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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Keystone XL Pipeline
4:03 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

State Dept. pipeline decision likely in 'a couple' of months

A 60-foot section of pipe is lowered into a trench during construction of the Gulf Coast Pipeline in Prague, Okla., in 2013.
NPR

President Barack Obama told the governors of Oklahoma and Louisiana that a decision regarding the northern leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline probably will be made within “a couple” of months.

Governors Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, both Republicans, said in separate news conferences that Obama told them of the timetable on Feb. 24, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:05 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Marvin Nichols fate will be decided in Austin

TWDB

After years of conflict, the fate of the controversial Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal will be decided by the Texas Water Development Board's governing board in Austin. The decision could come while the three-person governing body is down to just two members.

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Lamar County
3:36 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Paris police seek armed robbery suspect

A recent photo of Michael Wayne Plummer II.
Paris Police Dept.

Paris police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Michael Wayne Plummer II.

Plummer is sought in connection with an armed robbery of the Cefco Convenience Store at 2685 Lamar Ave. in Paris on Feb. 6.

Police said Plummer drives a white 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis with Oklahoma license plates 571-HKQ.  The car has distinctive chrome trim along the sides and above the wheel wells. Plummer often travels to Hugo and Idabel, Okla., as well as Honey Grove, Greenville and Paris.

Blacklands Corridor
2:40 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bumped off rail line, Public Werks still pursuing toll road

City of Lavon

The chances for a toll road being built along the old railroad right-of-way between Greenville and Lavon seem very slim, now that the North Central Texas Council of Governments' Transportation Division has said the corridor doesn't look like a good place for a road of any sort.

But, Dallas-based Public Werks, Inc., the firm that first proposed the "Blacklands Turnpike," hasn't given up the idea of a toll road connecting Greenville with the suburbs of Dallas.

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Fannin County
1:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Officals investigate death near Bonham

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The Fannin County Sheriff's Department is investigating a "suspicious" death that occurred in a rural area north of Bonham over the weekend.

Sherman-based KXII-TV reports that a woman died early Sunday morning near the intersection of FM 273 and FM 1396. The report quotes Fannin County Sheriff Donnie Foster as saying that a vehicle was involved in the incident. A man has been taken into custody in connection with the case, the report said. The intersection is about two miles north of Lake Bonham.

Tomorrow's Water Today
6:56 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Deuell cool on Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal

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The Texas Water Development Board divides the state into 16 regions for the purposes of water planning. The Northeast Texas planning group (Region D) and the North Texas planning group (Region C) disagree on one huge question - the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville), whose district overlaps both regions, favors alternatives to Marvin Nichols Reservoir.

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2014 Elections
4:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Fact-checking the 196th District judicial race

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An article in the Feb. 13 Greenville Herald-Banner evaluated candidate statements made during a Feb. 10 forum in Greenville that included 196th District Judge candidates Steve Tittle, the incumbent, and Andrew Bench. Herald-Banner editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the three areas identified in the article: indigent defense attorney costs per hour, the probation department surplus account and the average cost per case.

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2014 Elections
1:25 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

GOP primary: Hopkins County ballot

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The following candidates are on ballots in the Hopkins County Republican Party primary election on March 4.

Regional and county offices

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Blacklands Corridor
7:59 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Process continues, but road looks unlikely

NCTCOG

The public process to determine the fate of the stretch of land known as the Blacklands Corridor continues, but the likelihood of a toll road - or any other type of highway - appears increasingly remote.

The area in question is an inactive railroad right-of-way that runs from just west of Greenville to Lavon, in southeastern Collin County. Along the way, the route passes through the Hunt County community of Caddo Mills as well as the Collin County communities of Josephine and Nevada.

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2014 Elections
4:30 am
Thu February 13, 2014

GOP primary: Hunt County ballot

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Hunt County voters will be casting ballots for congress, state senate, state representative, county judge, 196th district court, district clerk, county court at law No. 1, county clerk, county commissioners in precincts 2 and 4, justices of the peace and constables.

All of the contested primary races in Hunt County are on the Republican Party ballot.

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