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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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U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who has attracted controversy for her stance on school vouchers, visited North Texas Thursday.  

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In many cases, incumbency assures re-election, but not always. In last month’s Dallas County Democratic primary, three white, male incumbent judges were forced into runoffs. Each faces a woman of color.

Some believe these long-standing judges may be endangered in the county.

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The former superintendent of the Dallas County Schools bus agency has been charged for his role in taking more than $3 million in bribes and kickback payments.

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In downtown Dallas, a raucous, energized crowd swelled into the thousands Saturday to rally against gun violence in schools. The demonstration was inspired by students in Parkland, Florida -- survivors of last month’s school attack that killed 17. 

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In cities across Texas Saturday, thousands of people protested gun violence and called for stricter gun regulations.

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The education world is dense with data. And all those numbers can be numbing, especially for nonprofits trying to make a difference.

One day each year, Fidelity Investments invites those groups to its complex near Grapevine Lake to help make sense of it all.

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A journalist and firefighter from Dallas were among the passengers killed Sunday night when a helicopter went down in New York City’s East River. The pilot managed to escape.

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About 2,800 Northwest Dallas residents could be without gas service for up to three weeks while Atmos Energy replaces gas lines and meters.

This comes after a number of gas leaks forced 300 people to evacuate. 

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The election to replace State Rep. Helen Giddings is heating up in southern Dallas County. After more than a quarter century in District 109, the DeSoto Democrat is stepping down.

With no Republican in the March 6 primary, this four-person race will determine the district’s next representative.

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For more than a dozen years, volunteers have walked through Dallas neighborhoods in midwinter to count people living on the streets.

This year, for the first time, some of the groups were specifically looking for anyone younger than 24. The thing is many of those people don’t actually consider themselves homeless.

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Texas says it promises to reform its special education services following federal findings that the state denied thousands of children those services for over a decade.

Lawyers and parents say the state has a long way to go.

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The Dallas school board voted Thursday night during a public hearing to potentially close five schools, avoiding a possible state takeover of the entire district.

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Vilma Ledferd, 17, who sang Saturday at the Women’s March in Dallas, is already experienced using her voice for women’s rights. Wanting to get others involved, she launched a local chapter of Ignite, a national nonprofit encouraging female students to get into politics, last year at her high school. 

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This has been a brutal flu season in North Texas. More than 40 people have died so far, and Tuesday, the Bonham Independent School District announced it was closing for a week because of the flu outbreak.

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The Irving-based Boy Scouts of America recently launched an effort in some area schools, helping to teach classes and introduce more kids to scouting during the day.

The program, currently running in four Dallas middle schools, was inspired by the Girls Scouts, an organization that's been going inside local schools for decades. 

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A four-alarm fire struck Denton’s historic downtown square before the sun rose Tuesday morning, damaging at least three businesses. There were no reports of injuries, but business owners are trying to figure out the extent of the damage.

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In light of the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia this past summer, the Dallas school board voted to change the names of four elementary schools named for Confederate generals: Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, William Cabell and Albert Sidney Johnston.

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Marian Brown has been named interim Dallas County sheriff, stepping in for Lupe Valdez, who resigned this month to run for governor.

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It was one of those football game highlight moments. Dallas Cowboys fans went wild as punt return specialist Ryan Switzer dashed 83 yards for a touchdown in the first half against the visiting Washington Redskins last month.

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Gym class every Thursday at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Pleasant Grove is unusual. Instead of typical sports or activities, the Boy Scouts take over, teaching the students camping and other skills.

Something else sets this school apart: It’s the district’s first all-boys school that’s not a magnet campus.

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Tuesday brought a rarity in politics: a bipartisan event favoring immigration reform. Two members of Congress — a Democrat and a Republican — spoke out for so-called DREAM legislation at the Dallas Regional Chamber. 

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One in five North Texas children lives in poverty, and more than a quarter million are hungry as their parents struggle to feed them.

Those are just a few statistics from a recent 97-page report issued by Children’s Health, the Dallas-based children’s hospital network. The study offers possible solutions, too.

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One in five North Texas children lives in poverty, according to a report released Tuesday from Children’s Health. 

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Voters in the Fort Worth school district have overwhelmingly approved two school funding propositions. Both items got more than 70 percent of the vote.

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In just three years, the Fort Worth School District could have about 4,000 more students than it does today. To help pay for a growing student population, district voters on Tuesday will consider a “penny swap” election and a $750 million bond package.

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For 30 years, the Milken Family Foundation has been identifying and rewarding top educators across the country. Earlier this month, an English and college prep teacher in Arlington earned the distinguished Milken Educator Award — and $25,000. 

Like many teachers and past Milken winners, however, money does not motivate Jennifer Fuller.

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Outside at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Trisha Cunningham stands in front of a food bank on wheels. It’s filled with 3,000 pounds of fresh corn, cauliflower and potatoes. Volunteers are handing out the food to students.

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Jennifer Fuller, an Arlington high school English teacher, won a national education honor worth $25,000 Wednesday.

The Milken Educator Award came as a surprise announcement and brought cheers from students and tears to Fuller.

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A unanimous school board says Dallas Independent School District must change the names of four schools named for Confederate leaders: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and William L. Cabell elementary schools. 

The board will consider new names in February. Until then, the process of coming up with different names could be emotional — like it was at a recent meeting at Stonewall Jackson.

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Five years ago, the Dallas Independent School District opened its first drop-in center for students at North Dallas High School. The campus sits near homeless shelters and pricey apartments, and has one of the largest homeless high school populations in the city.

Since then, high school drop-in centers have multiplied across the school district to 20.

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