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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Chad Oather Calhoun, 31, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Feb. 19 on charges of possession of child pornography.
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The senior pastor of Lake Highlands Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs has been arrested following an indictment on charges of possession of child pornography. The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram reported that Chad Oather Calhoun, 31, was arrested on the morning of Feb. 27 by federal, county and city law enforcement officers.

By late morning on Feb. 27, the A&M-Commerce campus was under a blanket of snow.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce announced it will noon on Fri., Feb. 27, due to dangerous road conditions. The university is scheduled to re-open at noon on Sat., Feb. 28.

Also closed on Feb. 27 are Rockwall campus and the Mesquite Metroplex campus.

Collin College also closed at noon on Feb. 27.

Cooper ISD announced it will close at 1 p.m.

Could Lucky Dog Books, which might lose its Oak Cliff location, be successful in Commerce?
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Here, Lucky! Come here!

There’s sad news from Dallas today. The Oak Cliff Advocate reported that the Lucky Dog Books location in Oak Cliff is closing on April 1. They can’t pay the rent and the landlord isn’t in a credity mood. As of the moment, no location has emerged as a possible new home, the Advocate said.

Some used-book stores are rag-tag affairs of disintegrating paperback romances and westerns, perhaps supplemented by 1990s travel guides and DOS-era computer books.

The Salvation Army in Greenville is providing assistance for people who have temporarily lost electrical service.
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The Salvation Army in Greenville, located at 4601 King St., has made their offices available to people who have lost electrical service due to power outages in the city. Coffee and food are available.

Power line damage has occurred in the 2600 block of East Interstate 30 in Greenville.

This Facebook post showing two apparently dead dogs led to a Union Valley firefighter being dismissed from the department, the Herald-Banner reports.
Greenville Herald-Banner

Note: This article has been edited since its first posting.

The Union Valley Fire Department has dismissed one of its firefighters following a social media post showing dogs that he claimed to have shot.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that the post appeared on Tim Conaster’s Facebook page on Feb. 24.

"Somebody didn't put any truth my warning," said text appearing with a picture of two apparently dead dogs, with blood visible near one dog. "Keep your damn dogs on your property."

A mix of wintry precipitation is expected during the morning of Wed., Feb. 25 in Northeast Texas.
NWS

Many area high schools, middle schools and elementary schools will open at 10 a.m. on Wed. Feb. 25, with buses running on a two-hour delay.  This includes schools in Fannin and Hunt Counties. In Hopkins County, Sulphur Bluff ISD and Sulphur Springs ISD are closed, while other Hopkins County schools are on a two-hour delay. Delta and Rains County schools are closed today. In Lamar County, Paris ISD and Roxton ISD are closed, while North Lamar and Prairiland are a two-hour delay. In Collin County, Farmersville will open at 10 a.m.

A slick sheet of ice covers most roadways in Northeast Texas this morning.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce's main campus and all off-site locations will be closed today, university officials said. The closure includes all classes and offices in Commerce, as well as The Universities Center at Dallas, the Navarro College Partnership in Corsicana, the Midlothian Higher Education Center, Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rockwall, the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney and the Mesquite Metroplex Center.

Icy weather is expected throughout North and East Texas on Monday, Feb. 23.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce's main campus and all off-site locations will be closed today, university officials said. The closure includes all classes and offices in Commerce, as well as The Universities Center at Dallas, the Navarro College Partnership in Corsicana, the Midlothian Higher Education Center, Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rockwall, the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney and the Mesquite Metroplex Center.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
KERA

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe will visit the KETR listening area on Fri., Feb. 20.

A Republican from Heath, Ratcliffe defeated longtime congressman Ralph Hall in the 2014 Republican primary and easily won the general election. Hall, a Republican who left the Democratic Party in 2004, had represented the 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.,  since 1981. The 4th Congressional District includes all of Northeast Texas and parts of the Texoma sub-region.

This graph, published at Tobin Grant's "Corner of Church and State" blog for Religion News Service, has been making the rounds on social media.
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Do members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church tend to be older? Are people who attend Pentecostal churches often younger? Which faiths tend to have a higher number of people with college degrees?

Virgin America, an airline that began serving Dallas Love Field on Oct. 13, will begin offering flights to Austin on Apr. 28.
KERA

Northeast Texans who love visiting Austin but feel less fondly about I-35 will have another travel option as early as April.

Virgin America, an airline that began serving Dallas Love Field on Oct. 13, will begin offering flights to Austin on Apr. 28, according to a Dallas Morning News report. Virgin America has begun selling one-way tickets for $39 in a sale that ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. The airline said it will offer five flights to Austin daily.

Senate Bill 11 would allow guns to be carried indoors as well as outdoors on university campuses.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Two high-profile bills related to handguns will have their first hearing in the Texas Senate on Feb. 12. One is a general “open carry” bill and the other measure is a “campus carry” bill specific to colleges and universities.

Senate Bill 11 by Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) would allow would allow firearms to be carried on all public college and university campuses. Existing law allows people with a concealed handgun license to carry outdoors on campuses but not inside buildings.

2015 Texas AP Broadcasters

Newscast Entry - Mark Haslett, Nov. 12

Body cameras may make their way into all Texas police department.
Greenville Police Department

31-year-old Michael Shahan of Greenville was arrested last Thursday for online solicitation of a minor, according to Sherman-based KXII-TV. Authorities say Shahan thought we has talking to a juvenile when he, in fact, was talking to a sheriff's deputy, the report said.

When Shahan was arrested, law enforcement officials seized his phone where images of child pornography were found, authorities said. Shahan was released after posting a $160,000 dollar bond, they said.

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van)
State of Texas

A bill filed by State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) has received national attention because if passed, it would allow school teachers to use deadly force against students in a variety of situations.

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