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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Aleksandra Goode told her story of surviving the Holocaust and building a new life in the United States at the Hope Center of Greenville in October 2014.
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The Holocaust is memorialized on a number of different days in countries around the world. In Israel this year, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, begins at sundown on April 15 and continues until sundown on April 16.

Aleksandra Goode's story of enduring and surviving the Holocaust continues today in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Keller, where she works with International Guardian Angels Outreach. Goode co-founded the organization, which assists orphaned children in Russia.

Benny Ray Chambliss, Jr., represented the Commerce Animal Shelter at the Apr. 15 hearing at Hunt County Precinct 2 Court in Commerce. Commerce Animal Shelter did not contest the permanent transfer of custody of the dog seized on Apr. 9 to the SPCA of Texa
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A Hunt County court has awarded permanent custody of a dog seized from the Commerce Animal Shelter to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.

The animal, described as a brindle-colored, adult, male, pit-bull mix, was taken from the shelter on Apr. 9 by SPCA of Texas staff, escorted by city and county law enforcement.

An active investigation of practices at the Commerce Animal Shelter prompted the SPCA of Texas to seize a dog from the facility on Apr. 9. "Medical neglect" was cited as the justification for the seizure.
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The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas has seized a dog from the Commerce Animal Shelter, an organizational spokeswoman said. The agency took custody of a dog from the shelter on Apr. 9, according to Maura Davies of the SPCA of Texas. 

The dog was taken from the shelter because of "medical neglect," Davies said. No other details about the animal or its current condition, or its condition at the time of the seizure, were available.

In 2014, Ricky Collins had six two-TD games, including a 48-32 defeat of Eastern New Mexico on Sept. 27 in Portales, N.M.
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There’s a chance that Texas A&M University-Commerce wide receiver Ricky Collins might be headed for the National Football League’s Green Bay Packers.

An article written by’s Packers reporter featured Collins as a possible participant in Green Bay’s training camp this summer. The story also highlighted Collins’ return to college football after having his collegiate career interrupted in 2012 by family issues.

The highest risk for severe weather on April 9 lies east of Paris and Sulphur Springs.

Northeast Texas should experience strong to severe thunderstorms tonight, with lightning, high winds and large hail being the primary threats expected, according to the National Weather Service. 

Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said on April 8 that the Texas Rangers will investigate the violent arrest of a pregnant Quinlan woman on March 4.
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The Texas Rangers will investigate a March 4 incident in which a Quinlan woman whose violent encounter with Hunt County sheriff’s deputies was recorded by home surveillance video. The clip has been shared widely on social media, resulting in regional and national attention to the story.

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A Quinlan woman whose violent encounter with Hunt County sheriff’s deputies was recorded by home surveillance video has told various media organizations that she wants the man charged with assault.

The video has been shared widely on social media, resulting in regional and national attention to the story.

Deanna Robinson, 38, has said she was 38 weeks pregnant on March 4, the date of the incident. Child Protective Services officials as well as county sheriff’s department officers went to Robinson’s parents’ home to take custody of Robinson’s 18-month-old son, Landry.

The Lions, who defeated East Texas Baptist 98-20 in their 2014 home opener, will face Adams State on Sept. 3 in Commerce to begin the 2015 season.

Among the newest class of recruits for Texas A&M University-Commerce football are an intriguing quarterback prospect, a rangy linebacker and a few that could provide a big presence in the trenches. Gabe Brooks, a football recruiting analyst for, says that John Tyler High School quarterback Geovari McCollister, Carthage High School linebacker James Marshall are among the Lions' top prospects from the current class. Also, two linemen from Sulphur Springs High School - Jess Jenkins and Landon Watkins - could be difference-makers for A&M-Commerce.

A shooting occurred in Commerce in the 800 block of Culver Street on the morning of April 6, police said. One person was shot and was taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews.

Campbell Soup's production site in Paris recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Campbell Soup Co. said it has started a voluntary early-retirement program for certain U.S.-based salaried employees as part of its efforts to reduce costs, according to a report.

Campbell operates a production facility in Paris, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in December 2014. The Paris location, one of three domestic production facilities for the multinational corporation, employs more than 900 people.

The Lions defeated Texas A&M University-Kingsville 55-20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 20, 2014.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce, the 2014 Lone Star Conference Champions in football, will not participate in the 2015 Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The day-long event, now in its fifth year, will kick off on Sept. 19. The 2015 schedule includes two Lone Star Conference tilts and one non-conference game.  Midwestern State faces Eastern New Mexico, and Tarleton State goes against West Texas A&M in LSC action, while Angelo State plays Bacone in a non-conference contest.

Construction continues on S.H. 24 west of Cooper, but the road has been re-opened, after flooding closed the road March 20-22.
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State Highway 24 is now open between Cooper and Commerce.

Part of the road had been closed since March 20 due to flood waters in the area. Texas Department of Transportation workers removed water throughout the day on March 23 and the road re-opened during the early afternoon.

The section that had been flooded was in the same area that has been under construction. Just west of Cooper, SH 24 is down to two active lanes, as crews are working on a project to broaden the highway. 

The flooded part of SH 24 includes the eastern stretch of an area that has been under construction.

Two Northeast Texas roadways remain flooded by high waters from last week’s rains.

A stretch of State Highway 24 just west of Cooper has been closed since Friday. High waters along John’s Creek have flooded a part of the highway that has been under construction. Texas Dept. of Transportation crews are detouring south-bound S.H. 24 traffic via Farm to Market Road 64 and Farm to Market Road 904. The detour for north-bound traffic follows Farm to Market Road 1528 to F.M. 64 back to S.H. 24.

Construction along I-30, U.S. Hwy. 82 and S.H. 24 continues through this month. The structural damage near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 82 and S.H. 78 does not pose a danger to drivers, TxDOT has said.

Structural damage near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 82 and S.H. 78 in Bonham has alarmed drivers, but the highways remain open. A nearby U-turn lane has been closed.

Angelo State defeated A&M-Commerce 85-79 on March 14 in Stephenville.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce men’s basketball 2014-15 season came to a stunning conclusion with an 85-79 loss to Angelo State in the opening round of the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament in Stephenville on March 14.