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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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Highland Park High School and the Dallas school district’s Townview Magnet Center are again among the best public schools in North Texas. That’s according to the education nonprofit Children At Risk, which has rated some 1,600 schools across Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Since eighth grade, we’ve been following a group of North Texas students we call KERA’s Class of ’17. 

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The Dallas Stars season ended last night in the second round of the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs.  Dallas lost to St. Louis by a score of 6 to 1.

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A veteran incumbent is returning to the Dallas school board following Saturday’s election – and two new members will join him. But there will be a runoff for one of the others seats on the Dallas school board.

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Many people were shocked to hear in February that kids from a Dallas charter school endured racial insults during their trip to Texas A&M in College Station. More dramatic stories came out during a symposium on Friday sponsored by the Uplift charter school chain.

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Fort Worth Opera’s JFK gets its world premiere Saturday. It recounts President Kennedy’s last night on earth, which many may not know was in Fort Worth. The opera blends other forgotten facts with fantasy in a story that some are calling the most anticipated new opera of the American season.

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In a convincing start to their second playoff series in three years, the Dallas Stars shut out the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Thursday night in Dallas.  

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Last fall, KERA reported on a new scholarship program at the University of Texas at Dallas. Students could win up to $5,000 solving challenges in a computer game similar to Minecraft. Meet some of the winners.

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One major focus in the classroom is getting students ready for college or a career. These days, some of the hottest careers are in kitchens. One North Texas culinary college class is preparing future chefs.

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How do you get girls passionate about engineering? On a middle school field trip, one group is using marbles.

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Longtime incumbent Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price had three challengers in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Still, he was able to fend them off. 

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Some teachers are back in class, learning to teach cursive writing. It’s been cut way back in our digital, keyboarding age. Some teachers, though, say it’s vital to learning.

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John Wiley Price is facing the two biggest challenges of his three decades as a Dallas County commissioner.

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Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa and three other North Texas superintendents met with U.S. Senator John Cornyn in Dallas today. They all gave their two cents on the new federal education law, agreeing the Every Student Succeeds Act frees them from restrictions under the old No Child Left Behind law.

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For kids to be ready for college or the workforce, educators have to start early. Several groups argued today in Dallas that the state and schools need to invest in kids even before they get to kindergarten.

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The state of Texas deemed Elisha M. Pease Elementary a substandard school. Teachers and principals kept leaving the struggling Dallas campus. The kids were out of control.  Pease Elementary is one of several Dallas schools the district is trying to turn around with a new program. 

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Debaters from across the country and around the world traveled to Dallas last week for the fourth year of what are known as the Old Parkland debates. The event was held in a new multi-million dollar state-of-the-art “debate-plex.” 

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KERA shined a spotlight on homeless students and the adults helping them last spring in the American Graduate series "Homeless in High School." Much of the action took place at North Dallas High, which has one of the highest homeless student populations in North Texas.

A new after-school drop-in center for those kids has just opened -- in a church across the street.

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Update, Wednesday evening: In a 7 to 6 squeaker of a vote, the Dallas City Council approved a controversial new charter school in southern Dallas. Opponents were concerned the school would pull students out of the Dallas Independent School District.  

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Tensions over the contract between the Fort Worth Symphony and its musicians continue. The symphony says it has issued its final offer and musicians will vote on it Friday, but it’s not clear if they’ll accept it.  

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Dallas schools’ early childhood program superintendent confirmed his surprise departure today. Alan Cohen’s been an important player in the district’s pre-k initiative, earning the praise of many. He spoke about his impending departure.

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Fort Worth Symphony musicians and managers say they’re still making beautiful music together onstage. Backstage, though, the sounds aren’t so pretty. After months of contract talks, musicians say they deserve a raise, while management wants them to take another pay cut.  

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North Texas school districts have new calendar options, courtesy of the Texas Legislature. Some schools are lengthening days to make up for possible bad weather cancellations. Others are waiting and watching.

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We’ve heard about open carry, the new law now in effect in Texas. It allows license holders to openly carry guns. Later this year, another gun law called campus carry goes into effect. Guns must be concealed at colleges. Campuses are trying to figure out how the new law will work.

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The Insurance Council of Texas says insured losses from the North Texas tornadoes will top $1.2 billion, and could go even higher. As folks in the hardest-hit areas scramble to line up replacement housing, insurance adjusters are becoming central figures in their lives. 

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We take a look back at what was an especially newsworthy year in Texas education.

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Paulette and Howard Rector of Garland had heard stories about the terrifying sound of a tornado, but they’d never heard it. Not until the day after Christmas.

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First the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra cancelled its 2016 tour to Spain for financial reasons. Now, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra has postponed its 2016 European tour over security concerns.  It’s the only touring American orchestra to do so.

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Texas education leaders are welcoming the new education law signed by President Obama earlier this month.  The Every Student Succeeds Act frees Texas from some federal restrictions established under No Child Left Behind.

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Thursday was an uneasy day for schools in Dallas and others across the country. Two days after Los Angeles schools closed down because of threats, districts in Dallas, Houston and Florida decided to stay open after receiving similar threats.

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