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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A&M-Commerce
1:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Lions-Rams game features conference contenders

Sophomore Richard Cooper, shown here during the Lions' 98-20 victory over East Texas Baptist, is expected to start at running back against Angelo State.
lionathletics.com

The Texas A&M University-Commerce football team has a tough assignment tonight in San Angelo. The Lions (4-1, 3-0 in the Lone Star Conference) kick off against Angelo State (3-1, 2-1 in the LSC) at 7 p.m. in a game that will be heard on KETR.

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A&M-Commerce
9:54 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Bergeron suspended for unspecified violation of policy

Joe Bergeron (24) rushes during the Lions' Sept. 13 game at Stephen F. Austin State in Nacagdoches.
lionathletics.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce running back Joe Bergeron has been suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner. A statement from the university's athletics department said the suspension resulted from an off-campus incident.

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Fannin County
1:58 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Honey Grove welcomes Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit

About 100 people attended an Oct. 9 ceremony in Honey Grove welcoming the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit.
Mark Haslett

About 100 people attended a ceremony this morning in Honey Grove welcoming the Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit. The traveling exhibition left McKinney early this morning and passed through Bonham on the way to Honey Grove, with a motorcycle escort by the Patriot Guard. The artwork by Austin Vietnam veteran Don Dorsey features dog tags bearing the names of the 3,417 Texas servicemen who died or were listed as Missing In Action in Vietnam.

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Fannin County
3:48 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Vietnam vets exhibit coming to Honey Grove

The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit was deliberately designed for visitor interaction. The public is encouraged to touch and photograph the tags.
Arrowhead Films

An award-winning exhibit honoring the 3,417 Texans who were killed or are missing in action in Vietnam is coming to Honey Grove.

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Hunt County
9:46 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Barchard Shelter case: One warrant still active

Over 200 dogs and cats were siezed when the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter in Wolfe City was shut down on July 23.
provided image SPCA of Texas

A warrant for the arrest of former Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter proprietor Jo Ann "Jody" McIntier remains active, according to the Hunt County clerk's office. 

Jody McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Joel McIntier was served with an arrest warrant on Sept. 18 and was released on a personal recognizance bond. The first hearing in his case is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Oct. 15 at the Hunt County Court No. 2 in Greenville.

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Texas Government
9:11 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Perry lawyers: Prosecutor not sworn in properly

Credit NPR

Note: This story has been updated throughout. 

Lawyers for Gov. Rick Perry on Friday filed a request to dismiss the indictment against the governor, saying paperwork needed to properly swear in the prosecutor appointed to shepherd the case was not properly filled out or filed. 

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Texas Government
7:24 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Hall hospitalized following auto accident

Ralph Hall
KERA

This story has been updated throughout.

 

Ralph Hall, the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been airlifted to a Dallas area hospital due to injuries from a car accident, though a spokesman says the congressman is expected to recover. The accident occurred in Fannin County.

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Northeast Texas Weather
7:51 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Photos: Winds batter NE Texas

A severe thunderstorm on Oct. 2 caused widespread damage in Commerce.
Kevin Jefferies

Severe thunderstorms blew through Northeast Texas on Oct. 2, leaving multiple reports of damage in their wake.

The highest wind gust recorded at Majors Field, the City of Greenville Municipal Airport, during the storm was 63 mph. Majors Field recorded about an inch of rain during the storms.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that part of the roof of the Stonebridge Villa Apartments in Greenville was blown into the yard, and the Greenville Middle School Annex Building also suffered roof damage.

Elections 2014
9:48 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Patrick, Van de Putte differ on school funding

KERA

In Debate, Patrick and Van de Putte Spar Over Taxes

by Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune

September 29, 2014

In the only scheduled debate in their race for lieutenant governor, state Sens. Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte faced off on Monday night in a lively exchange that displayed their divergent positions on everything from health care and immigration to school finance and taxes. 

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Northeast Texas Weather
9:28 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Thunderstorms likely this evening

By early evening, storms are likely for areas east of the I-35 corridor because a squall line should be fully developed along the front.
NWS

The National Weather Service has advised that thunderstorms are likely for Northeast Texas this evening.

Partly cloudy skies are expected to become increasingly cloudy this afternoon, with most storms expected after 4 p.m. Strongest storms are forecast to occur east of a Denison-Rockwall-Ennis line. Strong winds and hail are possible.

News and Culture Notebook
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Dallas media roundup: Northeast Gateway

Activists collect petition signatures and distribute literature at a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study, which includes preliminary recommendations for a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County.
Credit Mark Haslett / KETR

For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:41 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Constructed wetlands help filter used water

Water utilities in Texas and around the country are incorporating wetlands into their water treatment and delivery systems.
provided image wetlandcenter.com

The natural filtering processes that occur in wetlands can help water utilities make used water clean once again. KETR spoke with Loretta Mokry, an environmental scientist with Fort Worth-based Alan Plummer Associates, who describes how the Tarrant Regional Water District implemented a "constructed wetlands" program.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:19 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Toll road firm hosting meetings in Greenville, Royse City

People sign a petition opposing the construction of a proposed toll road at a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall.
Mark Haslett

The private developing firm that hopes to build a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeast Dallas County is set to continue a series of small meetings with the public this week. 

Dallas-based Texas Turnpike Corp. conducted two meetings on Sept. 25 in Rockwall. This week, the company plans to hold meetings in Greenville, Royse City and Rowlett. Next week, the series of meetings concludes with gatherings in Wylie and Royse City.

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High School Football
11:50 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Tigers win homecoming 48-20; Greenville triumphs again

Commerce 48, Edgewood 20

Greenville 24, Mt. Pleasant 23

Texas High 35, Sulphur Springs 29

Cooper 32, Whitewright 14

Hunt County
11:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Barchard Shelter staff face animal cruelty charges

The shelter was shut down and the animals relocated on July 23.
SPCA of Texas

Two people associated with the recently closed Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter are now facing criminal charges.

Jo Ann McIntier, 61, of Wolfe City, and Joel Glenn McIntier, 21, of Wolfe City, have both been charged with two counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

The charges allege that in July of this year, the two “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly failed unreasonably to provide food, water, care or shelter for an animal.” In this case, the animals are dogs and cats in the care of the shelter.

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