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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Epileptic Council

Members of Texas’ DPS Public Safety Commission have put off establishing the rules for the state's limited medical marijuana law passed in 2015. 

The Department’s Ren Earl Bowie asked commissioners at Thursday’s hearing to postpone any discussion and possible vote on the rules that would establish an online registry of patients, doctors and dispensaries connected to the state’s limited medical marijuana law. That law currently only includes low-THC cannabis oil that is incapable of getting a person “high.”

Wiki Commons

The Department of Public Safety is meeting Thursday to go over the latest set of rules connected with Texas’ limited medical marijuana law.  The timeline for implementing the law is on schedule, but that schedule is two years after the law took effect and that has dozens of Texas families uprooting their lives to move to states where medical marijuana is legal and available.

Former Austin Corrections Officer Glen Mays hopelessly clutches his 5-year-old son as his wife records one of young Orion’s many seizures on her cell phone.

Texas Tribune

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is back in Texas this week for a series of fundraising events. Trump will kick off his latest Texas tour on Tuesday with a rally in Austin, one of the state’s most Democratic-leaning cities.

 

Trump’s rally at the Travis County Expo Center will be the first time he has visited the Lone Star State since becoming his party’s presidential nominee. 

 

Ryan Poppe

The Department of Public Safety has added 51 new state troopers to its growing list of officers stationed along the border and of the recent DPS cadet graduating class, two are a husband and wife team from the Rio Grande Valley.

Maira and Enrico Salinas are originally from Edinburg.  Less than a year ago Enrico lost his job in the oil field.  At that time neither one of them thought they would be walking across a stage in Austin to become state troopers, let alone, together.

Ryan Poppe

What is a school board member’s role in improving student performance and how should the state hold them accountable? Those are questions state lawmakers are asking ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

The release of the 2016 school accountability ratings has spurred many conversations this week at the state capitol, including how to help the lowest performing schools.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath said it’s wrong to point the finger at underperforming teachers.

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