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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Immigration activists are gathering in Austin Wednesday to rally for reforms. The activists have a long list of complaints. Among them is a demand that National Guard troops be removed from the border.

Last summer, Republican leaders at the Legislature approved the deployment of 1,000 National Guard troops to the border, which cost taxpayers an estimated $12 million a month for each month of their deployment. They had stated that the extra security was needed to protect the state from illegal immigrants and cross-border crime.

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It was April 16, 2007, when the quiet of an early morning was shattered at Virginia Tech University. A troubled senior armed with a 9-millimeter handgun, a 22-caliber handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition entered a building and walked from classroom to classroom shooting.

When the melee ended, he had killed 33 people — students, including himself, and faculty members — and wounded 17 others. It’s that incident some Texas lawmakers cite again as they try to pass legislation that would allow those with a concealed handgun license to bring their guns to campuses.

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A new online video posted by a gun-rights leader of a North Texas open-carry group may make it more difficult to pass open carry legislation this session.

The head of the group Open Carry Tarrant County is no stranger to the state capitol.  Kory Watkins is the man who posted a video of himself shoving his foot in the door of Eagle Pass Rep. "Poncho" Navarez's office and refusing to leave on the opening day of the legislative session..  That interaction resulted in additional security measures for lawmakers at the capitol. 

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Texas Land Commissioner George P Bush joined hundreds of school voucher supporters for a rally at the state capitol during School Choice Week and proponents of school vouchers are confident they have enough momentum to get a bill passed this session.

Buses chartered from across the state lined the edges of the state capitol complex as a marching band from Houston kicked off the rally for National School Choice Week.  It was sponsored by the Alliance for School Choice, a national group that support vouchers.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Wednesday that continuing legal charges would not affect his decision on whether to run for President in 2016, or not. A San Antonio judge has denied Perry’s attempt to have the felony abuse-of-power case against him thrown out.   

Perry had just addressed voters in the early primary state of South Carolina on Tuesday, when State Judge Bert Richardson announced his decision; he would not throw out the charges Perry faced.