Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett comes to KETR having served at High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on National Public Radio, KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations. Haslett enjoys the privilege and responsibility of keeping communities well-informed. He has also worked as an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Southwest and Midwest. Haslett developed a passion for radio as a youth, when he helped his father, a program host at WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss. He enjoys travel and has worked abroad in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Haslett is a graduate of Arlington High School and earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

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Lone Star Conference
2:31 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Kicker accuses WT football staff of facilitating academic fraud

Jose Arzate, Jr.
Credit YouTube

West Texas A&M University officials confirmed on Oct. 27 that school administrators are investigating the university’s football program after a former player alleged that his parents took an online Spanish test for one of the team’s top players.

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Hunt County
5:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

SPCA investigating Commerce Animal Shelter

Sulphur Springs
12:21 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Report: Hopkins County investigator arrested

Daniel Winn
Credit Hopkins County

UPDATE:  Hopkins County criminal investigator, Daniel Madison Winn, was arrested last Wednesday for charges of tampering with physical evidence which is a third-degree felony. Winn was a 10-year veteran the Hopkins County Sheriff’s office specializing in child exploitation and was arrested in connection with the disappearance of controlled substance missing and failing a drug test.

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Hunt County
7:57 am
Thu October 23, 2014

City officials, citizens conflict over municipal animal shelter

Over 50 people attended the Oct. 21 city council meeting, during which the mayor and council refused to hear comments regarding the city's municipal animal shelter.
Caleb Slinkard The Commerce Journal

The ongoing criticism of the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter – and the refusal of local officials to allow public comment on the topic at the Oct. 21 city council meeting – has many people in Commerce frustrated and angry.

More than 50 members and supporters of the No Kill Hunt County group, an organization dedicated to making all shelters in the county no-kill shelters, attended the meeting to protest what they said were poor conditions at the Commerce Animal Shelter and alleged mistreatment of the animals by shelter personnel, according to the Commerce Journal.

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Texas Weather
2:56 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Forecasters: Autumn, winter to arrive eventually, at some point

NWS

Current forecasts for Northeast Texas predict that this weekend’s weather will feature afternoon high temperatures in the mid 80s. The extended outlook for the region says that early trick-or-treaters on Halloween will take to their neighborhood streets with temperatures in the low 70s.

When will seasonably cool weather settle into the region for more than a day or two? Soon, say meteorologists. Just not yet.

Although predictions favor a weak El Niño to develop over the next couple months, forecasters say there’s a good chance for a wet, cool winter.

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A&M-Commerce
5:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Lions, Buffaloes to meet in pivotal game

lionathletics.com

With the Lone Star Conference Championship on the line, No. 23 A&M-Commerce welcomes West Texas A&M to Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown Saturday night on Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the Texas Army National Guard.

1st and 10

- The No. 23 Lions are ranked in the AFCA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll for the first time since 2001 when the team held the 24th spot for two weeks in October ... The team is 14th in the Massey ratings.

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Northeast Gateway
5:19 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Planners kick toll road proposal to curb

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris, shown here at a 2013 meeting in Lavon on the proposed toll road, leads the office that announced on Oct. 17 that it will not recommend in favor of the road.
Credit Mark Haslett

Opponents of the proposed toll road from Greenville to the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County have spoken, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments appears to have heard.

Staff at the agency announced on Oct. 17 that they will not recommend that the toll road, called Northeast Gateway, be included in the regional transportation plan, called Mobility 2035.

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Rockwall County
10:28 am
Fri October 17, 2014

5 Rockwall County residents monitored for Ebola symptoms

Credit Texas DSHS

  Five Rockwall County residents are being monitored for symptoms of the Ebola virus, according to a statement from the Rockwall County Office of Emergency management.

One of the five is a health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, officials said. The other four were passengers on a commercial flight this week with a person who later tested positive for the virus, they said. All five people are considered “low risk,” according to the statement.

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Rockwall County
3:58 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Two Royse City schools to close Fri. for cleaning as Ebola precaution

Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School in Royse City will be closed on Friday, Oct. 17.
Credit Twitter

Two Royse City Independent School District campuses will be closed on Friday after school officials learned that a nurse with children in Royse City schools treated an Ebola patient in Dallas, according to a Royse City Herald-Banner report.

School superintendent Kevin Worthy told the Herald-Banner that Ruth Cherry Intermediate School and Davis Elementary School will be closed on Oct. 17 for “deep cleaning.”

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Texas Sports
10:57 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Banister, Pirates bench coach, to be new Rangers manager

Jeff Banister
spokeo.com

The Texas Rangers will hire Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their new manager, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Citing unnamed sources, Rosenthal tweeted the hiring report this morning.

The club is expected to make an announcement today.

Banister beat out interim Rangers manager Tim Bogar for the job along with Cleveland bullpen coach Kevin Cash.

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Northeast Gateway
4:31 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Caddo Mills residents urge council to reject toll road

The Caddo Mills City Council heard a strone message from opponents of a proposed toll road at its Oct. 14 regular meeting.
Mark Haslett

Audio transcript:

Haslett: Last night in Caddo Mills, local residents urged their city council to oppose a proposed toll road from Greenville to Dallas County.

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Northeast Gateway
4:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Toll road foes rally, address Hunt County commissioners

Bryan Slaton of Royse City and over 30 other anti-toll road activists gathered in Greenville on Oct. 14.
Mark Haslett

Audio Transcript:

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Northeast Gateway
2:39 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Toll road opponents plan 'Super Tuesday'

The map published by Texas Turnpike Corp. shows only possible routes.
North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

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A&M-Commerce
1:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Lions-Rams game features conference contenders

Sophomore Richard Cooper, shown here during the Lions' 98-20 victory over East Texas Baptist, is expected to start at running back against Angelo State.
lionathletics.com

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team has a tough assignment tonight in San Angelo. The Lions (4-1, 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference) kick off against Angelo State (3-1, 2-1 in the LSC) at 7 p.m. in a game that will be heard on KETR.

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A&M-Commerce
9:54 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Bergeron suspended for unspecified violation of policy

Joe Bergeron (24) rushes during the Lions' Sept. 13 game at Stephen F. Austin State in Nacagdoches.
lionathletics.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce running back Joe Bergeron has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner. A statement from the university's athletics department said the suspension resulted from an off-campus incident.

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