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.


Hunt County
5:12 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Seized animals staying in McKinney pending July 31 hearing

Photo taken at the Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter in Wolfe City on July 23.
SPCA of Texas

Haslett: The Frank Barchard Memorial Animal Shelter in Wolfe City is the only no-kill animal shelter in Hunt County. The future of that operation is in doubt. On Wednesday, all animals in the care of the shelter were seized in a cooperative effort involving Hunt County law enforcement and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.

Davies: There were 222 animals seized, and that’s 166 dogs, 43 cats, 14 kittens and 13 puppies.

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Texas Sports
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Dallas Cowboys star, East Texas native Newhouse dies

Longview native Robert Newhouse played 12 seasons for the Dallas Cowboys during coach Tom Landry's tenure.
provided image / NFL

Robert Newhouse, a standout on the Dallas Cowboys teams of the Tom Landry era, died on July 22 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he had been receiving treatment for heart disease. He was 64. Newhouse suffered a stroke in 2010. Arrangements for a funeral in Dallas are pending.

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Fannin County
2:48 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Savoy booster club treasurer accused of stealing

Savoy High School Cardinals
Credit Texas High School Helmet Project /

The former treasurer of the Savoy Athletic Booster Club is facing charges of theft and embezzlement.

KXII-TV reported that Linda Berube, 45, was arrested on July 11 and charged with one count of theft of $1,500 to $20,000 and three counts of forgery of a financial instrument.

Savoy Police Chief Kevin Cheairs told KXII that the charges refer to events alleged to have occurred between June 2012 and May 2014. 

Berube was booked into the Fannin County jail on July 11 and released later that day on a $4,000 bond.


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10:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Gas-line strike on Monroe St. causes midday scramble

A gas line was struck on Monroe Street in Commerce during the late morning of July 21. University staff in the immediate area were cleared from nearby buildings until repairs were made.
Credit Mark Haslett

UPDATE, 1:20 p.m. - The line has been capped and people are now allowed back into the previously secured area.

Original article, with edits:

A gas line was struck and ruptured on Monroe St. in Commerce on July 21 at about 10:40 a.m. The incident occurred just across the street from the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus, near Hall of Languages and Binnion Hall. Work crews have been engaged on Monroe Street for months.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
8:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

State seeking public input on conservation priorities

Credit NPR

Last year, Texas voters approved the allocation of $2 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to pay for water projects. Proposition 6 won fairly handily, but many from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum had concerns about the new water fund. Transparency and accountability were mentioned. And even supporters of the measure cautioned against over-investing in certain types of projects.

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Hunt County
8:22 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Driver in I-30 crash identified as Winnsboro man

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A motorist who was killed in a highway accident on July 11 has been identified by authorities as Matthew Murphy, 44, of Winnsboro.

According to the Greenville Herald-Banner, Murphy also had an 8-year-old passenger. The child was taken to a Dallas-area hospital via helicopter on Friday, but privacy regulations prevent authorities from releasing information on his identity or condition.

Murphy, who was driving a Ford F-250, collided with an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. The driver of the 18-wheeler, Mukesh Patel, 52, from Plainfield, Ind., was not injured.

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Fannin County
8:11 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Girl, 3, found dead in pool

Alyssa Stephens
Credit provided image

A Fannin County child who went missing late yesterday morning was later found dead in a neighbor’s swimming pool.

KXII-TV reports that 3-year-old Alyssa Stephens was discovered on a property just east of Whitewright. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies searched the area around the girl’s home yesterday after Stephens had been reported missing. Officers didn’t notice the body in the pool at first because the dark waters of the pool obscured their view, according to KXII’s report. 

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Northeast Texas Weather
7:47 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Most rain, coolest temps expected Thursday


A change in the weather will blow into Texas on Monday evening, though the much-anticipated cool front won't be here until later this week.

Chances for rain begin late this afternoon and will continue throughout the week. Current forecasts predict Tuesday afternoon high temperatures around 90 and Wednesday afternoon highs around 85.

Movie Picks with Alice Reese
10:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' worth the ticket

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Alice Reese says that "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has a bit more heart and a lot more brain than the average summer blockbuster - making it appealing for fans of drama as well as action.

Also this week: Alice reviews two art-house films - the psycho-thriller "Coherence" and the cerebral, sexy "Venus in Fur."

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Northeast Texas weather
4:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Scattered showers, isolated t-storms possible through July 3

Credit NWS

It's not exactly the most dramatic weather system ever to blow in from the northwest, but here it comes anyway.

The National Weather Service forecasts a 30 percent chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms during the day on July 2 and July 3, with the chance decreasing to 20 percent overnight. High temperatures are expected around 90, with lows in the low 70s. Winds should be light and variable and any storms are not expected to be severe.

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Texas Environment
2:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Boat draining now mandatory at all Texas lakes

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Todd Robinson holds a rock covered with zebra mussels in Lake Texoma, Texas. The mollusk can stick to nearly anything, posing problems for power plants and fishing boats.
Credit StateImpact Texas

Draining boats after use on Texas lakes is more than just a good idea – effective today, it’s state law.

The new regulation is part of Texas’ ongoing effort to stop the spread of zebra mussels. The invasive creatures have been slowed, but not stopped, in their progress into Texas waters.

Zebra mussels entered the United States through the Great Lakes in 1988. They have been spreading across the continent mainly though the transfer of waters containing developing mussels, which are invisible to the naked eye. The mussels were first identified in Texas in 2009.

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Hunt County
12:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Caddo Mills shooting death under investigation

Credit Greenville Herald-Banner

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported homicide which occurred Saturday evening near Caddo Mills.

Estanislado Theodo Hernandez, 37, of Royse City received multiple gunshot wounds during a birthday party at a residence on County Road 2737, according to Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks.

“For the past two years, we have been fortunate in that we had zero homicides in Hunt County,” Meeks said. “Unfortunately, within the last two months, we have had two homicides in our county.”

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Lamar County
3:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Copper thefts total 7 miles of wire, $20K in value

Credit NPR

Lamar Electric Cooperative is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone whose tip leads to the indictment of those responsible for a recent spate of copper thefts.

Thieves have made off with about seven miles of wire, worth about $20,000 to the company, according to spokesperson Dena Beason. M0st of the thefts occurred around Maxey and other areas west of Paris, she said.

Also, one botched effort resulted in some customers losing power last week, Beason said.

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Texas Crime and Corrections
4:01 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'Pasturepalooza' mayhem under investigation


Thousands of teenagers, a remote location, plenty of alcohol, lots of trucks and cars, maybe some illegal drugs - what could possibly go wrong?

Partying in a pasture is a practice surely as old as humanity itself, but it's only recently that social media allowed people - in this case, teenagers - to facilitate the convergence of thousands on a single spot.

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Hopkins County
7:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Cumby, Sulphur Springs men jailed, face child pornography charges

Richard Lee Stewart
Credit Hopkins Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Two Hopkins County men are in jail and facing charges of possessing child pornography, according to a report by Tyler-based KLTV. The men's cases are unrelated, the report said.

Richard Lee Stewart, 31, of Sulphur Springs told investigators that the presence of graphic images of children on his computer was "accidental," according to police. Stewart was arrested on June 25. His bond is set at $10,000.

Dathan Artemus Durant, 56, of Cumby was arrested earlier this month, KLTV said. Durant is also at the Hopkins County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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