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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West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Two mosquitoes captured in Commerce have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, a news release from the city said today. The virus was detected in the insects in Texas Department of State Health Services laboratories, to which cities routinely send samples for testing. 

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Commerce or elsewhere in Hunt County.

Heritage House served as the home for three past presidents of the school.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck plans to live in Heritage House, the building which was home to school presidents Samuel Whitley, James Gee and Whitney Halladay. The move is part of Keck's drive to strengthen the recent development of campus life at A&M-Commerce.

Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department investigation into the death of former university president Dr. Dan Jones has confirmed that his death was the result of suicide.

Tour guide Patricia DeLaine introuduces Texas A&M University-Commerce students to historic Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Mark Haslett

Every summer since 2013, Texas A&M University-Commerce students have had the opportunity to tour, on a university-sponsored trip, sites in Alabama relevant to the Civil Rights Movement. Perhaps more importantly, the tours have also included presentations by and conversations with activists and others who experienced that era. 

Paul Elie, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage
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Book lovers, rejoice. There are plans to bring some today’s brightest writers to give presentations at Texas A&M University-Commerce as part of a speaker series to begin this fall.

Three people died in an accident involving two tractor-trailers.

Three people died in an early-morning vehicle accident on Interstate 30 that has left the eastbound side of the highway closed. Officals expect that side of the highway in the area between FM 35 and FM 2642 to re-open around 3 p.m. Westbound travel on I-30 has been reduced to one lane.

"Ask why a specific medication is being prescribed, particularly if you’re seeing a change in behavior or personality from your loved one," AARP's Amanda Frederickson said.

Texas nursing homes lead the nation in the prescribing of antipsychotic medications to seniors. That has watchdog organizations concerned that people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia are being prescribed such drugs, which can be heavily sedating, for reasons of convenience rather than necessity.

Marcario Garcia, right, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.

Next week on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, a special presentation of a portion of PBS's documentary series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will be aired in the Hall of Languages for anyone who would like to attend. The episode focuses on the Latino-American involvement in World War II and its aftermath.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks
Greenville Herald-Banner

On Friday afternoon a search in Hunt County for a suspect in a double homicide ended with an arrest only hours after the murders occurred. On today's edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with local reporter Brad Kellar about the latest information on the homicides and man-hunt.

Keven Ellis defeated Mary Lou Bruner, who almost won the GOP nomination in March with 48 percent of the vote.
The Texas Tribune

By this time next week, the people of Texas Senate District 1 should have a new senator-elect. Runoff elections statewide are next Tuesday. In the KETR listening area, Senate District 1 includes Paris and Lamar County, as well as Red River, Franklin and Wood counties. Most of the District is in the Ark-La-Tex region. District 1 includes Texarkana as well as Tyler and Longview.

Guy Clark

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark died this morning at his home in Nashville. He was 74.

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

The new Bonham High School campus is set to be built next to the existing one.
Bonham ISD

On May 7, Bonham Independent School District voters approved a bond proposal valued at about $30 million to construct a new high school campus. The vote passed 977-456 – a roughly two-to-one margin. As a result, property taxes will go up for homeowners aged 64 years and younger. For example, people owning a home valued at $90,000 would pay a little more than $150 in taxes annually. Homeowners 65 and older would be exempt under the state homestead exemption.

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Greenville Herald-Banner has reported unofficial results for Hunt County elections. Final vote totals are pending, but the results of contested municipal races and ballot initiatives have been decided.

City of Commerce elections will be held May 7.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is holding its municipal election this Saturday. The ballot also includes 10 propositions. That’s kind of a lot for a city election, so KETR invited former Commerce council member Jason Cunningham to explain these ballot measures. Cunningham is the owner of Commerce-based Benson Brothers towing and lived in Commerce for many years before moving to his current home in Hopkins County.