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 Sports
2:57 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ryan retires from Rangers front office

This photo appeared on the Texas Rangers' Facebook page today.
Facebook

Nolan Ryan announced his retirement from his position as CEO of baseball's Texas Rangers, according to a release from the team on Oct. 17.

Ryan, 66, was hired as the team's president in 2008 and was named CEO in 2011. During Ryan's tenure in the Texas Rangers' senior management, the team made its first-ever World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.

"This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization," Ryan said in a statement. "I'm extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished."

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Lamar County
8:40 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Accident kills Paris off-duty EMS worker

Joe Howard
Credit The Paris News

The Paris News reports that Joe Howard, 57, a 10-year paramedic with Paris EMS, died Sunday at Paris Regional Medical Center from injuries he received in a two-vehicle motorcycle crash at the intersection of FM 1497 and S.E. Loop 286.

Funeral services are pending with Bright-Holland Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Cathy, two daughters and many grandchildren.

“Joe Howard was a husband, father, grandfather, paramedic and friend,” said Kent Klinkerman, director of Paris EMS told The Paris News. “He loved his family, fishing and riding his motorcycle."

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:58 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Perry hits road for water fund

Rick Perry speaks in Wylie on Oct. 10.
http://www.governor.state.tx.us/

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling the state, drumming up support for the water-fund initiative that will be on statewide ballots in November. Perry spoke at Lavon Lake on Oct. 10 after having giving similar presentations at San Angelo and Lake Travis earlier in the week. Why is the governor making this issue a high priority?

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High School Football
11:47 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Sulphur Springs thumps Mount Pleasant, 63-28

Texas High School Helmet Project

After an early-season stumble, Sulphur Springs has shifted into high gear just in time for the District 14-4A schedule. The Wildcats rolled over Mount Pleasant 63-28 at Gerald Prim Stadium in Sulphur Springs on Oct. 11 in the district opener for both teams.

“Offensively, they had all they could handle with (running back) Willy (Ivery),” Sulphur Springs coach Greg Owens said. “Willy and (quarterback) Larry (Pryor) did a fantastic job. I thought we controlled the front with the O-line, so they did a super job with all that,” Owens said.

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News and Culture Notebook
3:44 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Kristofferson: Smiling at 77

Kris Kristofferson will play in Greenville Oct. 12. The show at the Dairy Manor will benefit restoration efforts for the Texan Theater.
NPR

Kris Kristofferson, the man who lived a dozen different lives before the age that most men are settling into one, isn’t done. He’s got at least one more role to play on this earthly stage. At 77, Kristofferson has become the thankful one.

I got lucky, I got everything I wanted

I got happy, there was nothing else to do

And I'd be crazy not to wonder if I'm worthy

Of the part I play in this dream that's coming true

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Blacklands Corridor
4:54 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Study team assembled; surrounding region to be considered

The study will take into account the context of the corridor, including other possible developments.
NCTCOG

In Arlington today, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Council received a status update on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study. The council is overseeing the project, which will review transportation options along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and Lavon. Researchers will also consider the corridor within the context of the overall transportation plan for the entire region, which could include other major highways, such as a connector between Interstate 30 and U.S.

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Lamar County
8:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

In Paris, four dead in apparent homicide

Paris Police Dept.

Four men are dead after what police suspect was a quadruple homicide in Paris.

updated, 9:10 a.m.

The bodies of Romello Dewain Steward, 18, of Paris; Devante Larry Atkins, 21, of Paris; Brijonne Rashad Woods, 24, of Paris; and Billy Charles Carey, 32, of Garland were recovered by Paris police at a house early Friday morning, according to an official release.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a woman at about 11:23 p.m. last night, police said. She was reporting someone bleeding, the report said.

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Texas Agriculture
11:55 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Shutdown could push milk prices over 'dairy cliff'

Some in the dairy industry say that dairy-product prices could double if a new farm Bill isn't in place by January.
NPR

If Congress can't come up with a new Farm Bill before 2014, a default to old price controls could cause chaos for producers and consumers of dairy products.

Audio transcript

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Northeast Texas
8:07 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Hunt County lifts burn ban

http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu

Collin County and Rockwall County are now the only two counties in the area with burn bans in effect.

The Hunt County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to lift the ban on outdoor burning which had been in place since August 12.

David Alexander with the Hunt County Fire Marshal's Office recommended the commissioners remove the ban, as the county is no longer listed under "severe" or "extreme" drought conditions and the danger of grass fires has been reduced due to recent rains, with the chance of more rain this weekend.

Tomorrow's Water Today
12:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Foes of 'rainy-day' dipping cite obstacles besides funding

Josiah Neeley of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, which opposes using Economic Stabilization Fund money for water infrastructure.
texaspolicy.com

Some fiscal conservatives support drawing on the state's Economic Stabilization Fund, often called the "Rainy Day Fund," to fund the state's water projects. The question of allocating funds from this source will be on Texas ballots on Nov. 5. However, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Austin, opposes the measure. Josiah Neeley of the foundation describes some of his organization's views on the ballot initiative.

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