Ryan Poppe

News Reporter - Capitol

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.

Eventually converting into an on-air reporter, Ryan has covered topics ranging from crime to the political process at the state capitol.

Ryan and his wife Mary own a home in Leander. He enjoys spending time at many of areas parks and outdoor spots with his son Luke and listening to live music at some of Austin jazz and reggae hotspots.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from Jamaican to North African fare to modern Thai-cuisine.

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Ryan Poppe

When state lawmakers meet in January they will once again square off over using public school dollars to pay for attending private schools. Opponents of that practice call it a voucher program. Supporters tend to call it school choice. And the debate during this next session will include special needs children.

Wendy Rigby / Texas Public Radio

Lawmakers at the state capitol are filing bills that would make it more difficult for parents to opt-out of having to vaccinate their school-age children.

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A San Antonio lawmaker has filed legislation today to make medical marijuana more accessible in Texas. In 2015 State Sen. Jose Menendez co-authored a bill that allows only three businesses in the state to sell a specific medical marijuana oil to patients that have epilepsy that is incurable. The San Antonio Democrat is hoping to expand that bill this session by giving doctors the discretion to prescribe it to their patients for other illnesses. “I’ve filed this bill because doctors not...

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says the State of Texas should not have to spend as much on border security in the next budget because incoming President Donald Trump says that’s his top priority. The Speaker would like to see Washington pick up a bigger part of the bill. In 2015, state lawmakers approved more than $750 million to fund the Texas Department of Public Safety’s border security operation in the Rio Grande Valley. Public Safety is now asking for more than a billion state dollars to...

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How Texas determines whether someone has the intellectual capacity to be sentenced to death is being examined by the nation’s highest court on Tuesday. The Supreme Court made it clear no person with intellectual disabilities is to be executed but how Texas determines who fits that criteria is what is at stake this week. In 1980, Bobby Moore was convicted for shooting a store clerk during a Houston robbery and later sentenced to die. Moore’s IQ score ranges from 50 to 70 points, a person with...

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