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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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Just as school is kicking off across the state, school districts and individual campuses in Texas got their report cards Thursday. Education leaders released ratings using an A through F grading scale.  Dallas got a B; Fort Worth got C -- and both districts saw more failing schools.

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With days to go before school starts, some Irving ISD parents are scrambling for after school care.  That means after-school programs at nearly half the district’s campuses have been cancelled.  

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Some physicians knew they wanted to be doctors since grade school. Others figured it out after taking classes in science and technology or by spending a week in a program like Fort Worth’s Junior Medical School.

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In the Athens Independent School District, 75 miles southeast of Dallas, school began Monday. But this year, it's not the usual Monday to Friday schedule. The district is starting something new — a four-day school week for students and teachers.

This June 4, 2013, file photo shows Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, asking questions during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Long-time North Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant is the fourth Texas Republican member of the U.S. House to announce his departure.

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Days before Dallas' paid sick leave policy takes effect, a conservative organization said it will sue the city if it doesn't delay implementation. 

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Good nutrition is essential to staying healthy, but pulling it off on a tight budget — or when you’re sick — can be tough. And that’s when it’s even more important.

So the Tarrant Area Food Bank offers free Cooking Matters classes that teach affordable nutrition to low income families and cancer survivors.

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July 20  marks the 50th anniversary of the first humans on the moon. Astronauts got there aboard the Apollo spacecraft designed just for that purpose. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was in Dallas this past spring, with two fellow space travelers, to view the unveiling of a painting featuring ten living Apollo astronauts.

A wrong-way car crash that killed former Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis has also claimed the life of Davis' daughter, 26-year-old Melissa Davis Nunn. Nunn died from injuries Tuesday.

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Billionaire and philanthropist H. Ross Perot was remembered Tuesday in two private services. Perot, who died last week at age 89, was hailed as a fiercely competitive man of faith and patriotism who, above all else, put his family first.

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H. Ross Perot died Tuesday morning at age 89, of leukemia. He was born in Texarkana and became a bigger than life entrepreneur and Texas billionaire. Perot ran twice for president – first as an independent and then as a third party candidate.

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More than 50 young lawyers from 25 countries are in Plano learning about the U.S. justice system and international trade. They’re also learning about American life and cultures of their colleagues.  KERA caught up with some of the lawyers at a recent class.

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Fort Worth police on Thursday released bodycam footage of Sunday’s deadly shooting of a 20-year-old man. Police said the video shows the man with a gun in his hand as he runs from officers.

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As of Wednesday at about 5 p.m., a little more than 14,000 Oncor customers remained without power after Sunday’s deadly storm. The company’s web page gives updates with estimated times of restoration based on your address. The most frustrating is the listing that says “currently unknown.”

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In a first for the Cliburn Piano Competition, the next Cliburn contest will be in Dallas, not Fort Worth. 

The second Cliburn International Junior Competition starts Friday at Southern Methodist University.

Eric Johnson (foreground) and Scott Griggs (distant) face each other in the runoff to be the next mayor of Dallas. Here, debate moderator is The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers. Early voting runs through June 4, and election day is June 8.
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After a packed field of nine candidates, it's now down to two for Dallas mayor: State Rep. Eric Johnson, who got the most votes in the general election, and Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs, who came in a close second.

Early voting runs through June 4. Election Day is June 8.

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May features several debates between Dallas mayoral runoff candidates Eric Johnson and Scott Griggs -- the top two vote-getters in the May 4 election.

Five of the 25 Back to Space student Amabassadors (left to right): Katie Mulry, Lance Gorton, Julianna Lenington, Anna MacLennan and Courtney Kang
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Fifty years ago this July, Neil Armstrong's words from the moon echoed across our globe: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

The Back to Space initiative in Dallas was recently launched to rekindle popular interest in space, especially among kids — the kind the 1969 moonshot inspired. 

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The race for Dallas mayor isn’t over yet. Democratic State Rep. Eric Johnson will face Dallas City Council member Scott Griggs in a June 8 runoff.

Incumbent Betsy Price (right) won the Fort Worth mayoral race with 56% of votes against challenger Deborah Peoples (left).
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The Dallas mayor’s race is heading to a runoff after no one was able to get a majority of the votes, while the Fort Worth mayor won re-election.

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In NHL hockey, the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs continues Wednesday night in Dallas at the American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars play long-time rival St. Louis in game 4 of the best-of-seven series.  

Yarik Molina (right, standing) was teaching assistant during the April 11, 2019, Spanish in the Community class at UNT Dallas. Before being a TA, Molina and his mom both took the class before passing their citizenship test.
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This semester, University of North Texas at Dallas students have been teaching local Spanish speakers how to take the U.S. naturalization test. The crowded class keeps growing.

Former state Rep. Jason Villalba talks to the audience at a Dallas mayoral forum at the Scottish Rite Temple in March. Candidates discussed a variety of issues that especially affect people of color.
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Professional political watchers say there’s no clear frontrunner among the nine candidates seeking to replace Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in the May 4 municipal elections — making the race wide open. 

Each candidate will need to clearly communicate what approaches and priorities make him or her distinct.

Most Dallas mayor candidates appeared at an election forum March 28, 2019, at the Dallas Scottish Rite Temple in downtown Dallas. Pictured is Dallas school board member Miguel Solis addressing the audience.
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Early voting started Monday for the May 4 municipal elections across Texas, and the highest-profile election on local ballots may be the race for Dallas mayor. Term limits mean Mike Rawlings will leave after two four-year terms  leading the city. Meet the nine candidates running to replace him.

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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.

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