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 E. Poppe

Lawmakers at the state capitol are examining whether the state needs to allow more community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees.  One of those institutions is San Antonio’s Alamo Colleges, which will be pursuing that effort during the 2017 legislative session.


 As a way of making a four-year college more affordable, In 2003 state lawmakers passed legislation that gave a limited number of community colleges the permission to develop up to five baccalaureate degree programs.  


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The U.S. Supreme Court has placed the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules for coal-fired power plants on hold, while a coalition of 30 state attorneys general led by Texas continues to challenge the constitutionality of rules that would shut down older plants still in operation.



Justices on the high court blocked the enforcement of the Obama administration’s new clean energy plan while the lower courts decide whether the EPA has the legal authority to impose it.


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State lawmakers at the capitol received an update on how state health officials would respond in the event of a full-blown outbreak of the mosquito-borne illness known as the Zika virus. 

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A federal judge in Dallas has ruled against Texas’ efforts to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state.  

Dallas Federal District Judge David Godsby said the State had failed to show how allowing the federal government to work with local non-profits to resettle Syrian refugees posed a creditable threat to the state.   Godsby said, that state Republican leaders' attempts to block families fleeing the war-torn country need to be handled through "the political process" and not the courtroom.

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Under a new policy change, transgender inmates in Texas prisons will be able to receive hormone therapy while behind bars.  It’s a move that advocates are calling a positive step, but far from ideal.



Prior to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s recent change, only inmates taking hormones before their incarceration could be placed on hormone therapy in prison.  The agency’s Jason Clark said the change came after the American Psychiatric Association listed gender dysphoria as a diagnosable disease.