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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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Mail-in ballots for the the Congressional District 33 race in  Dallas and Tarrant Counties have exceeded mail-in ballot numbers turned in for the primary --  in half the time.

Governor Rick Perry joined former Senate candidates Craig James and past Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert at a phone bank to back Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. 

Early voting for the July 31st runoff election ends today. Local and state officials say turnout so far has been far higher than expected, as KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports.

The brand new Congressional District 33 runoff race is one of the hottest in North Texas. Early voter turnout is already higher than predicted. Fort Worth’s Marc Veasey and Domingo Garcia, from Dallas, have honed their messages to win as many Democratic votes as possible. 

Kids usually can’t wait for the school year to end. But education research shows some children pay a price over the summer break. They forget so much that by the time they start the next grade, they’re way behind.

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In her light khaki uniform, Jennifer Tyrrell, her partner Alicia Burns and their children, 7-year-old Cruz and 5-year-old Jude, hauled three large boxes into the Irving Boy Scouts building. 

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Immunizations are required for all Texas public school students. District leaders say now’s the time to get the required shots, or your child could be turned away from class.

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During last night’s KERA debate, Democrats running for Congress in District 33 disagreed over Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Air Force jet. It’s built in Fort Worth by thousands of workers. State Representative Marc Veasey from Fort Worth favors the fighter. Former Dallas State Representative Domingo Garcia has concerns.

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The Democratic primary hopefuls in the new Congressional District 33 race traded political shots during Tuesday’s debate on KERA. 

Sparks flew in recent meetings between former Dallas State Representative Domingo Garcia and Fort Worth State House member Marc Veasey. Tonight, fireworks may flare again in KERA’s runoff debate between the two Democrats.

On his first official day as Dallas’s new Superintendent, Mike Miles called it a great day, thanks in part to higher graduation rates for the fourth straight year.

Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles is officially on the job as of Sunday.

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The Supreme Court’s decision on the healthcare law threw many lawmakers in Washington for a loop. Now the Texas congressional delegation is examining how to proceed.

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The Dallas School Board unanimously approved a $1.16 billion budget for next year, smaller than this year’s amount because of state funding cuts. Trustees also plan on giving teachers a raise, but not for another year.

Despite the DISD’s billion dollar plus budget, Dallas and nearly every district in Texas say it’s been a tough year financially. That’s because the state cut education dollars by $5.4 billion last year. So Dallas’s 2012-2013 budget is $23 million smaller than the year just ended.

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The Dallas School Board votes on next year’s budget at tonight’s meeting. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports there are fewer dollars than there used to be.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Arizona may shut down any more attempted restrictions on Farmers Branch apartment renters.

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Republican Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst are back on the campaign trail after facing off for the first time Friday. That’s when they appeared in KERA’s statewide debate. Bill Zeeble reports if the debate is any indicator, differences voters see between the two may be more on style than policy.

There’s one day left before Republican Senate candidates David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz face off in their first televised debate, live from KERA’s studios. 

The Dallas Independent School District has launched a week of town hall meetings on the upcoming budget of more than a billion dollars.

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An unidentified man in Plano is in critical but stable condition after an explosion near a gas line apparently injured him. 

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Sooner than later, Dallas-based Texas Instruments says your smart phone will also be a large-screen digital projector. It's hoping the experience will be like putting a movie theater into the palm of your hand.

Dallas Mayor Rawlings has signed two education resolutions at the Conference of Mayors in Orlando. He says they send a message that improved academic outcomes are a top priority.

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Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will sign on to a resolution supporting teacher evaluations based on student achievement while attacking teacher retention based on seniority. 

Texas ranks near the bottom when it comes to states getting nutritious, summer meals to low-income students. Many contend that it doesn't need to be that way, because free meals are offered to all North Texans 18 or under.

Incoming Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles defended his moves so far, including hiring his communications director for more than twice her salary in Colorado Springs.

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In 1992, fewer than two percent of major American orchestra members were people of color. Some Dallas Symphony members decided that would not do.

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In an unusual move, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins ordered a barrier erected to keep the press away from court members, including Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is proposing fare hikes for most riders, to cover additional services. The public will have a chance to chime in on the changes over the next few week. But it’s no surprise many dislike them.

The Dallas school district’s free summer meals program starts today.

The summer food service program is set up to feed nutritious meals to all Dallas youth 18 and younger through much of the summer, regardless of family income. That’s because, as the district says, hunger doesn’t take a summer break. To eat, just show up.

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Across north Texas, school will be out for the summer by the end of today. Many districts ended yesterday, including DISD. Emotions ran high at one Dallas school, because it will not re-open in the fall.

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