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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Turnout in off-year, springtime local elections tends to be low.
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County and municipal elections will be held on May 9 across Texas. Some local races have inspired interest - from a highly contested mayoral race in Greenville to a ballot measure related to alcohol sales in Delta County. But even in those contests, voter participation will likely be low. 

Tony Ross, 34, died on March 8 following his arrest and detention in Sulphur Springs on March 6.
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The death of a Hopkins County man who died following a heart attack suffered in police custody has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report.

Tony Chance Ross, 34, was arrested and jailed by Sulphur Springs police on March 6 and died in a Tyler hospital on March 8. In the autopsy results, the cause of death is listed as “acute methamphetamine intoxication and physical restraint.” The manner of death is listed as “homicide.”

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Following a successful run on NBC's "The Voice," Hannah Kirby will be honored in her home town of Sulphur Springs. Kirby, 21, has been one of the top performers during this season of the program, a singing-competition-themed reality show.

The public is invited to a ceremony scheduled to begin at noon, May 6, at Sulphur Springs City Hall, 201 N. Davis St. A proclamation declaring May 6 Hannah Kirby Day will be read and a ceremonial key to the city will be presented, city events planner Gus Gustafson said. Light lunch snacks and a celebratory cake will be served, he said.

Both the Texas House and Senate are reviewing laws that would affect the operations of payday loan businesses in Texas.
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The idea that payday and auto title lenders in Texas should be more regulated is not a new concept. But while such laws exist at the municipal level in some Texas cities, attempts to pass legislation at the state level have failed. At an April 29 press conference at the state capitol, lawmakers and others presented their support for state laws regulating credit access businesses.

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The Hunt County Sheriff’s Department is receiving attention from outside the county for the second time this month. A video showing two Hunt County Sheriff's deputies pushing a handcuffed man into a parked car and onto a parking lot has been making the rounds in news reports and on social media.

The video, released by Dallas-based WFAA-TV, shows Phillip Allen Jones, 28, who was a prisoner of the county jail at the time, being wrestled to the pavement outside the Hunt County Courthouse.

Severe weather is possible across an area stretching from the Texas Panhandle to Northeast Texas.
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Severe thunderstorms, and possibly even tornadoes, are possible tonight across much of Texas, particularly in an area that runs from the southern Texas Panhandle though North Texas and Northeast Texas.

The National Weather Service forecasts a risk of severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and evening across parts of the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley. "The greatest risk will be across northern Texas," a National Weather Service statement said. "The main threats will be very large hail and damaging winds, with a few tornadoes possible, as well."

Aleksandra Goode told her story of surviving the Holocaust and building a new life in the United States at the Hope Center of Greenville in October 2014.
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The Holocaust is memorialized on a number of different days in countries around the world. In Israel this year, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, begins at sundown on April 15 and continues until sundown on April 16.

Aleksandra Goode's story of enduring and surviving the Holocaust continues today in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Keller, where she works with International Guardian Angels Outreach. Goode co-founded the organization, which assists orphaned children in Russia.

Benny Ray Chambliss, Jr., represented the Commerce Animal Shelter at the Apr. 15 hearing at Hunt County Precinct 2 Court in Commerce. Commerce Animal Shelter did not contest the permanent transfer of custody of the dog seized on Apr. 9 to the SPCA of Texa
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A Hunt County court has awarded permanent custody of a dog seized from the Commerce Animal Shelter to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.

The animal, described as a brindle-colored, adult, male, pit-bull mix, was taken from the shelter on Apr. 9 by SPCA of Texas staff, escorted by city and county law enforcement.

An active investigation of practices at the Commerce Animal Shelter prompted the SPCA of Texas to seize a dog from the facility on Apr. 9. "Medical neglect" was cited as the justification for the seizure.
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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has seized a dog from the Commerce Animal Shelter, an organizational spokeswoman said. The agency took custody of a dog from the shelter on Apr. 9, according to Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas. 

The dog was taken from the shelter because of "medical neglect," Davies said. No other details about the animal or its current condition, or its condition at the time of the seizure, were available.

In 2014, Ricky Collins had six two-TD games, including a 48-32 defeat of Eastern New Mexico on Sept. 27 in Portales, N.M.
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There’s a chance that Texas A&M University-Commerce wide receiver Ricky Collins might be headed for the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers.

An article written by Scout.com’s Packers reporter featured Collins as a possible participant in Green Bay’s training camp this summer. The story also highlighted Collins’ return to college football after having his collegiate career interrupted in 2012 by family issues.

The highest risk for severe weather on April 9 lies east of Paris and Sulphur Springs.
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Northeast Texas should experience strong to severe thunderstorms tonight, with lightning, high winds and large hail being the primary threats expected, according to the National Weather Service. 

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said on April 8 that the Texas Rangers will investigate the violent arrest of a pregnant Quinlan woman on March 4.
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The Texas Rangers will investigate a March 4 incident in which a Quinlan woman whose violent encounter with Hunt County sheriff’s deputies was recorded by home surveillance video. The clip has been shared widely on social media, resulting in regional and national attention to the story.

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A Quinlan woman whose violent encounter with Hunt County sheriff’s deputies was recorded by home surveillance video has told various media organizations that she wants the man charged with assault.

The video has been shared widely on social media, resulting in regional and national attention to the story.

Deanna Robinson, 38, has said she was 38 weeks pregnant on March 4, the date of the incident. Child Protective Services officials as well as county sheriff’s department officers went to Robinson’s parents’ home to take custody of Robinson’s 18-month-old son, Landry.

The Lions, who defeated East Texas Baptist 98-20 in their 2014 home opener, will face Adams State on Sept. 3 in Commerce to begin the 2015 season.
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Among the newest class of recruits for Texas A&M University-Commerce football are an intriguing quarterback prospect, a rangy linebacker and a few that could provide a big presence in the trenches. Gabe Brooks, a football recruiting analyst for Scout.com, says that John Tyler High School quarterback Geovari McCollister, Carthage High School linebacker James Marshall are among the Lions' top prospects from the current class. Also, two linemen from Sulphur Springs High School - Jess Jenkins and Landon Watkins - could be difference-makers for A&M-Commerce.

A shooting occurred in Commerce in the 800 block of Culver Street on the morning of April 6, police said. One person was shot and was taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews.

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