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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Greenville
9:50 am
Thu June 5, 2014

I-30 accident results in one death

Officials said the driver of the pickup was headed the wrong way in the eastbound lanes.
Greenville Herald-Banner

Update: The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that Landon B. Dyer, 28, of Sulphur Springs, was driving on the wrong side of Highway I-30 Eastbound when his 2010 Chevy Silverado collided with an 18-wheeler at approximately 2:30 a.m., killing him. The driver of the truck, who was not identified by press time, was in stable condition in a local hospital. He was driving a trailer for D.A.T., an Alabama-based company.

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A&M-Commerce
4:06 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Butts, Oliver remembered by KETR's Chitwood

Devin Oliver
lionathletics.com

In Commerce, people in the university community knew Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver as friends and classmates. KETR listeners across Northeast Texas knew the two young women as important parts of the backcourt of the Lions basketball team.

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Texas Politics
1:35 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Ratcliffe pledges to focus on spending, health care

John Ratcliffe
Credit KERA

One can forgive John Ratcliffe and his supporters for looking ahead to the former federal attorney's role in Washington, D.C.

Not only does the new Republican nominee for the Texas 4th congressional district seat come from a GOP-dominated district, but he also won't even be facing a Democratic opponent in the general election in November. Instead, Ratcliffe will be on the ballot with Libertarian J.P. Raley and independent Kenneth Lee Kammer in a contest that Democrats have decided to sit out.

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A&M-Commerce
10:20 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Two student-athletes killed, two injured in crash

Aubree Butts and Devin Oilver
Credit lionathletics.com

UPDATE, 8:40 a.m.- ​The two young women killed in the accident have been identified as Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver. The two young women who survived the wreck are La'Tisha Hearne and Zenobia Winbush. A candelight vigil will be held on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rachel's Garden starting at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night.  University flags are flying at half staff Wednesday as well in honor of the women.

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Hunt County
2:56 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Four boxcars derailed in Commerce

Four boxcars were derailed after being unhinged from a train between Knight and Sycamore Streets in Commerce.
Credit provided image

A partial train derailment in Commerce on June 1 resulted in four boxcars leaving the track, according to a Commerce Journal report.

Four boxcars were unhinged from a train behind the former Covidien building and came off the tracks between Knight and Sycamore Streets, police chief Kerry Crews told the Commerce Journal.

“From what I can determine, apparently someone unhooked four boxcars from the rest of the train,” Crews said. “They rolled eastbound along the tracks.”

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Hunt County
1:36 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Commerce police issue sketch of suspect

Commerce police have issued a sketch of a man sought in connection with a report of an attempted kidnapping in April.
Credit Commerce Police Dept.

Commerce police have issued a "composite drawing" of a "person of interest" being sought in an April 15 incident police are treating as an attempted kidnapping for a minor. The incident was reported as having occurred around 9 p.m. on that date near the intersection of Monroe and Lee Streets in Commerce.

Police describe the suspect as a black man in his mid-20s around 5'5"-5'6". Police said he was described as wearing dark (blue or black) clothes, a do-rag and having a thin mustache and chinstrap beard.

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Texas Politics
10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

NRA: Open-carry actions 'counterproductive' for gun owners

Credit NPR

The National Rifle Association has issued a public statement denouncing some highly publicized actions by open-carry advocates in Texas as "weird" and "counterproductive for the gun owning community."

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:13 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Water board won't get final word on Marvin Nichols Reservoir

Credit NPR

Northeast Texas Municipal Water District administrator Walt Sears discusses the three hurdles that any new reservoir in Texas must clear. A project must first be included in the state water plan, which is published by the Texas Water Development Board. Then, another state agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, must issue permits for the project. Finally, the new reservoir must receive federal approval.

Sears also mentions that Sen. Kevin Eltife, an East Texan, serves on the new legislative oversight committee set up to assist the Texas Water Development Board. 

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2014 Elections
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Southern counties oust Deuell

Texas Senate District 2
Credit votebobhall.com

Last night, State Sen. Bob Deuell experienced a demi-version of what Mitt Romney endured in 2012. He won most of the geographic territory, but not the most votes.

Bob Hall, the retired businessman who defeated incumbent Deuell in the race to be the Republican nominee for the Texas Senate District 2 seat, did so by a whisker-thin margin. Hall collected 18,230 votes to 17,930 for Deuell.

That 300-vote margin came in part from Hall’s success in the southern part of the district and in the suburbs of Dallas.

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2014 Elections
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Hall defeats Deuell in Texas Senate GOP runoff

Bob Hall
Credit provided image

Tea-party favorite and retired businessman Bob Hall has defeated incumbent Bob Deuell in the Republican Party primary runoff election for the Texas State Senate District 2 seat.

Deuell, a physician based in Greenville, has served in the Texas Senate since 2002. He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, the vice-chairman of the Senate Affairs Committee and Health and Human Services Committee. He also serves on the senate Finance and Natural Resources committees.

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