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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2014 Elections
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Hall defeats Deuell in Texas Senate GOP runoff

Bob Hall
Credit provided image

Tea-party favorite and retired businessman Bob Hall has defeated incumbent Bob Deuell in the Republican Party primary runoff election for the Texas State Senate District 2 seat.

Deuell, a physician based in Greenville, has served in the Texas Senate since 2002. He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, the vice-chairman of the Senate Affairs Committee and Health and Human Services Committee. He also serves on the senate Finance and Natural Resources committees.

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2014 Elections
9:08 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Radio-ad scuffle latest in pro-life rift

Dr. Bob Deuell
Credit provided image

The battle for Texas Senate District 2 has turned a little chippy in its closing weeks. The most recent nastiness concerned a radio ad targeting incumbent Bob Deuell. The ad was the latest joust in an ongoing schism within the pro-life movement in Texas.

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2014 Elections
5:22 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Hall defends against court-document claims

Bob Hall
Credit provided image

In many of the Republican primary runoff elections this year in Texas, the campaigns have turned negative, with personal attacks on the character of candidates mixing in with debate on the issues.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
12:19 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

NE Texas water official trusts public process

Walt Sears
Credit Northeast Texas Municipal Water District

The fate of the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal - at least insofar as it figures into the Texas Water Development Board's plans - now lies in the hands of that agency's three-person governing body, consisting of chairman Carlos Rubinstein, Bech Bruun and Kathleen Jackson. 

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Lamar County
3:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Paris ISD's Jones draws attention with STAAR comments

KUT

You don't have to look too hard on the Paris Independent School District's web page to find the open letter to parents and friends about the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, commonly known as the STAAR test.

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Texas Water
4:44 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

TWDB admin stands by pro-Marvin Nichols recommendation, but revises details

Kevin Patteson, Executive Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board.
Credit TWDB

Texas Water Development Board Executive Administrator Kevin Patteson is standing by his decision to support the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. Patteson's recommendation to the agency's board included some revisions to the draft published in March, but kept its central message.

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Hunt County
10:23 am
Mon May 19, 2014

9 injured in Quinlan school bus crash

Quinlan ISD

Two adults and seven Thompson Middle School students were taken to Hunt Regional Medical center in Greenville for "non-life-threatening" injuries following a school bus crash this morning in Quinlan, according to local police.

The accident happened on FM 751 near the intersection with FM 429, officials said. A Quinlan ISD school bus collided with another vehicle, both of which were traveling on FM 751, police said.

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

Board to receive internal recommendation this week

Kevin Patteson
TWDB

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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