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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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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Texas Crime and Corrections
9:37 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Arrests continue in cattle-rustling case

Four men have been arrested as a result of the multi-agency investigation into cattle thefts in Northeast Texas during March 2014.
TCRA

Another suspect in a Delta County and Fannin County cattle theft ring was arrested Apr. 4 on charges of organized criminal activity, according to a Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Five suspects have been arrested after a string of cattle thefts in Delta and Fannin counties took place in March 2014.

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Hunt County
8:33 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Wesley St. speed limits to increase in south Greenville

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Motorists driving along State Highway 34/Wesley Street in Greenville will soon have to negotiate new speed limits along the roadway.

In short, the farther south they get, the faster they can legally drive.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled to vote on the new rules established by the Texas Department of Transportation, with the included as part of Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Greenville Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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Lamar County
8:07 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Butch Hancock coming to Paris

Butch Hancock
NPR

Texas singer-songwriter Butch Hancock will be performing in Paris on April 12. One of the founding members of the progressive country movement of the 1970s, Hancock will play at That Guy’s Coffee Listening Room, 117 Clarksville St.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

How's Dallas doing with water conservation?

NPR

The City of Dallas has a reputation for being slow to pick up water conservation practices. Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club says that while some other Texas cities have more developed conservation practices, but Dallas is catching up.

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Severe Weather
5:49 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Birthright loses three homes, 67 others damaged

Sheila Krecek shows visitors around the wreckage of her family's property.
Mark Haslett

In the unincorporated Hopkins County community of Birthright, three homes were destroyed and 67 others damaged by a likely tornado on the night of April 3. 

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A&M-Commerce
6:55 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Burton named women's basketball coach

lionathletics.com

A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey announced on Thursday the hiring of current McKinney Boyd High School boys coach Jason Burton as the eighth women's basketball coach in the history of the program at a press conference on the A&M-Commerce campus.

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Severe weather
6:33 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Tornadoes, hail rake region; four injured

KETR

A severe weather system that struck Northeast Texas on the evening of April 3 resulted in several small tornadoes, along with high winds and large hail. Multiple structures were damaged and several injuries were reported throughout the region.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost electrical service during the storms. Flooding followed the storms.

Northern Hunt County was hit hard, with significant damage between U.S. Highway 69 and State Highway 34 north of Greenville.

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Kaufman County
12:05 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Pistol used in Hasse slaying found in Lake Tawakoni

Eric and Kim Williams
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Law enforcement officials have recovered the gun used to kill Kaufman County assistant district attorney Mark Hasse, according to a search warrant affidavit made public.

The gun was found in Lake Tawakoni on March by Texas Department of Public Safety diver, according to a Dallas Morning news report. They have been searching the water along Highway 276 in Hunt County, the report said.

Hasse was killed Jan. 31, 2013, as he was leaving his car to go to work at the Kaufman County courthouse.

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Texas Water
10:38 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Marvin Nichols hearings Apr. 29 in Mt. Pleasant, Apr. 30 in Arlington

TWDB

The Texas Water Development Board has announced the two public hearings during which the agency will receive public comment on the proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir.

A hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Tue., April 29 in Mount Pleasant at the Mount Pleasant Civic Center, 1800 North Jefferson St. Another hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Wed., April 30 in Arlington at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St. At both hearings, oral and written comments will be accepted.

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