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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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Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of the PBS NewsHour who began his public television career at KERA, has died. He was 85.

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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson released the Task Force on Safe Communities report Thursday. The report recommends ways to reduce violent crime in the city.

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The Dallas Police Department released its Violent Crime Reduction Plan Thursday after Mayor Eric Johnson insisted on it. The plan aims to reduce murders and assaults across the most violent parts of Dallas, and targets business crimes — but the mayor wants more. 

The police plan calls for reductions of violent crime and robberies by 10% in certain parts of the city and an overall violent crime reduction rate of 5%.

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The Dallas Stars won their first-ever Winter Classic Wednesday. The National Hockey League’s annual outdoor New Year's Day game was played in the Cotton Bowl. 

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For the first time in years, Dallas will hold a free downtown New Year’s Eve party. The Party on the Plaza, happening outside Dallas City Hall, promises two bands, over 20 food trucks and a big fireworks show. 

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For the first time in National Hockey League history, its biggest annual outdoor game will be in Dallas. The New Year’s Day Winter Classic between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators will be played in the Cotton Bowl at 12:30 p.m. 

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The Dallas Morning News has named 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Max Glauben as its Texan of the Year, for being a source of hope and inspiration for his message of tolerance, fairness and forgiveness. 

Al Meredith, retired pastor of Fort Worth's Wedgwood Baptist Church, in 2009
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Texas is all too familiar with grief after a church shooting. Sunday's gunfire in suburban Fort Worth came two years after the deadliest church shooting in modern history, when 26 people died in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This weekend also revived memories of a shooting two decades ago at a Fort Worth church just 10 miles away.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church school assembly room filled with gift bags
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Every December, thousands of people buy toys, clothes and stocking-stuffers so families in need can have a happy holiday. But what happens when those donors forget items or buy the wrong size?

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Long-time Dallas public relations executive and political consultant Carol Reed died Thursday of cancer. Reed managed victorious mayoral races and influential, city-wide campaigns for more than 30 years. 

The Dallas Independent School District just earned a gold medal for its high-quality prekindergarten program.
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The Dallas Independent School District just earned a gold medal for its high-quality prekindergarten program. The National Institute for Early Education Reseach studied 40 different big city pre-K programs across the country to issue the ratings.

Chef Rudy Vasquez
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It's an ordinary fall day at the University of North Texas and Chef Rudy Vasquez is busy deep-frying one of today’s lunch specials, chicken fingers. Only, there’s no wheat on the flour-dredged meat.

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The future of a major Dallas interstate is up for discussion starting today.

The state is seeking public opinion on the future of Interstate Highway 345, the overhead freeway bridge in Deep Ellum. The interstate connects to major highways, including east-and westbound I-30 and north- and southbound I-35, U.S.75 and I-45. 

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A free legal clinic for retired U.S. military veterans with service disabilities opens Thursday afternoon in Dallas.

It will be the 50th free clinic offered by Metroplex Veterans Legal Services. The nonprofit launched six years ago to help veterans get services they need and are entitled, but often don’t know about, says attorney and founder Joan Gillham.

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A group of high school students has been diving into the world of soft-shells and sliders, and we’re not talking crab or tiny sandwiches. These kids are part of a lab class learning what field work is really like.

Susan Moreno works in the dual-language and International Baccalaureate program at J.L. Long Middle School.
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A Dallas ISD Spanish teacher has won $25,000 for being one of the best teachers in the country. Susan Moreno from J.L. Long Middle School is the only Milken Educator Award winner in Texas.

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It’s 6:30 on a Tuesday night. Local brews, some cocktails, wine and food are filling tables at the Cambria hotel that looks out on Dallas’ still busy Elm Street. It’s lecture time. 

A budding business mixing spirits and scholars has come to Dallas. Profs and Pints is taking the traditional college class out of the lecture hall and into a bar. 

Business and government officials posed for the ground breaking picture where Dallas' Uber Hub will operate
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State and local officials helped celebrate Friday’s ground breaking for the new Uber Hub in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.  

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Four candidates, all Democrats, are competing in a special election for Texas House District 100. The House seat opened up after Eric Johnson was elected Dallas mayor. 

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Thousands of Dallas ISD kids and their teachers transferred to different schools Wednesday. They were forced from their damaged home campuses because of the weekend's tornado. All Thomas Jefferson High School students are now attending classes at Thomas Edison school in west Dallas.

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Beginning Wednesday, Dallas ISD students from tornado-damaged schools will head to different campuses. Thomas Jefferson High School and the surrounding neighborhood were hit hard by the weekend's severe weather. The school’s students will now have class at the old, empty Thomas Edison Middle School in west Dallas.

Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa offers details on how district students forced out of their schools by Sunday's tornado  damage will continue getting an education
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Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa spent part of his Monday driving through parts of his ravaged school district to survey the damage.

The Big Pecan Tree has deteriorated for years due to age and disease.
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The famous Highland Park pecan tree that’s older than the town itself and has played a part in city celebrations for decades, is finally coming down for good.

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After years of preparation, classes are underway at Fort Worth’s newest medical school – a partnership between Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Officials are hoping to modernize medical education. The new school has injected a creative curriculum designed to improve the health of future doctors and patients.

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Every year volunteers with the Dallas Regional Chamber get to be Principal for a Day at a Dallas school. Thursday, on the 20th anniversary of the program, more than 200 got the chance. KERA caught up with one of them at Sidney Lanier Expressive Arts Vanguard, in west Dallas.

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“No justice! No peace!”

The familiar chant was prompted by what protesters saw as a sentence too light for the murder of an innocent black man in his own apartment.

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North Texas faith leaders were among those with strong reactions to the guilty verdict in the Amber Guyger murder trial. Some gathered Tuesday night on the steps of the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas – the courthouse where the trial’s been taking place. 

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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath says despite recent improvements in public education, it's not enough. At the Dallas Regional Chamber lunch Monday, he urged hundreds of business leaders to get involved with public schools.

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The murder trial of Amber Guyger gets underway today in Dallas. She’s the Dallas police officer who shot and killed 26-year-old Botham Jean while he was in his own apartment.

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