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 makeover of Interstate 30 from Rockwall to Greenville has likely only begun.
NCTCOG

Interstate 30 from Dallas into Northeast Texas is changing – and even more changes are coming. In the first of three installments, KETR’s Mark Haslett speaks with North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris.

Commerce Police Department

A three-car accident in Commerce injured two people on the evening of Dec. 2. The wreck happened on S.H. 24 near the local Walmart. Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said the driver of a pickup truck traveling north on 24 “blacked out” and rear-ended a smaller car. Both of the vehicles then hit another truck.

The drivers of the first two vehicles were both taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, police said. One of the two was released on Dec. 3, while the other remains hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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A motor vehicle accident on SH 24 near Campbell on the morning of Dec. 2 resulted in a Greenville man being airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas with serious injuries.

At approximately 7:35 a.m., a Ford F-15o pickup truck driven by Juan Lara, 29, of Greenville, crashed into a large tractor-trailer on SH 24, just north of Interstate 30 and south of Campbell, a Department of Public Safety official said.

The fire displaced 26 people on the night of Dec. 1.
KETR

A large apartment complex fire left about 36 people without homes on the night of Dec. 1, police said. 

The incident happened at The Corners apartments, located in the 1900 block of Caddo Street. Emergency responders received a call at 10:59 p.m., police said. The flames were quickly put out, but by then the fire had damaged about 24 units, they said. Among the 36 people without homes were one infant and a 13-month-old baby, police said.

KETR broadcasts its signal from a 100,000-watt FM transmitter in Commerce.
NPR Labs

KETR's terrestrial broadcast signal remains off the air due to an equipment failure at the station's transmitter in Commerce. Staff are in the process of securing replacement parts and repairs will be made as quickly as possible. As soon as we have a timetable for the estimated restoration of our signal, the station will make that information public.

Joe Bergeron (24), a football player at Texas A&M University-Commerce, was described in an Oct. 9 University Police Dept.  incident report as striking fellow student Sarah Beasley.
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An incident report filed with the Texas A&M University-Commerce University Police Department includes testimony that Joe Bergeron, 21, of Mesquite, a running back for the school’s football team, struck fellow stude

Caddo Mills and Campbell will continue to prohibit alcohol sales.
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There will not be beer and wine sales in Caddo Mills or Campbell, as voters defeated referendum votes in the two cities Tuesday.

Final election returns came in for Hunt County shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and also revealed voters were in favor of a Republican state senator and supported a plan to add more money for roads in the state.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe
KERA

John Ratcliffe and Bob Hall didn't grab any headlines on Election Night. That's because their dramatic victories occurred in the Republican primary runoff elections earlier this year. Once those victories were secured, it was all over except for the inevitable elephant stampede, as GOP candidates rumbled to yet another dominant showing in Northeast Texas.

Most of the Marvin Nichols Reservoir would be in Red River County.
Northeast Texas Water Coalition

Water planners in Northeast Texas might have as few as two and a half weeks to respond to a revised application by Dallas-area water planners who want to build a roughly 70,000-acre reservoir on the Sulphur River north of Mount Pleasant.

At issue is whether the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir would be included in the next draft of the state water plan published by the Texas Water Development Board. Inclusion would not guarantee construction – new reservoirs must receive approval from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as well as the federal government.

Texas High School Helmet Project

It was a chilly night in Northeast Texas, but the Commerce Tigers kept warm with an offensive firestorm at Memorial Stadium. The Cooper Bulldogs threw a shutout and Sulphur Springs suffered a setback. Join us next week on the Big Friday Night Scoreboard with Grant and Terry - starting at 6 p.m.! The Commerce Tigers conclude the regular season with a game at Caddo Mills kicking off at 7:30 - John Mark Dempsey and Kevin Jefferies will have the play-by-play as always.

Commerce 51, Life Oak Cliff 0

Texas 28, Greenville 13

Longview 49, Sulphur Springs 6

Jose Arzate, Jr.
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West Texas A&M University officials confirmed on Oct. 27 that school administrators are investigating the university’s football program after a former player alleged that his parents took an online Spanish test for one of the team’s top players.

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Hopkins County

LATEST UPDATE:  Former Hopkins County Sheriff's investigator Daniel Winn is back behind bars after being free on a $25,000 bond. Texas Rangers served him with 13 felony warrants (12 for tampering with evidence and one for tampering with a witness).

The Sulphur Springs News-Telegram reports the new bond for Winn totaled $130,000, $10,000 for each of the 13 offenses.

Hopkins County District Attorney Will Ramsay said a special investigator would be called in to handle the case against the former deputy.

Caleb Slinkard / The Commerce Journal

The ongoing criticism of the City of Commerce’s municipal animal shelter – and the refusal of local officials to allow public comment on the topic at the Oct. 21 city council meeting – has many people in Commerce frustrated and angry.

More than 50 members and supporters of the No Kill Hunt County group, an organization dedicated to making all shelters in the county no-kill shelters, attended the meeting to protest what they said were poor conditions at the Commerce Animal Shelter and alleged mistreatment of the animals by shelter personnel, according to the Commerce Journal.

NWS

Current forecasts for Northeast Texas predict that this weekend’s weather will feature afternoon high temperatures in the mid 80s. The extended outlook for the region says that early trick-or-treaters on Halloween will take to their neighborhood streets with temperatures in the low 70s.

When will seasonably cool weather settle into the region for more than a day or two? Soon, say meteorologists. Just not yet.

Although predictions favor a weak El Niño to develop over the next couple months, forecasters say there’s a good chance for a wet, cool winter.

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