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Bill Zeeble

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Bill Zeeble has been a full-time reporter at KERA since 1992, covering everything from medicine to the Mavericks and education to environmental issues. He’s won numerous awards over the years, with top honors from the Dallas Press Club, Texas Medical Association, the Dallas and Texas Bar Associations, the American Diabetes Association and a national health reporting grant from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Zeeble was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and grew up in the nearby suburb of Cherry Hill, NJ, where he became an accomplished timpanist and drummer. Heading to college near Chicago on a scholarship, he fell in love with public radio, working at the college classical/NPR station, and he has pursued public radio ever since.

His first real radio gig was with a classical station in Corpus Christi, where the new Texan was dubbed “Billy Ted”; he was also a manager at WWNO-FM in New Orleans. Several stories he covered on television for KERA 13 helped homeowners avoid losing their homes. Zeeble remains dedicated to radio, however, and spends time working with NPR to teach students how to do radio journalism. His radio pieces have aired on nearly every national news show carried on KERA, from NPR and American Public Media to the BBC. He and his wife have 2 dogs and 2 cats, adopted and rescued. His home desk is messy with vintage fountain pens and parts to aid his passion to make them work again.

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More than 1,000 American Airlines employees picketed the world’s largest carrier Wednesday at D-FW International Airport.

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What happens when your school heads to the state championship for smart kids three years running? At Seagoville High School in the Dallas school district, students take notice – and the Academic Decathlon team doubles in size. 

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Throughout the summer, high school and junior high students have been gathering at Southern Methodist University for week-long engineering camps. High schoolers tackled a tough challenge. Devise - then build – one of several electronic items like an alarm clock or home burglary system.  Only make it smaller, cheaper and faster than what’s out there. And finish it in just days.

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Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush say they've managed to get along and work together despite their political differences.

Clinton joined Bush on stage Thursday night at the Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. They celebrated 60 graduates of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a joint effort between their presidential libraries.

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have built a small, inexpensive sensor they say can tip you off if you're at risk for Type 2 diabetes — the world's leading cause of amputations, blindness and kidney failure.

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Southern Methodist University and UNT-Dallas Monday each received $5 million in scholarship money to help attract students committed to teaching careers.

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Summer school's gliding along in North Texas, but students aren’t the only ones in session. Southern Methodist University's STEM Academy is for science teachers. 

For one recent lesson, they left dry land behind to kayak the Trinity River that wanders through the Great Trinity Forest. 

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Telemedicine, which connects doctors and patients virtually, has made a big difference in North Texas schools for students with physical issues.

This fall, the same technology will be available to connect students and their behavioral therapists in a pilot program from Children's Health.

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Ricky Rijos finished up high school in January, but he waited until June to get his diploma with his classmates from Flower Mound High School. He's headed to the University of North Texas this fall. Ricky's learned some hard lessons over the last four years, including one that may actually take a lifetime to deal with — the death of his best friend.

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The 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has now been put to rest for another four years. It's been a hectic two and a half weeks in Fort Worth. But the high-endurance competition was just the start for the winners, who along with a cash prize, were awarded three years of concert bookings.

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Yekwon Sunwoo, a 28-year-old pianist from South Korea, took the gold medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition this weekend in Fort Worth.

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Six remaining finalists in the 15th Van Cliburn have a chance at one of the top three medals as the international piano competition wraps up this weekend.

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Organizers of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition bring world-class pianists to Fort Worth not only to compete on stage but also to introduce classical music to local students through the Adopt-A-Competitor program.

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Six finalists have been named in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the first time since 1981, two finalists are from the United States: 23-year-old Kenneth Broberg and 19-year-old Daniel Hsu.

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Twenty Cliburn quarterfinalists are down to 12 in the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. 

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Kelli Bowdy, a senior at O.D. Wyatt High in Fort Worth, wants to be a nurse — she took special classes through school to make it happen. She’s planning to go to college. But, first, it's time for prom.

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Jerry Harris, 18, is a senior at Plainview High School in Ardmore. After his parents split years ago, he left Texas to live with his dad in Oklahoma. Jerry has gone through high school with a learning disability, but he's graduating on time at the end of May.

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John Wiley Price is now completely free of the federal corruption charges that dogged him for years.

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Update, May 19: Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will not be retried on any charges related to his case, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Last month, 67-year-old Price was found not guilty on seven of 11 counts.

Prosecutors are also dropping their case against political consultant Kathy Nealy, Price's longtime associate who was accused of bribing him.

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The fired Balch Springs police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards has been charged with murder. A judge signed a warrant Friday afternoon for officer Roy Oliver's arrest.

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The family of Jordan Edwards is preparing for his funeral Saturday morning. The 15-year-old black teenager was killed last weekend by a white Balch Springs policeman.

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Dallas high schoolers recently debated a topic that's dominated Texas headlines — school vouchers — in the Mayor's Cup, a new high school debate competition organized by the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. The inaugural event was hosted by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Harlan Crow at Old Parkland Thursday.

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High school debaters from across the Dallas school district took center stage at the first ever Mayor’s Cup contest Thursday night.

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The jury in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price begins deliberating his fate Wednesday morning. The longtime Dallas County Commissioner faces charges of bribery, mail fraud, and tax evasion. His assistant Dapheny Fain also faces charges.

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The Dallas Stars Thursday named a new coach – and he's the same one who brought them a Stanley Cup nearly two decades ago. The announcement of Ken Hitchcock's hiring comes after the Stars melted down in one of their worst seasons since coming to Dallas.

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The Dallas City Council on Wednesday approved up to $100,000 to increase security for the city’s emergency alarms system, which was triggered last weekend by someone from the Dallas area, according to officials.

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State Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, wants to shut down an agency called Dallas County Schools. It provides bus service to several North Texas school districts, including Dallas ISD, which favors the senator’s plans.

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Focus Academy, an 18-year-old charter school in southern Dallas, is about to close because the state says it has failed to improve bad ratings three years running. The school wants a reprieve after taking in kids from Prime Prep Academy — the school that former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders founded. The state shut it down two years ago.

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Police estimate 3,200 people marched through downtown Dallas yesterday demanding an end to immigrant bashing and growing racial violence. The "Mega March" copied the rally of 11 years ago. That one drew a half million people. This much smaller crowd shared similar goals.

 

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Families and students of Focus Academies in southern Dallas are holding a rally Thursday to make a last-ditch bid to keep the school open. The state says the charter school has agreed to close after poor academic years.

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