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.


Sports Notebook
11:58 am
Wed February 5, 2014

'The Globe' now home for Rangers' hopes

It's Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Texas Rangers

It might seem hard to imagine baseball on this freezing-cold day in early February. But pitchers and catchers will be reporting to training camp soon. And in just a handful of weeks, Texas Rangers fans can rejoice as the first pitch of the season is thrown at…

Globe Life Park in Arlington.


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High School Sports
1:05 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

UIL 2014-16 alignment and classification announced

Sulphur Springs will welcome Greenville and Longview into the district.
Mark Haslett

Go west, Commerce Tigers fans.

The Commerce football and basketball teams, along with their neighbors from Caddo Mills, will be heading west to face new district opponents Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Red Oak Life, Scurry-Rosser and Sunnyvale.

Greenville, meanwhile, will enjoy a more East Texas theme, with the Lions joining Hallsville, Longview, Longview Pine Tree, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Sulphur Springs and Texarkana Texas High.

Here are the districts including schools in the KETR service area. Complete list here.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:03 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Reorganized state water board loses one member

Mary Ann Williamson, center, was sworn in by Gov. Rick Perry to her new role at the Texas Water Development Board in September 2013. But Williamson resigned in January.
State of Texas

The Texas Water Development Board has had its own governing board reorganized. Last year, the Texas Legislature replaced the six-member volunteer board with a three-member full-time board. Governor Rick Perry appointed three longtime associates to the new positions. But one of them - Mary Ann Williamson - has resigned, less than half a year after accepting the position. Texas Tribune environment reporter Neena Satija discusses the changes in Austin.

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Texas Weather
11:15 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Freezing rain expected Sunday afternoon


While some parts of North Texas are expected to receive snowfall on Feb. 2, the forecast for the KETR service area features freezing rain instead.

Most of Fannin County, eastern Collin County and Rockwall County are expected to have some freezing rain this afternoon, with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation expected on elevated surfaces.

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Rockwall County
1:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Double shooting reported in Royse City

Law enforcement officials work the scene of Friday's double shooting on Cookston Street
Jim Hardin Herald Banner/Facebook

UPDATE, Jan. 31,  4:15 p.m. 

Officials have identified Kara Elizabeth Croop, 33, as the victim in the Jan. 31. Police said that her husband, Scott Croop, 39, shot her in the street outside of their home on the 400 block of Cookston Lane before shooting himself. Scott Croop was pronounced dead on the scene, while Kara Croop was severely wounded and transported to a Dallas hospital, officials said.

Original story follows

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Rockwall County
7:03 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Dems: County clerk raised funds illegally

Shelli Miller

The Texas Democratic Party has alleged that a Rockwall County employee used a government facility to fundraise for the Republican Party.

The Texas Democratic Party has requested a criminal investigation into possible illegal election activity at the Rockwall County Clerk’s office, according to a release from the party on Jan. 29.

Also, the Democratic Party’s general counsel, Chad W. Dunn, has issued a cease-and-desist letter to Rockwall County Clerk Shelli Miller. The letter alleges that Miller has engaged in unlawful political fundraising.

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Hunt County
4:35 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Commerce food pantry seeks more space

Commerce Food Pantry Inc. could get an additional refrigerator if it had the space to put one.
Malcolm Hornsby

The local food bank that serves Commerce needs more room. Commerce Food Pantry Inc. board president Dennis White told the city council at a Jan. 21 meeting that the agency has outgrown its current space, according to a report in The Commerce Journal.

White told the council that Commerce Food Pantry serves 45-50 families weekly, or about 200 people monthly. The food bank is open Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church on Monroe Street.

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2014 Election
10:22 am
Mon January 27, 2014

GOP Lt. Gov. debate tonight on KETR

The race for the Lieutenant Governor's office is on, and KETR is covering the competition for the Republican Party nomination.

Tune in to KETR tonight a 8 p.m. to hear a live broadcast of tonight's debate as incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces Republican challengers Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Comm. Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Comm. Todd Staples. 

Tomorrow's Water Today
7:55 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Eltife to serve on state water advisory board

Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler)
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State senator Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood counties, will serve on an advisory board set up to help the Texas Water Development Board disburse new money for water projects.

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4:20 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Live blog: Lions vs. West Texas A&M men's basketball

  • Get your final stats here. Congratulations Lions on what was really a must-have win at home against West Texas A&M today.
  • FINAL: Lions, 93, Buffaloes 84. "And the Lions win!"
  • Lions 91, Buffs 84. 8 seconds.
  • Lions 91, Buffs 83. 11 seconds to play.
  • Lions 90, WT 83. 19 seconds left. Maybe this one won't go to the last buzzer. 
  • Macauley has a career-high 15 points. 89-83 Lions with 19 seconds left.
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