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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Texas Health
7:49 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Abortion law goes to federal appeals court

The law, which passed during a 2013 special session of the Texas Legislature, was the topic of many protests at the capitol in opposition to, and in support of, the measure.
NPR

A federal appeals court today will review the recently passed Texas law regulating abortion providers.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over a ruling declaring parts of the 2013 law unconstitutional.

A coalition of Texas abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, has sued to block two provisions. One requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges near where the abortion is performed. The other restricts how doctors administer abortion-inducing drugs.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
5:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Environmental, funding concerns stifled Red River project

Striped bass, which like their water just a tiny bit salty, are big fishing in Lake Texoma. Studies in Texas and Oklahoma found that the fish could endure reduced chloride levels in the Red River.
NPR

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers efforts to control high salt levels in the Red River were successful at first. But the project was put on hold while studies weighed the impact of salinity reduction on striped bass populations. Then, federal funding for the project slowed to a trickle before drying up entirely.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Corps of Engineers reduced Red River salinity

Estelline Springs, located northwest of Childress.
State of Texas

Curtis Campbell of the Red River Authority describes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' efforts to manage salinity levels in the Red River. 

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News and Culture Notebook
1:56 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Christmas favorites, new and old, ring clear

NPR

Happy Christmas Eve, Northeast Texas!

We had fun grumbling about our least-favorite Christmas tunes yesterday, but with the day nearly upon us, we'll get into the spirit of the season with a celebration of those Christmas songs that we love. 

An informal poll of KETR staff asking about their favorite Christmas songs resulted in a fun mix of old and new, secular and religious music.

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News and Culture Notebook
2:20 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The worst Noel? Some Christmas songs are merrier than others

NPR

Christmas music is like any other genre of music in that while some of it touches the heart, a few tunes miss the mark.

An informal poll of KETR staff revealed that - unsurprisingly - those Christmas songs cited as "least favorite" are those that have little to do with the religious aspect of the day and more to do with the secular mish-mash of commercial icons that, for better or worse, are now part of the holiday.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:30 am
Mon December 23, 2013

1950s drought exposed Red River's salt problem

Red River: Its salt isn't a problem ecologically, but it is a problem for people wanting to use its water.
State of Texas

In the first episode of a series on the multi-decade effort to reduce the amount of salt in the Red River, KETR speaks with Red River Authority General Manager Curtis Campbell to get an overview of the issue.

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Texas Economy and Labor
6:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Working during the holidays? Know your rights

Like The Clash said, "Know your rights."
NPR

Picking up a little extra work over the holidays? That's great. Hiring some extra help for your own business? That's great, too. To keep the season bright, make sure you and/or your employer are compliant with federal labor regulations. 

Employers and workers not familiar with short-term employment might have questions . Here are answers to some most of the frequently asked questions received by the U.S. Department of Labor, and additional resources for more information: 

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Fannin County
3:50 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Light industry developing in Bonham

Roy Floyd
ntxe-news.com

Kelso Technologies, a producer of railway car equipment, and computer accessory manufacturer TCI will be expanding their operations in Bonham, according to mayor Roy Floyd and city manager Bill Shipp.

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Commerce
10:19 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Commerce ISD: Coach Ards dead

Coach Ards, wearing an orange shirt, is pictured in this 2010 photo.
Commerce Journal

Le'Mone Ards, girls basketball coach at Commerce High School, has died, according to a statement from the school district.

The following statement was issued on the Commerce ISD Facebook page this morning.

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Hunt County
8:05 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Quinlan teen pleads guilty to robbery, sexual assault

Hunt County Detention Center

A Hunt County man has pleaded guilty to committing an armed hold-up and sexual assault at a downtown Quinlan business.

Jamey Justin Smith, 19, of Quinlan entered the guilty pleas during a hearing in the 196th District Court Wednesday to one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault.

Smith is being held in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of a total of $401,500 bond. Judge Steve Tittle accepted the pleas and scheduled a punishment hearing for Jan. 27, 2014.

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