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
7:09 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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Tomorrow's Water Today
7:55 am
Mon March 24, 2014

No flow standards for Sulphur, Cypress, Red River Basins

State of Texas

Senate Bill 3 established "environmental flow standards" for river basins associated with a river that flows into the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. But for some rivers in the northern part of the state, no such standards are in place.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must decide on acceptable flow standards in those river basins on a case-by-case basis. River basins in Northeast Texas with no established flow standards are the Red, the Sulphur and the Cypress.

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Blacklands Corridor
4:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Wylie-Lavon bottleneck might require new highway

Texas Highway 78 is already near capacity with existing traffic.
Google Maps

While the prospect of a toll road along the old railroad corridor west of Greenville seems to have been left by the wayside, there’s little question that transportation development in the immediate area is on the way.

The North Central Texas Regional Council of Governments Transportation Division isn’t publishing final recommendations until the end of 2014, but one-third of the way into its yearlong study of the Blacklands Corridor, some likely recommendations are becoming apparent.

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Blacklands Corridor
6:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

'Non-toll' road possible from Greenville to SE Collin Co.

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris
Mark Haslett

A big crowd filled the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville Thursday night, for the latest public meeting concerning plans to address future transportation issues along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and the Dallas area.

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Blacklands Corridor
10:58 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Regional transportation meetings come to Greenville

Earlier public meetings on the topic have been held in Lavon and Nevada.
Mark Haslett

The process of providing public input for the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study continue with a meeting in Greenville on March 20. The event will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Division staff at 6 p.m.

A public comment period will follow the presentation and the evening will conclude with another open house following the public comments.

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Paris Junior College
11:21 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Dragons fall to South Plains in NJCAA Tournament

Paris Junior College

The Paris Junior College men’s basketball team’s season came to an end on March 18 with a 75-65 loss to the ninth-seeded South Plains College Texans in an NJCAA National Tournament game in Hutchinson, Kan.

South Plains (29-5) entered the game as the ninth seed in the tournament, while the Dragons (26-8) were seeded eighth. Paris, which trailed 34-28 at halftime, never led during the game.

South Plains guard Andre Spight led all scorers with 22 points.

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Texas Government
5:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Talking single-use plastic bags with Dan Flynn

NPR

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Canton) has been in the news for his letter to the Texas Attorney General's office questioning the legality of municipal bans on plastic bags. KETR spoke with Flynn, who described the motivation behind his letter.

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