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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Commerce
10:19 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Commerce ISD: Coach Ards dead

Coach Ards, wearing an orange shirt, is pictured in this 2010 photo.
Commerce Journal

Le'Mone Ards, girls basketball coach at Commerce High School, has died, according to a statement from the school district.

The following statement was issued on the Commerce ISD Facebook page this morning.

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Hunt County
8:05 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Quinlan teen pleads guilty to robbery, sexual assault

Hunt County Detention Center

A Hunt County man has pleaded guilty to committing an armed hold-up and sexual assault at a downtown Quinlan business.

Jamey Justin Smith, 19, of Quinlan entered the guilty pleas during a hearing in the 196th District Court Wednesday to one count each of aggravated robbery and aggravated sexual assault.

Smith is being held in custody at the Hunt County Jail in lieu of a total of $401,500 bond. Judge Steve Tittle accepted the pleas and scheduled a punishment hearing for Jan. 27, 2014.

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Texas Crime and Courts
3:31 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

'Restorative justice' presented as option for offenses

The State of Texas Supreme Court building in Austin.
State of Texas

Could restorative justice - also known as victim/offender mediation - work as an option for punishment of low-level crimes? The Texas Public Policy Foundation's recent report "Reviving Restorative Justice: A Blueprint for Texas" suggests yes. Derek Cohen explains and discusses the reasoning behind an approach that emphasizes the offender's debt to the victim rather than the offender's debt to the state.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
10:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Ryan: Keystone approval could be bargaining chip

Paul Ryan
NPR

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has floated the possibility of pressing the White House to approve the Keystone XL pipeline as a condition for raising or suspending the federal debt ceiling in 2014.

Ryan, the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman, made the remarks on Dec. 17.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
11:16 am
Tue December 17, 2013

U.S. oil producer relying on rail, not Keystone

Harold Hamm, CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Enterprises.
StateImpact Oklahoma

Continental Resources, an Oklahoma-based company that’s one of the top producers of liquid petroleum products in the U.S., has cooled its enthusiasm for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Harold Hamm, chief executive of the oil producer, has said that his company’s booming operations in North Dakota’s Bakken field are relying on rail transport to move its product.

In a conversation with Reuters, when asked whether Keystone XL is still needed, Hamm said “not for our Bakken (crude oil). And is it needed for the industry? I don’t think so … not in the U.S.”

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Northeast Texas
6:40 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Country singer Ray Price dead at 87

Ray Price, shown here in a 2009 visit to Texas A&M University-Commerce, has died.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Country music star Ray Price, one of the most celebrated Northeast Texans ever, has died.

Billy Mack Jr., the son of Bill Mack, says Price died Monday afternoon. Price had pancreatic cancer.

Mack, a family friend, said he was acting as a family spokesman. The wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death. 

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A&M-Commerce
11:06 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Lions fall to Harding in Texarkana Bowl

Cindy Roller

The Harding Bison rushed for 297 yards and scored three times in the third quarter and rolled to a 44-3 win over Texas A&M University-Commerce in the inaugural Live United Texarkana Bowl on Friday at Razorback Stadium.
 
The game was the first postseason appearance for the Lions since 1995, but cold temperatures and a steady rain did not help the Lion (7-5) offense, who completed just seven of its 37 passes and finished with just 100 total yards on the night. Meanwhile, the Bison (9-2) showed little ill effects from the weather, racking up 504 total yards.
 

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Northeast Texas
8:53 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Share your Christmas with KETR

keranews.org

KETR wants to know what you love about Christmas - favorite songs, favorite memories, family traditions old and new. So, here's what to do. Email news@ketr.org with any of the following items:

A&M-Commerce
5:39 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Live blog: Texarkana Bowl

It's not frosty, but it is wet and cold.
Mark Haslett

Final: Harding 44, A&M-Commerce 3. Lions fall to 7-5; Bison move to 9-2. Rough night, but congratulations remain in order for everyone associated with the turnaround of the A&M-Commerce football program. For a "rebuilding" season, it was more than adequate. 

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A&M-Commerce
12:58 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

2013 Lions Football: A Season to Remember

Tevin Moore and the Lions made history in 2013.
lionathletics.com

KETR will broadcast this audio retrospective of the 2013 Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions football season at 5 p.m. today. The Lions conclude the year with a matchup against Harding University in the inaugural Live United Texarkana Bowl, which will be broadcast on KETR. Kickoff is at 6 p.m., with Charlie Chitwood and Brock Calloway's pregame beginning at 5:30.

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