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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Texas Water
4:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Opponents outnumber supporters at Marvin Nichols forum

Attendees at the Apr. 29 forum in Mt. Pleasant.
Mark Haslett

In Mount Pleasant on Apr. 29, over 400 people attended an Apr. 29 public forum on Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal hosted by the Texas Water Development Board.

The Texas Water Development Board’s public comment period on the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal continues through 5 p.m. Friday. The agency is receiving written comment by email (RegionCandD@twdb.texas.gov) and mail (Office of General Counsel, Attn: Connie Sanders, 1700 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701).

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:11 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Where would the 'mitigated' land be?

Hardwood bottomland forest is increasingly rare in Texas. Estimates place the amount of hardwood bottomland forest in the roughly 70,000-acre Marvin Nichols Reservoir site at about 30,000 acres.
Credit Texas Parks and Wildlife

After over a decade of public discussion and commentary, the Texas Water Development Board should be coming to a decision on the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir soon. The public commentary period ends 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. The board is accepting emailed and written comments.

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Texas Transportation
8:11 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Group asks TxDOT to study, plan for I-30

State Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville)
Mark Haslett

On Apr. 23 in Greenville, public and private leaders from around the region gathered together so as to build momentum for planning for Interstate 30’s future.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall and State Sen. Bob Deuell were among those in attendance for a meeting of the I-30 Task Force, organized by Tex-21, a group devoted to planning for the state’s future transportation needs. Chris Brown of the Ark-Texas Council of Governments hosted the event. 

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Texas Water
12:14 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fannin, Lamar counties driest in region

Credit TWDB

While some Northeast Texas counties are experiencing a bit of a respite from the ongoing multi-year drought, Fannin County and Lamar County are driest counties in the region, according to current data.

Northeastern Fannin County and most of western Lamar County are identified as having the greatest disparity between current rainfall totals and historical average rainfall totals in an Apr. 22 release from the Texas Water Development Board. Those areas are designated as experiencing “extreme” drought conditions.

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Princeton ISD
10:51 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Princeton teacher faces sex charge

Saralyn Portwood
Credit Collin County Sheriff's Office

A Princeton High School special education teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old male student.

Saralyn Gayle Portwood, 30, was taken into custody by officers from the Collin County Sheriff's Office on Apr. 17 and then released that day on $10,000 bond. The charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
11:37 am
Mon April 21, 2014

TransCanada stocks drop after KXL delay

Legal opposition in Nebraska is slowing the federal approval process concerning the Keystone XL Pipeline.
NPR

The Obama administration’s slow movement on the Keystone XL pipeline appears to have caused TransCanada Corp.’s stock to drop sharply.

Bloomberg reported TransCanada’s stock down 3.78 percent at noon ET on Apr. 21. That’s the sharpest one-day drop in two years for the Canadian petroleum company.

On Apr. 18, the U.S. State Department announced that it would delay its decision on the northern leg of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline until after a Nebraska court ruling concerning the project.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:11 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Group engages federal 'mitigation' mandate

Northeast Texas Water Coalition

The Northeast Texas Water Coalition, based in Mount Pleasant, is a group that includes supporters of the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir. The organization's president, Ty Abston, discusses how he wants to make sure that if the project goes through, that whichever areas use the water are also those areas that have to give up land to the federal "mitigation" requirement.

    

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Lamar County
3:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Crash kills 3, hospitalizes 5

Robert Russell
Facebook via kltv.com

A motor vehicle accident during the early hours of April 13 killed three Northeast Texas teenagers and sent five others to area hospitals. The one-vehicle wreck occurred around 1 a.m. on FM 906, just north of the Pat Mayse Lake dam and south of the Texas-Oklahoma state line.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:46 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Environmentalist group opposes Marvin Nichols project

Texas Water Development Board

The Sierra Club of Texas, along with other environmentalist organizations, opposes the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir in Northeast Texas. Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club says that the development is not necessary for the region's future water needs. 

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Keystone XL Pipeline
2:58 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Senate Dems advocate for Keystone XL

Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and 10 other Democratic senators support the completion of TransCanada's Keystone XL project.
NPR

A group of 11 Democratic U.S. senators have urged President Barack Obama to approve TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline project. The senators, five of whom are seeking re-election this November, also suggested that Obama make a decision by May 31.

“This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth, and scope,” the Democrats wrote in a letter sent to Obama on April 10. “It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify. This is an international project that will provide our great friend and ally, Canada, a direct route to our refineries.”

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