KETR

Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports 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 (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.

Haslett's other professional interests include teaching and massage therapy. He holds a master's degree from the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Campeche, Mexico. Haslett earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medofrd, Mass. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and is a graduate of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin.

Ways to Connect

The documentary "Bois d'Arc Goodbye" is coming to A&M-Commerce on Apr. 5.
Russell Graves

KETR invites the public to attend a screening of the 31-minute documentary film “Bois d’Arc Goodbye” on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

Adela Sloss Vento was an activist for the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in South Texas.
Texas State Historical Association

Texas A&M University-Commerce hosted a presentation by Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Professor of History and Humanities Dr. Cynthia Orozco. The topic was the life of Adela Sloss Vento, a South Texas civil rights activist whose work is the topic of a forthcoming book by Orozco. Before the presentation, Orozco discussed Sloss Vento and her world with KETR's Mark Haslett.

A new solar power farm could be coming to Lamar County. Commissioners approved an incentive package for the project at a Feb. 27 meeting.

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) will once again be on ballots in November.
KUT

Incumbent Republican State Representative Dan Flynn withstood a challenge in Texas House District 2, while the GOP nominee for Texas House District 62 will be determined by a runoff between Reggie Smith and Brent Lawson. Flynn’s victory came on a night that featured mixed results for Republican incumbents.

Republican incumbent state senator Bob Hall won the GOP nomination again in the 2018 party primary election.
KETR

Incumbent Republican State Senator Bob Hall is a strong favorite to win a second term in Austin. Hall, who ousted longtime lawmaker Bob Deuell in a 2014 primary runoff, defeated Cindy Burkett in this year’s party primary election. 

Six Republican races today will go a long way toward determining who will represent Northeast Texas in Austin in 2019.
NPR

The Texas Legislature delegation from KETR’s service area is composed of three state senators and eight state representatives. In today’s primary elections, two Senate nominations and four House nominations – all on the Republican side – are up for grabs.

The search for a new Commerce Chief of Police has been narrowed to four candidates.
Commerce Police Department

Commerce City Manager Darrek Farrell said that the city could have a new Chief of Police as early as this week.

Early Voting Has Begun In Texas

Feb 20, 2018
Early voting for statewide and other offices began this week.
KETR

Texas will hold the nation’s first primary election on March 6. The primary will determine the party nominees for the November midterm elections. Midterms are typically lower turnout elections, but they can have an outsized impact because they can change electoral maps, depending on the outcome of state and congressional races.

It's all over but the building: The federal government has approved the proposed Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir.
KETR

For 15 years, supporters and opponents of the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir dueled over whether the roughly 16,000-acre lake would be built in northeastern Fannin County. Most observers felt that the North Texas Municipal Water District and other interests behind the reservoir would win.

Gamble was known for his left-handed slugging ability and distinctive hair.
Texas Rangers

Former Texas Rangers outfielder and designated hitter Oscar Gamble, 68, died today. Gamble’s agent, Andrew Levy, confirmed the death to MLB.com. The cause of death was not released.

Kimberly-Clark plans to close about 10 of its production facilities, but the company isn't saying which ones will be sold or shut down.
KETR

The future of the Kimberly-Clark plant in Paris was thrown into doubt this week by an announcement from the corporation that it plans to sell or close about 10 of its manufacturing facilities. Irving-based Kimberly-Clark announced on Jan. 23 that it also plans to lay off 5,000 employees as part of an overhaul designed to reduce its workforce by about 13 percent.

Tornadoes appear to be the cause of property damage in the Northeast Texas towns of Winnsboro and DeKalb, where severe storms struck Sunday night.
KETR

A severe thunderstorm system that roared through Northeast Texas Sunday night appears to have created at least two small tornadoes. Property damage from apparent tornadoes was reported near Winnsboro and DeKalb. No injuries have been reported. Power outages were widespread throughout the region, particularly in the DeKalb area.

Voters in Delta, Fannin, Grayson, Henderson, Kaufman, and parts of Collin counties will have new representation in the Texas House of Representatives next year.
NPR

Whatever happens with the upcoming Republican Party primary elections, one thing is certain: some voters in Northeast Texas will have new representation in Austin for the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Ray Keck
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Ray Keck that he'll be stepping down from his office on Aug. 31. Keck will remain at the university as faculty, he said. A new university president is expected to begin work on Sept. 1.

Trihalomethane levels at the Live Oak site have dropped since the March 2017 test.
City of Commerce

Commerce residents concerned about the city’s water quality can take encouragement from the most recent round of testing. Levels of trihalomethanes, a by-product of the water treatment process, have measured below the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s desired threshold for the first time in almost two years.

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