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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News and Culture Notebook
2:20 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

The worst Noel? Some Christmas songs are merrier than others

NPR

Christmas music is like any other genre of music in that while some of it touches the heart, a few tunes miss the mark.

An informal poll of KETR staff revealed that - unsurprisingly - those Christmas songs cited as "least favorite" are those that have little to do with the religious aspect of the day and more to do with the secular mish-mash of commercial icons that, for better or worse, are now part of the holiday.

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Tomorrow's Water Today
6:30 am
Mon December 23, 2013

1950s drought exposed Red River's salt problem

Red River: Its salt isn't a problem ecologically, but it is a problem for people wanting to use its water.
State of Texas

In the first episode of a series on the multi-decade effort to reduce the amount of salt in the Red River, KETR speaks with Red River Authority General Manager Curtis Campbell to get an overview of the issue.

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Texas Economy and Labor
6:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Working during the holidays? Know your rights

Like The Clash said, "Know your rights."
NPR

Picking up a little extra work over the holidays? That's great. Hiring some extra help for your own business? That's great, too. To keep the season bright, make sure you and/or your employer are compliant with federal labor regulations. 

Employers and workers not familiar with short-term employment might have questions . Here are answers to some most of the frequently asked questions received by the U.S. Department of Labor, and additional resources for more information: 

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Fannin County
3:50 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Light industry developing in Bonham

Roy Floyd
ntxe-news.com

Kelso Technologies, a producer of railway car equipment, and computer accessory manufacturer TCI will be expanding their operations in Bonham, according to mayor Roy Floyd and city manager Bill Shipp.

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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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