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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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
1:50 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

After Weeks Of Mudslinging, Dewhurst And Patrick Stay Amicable In Last Debate

Early voting continues through Friday. Runoff election day is Tuesday, May 27.
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There was the release of mental health records and stories leaked about fist fights and racial slurs, but at the last debate in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff election the two candidates kept it cordial.   

Yesterday's debate between incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston surprised many political experts who were expecting personal attacks during the debate in Salado, which was hosted by the Central Texas Tea Party.  

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Payday Lending
11:54 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Texas Payday Lending Study Shows Industry Raised Fees In 2013

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The Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning political think tank, released a study showing that in 2013 the industry raised it’s fees by 12 percent, collecting over $1.3 million from Texans.

Don Baylor, a senior policy Analyst with the center, said that Texans between 2012 and 2013 paid more in fees for loans using a paycheck or car title as collateral.

“So we saw these loans become more frequent and we also saw them become much longer in terms, which means Texans are paying a lot more for these products,” Baylor said.

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University of Texas
10:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

This Week House Committee Working Up Articles Of Impeachment For UT Regent Hall

The Texas House Select Committee on Transportation in State Agency Operations is in unfamiliar territory with the first impeachment of a governor-appointed position in Texas history.
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Members of a Texas House committee are moving forward with the impeachment of University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall by drawing up the official articles of impeachment. Hall informed UT’s Board of Regents he would not be resigning from his post.

The Texas House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 in favor of impeaching Hall. This week only those who voted for impeachment will be able to weigh in on what codes Hall violated, which will be the official articles of impeachment.

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Election Campaigns
12:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

The Leak Of Dan Patrick’s Mental Health Records May Have Helped Him

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick outside the Alamo ahead of his debate with San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.
Credit Dan Patrick via YouTube

Just before start of this week, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who is supporting Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's bid for re-election in the runoff, leaked documents detailing state Sen. Dan Patrick's treatment for depression during two separate hospitals stays 30 years ago.  

Professor Mark Jones, the head of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said Dewhurst and his associates have made the impossible, possible.

"It’s taken Dan Patrick, who is not especially a sympathetic figure, and turns into him into a sympathetic figure,” Jones said.

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Disaster Relief
11:04 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Emergency Management Chief Says State Is Missing Out On Billions Because Of Poor Planning

TDEM Chief Nim Kidd walks with Gov. Rick Perry during a hurricane emergency response exercise and resource showcase in Austin ahead of the 2013 hurricane season.
Credit Texas DPS

Texas cities damaged by various disasters in the last five years still qualify for billions of dollars in federal aid, but an official with the Texas Division of Emergency Management testified before state lawmakers this week that the state needs to do a better job getting and using that money.

Chief W. Nim Kidd, the head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, told the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security that one of the areas in need of improvements is how to get counties affected by a disaster the federal money they need to rebuild.

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University of Texas
5:13 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

UT Board Of Regents Asks Wallace Hall To Resign

Marsha Miller University of Texas

The chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, along with a majority of members, asked Regent Wallace Hall to resign from his position today.

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted 7-1 this week for impeachment, but the Legislature urged the UT Board of Regents to handle the matter by asking Hall to resign.

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Texas Public Schools
3:47 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Teachers Detail How Alternative Methods Have Helped Their Students

Beyond the reduction of standardized testing under House Bill 5, the House Committee on Public Education is also looking at using more of an innovative approach to teaching.

This week lawmakers heard details about how project-based learning and "flipped" classrooms have revolutionized the way students learn. A "flipped" classroom is when students are assigned a lecture video to watch at home so that class time can be dedicated to projects and activities based on that lesson.  

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Texas Public Schools
11:51 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Teachers Express Concern With New TEA Evaluation Pilot Program

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State teachers gave House leaders their take on the new job assessment pilot program designed by the Texas Education Agency. Teachers criticized the use of student test scores to measure job performance, calling the formula “black magic” with no type of scientific evidence.

As part an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, the TEA designed a program for teacher evaluation in order to opt out of the federal No Child Left Behind program. The proposed plan gives student end-of-course exams a 20 percent weight, which is a minimum set by federal education officials.

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Criminal Justice
9:55 am
Wed May 14, 2014

U.S. 5th Circuit Halts Texas Execution Based On New Information

A Texan man on death row who was scheduled to be the nation’s first execution since the botched lethal injection in Oklahoma has been granted a stay. The US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals halted Robert James Campbell’s execution based on an IQ score taken in 1982.

Campbell came within hours of being executed, but the U5th Circuit believed there was sufficient evidence to prove Campbell would’ve been labeled intellectually disabled  if certain pieces of evidence hadn’t been withheld during his original trial.

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Charter Schools
2:54 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Villarreal Pledges To Take Action Following Charter School Financial Accountability Reports

State Rep. Mike Villarreal of San Antonio is pledging to take up charter school issues in the next legislative session.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Following a series of reports released by Texas State Board of Education Vice Chairman Thomas Ratliff on charter school financial accountability, a state lawmaker said he’s looking into legislation for the 2015 session that will address the issue.

According to an analysis released by Ratliff last week:

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