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.


Tomorrow's Water Today
8:06 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Board to receive internal recommendation this week

Kevin Patteson

It’s going to be a busy week for the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. The Texas Water Development Board is in the process of resolving a conflict between two regional planning groups over the idea. The Northeast Texas group doesn’t want there to be a new, 70,000 acre lake along the Sulphur River north of Mount Pleasant. The North Texas group is in favor of the proposal. 

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Texas Crime and Corrections
12:01 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Titus Co. man pleads guilty to child porn charges

Adam Lee Blankenship
Bowie Co. Sheriff's Office

According to KLTV-Tyler, a 25-year-old Northeast Texas man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he posted pornographic images of a 2-year-old relative online. Adam Lee Blankenship, from Titus County, has been jailed since his arrest last October, KLTV said.

Blankenship entered into the plea agreement on May 14 at a federal court appearance in Texarkana, the report said. His plea deal includes a proposed 25-year prison term and lifetime probation, the report said.

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Blacklands Corridor
1:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'Eastern terminus' of proposed road undecided

Matthew Hopkins of Hunt County addresses the audience of about 50 area residents who attended the May 13 forum in Garland.
Mark Haslett

If - and everything about the Blacklands Corridor has an "if" in front of it - there is a new road between Greenville and Garland, there are quite a few places where it could go.

The North Central Texas Council of Government's Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is on schedule. By the end of this calendar year, the agency expects to have recommendations for the future of transportation infrastructure in the region between Greenville and the President George Bush Tollway in Garland. The study area includes parts of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall Counties.

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Severe Weather
9:42 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Watch lifted, warnings remain in parts of Sulphur River basin


While areas along parts of the Sabine River and its tributaries remain under a Flood Warning, the Flash Flood Watch for the KETR service area has been lifted as of Tuesday morning. The Ark-La-Tex region remains under a Flash Flood Watch.

The Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River at Greenville is under a Flood Warning. The National Weather Service reports that as of 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the creek stood at 14.87 feet. Flood stage is 14 feet. Forecasts predict the Cowleech Fork of the Sabine could crest near 15 feet by Tuesday afternoon before falling below flood stage Tuesday night.

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Severe Weather
2:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Flash flood watch, flood warnings issued for NE Texas

Credit NWS

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire KETR service area beginning at 4 p.m. on Mon. May 12 and continuing through 5 a.m. on Mon. May 13.

Counties under a Flash Flood Watch include Collin, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt and Wood.

A large storm system is expected to develop along a line extending from Northwest Arkansas to the Texas Hill Country.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:13 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Vernon mayors support Marvin Nichols plan

Mount Pleasant Mayor Paul Meriwether

  The mayor of Mount Pleasant, Paul Meriwether, and the mayor of Mount Vernon, Margaret Sears, both support the proposal to build the Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas. Meriwether and Sears addressed the public at a forum on the issue hosted by the Texas Water Development Board and held in Mount Pleasant on Apr. 29.

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7:39 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Voters approve $75.25M school bond

Bowie Elementary School
Brad Kellar

Local voters approved bonds for a new Bowie Elementary School and other significant improvements throughout the Greenville Independent School District.

Saturday’s election also saw three Greenville ISD board members and a new Greenville City Council member chosen, while ballots were cast in city council and school board races across Hunt County.

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Hopkins County
6:36 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Report: Two drowned in Lake Sulphur Springs

Lake Sulphur Springs

Tyler-based KLTV-TV has reported that two men have died as a result of drowning in Lake Sulphur Springs on the afternoon of May 9.

Doyle Ray Brooks, 19, and Clay Deaton Mitchell, also 19, died after being sucked under by strong currents, according to the Sulphur Springs Police Department. The men were noodling - catfishing by hand - according to the KLTV report.

Captain Jay Sanders with the Sulphur Springs Police Department said officers received an emergency call around 12:15 p.m. reporting two men in the water at Lake Sulphur Springs. 

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Keystone XL Pipeline
1:22 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Price of tar sands crude rises despite KXL northern leg delay

The Shell Oil Jackpine open pit mine uses trucks that are 3 stories tall, weigh 1 million pounds and cost $7 million each. There is explosive growth in the oil field areas around Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

The final part of TransCanada’s Keystone XL project might be stalled by delays from the U.S. government, but the price of Canadian tar sands crude – the product the project is designed to transport – is on the move.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
12:39 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Tar sands crude flowing through Northeast Texas

The Oklahoma-Texas part of the project was completed in Dec. 2013.
Wikimedia Commons

Tar sands crude oil is now being transported through Northeast Texas.

The Canadian company TransCanada, which operates the Keystone XL pipeline, has confirmed that tar sands crude oil is now flowing through Keystone XL's southern leg, now rebranded the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project. The company confirmed the pipeline activity in its 2014 first quarter earnings call.

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