts.  Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne says pain medicine and stimulants are the most common medications taken.   K

Winter Weather Advisory

Feb 13, 2012

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for our region, effective today at noon and running until 6 am tomorrow morning.  A storm system moving east out of the central plains will spread snow and possibly freezing rain across the Four Rivers.  Although snow and ice accumulations are not expected to be significant, there could be enough to affect travel across the area.  Whatever accumulation the region receives, forecasters say it won’t hang around long.  Highs tomorrow are expected to rise into the low 40s.   

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