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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Christian Macauley and the Lions advanced to the LSC semifinals with a 79-64 victory over West Texas A&M.
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After enduring a couple of nail-biters against West Texas A&M during the regular season, this time, the Lions decided to keep their claws neat. The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball team used a dominant first half to help power a 79-64 victory over the Buffaloes in the first round of the Lone Star Conference championship tournament on March 5 in Allen.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team earned an upset victory over favored Cameron University, 80-65, in Allen on March 5.
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After about 30 minutes of playing neck-and-neck basketball, the Texas A&M University-Commerce women’s basketball team decided to take all drama out of its first-round Lone Star Conference game against Cameron. Trailing by a basket with about 10 minutes to play, the Lions went on a 20-2 run that led to an 80-65 upset victory over the Aggies.

The Lions (14-13) will tip off against Midwestern State (22-5) at noon on Fri., March 5, at the Allen Events Center in Allen.

Lone Star Conference Player of the Year Darrell Williams and the Lions begin conference tournament play tonight in Allen.
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Lone Star Conference 2015 Men's Basketball Tournament

Texas A&M University-Commerce (21-7, 9-5) vs. West Texas A&M University (17-11, 7-7)

Allen Events Center, Allen, Texas

8:30 p.m., Thu., March 5

Much of the region received between 3-4" of snow, with some locations reporting higher totals.
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Hunt County and Collin County received the most snowfall during the March 4-5 winter storm. Much of North and East Texas had between 3-4” of snow, while some locations in Collin and Hunt received over 5” of snow, the National Weather Service reported.

Texas A&M University-Commerce will be closed on Thu., March 5.
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All Texas A&M University-Commerce facilities will be closed today. In addition to the main campus in Commerce, facilities in Corsicana, Dallas, McKinney, Mesquite, Midloathian and Rockwall classes will also be closed.

All Paris Junior College locations, including those in Greenville and Sulphur Springs, are closed.

Public schools in Collin, Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Lamar, Rains and Rockwall counties are closed.

Gabby Scott, La'Tisha hearne and the Lions hope that third time will be a charm against Cameron.
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Lone Star Conference 2015 Women's Basketball Tournament

Texas A&M University-Commerce (13-13, 7-9) vs. Cameron University (15-10, 12-4)

Allen Events Center, Allen, Texas

Noon, Thu., March 5


Minor flooding is forecast along the Cowleech Fork and South Fork of the Sabine River in Hunt County.
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The two forks of the Sabine River that run though Hunt County are a bit more watery than usual, and more rain - plus the usual ambiguous "wintry mix" of freezing rain, sleet and snow - is on the way.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River at Greenville and for the South Fork of the Sabine River near Quinlan. Minor flooding - about a foot over flood levels - is expected.

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.
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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.
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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.

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