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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Beginning Thursday the State of Texas will cut the amount it pays to therapists who treat some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Families are now worried they’ll lose care that is teaching their children important life skills. 

In the living room of her family’s home outside of Austin,  9- year old Briana Dupuie smiles broadly as her physical therapist tosses a fuzzy yellow tennis ball and Briana tries to catch it. 

Ryan Poppe

When state lawmakers meet in January they will once again square off over using public school dollars to pay for attending private schools.   Opponents of that practice call it a voucher program.  Supporters tend to call it school choice.  And the debate during this next session will include special needs children.

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Lawmakers at the state capitol are filing bills that would make it more difficult for parents to opt-out of having to vaccinate their school-age children.

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A San Antonio lawmaker has filed legislation today to make medical marijuana more accessible in Texas. 

In 2015 State Sen. Jose Menendez co-authored a bill that allows only three businesses in the state to sell a specific medical marijuana oil to patients that have epilepsy that is incurable. The San Antonio Democrat is hoping to expand that bill this session by giving doctors the discretion to prescribe it to their patients for other illnesses.

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Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says the State of Texas should not have to spend as much on border security in the next budget because incoming President Donald Trump says that’s his top priority. The Speaker would like to see Washington pick up a bigger part of the bill. 

In 2015, state lawmakers approved more than $750 million to fund the Texas Department of Public Safety’s border security operation in the Rio Grande Valley.  Public Safety is now asking for more than a billion state dollars to expand the state’s border efforts. 

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