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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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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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The constantly growing Catholic Diocese of Dallas will have a new assistant bishop, courtesy of the Pope. Word came Wednesday from Rome that Monsignor John Gregory Kelly was named bishop.

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Mike Morath got the nod Monday to be the next Texas education commissioner.

It's that time of year when we start hearing admonitions to think about the true meaning of the season. And composer and librettist Mark Adamo is down with that. Best known for his acclaimed operatic adaptations of Little Women and Lysistrata, his latest is Becoming Santa Claus, a family-friendly Christmas work produced by Dallas Opera.

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Dozens of students are so upset by the crumbling state of South Oak Cliff High School that they walked out Monday afternoon. The Dallas school district says the school is getting fixed, thanks to bond programs.

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The Dallas Opera has never before commissioned three new operas for a single season. It’s also never before commissioned a kid-friendly holiday opera. Mark Adamo’s “Becoming Santa Claus” makes its world premiere tonight at the Winspear Opera House.

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In a banner year of three new works from the Dallas Opera, the company this week launched a different kind of premiere: a weeklong Institute for Women Conductors.  

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Students at Bowie High School in Arlington are learning how to fix band instruments. It might be the first high school program of its kind in the country. 

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When homeless high school kids get to college, what happens to them during the holidays? Texas Woman’s University in Denton is a leader in helping those with no home for the holidays.

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This holiday weekend, high school kids across the country will be bringing their phones to family dinners. Not just to text their friends, though – they’ll be interviewing family members, StoryCorps-style. It’s a project called “The Great Thanksgiving Listen,” and it’s being done through the free StoryCorps app. One North Texas class lining up its questions.  

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Vice President Joe Biden came to Dallas Wednesday to promote investment in transit, roads and rail.

 

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The Dallas Independent School District is paying its teachers differently this year. The new system bases pay on merit, not years of service – and student evaluations also play a role. Some teachers love the Teacher Excellence Initiative, while others blast it.

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Among those shocked by what happened Friday in Paris: Sihem Bouhallouf. She lives in the Paris suburbs and was visiting her Dallas-based employer when the attacks happened.

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Freshman State Sen. Don Huffines says he would like Dallas’ longstanding LGBT ordinance rescinded or changed.

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The school systems in Dallas, Fort Worth and Highland Park all have brand-new leaders. The average big city superintendent lasts about 3.5 years. So what effect does a superintendent’s longevity have on student achievement? A researcher says his findings surprised him.

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit is running the country’s first hybrid streetcar without the signature overhead cable from start-to-finish. Batteries power the car over the Houston Viaduct, where the bridge’s historic designation prohibits visible electric cables. Other cities want what Dallas has.

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School bond packages won easily in Dallas, Highland Park, Grand Prairie, Rockwall and Allen ISDs.

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Plano High School math whiz David Yue recently won a national science fair honor for his project that could reduce dangerous radiation from medical CT scans. The high school freshman was in junior high when he dreamed up the project. .

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Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s collaboration with online car services – Lyft is the latest – is a national first.  Dallas transit users can now complete their door to door trips with help from these ride-share service applications that show up within DART’s own app.

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Can you imagine a big opera premiere opening on the same night as the Super Bowl? In the same city as one of the big game teams? That’s just one of the turns in the opera "Great Scott," which opens this Friday in Dallas.  

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Arlington has JerryWorld. Dallas gets – well, let’s call it DebatePlex. It’s called The American Experiment, and it's a brand new complex dedicated to debate -- the high school and college competition for brainiacs.   

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Two weeks from today, Dallas voters decide on a $1.6 billion school bond package. KERA is exploring what opponents and supporters are saying about the record-setting proposal.

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School bond packages usually sail through with little opposition. On Monday, the first day of early voting, a coalition of groups took issue with Dallas ISD's $1.6 billion bond package on the Nov. 3 ballot.

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