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 Salvation Army in Greenville is providing assistance for people who have temporarily lost electrical service.
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The Salvation Army in Greenville, located at 4601 King St., has made their offices available to people who have lost electrical service due to power outages in the city. Coffee and food are available.

Power line damage has occurred in the 2600 block of East Interstate 30 in Greenville.

This Facebook post showing two apparently dead dogs led to a Union Valley firefighter being dismissed from the department, the Herald-Banner reports.
Greenville Herald-Banner

Note: This article has been edited since its first posting.

The Union Valley Fire Department has dismissed one of its firefighters following a social media post showing dogs that he claimed to have shot.

The Greenville Herald-Banner reports that the post appeared on Tim Conaster’s Facebook page on Feb. 24.

"Somebody didn't put any truth my warning," said text appearing with a picture of two apparently dead dogs, with blood visible near one dog. "Keep your damn dogs on your property."

A mix of wintry precipitation is expected during the morning of Wed., Feb. 25 in Northeast Texas.
NWS

Many area high schools, middle schools and elementary schools will open at 10 a.m. on Wed. Feb. 25, with buses running on a two-hour delay.  This includes schools in Fannin and Hunt Counties. In Hopkins County, Sulphur Bluff ISD and Sulphur Springs ISD are closed, while other Hopkins County schools are on a two-hour delay. Delta and Rains County schools are closed today. In Lamar County, Paris ISD and Roxton ISD are closed, while North Lamar and Prairiland are a two-hour delay. In Collin County, Farmersville will open at 10 a.m.

A slick sheet of ice covers most roadways in Northeast Texas this morning.
NWS

Texas A&M University-Commerce's main campus and all off-site locations will be closed today, university officials said. The closure includes all classes and offices in Commerce, as well as The Universities Center at Dallas, the Navarro College Partnership in Corsicana, the Midlothian Higher Education Center, Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rockwall, the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney and the Mesquite Metroplex Center.

Icy weather is expected throughout North and East Texas on Monday, Feb. 23.
NWS

Texas A&M University-Commerce's main campus and all off-site locations will be closed today, university officials said. The closure includes all classes and offices in Commerce, as well as The Universities Center at Dallas, the Navarro College Partnership in Corsicana, the Midlothian Higher Education Center, Texas A&M University-Commerce at Rockwall, the Collin Higher Education Center in McKinney and the Mesquite Metroplex Center.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
KERA

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe will visit the KETR listening area on Fri., Feb. 20.

A Republican from Heath, Ratcliffe defeated longtime congressman Ralph Hall in the 2014 Republican primary and easily won the general election. Hall, a Republican who left the Democratic Party in 2004, had represented the 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.,  since 1981. The 4th Congressional District includes all of Northeast Texas and parts of the Texoma sub-region.

This graph, published at Tobin Grant's "Corner of Church and State" blog for Religion News Service, has been making the rounds on social media.
Tobin Grant / Religion News Service

Do members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church tend to be older? Are people who attend Pentecostal churches often younger? Which faiths tend to have a higher number of people with college degrees?

Virgin America, an airline that began serving Dallas Love Field on Oct. 13, will begin offering flights to Austin on Apr. 28.
KERA

Northeast Texans who love visiting Austin but feel less fondly about I-35 will have another travel option as early as April.

Virgin America, an airline that began serving Dallas Love Field on Oct. 13, will begin offering flights to Austin on Apr. 28, according to a Dallas Morning News report. Virgin America has begun selling one-way tickets for $39 in a sale that ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. The airline said it will offer five flights to Austin daily.

Senate Bill 1735 tightens eligibility rules and trims benefits for the Hazlewood Act.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Two high-profile bills related to handguns will have their first hearing in the Texas Senate on Feb. 12. One is a general “open carry” bill and the other measure is a “campus carry” bill specific to colleges and universities.

Senate Bill 11 by Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) would allow would allow firearms to be carried on all public college and university campuses. Existing law allows people with a concealed handgun license to carry outdoors on campuses but not inside buildings.

2015 Texas AP Broadcasters

Newscast Entry - Mark Haslett, Nov. 12

Body cameras may make their way into all Texas police department.
Greenville Police Department

31-year-old Michael Shahan of Greenville was arrested last Thursday for online solicitation of a minor, according to Sherman-based KXII-TV. Authorities say Shahan thought we has talking to a juvenile when he, in fact, was talking to a sheriff's deputy, the report said.

When Shahan was arrested, law enforcement officials seized his phone where images of child pornography were found, authorities said. Shahan was released after posting a $160,000 dollar bond, they said.

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van)
State of Texas

A bill filed by State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) has received national attention because if passed, it would allow school teachers to use deadly force against students in a variety of situations.

Bob Hall (R-Van) will serve as Vice Chair on the Border Security Subcommittee.
KETR

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has announced committee assignments for this year’s Texas Senate and Northeast Texas will be fairly well represented. Each one of the three Republican state senators from the KETR listening area has an assignment as either chair or vice-chair on one of the 14 committees in this session of the Texas Legislature.

Kevin Eltife of Tyler will chair the Committee on Business and Commerce. Eltife, whose district includes Lamar, Franklin and Wood Counties, will also serve on the Committee on Administration and the Committee on Finance.

Freshman Senator Bob Hall of Van has replaced Bob Deuell as the lawmaker representing Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt Counties, as well as part of Dallas County. Hall will serve as vice chair of the Border Security Subcommittee. That group will be led by chair Brian Birdwell, a Republican from Granbury. Hall also received three other assignments, most notably on the Transportation Committee. Hall was also selected to serve on the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs and also on the Committee on Natural Resources and Economic development.

Craig Estes of Wichita Falls has a large North Texas district that includes part of Collin County, including Farmersville and Princeton. Estes lost his chairmanship of the Committee on State Affairs, though he will continue to serve in that group. Estes was replaced by Houston Republican Joan Huffman. Estes will be the vice chair of the Committee on Natural resources and economic development. Estes will also serve on three other committees: Health and Human Services, Nominations, and State Affairs.

Patrick eliminated four committees that were organized in the 2013 Senate. Absent from this year’s session will be last session’s committees on Open Government, Jurisprudence, Economic Development and Government Organization.

A closer look at the State Senators and their districts:

A rain-snow mix is possible in Northeast Texas on Jan. 22-23.
NWS

Rain is on its way to Northeast Texas on Wednesday night, and some snow might follow Thursday night and into Friday morning.

However, with the ground fairly warm and temperatures expected to hover in the 30s, no significant snow or ice accumulations are currently expected on area roads. Drivers should monitor the most recent weather reports later this week and use caution on bridges and overpasses.

Sophomore guard Natalie Hessong and the Lions host the Eastern New Mexico Zias this evening at The Field House.
lionathletics.com

The Lion women (8-6, 2-2 LSC) are back in action this Wednesday night against visiting LSC-rivals Eastern New Mexico (6-8, 2-2 LSC).

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