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
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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Government
9:16 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Sandhill crane hunt to be considered again by TFWC

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The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will again consider instituting a sandhill crane hunt.  State wildlife officials will take public comment, and the commission will decide whether to allow crane hunting when it meets in August. This is the second time in three years that the agency has pondered such a proposal.  The Tennessean reports the commission considered a hunt in 2011 but deferred action on the proposal. 

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Morning Cram
9:43 am
Mon July 8, 2013

The Morning Cram [Bridge to the middle of the month edition]

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From NPR: Ancient seeds show agriculture first grew in Iran, 12 thousand years ago.

Kentucky: The contractor for U.S. 51 bridge repair pushes the start date back past the 15th of July.  A Fulton County man faces off against police, and is now in a Memphis hospital in critical condition.  A Versailles businessman is tapped to head Kentucky Correctional Industries.

Tennessee: The state's Board of Education draws sharp criticism from teachers over pay.  Tennessee offenders can pay fees and fines online or on the phone.

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Government
9:27 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Versailles man appointed head of KY prison industries

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Versailles businessman Fred Siegelman has taken over as director of Kentucky Correctional Industries, a program that provides inmates with work experience intended to give them marketable skills upon release.  Siegelman, who served four terms as Versailles mayor from 1999 to 2013, moved into the new role last week. He also owned and operated multiple Little Caesars restaurants in central Kentucky for more than 25 years. 

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Government
9:21 am
Mon July 8, 2013

TN Offenders can pay fines, fees online or by phone

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The Tennessee Department of Correction has added an automated fee payment system for court-ordered fines, fees and restitution.  There is a charge to use the online or telephone payment system, but the vendor isn't charging the state for the service.  Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield says the system will free up probation/parole officers to spend more time supervising offenders in communities.

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Government
9:15 am
Mon July 8, 2013

IL Pension panel to meet in Springfield

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A bipartisan panel tasked with finding a solution to Illinois' massive pension problem is set to meet this afternoon.   Today marks their third meeting. The 10-member panel formed last month out of a special session on pensions. Lawmakers adjourned without agreeing on a solution to the nearly $100 billion crisis.  Both chambers had been divided on dueling pension plans. Committee members say they're taking those into account but have other ideas too.  Governor Pat Quinn gave the committee a Tuesday deadline.

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Government
9:13 am
Mon July 8, 2013

New TN teacher salary plan raises ire

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The Tennessee Board of Education’s decision last month to change how teachers are paid has led to a social media push to remove Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman.  The Tennessean reports two Facebook pages and a Change dot org petition with hundreds of signatures are calling for Huffman's ouster.  He does have support from Governor Bill Haslam, the state education board chairman and outside education advocates. At issue is a change to the minimum teacher salary schedule, a reduction in salary increase steps and an elimination of incentives for post-baccalaureate training.  Lydia Logan is the managing director of the national education advocacy

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Society
9:11 am
Mon July 8, 2013

KSP involved in Fulton County Shooting

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A Fulton County man is in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital following an exchange of gunfire with police late Sunday night.  Fulton and South Fulton city police, along with a Kentucky State Police trooper, responded to a 9-1-1 call of shots fired at a Fulton County apartment complex.  They found 56-year-old Keith Dildine barricaded inside his apartment refusing to come outside.  After a brief stand off, Dildine came out of the residence and fired at the responding officers.  The police returned fire, striking Dildine, who then went back into the apartment. 

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Government
9:08 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Start date for US 51 Ohio River bridge moved

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A contractor for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has moved the start date for repairs to the U.S. 51 Ohio River bridge between Wickliffe, Kentucky and Cairo, Illinois to sometime after July 15th.  The contractor has agreed to provide a one week advance notice of the specific start date, but has said that work on the 77 year-old span won’t start until after the 15th. 

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