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.


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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Keystone XL Pipeline
12:51 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Canadian officials turn up pressure on KXL

Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver
Credit provided image

Officials from the Canadian government expressed frustration on June 11 over the U.S. government’s continued delay of a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

Canadian Finance Minister Joe Oliver and other high-ranking ministers denounced the Obama administration’s slow movement around the TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion project. Oliver said he and other Canadian officials were in New York to keep the issue alive with the U.S. public and business.

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Fannin County
10:37 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Former deputy pleads guilty to sexual assault of inmates

William Clifford Isaacs
Credit KXII

A former Fannin County sheriff’s deputy is free on bond after pleading guilty to a felony charge related to sexual assault of female inmates in county custody.

William Clifford Isaacs Jr. of Ladonia also resigned from his position on the Ladonia city council after pleading guilty in federal court on June 9.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Hall undecided on Marvin Nichols proposal

Bob Hall
Credit provided image

Van Zandt county retired businessman Bob Hall rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat longtime state Senator Bob Deuell in a Republican Party primary runoff last month. Having won the GOP nomination, Hall is considered a safe bet to win the general election in November. 

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