KETR

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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Three people died in an accident involving two tractor-trailers.
KETR

Three people died in an early-morning vehicle accident on Interstate 30 that has left the eastbound side of the highway closed. Officals expect that side of the highway in the area between FM 35 and FM 2642 to re-open around 3 p.m. Westbound travel on I-30 has been reduced to one lane.

"Ask why a specific medication is being prescribed, particularly if you’re seeing a change in behavior or personality from your loved one," AARP's Amanda Frederickson said.
NPR

Texas nursing homes lead the nation in the prescribing of antipsychotic medications to seniors. That has watchdog organizations concerned that people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia are being prescribed such drugs, which can be heavily sedating, for reasons of convenience rather than necessity.

Marcario Garcia, right, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.
PBS

Next week on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, a special presentation of a portion of PBS's documentary series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will be aired in the Hall of Languages for anyone who would like to attend. The episode focuses on the Latino-American involvement in World War II and its aftermath.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks
Greenville Herald-Banner

On Friday afternoon a search in Hunt County for a suspect in a double homicide ended with an arrest only hours after the murders occurred. On today's edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with local reporter Brad Kellar about the latest information on the homicides and man-hunt.

Keven Ellis defeated Mary Lou Bruner, who almost won the GOP nomination in March with 48 percent of the vote.
The Texas Tribune

By this time next week, the people of Texas Senate District 1 should have a new senator-elect. Runoff elections statewide are next Tuesday. In the KETR listening area, Senate District 1 includes Paris and Lamar County, as well as Red River, Franklin and Wood counties. Most of the District is in the Ark-La-Tex region. District 1 includes Texarkana as well as Tyler and Longview.

Guy Clark
NPR

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark died this morning at his home in Nashville. He was 74.

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

The new Bonham High School campus is set to be built next to the existing one.
Bonham ISD

On May 7, Bonham Independent School District voters approved a bond proposal valued at about $30 million to construct a new high school campus. The vote passed 977-456 – a roughly two-to-one margin. As a result, property taxes will go up for homeowners aged 64 years and younger. For example, people owning a home valued at $90,000 would pay a little more than $150 in taxes annually. Homeowners 65 and older would be exempt under the state homestead exemption.

Wyman Williams will be the next mayor of Commerce.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Greenville Herald-Banner has reported unofficial results for Hunt County elections. Final vote totals are pending, but the results of contested municipal races and ballot initiatives have been decided.

City of Commerce elections will be held May 7.
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is holding its municipal election this Saturday. The ballot also includes 10 propositions. That’s kind of a lot for a city election, so KETR invited former Commerce council member Jason Cunningham to explain these ballot measures. Cunningham is the owner of Commerce-based Benson Brothers towing and lived in Commerce for many years before moving to his current home in Hopkins County.

Dr. Dan Jones
A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications / A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones died this morning, according to a release from the university. He was 63. The cause of death has not been released. Jones is survived by his wife, Jalinna, and his children, Aislinn and Allyson.

The university will close at noon today in honor of Jones.

Jones was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness on April 16, according to university staff. On April 25, Jones sent the following email to university faculty and staff:

Dear Lion Family,

The nuclear facilities in the McFarland Science Building are among the areas where "campus carry" will not be allowed.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Texas A&M University System has published proposed "campus carry" regulations for all its member institutions, including Texas A&M University-Commerce. Texas law will allow the licensed carry of concealed handguns on public university campuses beginning on Aug. 1.

The area at highest risk is north and east of a Denton-Plano-Terrell-Canton line, the National Weather Service said.
NWS

Severe thunderstorms are possible throughout most of Northeast Texas this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service has advised that large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes are possible.

Carinne Manning
KETR

KETR is in its Spring Membership Campaign, and while this isn’t necessarily news, it does happen every spring. Every membership campaign is different, and we have particular goals and things that we’re doing this year. Carinne, if you could please explain to us what we’re doing this particular spring drive.

Storms that passed across Northeast Texas last night have made their way to the U.S. Southeast.
NWS

It’s storm season in Texas, and while last night’s storms didn’t do much damage in our part of the state, people are understandably anxious about April and May.  What we’ve seen so far is in part due to the El Nino pattern that gave us such a mild winter, with above average precipitation.

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