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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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A packed High Fives sports bar in Dallas
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Texas Tech forced an overtime nail-biter in Monday night's NCAA men's basketball championship. Yet the Red Raiders couldn't quite claw past the Virginia Cavaliers, who won their first title, 85 to 77. We watched from the Dallas sports bar High Fives, packed with Tech grads.

Left to right: NASA astronauts Buzz Aldrin, R. Walter Cunningham and Al Worden stand in front of Maciej Maga's painting of 10 Apollo astronauts just after it was unveiled at Old Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
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Arts and space exploration took center stage when a life-sized painting of 10 Apollo astronauts was revealed Wednesday night in Dallas.

Three of the astronauts attended the unveiling — Buzz Aldrin, R. Walter Cunningham and Al Worden — and stood next to the likenesses of themselves.

The view of the new Holocaust and Human Rights Museum of from Houston Street in downtown Dallas.
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When the new Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum makes its debut in September, it'll feature some powerful and emotional displays.

Damon Richardson, in a classroom at LIFT, using the app Codex: The Lost Words of Atlantis. "It was a wonderful success. I had people come to me and ask me how it works."
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As many as one-third of Dallas adults are barely literate. Each year, literacy groups only reach 1.5 percent of them. 

From the 1880s to the early 1960a, the African American Freedmen's Community called Little Egypt was in this neighbodhood, at the corner of Thurgood and Shoreview in Dallas' Lake Highlands. It spread across 35 acres.
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Texas is dotted with Freedmen’s communities — African American neighborhoods that sprouted after the Civil War in the era of segregation. They range from Ellis Alley in San Antonio to the Fourth Ward in Houston to Deep Ellum in Dallas. Another one in Dallas that's been nearly forgotten, Little Egypt, is getting a renewed look thanks to Richland College.

Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic, 19, on the Dallas Mavericks practice court at American Airlines Center. Yes, he's a rookie.
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Just 19, Luka Doncic has risen to a leadership role on the Dallas Mavericks this season. He almost got a spot on the NBA’s all-star team — but didn’t. Still, he’ll join this weekend’s all star festivities in North Carolina.

SMU professor Corey Clark is a member of the grand prize winning PeopleForWords team. The team shared the Bush XPrize for creating a successful literacy app.
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More than 36 million adults nationwide lack basic English literacy. A team from Southern Methodist University and Literacy Instruction for Texas are hoping to help chip away at that number with their award-winning phone app.

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The new manufacturing lab at the University of North Texas could put Denton’s engineering school at the forefront of 3D printing technology. In the lab, engineers are working to change the way many things are made.

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The Dallas Stars hockey team is sending a teenage rookie to the league's All-Star Game Saturday night. The 19-year-old phenom from Finland is the team's only representative at the game this year.

Noel Jett, left, with her mother, Nancy Shastid
Noel Jett, left, with her mother, Nancy Shastid / KERA News

The youngest known doctoral student to graduate from University of North Texas in Denton gets her diploma Friday. Noel Jett, 19, has lived on the UNT campus the last three years studying educational psychology.

A lighted, 60-foot illustrated cross-section plan of the 200 acre park welcomed hundreds of visitors who came to see it.
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Hundreds of people flooded into Gilley’s Thursday night for a first look at Trinity Park Conservancy’s plans for a new, 200-acre park flanking the Trinity River in Dallas. It would go in the floodplain between the Margaret McDermott and Ron Kirk bridges near downtown. The $150 million park is designed to survive — and thrive — even when the river floods.

Kristie Tingle is the Center For Public Policy Priorities research analyst. She presented her latest findings to government officials and leaders of non-profits on the effects to children of poverty.
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More than one in five Dallas children lives in poverty, while one in four Dallas families have a parent who was born in another country, a new study details. That's just two of the statistics detailed in the new "State of Texas Children" report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in his city hall office.
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Outgoing Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings took office in 2011 with experience as a business executive and as a city appointee helping the homeless. But in order to lead all of Dallas, he was going to need a vision.

The Dallas skyline from the Houston Street viaduct in 2012.
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After learning Tuesday that Dallas won't be home to the next Amazon headquarters — the prize instead goes to New York and Northern Virginia — city leaders say they learned some lessons from the application process.

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John Creuzot will be the next district attorney of Dallas County. Creuzot, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Republican Faith Johnson, who'd been appointed to the job. The margin of victory was a resounding 20 percentage points.

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It's 9 a.m. on Halloween as Maryanne Walter opens her front door in Plano. She's about to leave for work and called Rideshare2Vote for her 22-year-old daughter, Kelley Reinlein.

"Kelley is a registered voter and this is not her first time to vote, so she should have no problem. This is her first time to vote independently, so rideshare is a very important part."

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About 100 miles northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, after passing untold pastures of crops and cattle, sits the town of Nocona, Texas, population 3,000. It’s home of the Nokona baseball glove factory — the only one still operating in the United States.

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It’s time to restore the billons that were cut from the state’s education budget more than half a decade ago because the state depends on it, Tom Luce said Thursday at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Luce, the former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, targeted his message to his audience: North Texas business leaders.

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The latest version of the Tuition Tracker was released Thursday to help students figure out the true cost of any college in Texas and across the country. 

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Despite longstanding awareness of the problem, bullying persists — in schools, online and well into adulthood.

That’s why dozens of students and teachers from 15 public and private schools in Texas and Oklahoma gathered last week for the No Place for Hate Youth Summit. 

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Voters in the Dallas, Frisco and Richardson school districts will decide on tax ratification elections, or TREs, this November. These tax measures, which have becoming increasingly popular ballot items in the last decade, are meant to generate millions for school districts.

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Tuesday’s the last day to register to vote in Texas, and a record’s already been set: More than 15.5 million Texans are eligible to vote, with registration continuing to climb. But being able to vote and actually pulling the lever are not the same thing. 

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The Dallas school district is home to high schools with the lowest graduation rates in Dallas County, according to a report by the education nonprofit Children At Risk.

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Many West Dallas middle schoolers and teachers headed to a new campus this school year — a high school. Edison Middle Learning Center closed over the summer and those students now attend classes in a redesigned wing of nearby Pinkston High School.

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Gov. Greg Abbott paid a visit to Dallas Tuesday because he says the school district has a proven system that works. He's considering several statewide education improvements from Dallas and elsewhere in Texas.

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The Garland School District is launching an effort to turn around two of its struggling schools this year.

Through the Accelerating Campus Excellence program, or ACE, the district is pouring additional resources into campuses where officials say they’re needed most.

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The Texas Education Agency rolled out a new A through F accountability system Wednesday that measures the academic performance of school districts.

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It’s a very big day. Applause, cheers and deep thumping beats belie the athletic atmosphere. 

This is no stadium, but a large, festive room on Lockheed Martin’s sprawling campus in Fort Worth. Dozens of students with hundreds of relatives and Lockheed employees are celebrating signing day.

Irving students show off their award-winning space colony design.
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One year shy of the 50th moon landing anniversary, young space enthusiasts pack Dallas' Frontiers of Flight Museum. CEO Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones says this place will see three to four times the normal Saturday turnout. 

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Here’s the assignment for high school girls at one Dallas summer camp: Dream up an everyday item that’s cheaper and safer to use than what’s out there now — then build it.  

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