Shelley D. Kofler

Shelley Kofler was Texas Public Radio’s news director from December 2014 through July 2017. Prior to TPR, Shelley served as the managing editor and news director at KERA in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the Austin bureau chief and legislative reporter for North Texas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. She now serves as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Engagement Editor.

She has produced and moderated numerous, statewide political debates, including the gubernatorial debates in 2014 and those for U.S. Senate candidates in 2012.

Her interest in legislative policy includes knowledge about school finance, water and transportation issues. Her stories on the over-medication of foster children captured the attention of state officials who strengthened laws for the use of psychotropic drugs among children.

Shelley also worked with KERA on nationally televised programs.

Her radio and television work has been honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Association; the Houston Press Club, the Dallas Press Club and the Radio-Television Digital News Association, which has honored her with several prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards.

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Ryan E. Poppe

This weekend state lawmakers have a packed calendar as they race to decide bills before the end of the session on May 29.

  One bill they’re scheduled to debate would allow residents to vote on whether they want to be annexed by a city.  The City of San Antonio is lobbying hard to kill the bill.  Some area homeowners are working just as hard to make sure it passes. 

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Texas health officials say we’re better prepared this year than last to protect against the Zika virus and the mosquitos that spread it, but additional federal money would help. 

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

The end of the legislature session is less than three weeks away, and lawmakers in the Texas House are racing against a midnight deadline.  Bills that originated in the House must receive tentative approval by then or they die.  There are ways to resurrect the intent of the bills, but passing those measures becomes a lot more difficult.

Town of El Cenizo

Within hours of Gov. Greg Abbott signing the sanctuary cities ban in Texas lawsuits began to fly.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the first one asking the federal courts to declare the new law constitutional. 

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San Antonio voters on Saturday overwhelmingly gave a green light for $850 million dollars in bond projects.  Now the City has 5 years to complete them.

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