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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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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A&M-Commerce
3:47 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

DISD's Miles describes challenges for educators

Miles addressed about 30 educators and administrators at Texas A&M University-Commerce on Jan. 14.
KETR

Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles visited the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus on Jan. 14 to make a presentation on topics affecting educators in the information age.

"We need to think hard today about what kids will need most in the year 2025," Miles said. "And we need to so that now so that we invest properly in our kids."

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:59 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Stalled project investigates funding alternatives

Efforts to reduce salinity in the Red River have been hampered by funding problems. The Red River Authority has investigated the possibility of generating solar power as a way to bring in money.
State of Texas

With federal funding for a decades-old desalination project having dried up, the Red River Authority is looking for ways it could partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bring in revenue. One option would be partnering with Good Earth Mechanics to use federal lands in the Red River basin in Northwest Texas to generate solar power. Such a project would require a customer - but the U.S. military could provide a market for the power.

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News and Culture Notebook
4:09 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Orthodox Christian Texans prepare for Christmas

Fr. Seraphim Holland of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in McKinney.
provided photo

Orthodox Christians in Texas and around the world celebrate the Feast of the Nativity - Christmas Day - on Jan. 7.

That's because Dec. 25 in the old Julian calendar falls on Jan. 7 using the newer Gregorian calendar - the one that's in common use today.

Orthodoxy, of course, isn't the most common form of Christianity in Northeast Texas. There is one Orthodox parish in the KETR listening area - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in McKinney.

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Delta County
10:35 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Benefit for game warden set for Jan. 18

provided photo

Friends of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Chris Fried, who was shot Dec. 29, are sponsoring a benefit for the officer set for 5-7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 18, at the Delta County Civic Center.

There will be stew and chili, beverage and dessert for $8 and $10 for takeout orders, according to planners. Fundraising will include a live auction with many items, they said.

“We are just trying to show our support for Chris [Fried],” said Carol King, one of the many organizers. “It is such a good cause.”

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Texas Energy
8:06 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Power grid officials issue emergency alert

NPR

With cold temperatures and high electric use this morning, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced an Energy Emergency Alert and has implemented the first two stages of its steps to protect the grid.

“We have brought on all available electric generation and have deployed all demand response programs that have contracted with ERCOT to reduce electric use in emergency situations,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

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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