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 is a graduate student in 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.

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Carmen Ponder and S. Lee Merritt in Dallas on June 13.
Mark Haslett

Carmen Ponder, the Texas A&M University-Commerce student who was arrested by Commerce police during a controversial series of events on May 20, will not face any criminal charges as a result of the incident. Ponder's attorney, Dallas-based S. Lee Merritt, announced at a press conference this morning that Hunt County prosecutors will drop the case. Ponder had been charged with resisting or evading arrest or detention, a Class A misdemeanor.

Negotiations continue between the city's attorneys and Chief Crews' legal representation, City Manager Darrek Ferrell said.
Mark Haslett

An attorney hired by the City of Commerce to investigate a highly publicized road-rage incident has told local officials that Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews was not the driver who confronted a Texas A&M University-Commerce student in the parking lot of the local Walmart on May 20. However, many questions remain regarding the incident that ended with police arresting Carmen Ponder, 26, of a Dallas, a senior at A&M-Commerce.

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updated, May 31, 2017, 4 p.m.

Three people are dead following a surreal gun battle yesterday evening at the Nissan Dealership in Greenville.

Carmen Ponder, 23, a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, was arrested by Commerce police on May 20.
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Updated, May 26, 4:10 p.m.

Commerce Chief of Police Kerry Crews is on administrative leave following the controversial arrest of a Texas A&M University-Commerce student, who alleges that her race played the determining factor in her arrest.

In Paris, the North Lamar Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet tomorrow to decide how to address the resignation of their board president. 

Morriss, 66, now lives in Lexington, Ky.
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Former Texas A&M University-Commerce head football coach Guy Morriss has been diagnosed with Azlheimer’s disease, according to a report from Lexington, Ky.-based WKYT-TV. Morriss received the diagnosis about nine months ago, the report said.

Martin Ray Malone
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Martin Ray Malone, 61, of Wills Point has been charged with one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of a woman in south Hunt County early Friday morning.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victim as Jayme Malone Lopez, 54, also of Wills Point.

“It is believed that the suspect is the brother of the victim.” Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said.

Texas Sen. Bob Hall
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Texas Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) was the only one out of 30 Texas Senators to vote against a bill that would crowdfund money for the testing of the state’s backlog of untested rape kits. HB 1729 was passed in a voice vote in the House of Representatives on April 5 before passing in the Senate 29-1 on Wednesday. The legislation would give those renewing or applying for their driver’s license an option to donate $1 or more toward rape kit testing. The option would resemble the way Texans are asked if they want to donate to support veterans or organ donation.

Thousands of sexual assault evidence kits, commonly called rape kits, remain untested in Texas.
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Texas Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) was the only lawmaker in the Senate to vote against a bill that would crowdfund money to deal with the state’s backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. The measure passed by a 29-1 vote in the Senate on Wednesday.

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A bill by Texas State Sen. Bryan Hughes has gotten national attention. Supporters say the bill that defines detention conditions for some immigrant families is necessary; detractors say such facilities amount to "baby jails."

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State Sen. Bob Hall has proposed a bill that could, by extension of its anti-steroid policy, keep transgender athletes out of interscholastic sports. Listen to Mark Haslett's report below.

Many Texas school districts have turned to portable buildings, like these in use in Katy, to manage growing student populations and stagnant school district budgets.
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Portable buildings on school campuses are sometimes called “temporaries” – but in the North Lamar Independent School District, the structures are likely to be a fixture on campuses for the near future.

This week, the district’s Board of Trustees gave Superintendent John McCullough the authority to finalize a deal with the Tyler Independent School District to move 26 temporary buildings from Tyler to Paris over the summer. District officials estimate that the structures will serve about 200 students over the 2017-18 school year.

Leonard voters will decide whether local stores can sell beer and wine.
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In Bonham, there will be elections for wards no. 1 and 5 of the city council, while a special election will decide ward no. 2. Only in ward no. 1 is the election contested; Antonio (Tony) Rodriguez and John Burnett are running for that seat. 

Several homes along U.S. Hwy. 69 in Rains County were damaged or destroyed.
Mark Haslett

The same tornado that ripped through Van Zandt County on April 29 continued into Rains County, where the path of the storm passed just east of the Emory city limits.

Four tornadoes struck Van Zandt County, with two of those causing damage in Henderson County and Rains County.
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Updated Sunday April 30, 8:35 p.m.

Four people died in Van Zandt County, dozens of people were injured and widespread major property damage occurred as a result of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that roared through East Texas on Saturday night. Authorities in Van Zandt County said Sunday afternoon that two other people are still unaccounted for. A total of four tornadoes struck Van Zandt County, with one of those tornadoes also doing damage in Henderson County and another of the tornadoes traveling all the way through Rains County.

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