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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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
blogrockwall.com

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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A&M-Commerce
4:20 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

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

KETR
  • 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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News and Culture Notebook
3:28 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Has your email been 'pwned' recently?

haveibeenpwned.com

Has your personal information been swiped by data thieves?

There's a website that will check your email address to see whether that address is among the thousands of user email addresses that have been unlawfully gathered by those who do that sort of thing.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:59 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Lake Bonham keeps community self-sufficient

provided photo

Not all Texas towns have a single, reliable, city-owned source for municipal water. But the City of Bonham does: 65-acre Lake Bonham, which also provides recreation for the area.

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Hunt County
1:48 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Arrests follow shooting in Greenville

The incident occurred on Broadview Street, located in south central Greenville, between Stonewall Street and Interstate 30.
Brad Kellar heraldbanner.com

A shooting in Greenville on Jan. 15 resulted in two wounded victims and four arrests, according to the Greenville Police Department.

Around noon, officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 2500 block of Broadview Street in Greenville, police said. Once there, officers were told that a shooting had occurred and that once victim had been taken to Hunt Regional Hospital with an arm wound, officials said.

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Texas Health
8:45 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Volunteer fire departments exempt from Obamacare

NPR

Volunteer fire departments and other volunteer emergency-response organizations will be exempt from one central mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

Employers with 50 or more employees must offer health insurance coverage to its workers, according to new federal rules. However, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has said that volunteer emergency organizations will have an exemption from that provision.

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