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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On the Westside of McAllen, members of VFW posts from across the Valley huddle around a table and sip coffee as they update each other on some of their long-standing injuries and swap stories about the struggles they face getting healthcare.   

“Why haven’t we got a hospital when the rest of the nation all the other districts have got one? Why isn’t there one here? They don’t planning on having one?”  Army Veteran Jose Vasquez asks, thinking a VA Hospital in the Valley would help.

And Army Veteran Richard Pena talks about the difficulty getting care. 

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Governor Greg Abbott is doing what his predecessor wouldn’t, by implementing federal rape prevention standards at state prisons and jails.    The move has prison guard unions and civil rights groups applauding the governor’s efforts.

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Right now in Texas, deer and all other free-roaming animals are considered common property for all Texans to enjoy and the state manages and regulates that wildlife on behalf of the people.




Every legislative session Texas lawmakers fight to make access to guns less restrictive. In the past lawmakers would use state crime statistics to push gun legislation at the capitol.


But a new study published in the Journal of Criminology by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health may be poking holes in claims that increasing the number of conceal handgun permits leads to less crime.


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According to district officials, an assistant coach at John Jay High School in San Antonio has admitted he told two players to blindside a referee while playing a game against Marble Falls High School on Friday, September 4.  But news of coach’s directive isn’t as surprising to those studying the changing ethics of the game.