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
7:43 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Unlikely Duo Seeks Justice For Mayfield Murder Victim: Feature Film Planned

Tom Mangold and Susan Galbreath
Credit BBC

Listen to this interview here.

Jessica Currin was found dead behind Mayfield Middle School in 2000. Five years later, the investigation into her murder was stalling. A suspect had been charged, tried and acquitted. Mayfield’s police chief and assistant chief resigned, claiming it had nothing to do with the case. The state police took over, but made little headway. So people began asking for federal involvement. But local involvement made the difference.

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Government
1:30 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Beshear names education and workforce secretary

Thomas Zawacki
Credit kctcs.edu

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has tapped longtime auto executive Thomas Zawacki to serve as the new secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  He will succeed the retiring Joseph Meyer July 1st. 

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Education
11:33 am
Fri June 14, 2013

KY education department OKs new K-12 science standards

State Sen. Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green)
Credit lrc.ky.gov

The Kentucky Board of Education has approved new science standards for grades K through 12.  They must now move through the regulatory process.  The Commonwealth is among a coalition of twenty-six states that developed the standards that identify science and engineering content that all students through 12th grade must master to be prepared for college. 

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Government
4:47 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

KY Tea Party Asks Judge to Decide Health Care Lawsuit

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky tea party activists have asked a judge to resolve a lawsuit over the legality of the state’s health benefit exchange by granting a summary judgment.  Attorney Michael Dean filed a motion today (Thursday) asking Franklin County Circuit Judge Phillip Shepard to rule in favor of the activists.  They also want a permanent injunction shutting down the exchange, which is a product of the Affordable Care Act intended to help the uninsured find health coverage.  Attorneys for the state asked last month that the suit be dismissed, but Shepard refused. 

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Education
11:38 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Three Western Kentucky Teachers Named Fellows

Lone Oak Middle School Writing Teacher Lea Ann Atherton
Hope Street Group

A national non-profit educational advocacy group has named three western Kentucky teachers among twenty-one in the Commonwealth as state teacher fellows.  Hope Street Group says the fellows will be part of community outreach efforts, policy discussions and professional development.  The educators from our region are Lone Oak Middle School Writing teacher Lea Ann Atherton, Hopkinsville District Instructional Coach Lindsey Childers and Owensboro District Math Coach Jana Bryant. State Education Commissioner Dr.

Environment
12:25 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mississippi River dropping, but problems remain

The junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers at Cairo, IL
Credit Wikimedia Commons

National Weather Service meteorologists say the flood-swollen Mississippi River is going down, but it will be some time before things dry out.  The waterway has crested from Iowa through southern Missouri and Illinois but remains above flood stage at many spots.  Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland are under water and hundreds of roads remain closed.  The river is still 10 feet above technical flood stage at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Grafton, Illinois.

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Government
3:06 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Tennessee DCS Charges News Agency $35,000 For Public Records

Credit WKRN

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services said it will charge close to $35,000 to produce public records of children who died, or nearly died, in the past 11 months after having some contact with DCS.  The agency announced the fee Wednesday after the Tennessean requested files from July 2012 to May 2013. 

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Government
2:56 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Sen. Paul Introduces Bill In Reaction To Phone Record Furor

Credit Washington Post

Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation requiring a warrant before any government agency can search the phone records of Americans.  

Paul filed the bill today in response to the furor over disclosure of a secret National Security Agency program to collect phone records of millions of Verizon customers.

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Environment
1:48 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Summer Events at Ft. Donelson National Battlefield

Todd Hatton speaks with Mike Manning, Chief Ranger, and Brian McCutcheon, Park Superintendent, of Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Tennessee about events and activities this summer. In this interview, Manning also describes the historical significance of the fort during the Civil War. Work starts on a new museum, with new exhibits like gunboats, earthworks, and the effects on regional populations. For now, see the traveling exhibit, "Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War, " on display now in the welcome center. Later this summer, see an Army/Navy Exhibit offered by longtime friends of the park. See more on the Fort Donelson website

Jobs
12:39 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

KY Jobless Rate Drops to 7.9% in April ‘13

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training said the commonwealth’s April unemployment rate has fallen 0.3 percent from a year ago and has dropped a tenth of a point from March 2013.

Kentucky’s 7.9 percent rate reflects a similar trend in national numbers over the same period. 

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