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 10, 2014

Nichols preliminary approval puts Parkhouse in background

TWDB

On March 4, the State of Texas gave preliminary approval to the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. The public commentary period on this issue will continue through April 15, with the final decision due May 15. The destiny of the other proposed project in the Sulphur River Basin - the George Parkhouse Reservoirs - will be determined after the Marvin Nichols proposal gets its final thumbs-up or thumbs-down.

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2014 Elections
11:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Horn, Bench win Hunt Co. judicial races

Incumbent John Horn will keep his office.
KETR

John Horn won the race for Hunt County Judge, while Andrew Bench breezed past Steve Tittle in the contest for 196th District Judge. 

Tod McMahan defeated Andy Hunt in a close race for the Precinct 2 commissioner's seat.

Other winners from Hunt County elections included Stacey Landrum (District Clerk) and Sheila Linden (Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 2).

Final totals:

196th District Judge

  • Andrew Bench 4,912 (60.49%)
  • Steve Tittle 3.208 (39.51%)

Hunt County Judge

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2014 Elections
10:47 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Ratcliffe forces runoff as incumbents struggle

John Ratcliffe will face incumbent Ralph Hall in a May 27 runoff.
KERA

It was a rough night for Republican incumbents in Northeast Texas. Some must dust themselves off and scrap again in a May 27 runoff election. And a couple lost outright.

Ralph Hall, who has represented Northeast Texas in Congress since 1980, will face challenger John Ratcliffe in a runoff. Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney during the George W. Bush administration, didn’t get too close to Hall in vote totals, but Hall’s failure to win a majority of ballots cast ensures a runoff.

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Texas Water
5:37 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Board gives preliminary recommendation for Marvin Nichols Reservoir

TWDB

The Texas Water Development Board has given a preliminary recommendation for the Marvin Nichols Reservoir proposal. The project would create a reservoir along the Sulphur River and would flood about 70,000 acres in Red River, Franklin and Titus counties.

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Winter Weather
8:25 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Roads remain iced - no thaw until Tuesday

NWS

Roadways across the region remain iced - with no thaw expected until midday on Tuesday. Many counties east of Dallas received more than half an inch of sleet on Sunday.

The National Weather Service forecasts high temperatures regionally in the mid to upper 20s on Monday. Combined with winds out of the north 10-20 MPH, those temperatures should result in wind chill values in the single digits all day on Monday.

Tomorrow's Water Today
7:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Delta County proposed reservoirs are 'alternates'

TWDB

The two proposed George Parkhouse Reservoirs would both be built in eastern Delta County - one along the North Sulphur, one along the South Sulphur. There are no immediate plans to build the lakes, but they remain as "alternate" sources of water that could be developed in the future.

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Winter Weather
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Monday's weather-related closures

KETR

The following schools and school  districts are closed on Monday, March 3.

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2014 Elections
2:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

GOP primary: Collin Co. ballot

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Regional offices

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Keystone XL Pipeline
12:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

State Dept. finds no conflict of interest in KXL report

A worker inspects a segment of the Keystone XL Pipeline before it's lowered into a trench near Stroud, Okla.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline project welcomed a Feb. 26 U.S. State Department report that the federal government acted properly in its choice of an outside contractor to review the pipeline.

The State Department inspector general's report answered those who said that the oil industry unfairly influenced the ongoing federal environmental review of the pipeline. 

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Texas Water
1:08 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

State water board fills vacancy with Exxon Mobil PR executive

KFDM.com

The three-person governing body of the Texas Water Development Board is now fully staffed. Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Kathleen Thea Jackson of Beaumont to the Texas Water Development Board.

Jackson, a registered professional engineer, was most recently public affairs manager for Exxon Mobil Corp.

The board had been down to two members since January, when Weatherford natural gas entrepreneur Mary Ann Williamson resigned. The board chairman is Carlos Rubinstein. Bech Bruun also serves on the board.

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