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.


Movie Picks with Alice Reese
10:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' worth the ticket

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Alice Reese says that "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has a bit more heart and a lot more brain than the average summer blockbuster - making it appealing for fans of drama as well as action.

Also this week: Alice reviews two art-house films - the psycho-thriller "Coherence" and the cerebral, sexy "Venus in Fur."

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Northeast Texas weather
4:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Scattered showers, isolated t-storms possible through July 3

Credit NWS

It's not exactly the most dramatic weather system ever to blow in from the northwest, but here it comes anyway.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms during the day on July 2 and July 3, with the chance decreasing to 20 percent overnight. High temperatures are expected around 90, with lows in the low 70s. Winds should be light and variable and any storms are not expected to be severe.

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Texas Environment
2:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Todd Robinson holds a rock covered with zebra mussels in Lake Texoma, Texas. The mollusk can stick to nearly anything, posing problems for power plants and fishing boats.
Credit StateImpact Texas

Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

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Hunt County
12:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Caddo Mills shooting death under investigation

Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported homicide which occurred Saturday evening near Caddo Mills.

Estanislado Theodo Hernandez, 37, of Royse City received multiple gunshot wounds during a birthday party at a residence on County Road 2737, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

“For the past two years, we have been fortunate in that we had zero homicides in Hunt County,” Meeks said. “Unfortunately, within the last two months, we have had two homicides in our county.”

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Lamar County
3:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Copper thefts total 7 miles of wire, $20K in value

Credit NPR

Lamar Electric Cooperative is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone whose tip leads to the indictment of those responsible for a recent spate of copper thefts.

Thieves have made off with about seven miles of wire, worth about $20,000 to the company, according to spokesperson Dena Beason. M0st of the thefts occurred around Maxey and other areas west of Paris, she said.

Also, one botched effort resulted in some customers losing power last week, Beason said.

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Texas Crime and Corrections
4:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'Pasturepalooza' mayhem under investigation


Thousands of teenagers, a remote location, plenty of alcohol, lots of trucks and cars, maybe some illegal drugs - what could possibly go wrong?

Partying in a pasture is a practice surely as old as humanity itself, but it's only recently that social media allowed people - in this case, teenagers - to facilitate the convergence of thousands on a single spot.

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Hopkins County
7:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Cumby, Sulphur Springs men jailed, face child pornography charges

Richard Lee Stewart
Credit Hopkins Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two Hopkins County men are in jail and facing charges of possessing child pornography, according to a report by Tyler-based KLTV. The men's cases are unrelated, the report said.

Richard Lee Stewart, 31, of Sulphur Springs told investigators that the presence of graphic images of children on his computer was "accidental," according to police. Stewart was arrested on June 25. His bond is set at $10,000.

Dathan Artemus Durant, 56, of Cumby was arrested earlier this month, KLTV said. Durant is also at the Hopkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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News and Culture Notebook
10:22 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Looking back at the Finals with 'NPR Sports' via YouTube

Before we say adios to the NBA for the few months before it all begins again, I'd like to invite you to join me in remembering NPR's excellent coverage of last year's Spurs-Heat NBA Finals. 

Thanks to for this moment of NPR-themed hilarity. Those of us who are Dallas Mavericks fans who did not jump on the Spurs bandwagon could use a laugh today.

Tomorrow's Water Today
9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

'Tomorrow's Water Today' to return July 21

KETR's weekly water news series "Tomorrow's Water Today" is on a summer hiatus and will return on Mon. July 21.

Severe Weather
1:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Hail possible this afternoon, evening

The National Weather Service has said that large hail is the main concern for Northeast Texas during this afternoon’s expected thunderstorms across the region.

Central Texas is at highest risk for tornadoes and very large hail, according to forecasters. Earlier predictions had identified the highest risk areas in Northeast Texas, but revised forecasts today moved the areas of highest concern to the southwest.

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