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Austin's South by Southwest has recently grown into more than ground zero for music, art and film. It’s also become a launching pad for the latest digital developments, and education has moved to the head of the high-tech class.

KERA has deployed a team to SXSW in Austin this week and next. First up for KERA's Lauren Silverman: Bill Gates' keynote address today for SXSWEdu, the Austin conference's education arm. Listen for her story on KERA 90.1 this afternoon.

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Best known as the festival that launched Foursquare and popularized Twitter, SXSW Interactive has for nearly two decades been a meeting ground for geeks, marketers, hackers, and social media ninjas. This week KERA will begin the annual swing through Austin for SXSW, starting with education, then interactive and film -- and music of course.

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The Dallas Zoo is out of parking spaces. Zoo officials say the lots filled up an hour earlier than yesterday.

This is spring break, and both the Dallas and Fort Worth Zoos are expecting big crowds all week.

Dallas zoo-goers are urged to take DART. The light-rail Red Line stops at the Zoo’s front gate. And today, the Zoo is offering a ticket discount to DART passengers who show their same-day pass.

In Fort Worth, the special Safari Shuttle runs between the Intermodal Transit Center downtown and the Zoo every thirty minutes.

BJ Austin, KERA News