KETR

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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The ¡Profes! grant is a federally funded, 5 year, collaboration between the Departments of Educational Leadership and Curriculum & Instruction at Texas A&M University-Commerce. The grant is funded by the US Department of Education.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

In Texas, the school districts most in need of teachers with specialized training are also the districts that can have a hard time finding those teachers. Here in Northeast Texas, a multi-agency partnership involving Texas A&M University-Commerce has been working to help solve that problem.

The July 2015 death of Sandra Bland while in Waller County custody rasied questions about the safety of people with mental health needs while in custody of law enforcement or corrections.
Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will hold a hearing at 1:30 p.m. March 30 to hear testimony regarding conditions for people in official custody who need mental health services while detained or incarcerated. Katharine Ligon with the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin is among the many who will be watching the conversation resulting from tomorrow's event.

Texas held statewide primary elections on March 1.
Mark Haslett

Several Northeast Texas party primary elections are headed for a May 24 runoff.

The Lions handed West Texas A&M its first loss of the season on March 19.
lionathletics.com

Texas A&M University-Commerce softball head coach Richie Bruister could pick up his 400th career victory against Texas Woman's University this weekend in Denton.

Colby Carthel, shown here coaching against West Texas A&M in Canyon in 2013, has the Lions in contention for the NCAA playoffs.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The NCAA has announced disciplinary measures for West Texas A&M University's football program and three former WT coaches, including current Texas A&M University-Commerce football head coach Colby Carthel, current Texas A&M University-Commerce volunteer football coach Don Carthel and former West Texas A&M University wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator Joel Hinton.

 In addition to oil and gas, the commission also regulates the mining industry and pipeline safety in Texas. Despite its name, the agency no longer regulates railroads.
NPR

Two Democrats and two Republicans hope to be on statewide ballots in November for a vacant seat on the three-person Railroad Commission of Texas.

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama of The Ohio State University spoke on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce on Mar. 10.
Sarah Northam

Identity can be a tricky sea to navigate, particularly when dealing with matters of ethnicity and culture. Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama discusses how, in order to continue toward the long-term goal of a "post-racial" society, we need to build some understanding of identity first.

Dr. Frederick Luis Aldama at KETR on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Sarah Northam

Market forces can start with producers and consumers alike. Frederick Luis Aldama says that when it comes to depictions of Latino culture, the top-down and bottom-up dynamics can have different goals. 

Frederick Luis Aldama, at left, visited KETR on March 10. Also pictured are KETR's Matt Meinke, center, and Mark Haslett, right.
Sarah Northam

Frederick Luis Aldama, who recently spoke on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, says that Latino culture and mainstream culture in the United States are converging in new and important ways. Aldama also points out that Latino culture in the U.S. is itself increasingly diverse.

The Lions' new softball facility features a blue infleld and a Texas-sized logo in the outfield.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The Texas A&M University-Commerce softball program is only playing its second season, but the Lions are already one of the better teams in NCAA Division II.

Mount Pleasant Republican Thomas Ratliff
State of Texas

Thomas Ratliff, who has represented Northeast Texas on the Texas State Board of Education since 2011, chose not to run for re-election in this year's Republican Party primary election. The top two finishers in that contest - Mary Lou Bruner and Keven M. Ellis - will face one another in a May 24 runoff election, as neither candidate won a majority of the March 1 vote. Ratliff is candid in his concerns about Bruner, who he sees as someone who would be a "distraction" on the 15-member body that manages the state's Permanent School Funs and sets textbook standards for the state's public schools.

Vamsi Kalakuntla hosts "Friday Night with DJ VK" on KETR.
Mark Haslett

Vamsi Kalakuntla hosts "Friday Night with DJ VK," which features dance music from India and around the world. Kalakuntla says that he enjoys hosting a program that helps people begin their weekend on a fun note. 

Three people died in an accident involving two tractor-trailers.
KETR

Interstate 30 between Rockwall and Greenville will be in a state of transition more or less indefinitely, although not continuously. The highway is being widened to improve carrying capacity and safety.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Ratcliffe rumbles past Gigliotti

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe should be returning to Washington, D.C., to continue his representation of the 4th Congressional District in the seat formerly held by elder statesman Ralph Hall. Ratcliffe rolled past challenger Lou Gigliotti by an almost three-to-one margin. With 95.1 percent of precincts reporting, Ratcliffe had 66.2 percent of the votes (71,263), while Gigliotti trailed with 23.3 percent (25,096). Another Republican challenger, Ray Hall, finished with 10.5 percent (11,342).

Bryan Slaton of Royse City, left, lost by 369 votes to incumbent Dan Flynn of Van in the primary election for the Republican nomination for the Texas House of Representatives District 2 office.
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On a night when some Texas Republicans felt the wrath of the party’s right wing, State Rep. Dan Flynn kept his office – but just barely. By the time late numbers from Van Zandt County finally rolled in, to the joy of bleary-eyed politicos from Sulphur Bluff to Edom, Flynn had defeated challenger Bryan Slaton by a paltry 369 votes.

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