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Sept. 27 Afternoon Newscast

Texas Republicans today unveiled a map of proposed congressional districts that would move Commerce and Greenville from the 4th Congressional District to the 3rd.

    • Republicans in the Texas legislature presented a map of proposed redrawn congressional districts today. The proposed changes would reduce the geographic size of the 4th Congressional District, which includes almost all of Northeast Texas.
    • Most of Hunt County, including Commerce and Greenville, would move to the 3rd Congressional District under the proposed changes. That district is represented by Republican Van Taylor.
    • The proposed districts are all but certain to change before the process is complete. Since the 1965 federal Civil Rights Act, Texas has not gone through a decade without courts finding the state guilty of drawing racially discriminatory districts.
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    Mark Haslett has served at KETR since 2013. Since then, the station's news operation has enjoyed a increase in listener engagement and audience metrics, as well recognition in the Texas AP Broadcasters awards. Before coming to Northeast Texas, Haslett worked for High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo, where he worked as News Director and later as Director of Programming. His work has been broadcast on KERA, KCUR and other public radio stations, as well as the NPR Newscast. Haslett has also worked as an editor and reporter in both news and sports 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 (now-defunct) WRBC-AM in Jackson, Miss.