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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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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2014 Elections
9:08 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Radio-ad scuffle latest in pro-life rift

Dr. Bob Deuell
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The battle for Texas Senate District 2 has turned a little chippy in its closing weeks. The most recent nastiness concerned a radio ad targeting incumbent Bob Deuell. The ad was the latest joust in an ongoing schism within the pro-life movement in Texas.

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2014 Elections
5:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Hall defends against court-document claims

Bob Hall
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In many of the Republican primary runoff elections this year in Texas, the campaigns have turned negative, with personal attacks on the character of candidates mixing in with debate on the issues.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
12:19 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

NE Texas water official trusts public process

Walt Sears
Credit Northeast Texas Municipal Water District

The fate of the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal - at least insofar as it figures into the Texas Water Development Board's plans - now lies in the hands of that agency's three-person governing body, consisting of chairman Carlos Rubinstein, Bech Bruun and Kathleen Jackson. 

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Lamar County
3:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Paris ISD's Jones draws attention with STAAR comments

KUT

You don't have to look too hard on the Paris Independent School District's web page to find the open letter to parents and friends about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly known as the STAAR test.

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Texas Water
4:44 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

TWDB admin stands by pro-Marvin Nichols recommendation, but revises details

Kevin Patteson, Executive Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board.
Credit TWDB

Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Kevin Patteson is standing by his decision to support the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. Patteson's recommendation to the agency's board included some revisions to the draft published in March, but kept its central message.

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Hunt County
10:23 am
Mon May 19, 2014

9 injured in Quinlan school bus crash

Quinlan ISD

Two adults and seven Thompson Middle School students were taken to Hunt Regional Medical center in Greenville for "non-life-threatening" injuries following a school bus crash this morning in Quinlan, according to local police.

The accident happened on FM 751 near the intersection with FM 429, officials said. A Quinlan ISD school bus collided with another vehicle, both of which were traveling on FM 751, police said.

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