KETR

Mark Haslett

News Director

Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports 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 (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.

Haslett's other professional interests include teaching and massage therapy. He is a graduate student in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce and has taught English as a Foreign Language in Campeche, Mexico. Haslett earned a B.A. in English from Tufts University in Medofrd, Mass. He is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and is a graduate of  The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin.

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Running back Richard Cooper will be back for his senior season.
Daniel Kambel

The hottest week of the summer so far might not have too many people thinking about football. But, football season is closer than you might think. 

The Tipitina's Foundation operates "Music Office Co-Ops," like this one in Shreveport, that provide facilities for artists to record and produce audio.
Tipitina's Foundation

Whatever happened to Tipitina’s?

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

In Commerce, the condition of the streets is an ongoing issue. In some cases, the roadways are smooth and new, but on far too many blocks, potholes and other defects are a problem for those in city government, including new mayor Wyman Williams.

West Nile Virus can be spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.
NPR

Two mosquitoes captured in Commerce have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, a news release from the city said today. The virus was detected in the insects in Texas Department of State Health Services laboratories, to which cities routinely send samples for testing. 

No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Commerce or elsewhere in Hunt County.

Heritage House served as the home for three past presidents of the school.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck plans to live in Heritage House, the building which was home to school presidents Samuel Whitley, James Gee and Whitney Halladay. The move is part of Keck's drive to strengthen the recent development of campus life at A&M-Commerce.

Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department investigation into the death of former university president Dr. Dan Jones has confirmed that his death was the result of suicide.

Tour guide Patricia DeLaine introuduces Texas A&M University-Commerce students to historic Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Mark Haslett

Every summer since 2013, Texas A&M University-Commerce students have had the opportunity to tour, on a university-sponsored trip, sites in Alabama relevant to the Civil Rights Movement. Perhaps more importantly, the tours have also included presentations by and conversations with activists and others who experienced that era. 

Paul Elie, author of The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage
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Book lovers, rejoice. There are plans to bring some today’s brightest writers to give presentations at Texas A&M University-Commerce as part of a speaker series to begin this fall.

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

Three people died in an early-morning vehicle accident on Interstate 30 that has left the eastbound side of the highway closed. Officals expect that side of the highway in the area between FM 35 and FM 2642 to re-open around 3 p.m. Westbound travel on I-30 has been reduced to one lane.

"Ask why a specific medication is being prescribed, particularly if you’re seeing a change in behavior or personality from your loved one," AARP's Amanda Frederickson said.
NPR

Texas nursing homes lead the nation in the prescribing of antipsychotic medications to seniors. That has watchdog organizations concerned that people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia are being prescribed such drugs, which can be heavily sedating, for reasons of convenience rather than necessity.

Marcario Garcia, right, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman.
PBS

Next week on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, a special presentation of a portion of PBS's documentary series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History will be aired in the Hall of Languages for anyone who would like to attend. The episode focuses on the Latino-American involvement in World War II and its aftermath.

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks
Greenville Herald-Banner

On Friday afternoon a search in Hunt County for a suspect in a double homicide ended with an arrest only hours after the murders occurred. On today's edition of North by Northeast, KETR's Mark Haslett speaks with local reporter Brad Kellar about the latest information on the homicides and man-hunt.

Keven Ellis defeated Mary Lou Bruner, who almost won the GOP nomination in March with 48 percent of the vote.
The Texas Tribune

By this time next week, the people of Texas Senate District 1 should have a new senator-elect. Runoff elections statewide are next Tuesday. In the KETR listening area, Senate District 1 includes Paris and Lamar County, as well as Red River, Franklin and Wood counties. Most of the District is in the Ark-La-Tex region. District 1 includes Texarkana as well as Tyler and Longview.

Guy Clark
NPR

Texas singer-songwriter Guy Clark died this morning at his home in Nashville. He was 74.

Wyman Williams
Mark Haslett

The City of Commerce is set to get a new mayor next week. Wyman Williams won the mayoral election last Saturday, and he’s scheduled to be sworn in before the city council begins its regular meeting next Tuesday evening.

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