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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Severe thunderstorms blew through Northeast Texas on Oct. 2, leaving multiple reports of damage in their wake.

The highest wind gust recorded at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, during the storm was 63 mph. Majors Field recorded about an inch of rain during the storms.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that part of the roof of the Stonebridge Villa Apartments in Greenville was blown into the yard, and the Greenville Middle School Annex Building also suffered roof damage.

NWS

The National Weather Service has advised that thunderstorms are likely for Northeast Texas this evening.

Partly cloudy skies are expected to become increasingly cloudy this afternoon, with most storms expected after 4 p.m. Strongest storms are forecast to occur east of a Denison-Rockwall-Ennis line. Strong winds and hail are possible.

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For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

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The natural filtering processes that occur in wetlands can help water utilities make used water clean once again. KETR spoke with Loretta Mokry, an environmental scientist with Fort Worth-based Alan Plummer Associates, who describes how the Tarrant Regional Water District implemented a "constructed wetlands" program.

Mark Haslett

The private developing firm that hopes to build a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeast Dallas County is set to continue a series of small meetings with the public this week. 

Dallas-based Texas Turnpike Corp. conducted two meetings on Sept. 25 in Rockwall. This week, the company plans to hold meetings in Greenville, Royse City and Rowlett. Next week, the series of meetings concludes with gatherings in Wylie and Royse City.

Commerce 48, Edgewood 20

Greenville 24, Mt. Pleasant 23

Texas High 35, Sulphur Springs 29

Cooper 32, Whitewright 14

SPCA of Texas

Two people associated with the recently closed Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter are now facing criminal charges.

Jo Ann McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with two counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

The charges allege that in July of this year, the two “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly failed unreasonably to provide food, water, care or shelter for an animal.” In this case, the animals are dogs and cats in the care of the shelter.

North Texas Municipal Water District

A proposed new lake in Fannin County is still awaiting final approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Before that can happen, those who would be directly affected by the proposed Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir will have the chance to present their case to the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners met on Sept. 24 in Austin and referred the cases of those parties who had proved to TCEQ that the new lake would impact them or their land to the Texas Office of Administrative Hearings.

Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce senior linebacker Tu’u Liu has been named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week. A&M-Commerce defeated Texas A&M-Kingsville 55-20 at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 20.  Liu snatched two interceptions against the Javelinas. Both interceptions were on passes that Liu tipped, then caught.

A&M-Commerce

Welcome to the 2014 Lone Star Football Festival from AT&T Stadium in Arlington!

Final score   Lions 55, Javelinas 20. #wearelions

4q 1:24  Javs get a TD in garbage time...no big deal.

4q 7:04   By the way, Brock Callaway said that Martinez 43-yard field goal had another 10 yards in it. Nice to have a good kicker in the mix. Lions lead 55-13.

Commerce police have issued a statement saying that a Commerce resident reported being robbed near the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus at about 3 a.m. on Sept. 19.

The man reported that while he was walking in the 2400 block of Campbell Street, he was approached by two unidentified black men, police said. One of the men displayed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun, according to the report. The victim was walked to an ATM on the university campus, where he was made to withdraw cash, police said. 

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Roxton resident Sandra Johnson describes a little about the annual "Roxton Saturday Night" festival, which is set to entertain Northeast Texans for a tenth year this weekend. This year's headline musical artist is Stacy Musgrove, who is scheduled to take the stage in downtown Roxton at 7 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 20.

Press release from Roxton Saturday Night organizers:

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Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington held a press conference on Sept. 18 in Irving to present a statement regarding his abrupt resignation from the team in Arlington on Sept. 5, just hours before a home game with Seattle. Washington said that he was resigning for personal reasons, which was confirmed by Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels, but no details were given.

At the Sept. 18 press conference, Washington implied that he had been unfaithful to his wife of 42 years, and that circumstances around the situation led to his resignation.

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A Rains County sheriff's deputy who shot a dog during a controversial April 19 incident in Point has accepted a plea-bargain deal that includes his permanent retirement from law enforcement in Texas. As a result, Jarrod Dooley will not have to face a Cruelty to Animals charge. The decision was made on Sept. 18 at the Rains County courthouse in Emory.

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