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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If the Department of Agriculture designates cottonseed as an oilseed, producers could have access to as much as $1 billion in subsidies in the event of losses.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Domestic cotton producers are hoping that a change in federal rules can help give them an added measure of security during a very insecure time for the industry.

Campbell Soup is a major employer in Lamar County.

Campbell Soup Company has announced its support of federal legislation to establish a single labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Campbell operates a production facility in Paris, which celebrated its 51st anniversary in December 2015. The Paris location, one of three domestic production facilities for the multinational corporation, employs more than 900 people.

Party primary elections will be held on March 1.

Considering the dominance of the Republican Party in the KETR listening area, it's a safe bet that the March 1 primary elections will determine most of the region's delegation in the 2017 Texas Legislature. Of the eight contested seats from our part of the state, only two will be sought by a Democratic candidate. In the other six, the winners of the GOP primary will be on the fast track to Austin.

Three of those eight seats feature wide-open races, as the incumbent office-holder has chosen not to run.

This photo posted on Twitter was identified by the poster as the destroyed gas station and convenience store where two people died on Dec. 26.
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Two people in the Collin County town of Copeville were killed by damage from a series of tornadoes that swept across North Texas on Saturday night, according to reports from The Farmersville Times and NBCDFW. The deaths occurred at Willard's, an Exxon service station and convenience store located at the intersection of State Highway 76 and County Roads 549 and 546, the Farmerville Times said. Copeville is located eight miles southeast of Farmersville and is 23 miles west of Greenville.

Fans from Southern Mississippi and Washington began arriving early this morning.
Mark Haslett

This evening's story is not a comprehensive history of the Cotton Bowl. As a pro football fan with limited interest in the college game, I lack the knowledge to wax eloquent about the glory days of the Southwest Conference as played out at Fair Park. What follows is a reflection written from the press box where Blackie Sherrod, Bob St. John, Randy Galloway, Frank Luska and many other bright writers worked before this particular dim bulb darkened the doorway.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Lee Street in Washington Street in Commerce.
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A shooting Thursday night in Commerce resulted in two people being hospitalized with injuries. The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in the 1300 block of Lee Street, near the intersection of Lee and and Washington Street, one block east of the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus.

Indentities and other details about the victims have not been released. Multiple shots were fired during the incident, police said. Officials said they believe the incident was a continuation of a dispute that had begun earlier during the day.

Waylon Jennings
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Good news, Lions fans. The Carthel regime should be here for three more seasons, maybe longer. 

Colby Carthel has led A&M-Commerce to two consecutive Lone Star Conference football championships.

 Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones and Director of Athletics Tim McMurrayannounced today that Head Coach Colby Carthel has signed a three-year contract that keeps him at the helm of the Lions football program through the 2018 season, with opportunities in the agreement to extend it through 2020.

The alarm over an adult apparently soliciting a child near Crockett Elementary School in Greenville has been determined to be a false alarm, according to a release from Greenville police. 

The incident happened during the evening of Nov. 17. A student walking home from Crockett Elementary observed a black Ford Mustang nearby and heard an adult in the car say “Hey, come here,” police said.

In Greenville, a Crockett Elementary School student reported being solicited by a stranger, according to a release by Greenville police.

The incident happened during the evening of Nov. 17, police said. A student walking home from Crockett Elementary observed a black Ford Mustang approach the student, the release said. An adult, described as an African-American with braided hair, said “Hey, come here,” to the child, police said.

Lou Gigliotti of Princeton has filed to be on the Texas Republican Party ballot along with incumbent John Ratcliffe.
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U.S. Rep.  John Ratcliffe will likely have at least one opponent in the upcoming Republican primary election.

Lou Gigliotti of Princeton has filed to be on the Texas Republican Party ballot along with Ratcliffe.

Filing for the March 1, 2016, primary elections began on Nov. 14 and continues through Dec. 14. Early voting for the primary elections will occur Feb. 16-26.

Commerce Director of Public Works Steve Wilson
City of Commerce

A City of Commerce official has filed a lawsuit against a member of the Commerce City Council, the City of Commerce and a local bank. Stephen Wilson, the former assistant city manager, filed the suit earlier this month, and papers were served to various parties on Nov. 17.

The suit alleges that councilwoman Sue Davis “has tried and continues to try to ruin the reputation, destroy the career, and even expose to criminal liability one of the city’s employees,” referring Wilson.

The City of Commerce City Council unanimously moved to appoint Gene Lockhart to fill a vacant seat on the council.

Mayor Pro Tem Richard Hill assumed that office following the Nov. 4 resignation of former mayor Dr. John Ballotti. Hill’s seat on the council has been empty since then.

Lockhart will serve on the council until the May 2016 elections, in which voters will select a new mayor.

On the road again? There's a chance the Lions could travel to Midwestern State for a first-round playoff game.

The Javelinas from down in South Texas will always be Texas A&M University-Commerce's traditional rival. And yes, the Rams from down San Angelo way have been kind of pesky of late. The Lions also like to get after Tarleton and WT. But if you're looking for a serious rivalry - one with just a bit of bitterness - look up Highway 82 toward Wichita Falls.

The purpose of the LSC Playoffs, like the Lions' alternate uniform, is kind of gray.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Some folks around the Lone Star Conference have called it a “circular firing squad.” Others have used names that aren’t printable. Even those not quite as grumpy about the idea have a hard time explaining it because, like a transitional relationship status, it’s complicated.

Perhaps a catechism might be the best format for exegesis of a concept as nuanced as the Lone Star Conference Football Playoffs. Texas A&M University-Commerce and Midwestern State University will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Commerce in the title game of this tournament.