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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This week, the small border town of El Cenizo, Texas, has been flooded with national attention after it signed onto a federal lawsuit that seeks to prevent the state’s sanctuary cities ban from being enforced.  

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The cyber bullying bill known as David’s Law, named after Alamo Heights teen David Molak passed out of the Texas Senate on a unanimous vote Wednesday.   Despite some major changes to the bill, the Molak family is still happy with its passage.

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A cyber-bullying bill known as David’s Law could be up for a vote in the Texas Senate as early as Wednesday.  It’s named for Alamo Heights sophomore David Molak.  He committed suicide last year after a group of students repeatedly made fun of him online.

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By the end of this summer Texas could have new voting maps for Congressional and State House districts.
 

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Wednesday at the State Capitol, House lawmakers will vote on legislation aimed at overhauling how the state funds public education.  But while the bill provides schools an estimated $1.6 billion more in public education dollars, critics say it does very little to help  economically-disadvantaged students.

In 2016 the Texas Supreme Court settled what had been a four year long court battle between school districts and the state, stating that Texas’ system for funding public education was constitutional, but was  in need of top to bottom reforms.

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