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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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
provided images

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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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:09 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Bottomland hardwood forests: Vital, shrinking habitat

Hardwood forests provide habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna.
NPR

Talk about the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal often refers to "bottomland hardwood forest." What makes these forests different from other types of wooded areas? KETR spoke with Janice Bezanson of the Texas Conservation Alliance to find out.

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Lamar County
1:22 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Paris bans smoking in restaurants, most businesses

NPR

Joining the many cities across the nation that have banned smoking in restaurants and other businesses, the Paris city council passed an ordinance on March 24 that prohibited cigarette smoking in most enclosed public places.

Under the ban: Restaurants, schools, health care facilities, hotels and motels, most indoor businesses that are open to the general public.

Exempt from the ban: Bars and nightclubs, tobacco shops and sexually oriented businesses. 

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Lamar County
9:57 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Schools districts save by nixing uncontested elections

Paris ISD

Two Lamar County school districts have cancelled their upcoming school board elections, saving the districts thousands of dollars.

KXII-TV reports that Paris ISD and Roxton ISD trustees voted this week to cancel the May 10 election because all three incumbents for both districts, that filed for reelection, have no opponents.

Paris ISD will save $8,000 while Roxton ISD will save around $2,400.

North Lamar, Chisum and Prairiland ISD's will still hold elections.

Keystone XL Pipeline
9:53 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Texas Supreme Court will not review ruling favoring TransCanada

Crews building the Keystone XL pipeline in 2013. The southern leg of the project, which runs through Northeast Texas, has been completed and is operating.
Mark Haslett

Lamar County landowner Julia Trigg Crawford’s petition for review of a lower court’s ruling in favor of TransCanada Corp. has been denied by the Texas Supreme Court. Crawford had been contesting the Canadian company’s right to build the Keystone XL pipeline through her family’s farm in northwestern Lamar County.

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