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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Hunt County
4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Water utility expects updated test results in early Sept.

North Hunt Special Utility District General Manager Stacey Nicholson reviews records at her office in Commerce.
Credit KETR

There’s hope that the concerns over nitrite levels in water supplies west of Commerce could come to an end as early as the first week of September.

The North Hunt Special Utility District, which provides water to rural customers in Hunt and Fannin counties, issued an alert on Aug. 8 that high nitrite levels had been identified in water systems serving customers along CR 4511, CR 2874 and CR 4400 – all west of Commerce. The statement cautioned that infants under the age of six months should not drink the water.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:29 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Judging the merits of new lakes: Whose job?

Credit TCEQ

The Texas Water Development Board is responsible for writing the state water plan. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issues permits for new projects. Typically, it's the TCEQ that evaluates the possible merits and damages caused by new development. But what happens when the Texas Water Development Board's planning regions can't agree? Does the TWDB then shift into a mode of evaluating harm and benefits? Board spokesman Andy Saenz says that the role of the board is, well, fluid. The Texas Legislature might continue to tweak the process in the upcoming session.

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Hopkins County
7:09 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Workers injured at mine near Sulphur Springs

Thermo Mine is just southeast of Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County.
Credit Google Maps

Six workers were injured at a coal mine southeast of Sulphur Springs when they were covered in hot ash and burning debris on Aug. 14. The incident occurred at the Thermo Mine, which is operated by Luminant Mining.

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High School Football
6:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Heath ranked 16th in preseason poll

Credit Texas High School Football Helmet Project

Rockwall's Heath High School was the lone school from the KETR listening area to appear in The Associated Press preseason Texas high school football poll.

Here is the poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and points based on rankings. 

Class 6A

1. Allen (15)        231         

2. Katy (5)            208         

3. Cedar Hill (5)  204         

4. DeSoto            172         

5. Euless Trinity 119         

6. Southlake Carroll         105         

7. Denton Guyer              79           

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Lamar County
4:59 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Worker killed in fire at trailer manufacturer near Paris

Credit provided image

A worker was killed in a fire on Aug. 13 at a trailer manufacturing facility in Lamar County, according to a report by Sherman-based KXII-TV.

The fire started around 11:30 a.m. at PJ Trailers, located northwest of Paris, the report said. Crews from Lamar County, Honey Grove and Delta County were able to extinguish the fire around 1:30 p.m., according to KXII. Lamar County Sheriff's Office is investigating the  cause of the fire, the report said.

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Hunt County
4:53 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Water concerns limited to areas outside Commerce city limits

The areas where water has been reported to have high nitrite levels are outside the Commerce city limits along CR 4511, CR 2874 and CR 4400.
KETR/Google

Municipal water customers within the city limits of Commerce don't have to worry about the high nitrite levels reported in water delivered by the North Hunt Special Utility District, according to a district spkesperson. That's because Commerce residents get their water from the City of Commerce, not the North Hunt SUD.

The North Hunt SUD is a rural water provider that serves customers who live near, but outside, the city limits of Commerce, Wolfe City and Ladonia.

The area where high nitrite levels have been reported are west and southwest of the Commerce city limits.

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Lamar County
11:45 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Little Leaguers from Paris reach Dixie quarterfinals

Credit provided image

A Northeast Texas Little League team will play today in the quarterfinals of the Dixie Ozone World Series. That game begins at 3:30 p.m. and will be live-tweeted @TheParisNews and live-streamed on jockjive.com. The tournament is being played in Lexington, S.C.

Yesterday, Paris’ Daniel Blackmon hit a two-run home run to secure a 3-2 victory over Springfield, Tenn., in the round of 16. Pitcher Cade Larkins picked up the win in relief.

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Keystone XL
10:08 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Nebraska case will likely push KXL decision to 2015

Credit TransCanada Corp.

A Nebraska court case essential to the U.S. government’s approval of the Keystone XL project will probably not be decided until next year, lawyers said.

The dispute concerns which state agency has the authority to approve the project’s construction in Nebraska. Landowners who oppose TransCanada Corp’s project want the decision to come from the five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission. In February, a district court affirmed that condition, but Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, who supports the project, has asked the Nebraska Supreme Court to hear the case.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Board requests 'quantitative, not qualitative' study

Credit TWDB

Dramatic moments in public water policy planning aren’t too common. But there actually was such a moment in Texas water policy last week. It involved the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir, which if built, would flood about 70,000 acres north of Mount Pleasant.

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Northeast Texas Health
5:29 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Clarksville could lose hospital

East Texas Medical Center
Credit provided image

Tyler-based East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System will not be renewing its lease at the group's facility in Clarksville, according to a report by eparisextra.com. The current lease expires in March 2016, the report said.

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Northeast Texas Water
4:29 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

State requests more study of Marvin Nichols impact

The Sulphur River basin includes ecologically significant wetlands and economically valuable hardwood forest.
Credit KETR

Supporters of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir encountered a speed bump in Austin this morning, while opponents of the project welcomed a delay of the Texas Water Development Board's final recommendation. 

Audio transcript

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A&M-Commerce
10:07 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Sources: Former Longhorn RB to play for Lions

According to the Dallas Morning News, Joe Bergeron has started the enrollment process with A&M-Commerce.
Credit Dallas Morning News

Texas A&M University-Commerce Lion football fans might see a new, yet familiar face on the team this season.

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that former University of Texas running back Joe Bergeron has transferred to A&M-Commerce.

Bergeron had recently been cut by UT head coach Charlie Strong for an "unspecified violation" of team rules, the report said.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Making 'mitigation' proportional is a puzzle

Texas Water Development Board

If the proposed Marvin Nichols reservoir is built along the Sulphur River, then not only would some land need to be flooded, but comparable lands must also be set aside to mitigate the environmental damage caused by flooding about 70,000 acres of bottomland hardwood forest.

Since the Dallas area would receive most of the water delivered by the new lake, it's been suggested that the Dallas area - represented in the state water system by Region C - provide a share of the "mitigated" land that's proportional to the region's water use.

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Texas Sports
11:38 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Rockwall Heath alumnus to pitch for Frisco tonight

Jake Thompson
Heath High School

Jake Thompson, a 2012 graduate of Rockwall ISD's Heath High School, will make his Metroplex professional baseball debut tonight for the Frisco RoughRiders.

Thompson, a right-handed pitcher, was recently acquired by the Texas Rangers organization in a trade that sent former Rangers closer Joakim Soria to the Detroit Tigers. Texas received Thompson and another right-handed hurler, Corey Knebel. Frisco is the Texas League (AA) affiliate of the Rangers. 

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:06 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Alternative to Marvin Nichols: Raising Wright Patman Lake

Wright Patman Lake has been identified as part of an equation that could serve the future water needs of the metro Dallas area.
State of Texas

Walt Sears of the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District considers raising water levels at Wright Patman Lake, along with using existing water at Toledo Bend Reservoir, a "viable option" for meeting the Dallas area's future water needs without building the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservior.

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