Ryan Poppe

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.

Gov. Greg Abbott began a series of public safety roundtable discussions Thursday to explore how Texas might prevent another mass shooting. 

Former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Sec. Julián Castro has qualified for the third Democratic debate to take place in Houston this September.  


Advocates for medical and recreational marijuana in Texas said the state is hypocritical for opposing reforms while profiting off the industry.

For the last two months, dozens of county and district attorneys in Texas have not prosecuted low-level marijuana crimes. That’s because they lack a reliable and affordable way to distinguish between marijuana and hemp, which was just legalized.


A ruling by a New Mexico judge this week may enable Texas residents to register for that state’s medical marijuana program. But critics are worried that Texans may end up breaking state and federal laws. 


Texas Democrats gathered in San Antonio on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to watch fellow Texans participate in both presidential primary debates.

Texas is expanding its statewide missing person alert system to now include adults.  

San Antonio Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro introduced a bill this week to remove the words “illegal” and “alien” from the United States Immigration and Nationality Act. 

A new bill may eventually allow federal facilities to accept donations of soap, diapers and other supplies for detained migrants. 

 


People who attempted to donate soap, diapers and other supplies to children held in detention facilities on the Texas-Mexico border claim federal agents rejected their offers.


Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation legalizing hemp production and hemp-derived CBD products. But it could be awhile before there are fields of hemp across the Texas landscape.


A Republican congressman whose district covers more than 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border opposes the Trump administration’s plan to raise tariffs on Mexican goods in the name of border security. He thinks he has a better solution.


A record number of marijuana-related bills — 63 — were filed this legislative session. But only two bills made it across the finish line: the regulation of industrial hemp and the expansion of the state’s Compassionate Use Program.

The Texas Senate unanimously passed legislation expanding the Texas Compassionate Use Program on Wednesday. The legislation is expected to become law, enabling more patients to purchase marijuana-derived CBD oil in Texas.

The Texas Senate bill bans any governmental entity from punishing a private business for its past donations to religious organizations. Critics condemned it as a new version of the 2017 bathroom bill or as a reaffirmation that the state is hostile to LGBTQ people.

The legislation by Bedford Republican Jonathan Stickland bans the use of video cameras to catch drivers running a red light.

The non-psychoactive component of marijuana is the latest craze in alternative medicine. Even Walgreens and CVS plan to sell CBD products. But there's one group that has yet to cash in on the CBD fever: Texas farmers.

The Texas Senate tentatively approved a bill Tuesday that would add more transparency and accountability to sexual assault reporting systems in colleges and universities throughout the state.  

Texas has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country, according experts who track marijuana laws. But some lawmakers from both parties are ready to change that.

During the years after the Civil War, communities of African Americans worked together throughout southeastern Texas to form what historians call freedom colonies. Research underway at Texas A&M University in Bryan-College Station aims to identify and preserve these historic black settlements.

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Gov. Greg Abbott, who was sworn into office Tuesday to begin his second term, made school finance reform and improving educational outcomes his top priorities during his inaugural address at the state Capitol.

Oil and gas prices are down, just in time for holiday travel. But that also means less revenue for the state. How might this impact the upcoming legislative session?


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is urging Congress to legalize industrial hemp.

 

The effort is one of the many provisions contained within the U.S. Farm Bill, and Miller believes it could greatly benefit Texas farmers.

 

 


The connection Texas House Speaker Joe Straus shares with the 41st president goes back decades. He worked for Vice President George H.W. Bush, and then again when Bush entered the Oval Office.


Leaders of the Texas Republican Party are considering a historic vote this weekend. Their decision would ultimately provide the state party chair a salary.


Participation during early voting for the midterm elections is high, and the turnout might rival numbers usually seen in a presidential election year.

But what will its impact mean on election night?


Why do voters in some of Texas’ largest counties believe voting machines are switching their ballot choices? The company that made the machines and the state’s secretary of state both point to “user error.


Political experts claim the debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination has only widened the ideological divide among voters, and one analyst is studying how the Texans have responded.


The Texas Education Agency has finished presenting its argument challenging a Department of Education ruling that threatens to strip millions in special education funding from Texas schools.


Gov. Greg Abbott shared his views on marijuana use in Texas during Friday night's gubernatorial debate. He mentioned one idea that may have surprised marijuana advocates.


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