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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Society
7:26 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Ex-Ft. Campbell Army inspector accused of stealing troops' IDs

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A former Fort Campbell inspector whose job was to investigate misconduct has been accused of stealing the identities of Army personnel, including a soldier killed in combat, in a scheme to obtain thousands of dollars in bank loans.  The indictment handed down Wednesday alleges 42-year-old James Robert Jones used his position as an assistant inspector general to obtain personal information on Army officers, some of whom were deployed to Afghanistan. 

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Morning Cram
8:15 am
Wed July 10, 2013

The Morning Cram [Not so grate edition]

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From NPR: Something as simple as a pair of shoes could help Oregon reduce health care costs.

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Government
7:56 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Quinn: Inaction on pension "lets down taxpayers"

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says lawmakers who didn't send him a pension overhaul bill have let down taxpayers.  Quinn set Tuesday as the deadline for a bipartisan pension panel to report back with a plan. That was even as members of the so-called conference committee formed last month called his deadline arbitrary and irresponsible.  Quinn says there'll be consequences, but he's declined to say exactly what he'd do. 

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Government
7:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Beshear didn't know in advance of Grimes' campaign

KY Gov. Steve Beshear at Fancy Farm in 2010
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says he wasn't given a heads up before fellow Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her U.S. Senate bid last week. But he says he doesn't see it as a slight.  The governor says he's eager to help Grimes in her effort to unseat five-term Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell next year. Beshear himself lost a Senate race to McConnell in the 1990s. 

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Society
7:31 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Police: Rash of storm grate thefts in Madisonville

Hopkins County Courthouse in Madisonville
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Madisonville police are asking the public's help after a rash of storm grate thefts have left exposed holes around the city.  Lieutenant Jason Lutz says the thefts ran through May and June and roughly 30 grates have been taken. He says the thefts have left dangerously large openings exposed in the ground that could lead to injuries or damage to passing vehicles. 

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Business
7:02 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Honeywell Metropolis resumes full production

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Officials for Honeywell’s Metropolis plant say the facility will begin full production of uranium hexafluoride this morning.  Honeywell made the announcement yesterday after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s completion of a plant upgrade review last week. 

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Morning Cram
9:39 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The Morning Cram [Looking for the Man edition]

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From NPR: If you played with Matchbox cars as a kid, that may have influenced the kind of car consumer you are today.

Kentucky: PACRO says administrative search is an "emergency."

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Government
9:28 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Illinois lawmakers end third pension meeting

IL Gov. Pat Quinn
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An Illinois bipartisan panel has finished a third meeting about the state's $97 billion pension crisis as another deadline set by Governor Pat Quinn lapses without a solution.  The group has now asked for reports of the cost-savings of a university-backed retirement funding proposal after meeting Monday. Quinn gave the committee a deadline of today to achieve pension reform.  Lawmakers moved to form the committee after a compromise couldn't be reached last month. 

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Society
9:26 am
Tue July 9, 2013

THP cites 14 percent traffic fatality decline

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The Tennessee Highway Patrol says traffic fatalities on state roadways have declined nearly 14 percent for the first six months of 2013, compared with the same period last year.   THP Colonel Tracy Trott says 436 people died in traffic crashes from January 1st through June 30th. 

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Government
9:24 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Quinn has until July 15 to sign key part of IL budget

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has yet to sign a bill that would put key pieces of the state budget in place.  Quinn has until July 15th to sign House Bill 214. If he doesn't, the Illinois comptroller won't have the ability to issue paychecks to state employees. Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the governor is carefully reviewing the bill. 

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