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 live in the Northwest Austin suburb of Jollyville. He enjoys spending time at many Austin's parks and outdoor areas with his son Luke and cycling along some of the area's bike trails.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from traditional French to modern Thai-cusine.

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Texas Public Schools
4:37 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Texas Education Commissioner Requests Extension For Rollout Of New Teacher Evaluations

Credit US Department of Education

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has asked the U.S. Department of Education allow the state to delay a full rollout of a new teacher evaluation system and teacher's associations are applauding Williams' action.

As per agreement with that allows Texas to opt out of sections of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, Williams was to design a teacher evaluation pilot program, test it using voluntary school districts, and then rollout the program after a year. 

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Texas Business
3:35 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Future Of Texas Economic Incentive Programs

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

There is a divide among state lawmakers regarding economic incentive programs for new and expanding businesses.  Some lawmakers and state leaders question whether these programs remain useful and beneficial for the state's economic growth.

The debate centers on local and state tax credits and multi-million dollar grants from the Texas Enterprise Fund, which is controlled by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and has awarded more than $500 million to businesses since the fund was set up in 2003.  

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Border & Immigration
3:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

RAICES Says 63% Of Minors At Lackland Qualify For Asylum, Sen. Cornyn Skeptical

Lackland dorms where the unaccompanied minors from Central America are being housed.
Credit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

An internal review by the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) found 63% of the Central American children being housed at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio would qualify for some type of asylum relief.

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Voting Rights
1:19 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.

Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with the state party and Battleground Texas, are getting prepared for what could come down to a legal fight at the ballot box.

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Texas Teachers
4:40 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Senate Lawmakers Examine Ways To Solve Teaching Shortage In Texas

Credit Flickr user Bill Selak / cc

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, state lawmakers are examining what can be done to address the state’s shortage of teachers.  A senate committee asked leading education officials to make recommendations on how to improve retention levels while maintaining quality educators.

A report issued last year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board showed the state has very little chance of meeting it’s teacher certification goal by 2015. That same report points out that 50% of new teachers move on to a different profession within the first five years.

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Border & Immigration
11:59 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Rio Grande Valley Lawmaker Says The "Militarization" Of The Border Is Wrong For Texas

State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, D-McAllen, is taking issue with Gov. Rick Perry’s executive action to activate the Texas National Guard along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hinojosa applauded the efforts of the Department of Public Safety’s border surge Operation Strong Safety, which is a state-led effort to provide more security along the border and plug up any holes that cartels may be using for criminal activity.

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Border Security
10:50 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Gov. Perry Orders National Guard Troops To The Border

Gov. Rick Perry (at podium), (L-R) DPS Director Steve McCraw, Texas Adjunct General John Nichols, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

While waiting for the federal government to do something about the situation on the border with Mexico, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has decided to take action into his own hands, ordering a deployment of Texas National Guard troops.

Perry said the majority of those crossing the border are here to commit crimes and only a small percentage are unaccompanied minors.

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Border Security
12:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gov. Perry Expected To Send National Guard Troops To The Border

Gov. Rick Perry announces the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the border. Standing with him is (L-R) DPS Director Steve McCraw, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Credit Office of the Governor

According to the McAllen Monitor, a newspaper covering South Texas, Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce that he will be sending 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley near the Texas-Mexico Border.

Perry is hoping to deter the influx of illegal crossings by staging troops in South Texas.

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University of Texas
2:07 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

UT Chancellor Tells House Committee Powers' Resignation Had Nothing To Do With Hall Impeachment

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa told a Texas House committee that the UT Board of Regents relationship with UT at Austin President Bill Powers had become strained and his negotiated resignation had nothing to their impeachment investigation of Regent Wallace Hall. 

The Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in Government Agency Operation asked Cigarroa and the Board Chairman Paul Foster to explain some of the reasoning behind Powers negotiated resignation.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:37 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Davis Outraises In Last Quarter, But Abbott Holds Cash-On-Hand Lead

Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis’ campaign has announced they were able to raise $11.2 million in donations over the last quarter in tandem with Battleground Texas.

With less than four months to go before the general election, Davis' campaign has $13.1 million cash on hand.

In the same time frame, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott raised $11.1 million, giving his campaign a combined total of $35.5 million cash on hand.

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