Ryan Vasquez

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Ryan Vasquez is a reporter and the former APR host of All Things Considered.  

A native of Miramar, Florida, Ryan came to Alabama Public Radio after graduating from the University of Florida in 2006. While in Gainesville, Ryan worked for a sports-talk radio station as well as a WUFT-TV, but he gained his passion for public radio at Mid-Florida Public Radio. In his nearly eight years in public radio, Ryan has covered such stories as the 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elections, the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill and the deadly April 27th, 2011 outbreak of tornadoes. Ryan has contributed stories to Florida Public Radio, NPR and APM’s Marketplace Morning Report.

Ryan joined Alabama Public Radio in September of 2007 and stayed with us until November 2014. He also contributed to the Telecommunication and Film School at the University of Alabama as an adjunct instructor.

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A third-party audit of the oil spill settlement program finds the program has correctly processed 99.5 percent of claims. The audit, conducted by Chicago-based McGladrey LLP, concluded the program is "well-designed and appropriate" and made no major recommendations for improvement.The audit has become a focal point for BP in its fight to remove claims administrator Patrick Juneau and challenge the settlement program, which it claims is riddled with fraud and errors.

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If you’re heading out on the roads this Thanksgiving, get ready for a record amount of company. Triple-A Alabama is predicting the heaviest traffic since 2007 on our interstate highways and other roads. The holiday is expected to put two million more cars on the road compared to last year. That’s a four and a half percent increase overall. Triple-A spokesman Clay Ingram says there’s a lot more going on than just Thanksgiving to keep traffic busy…

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Triple-A Alabama says a lot of motorists are hitting the road today for Thanksgiving. If you’re one of them, a new safety report says Birmingham ranks second in the nation for worn out tires. The Rubber Manufacturers Association Only Baltimore has a higher percentage. Overall, one in five vehicles in the U.S. have worn down tires. Association spokesman Dan Zielinski says Birmingham drivers also need to keep their tires inflated properly.

Alabama's unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent. But APR’s Jeremy Loeb reports it remains above the national average.

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A spokesman to Sen. Mike Enzi says the Wyoming Republican is seeking the chairmanship up the Senate Budget Committee, setting up a showdown next month with Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama for the important post.

Sessions is currently the top Republican on the Budget Committee but Enzi technically has seniority over Sessions even though both were elected to the Senate in 1996.

The head of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System will not be keeping his job. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold has more...

A new report from a child advocacy group says the number of children living in poverty in Alabama has grown, but, the state is making progress in reducing the number of teens having babies. The 2014 Alabama Kids County Date Book is issued by VOICES for Alabama's Children. The report says the number of children living in poverty increased by five percent between 2000 and 2012, with 26 percent of Alabama children living in poverty. It also found that births to teenagers 15 to 17 declined 40 percent during the same 10-year span.

A state prosecutor says Alabama’s speaker of the house is going on trial for alleged crimes and not due to politics. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins has more on the case against Mike Hubbard.

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Alabama is in the grip of more wintery weather. Lows tonight and Tuesday night are expected to be in the twenties with a slight warming trend in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. The chilly conditions will stretch from the Tennessee Valley all the way to the Gulf Coast. Stephen Latimer is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Huntsville. He says residents throughout Alabama need to get ready for the cold temperatures…

A state board has denied a one million dollar claim brought by the parents of a slain Auburn University student, but her parents say they will continue their fight for better campus security. The Alabama Board of Adjustment today denied the claim brought by the parents of Lauren Burk. Her father, Jim Burk, says the family's goal was not money but to encourage Auburn to reinstate a campus police force. The family claims the university's decision to merge its police force with the city's led to inadequate security on campus. Burk was an 18-year-old freshman from Marietta, Georgia.

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Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans. APR's Stan Ingold reports, the redistricting has helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate.

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A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for former Gov. Don Siegelman's latest request to get out of prison.

Defense lawyers are asking the judge to free Siegelman while he appeals his 2006 bribery conviction. Lawyers say the release is merited since his appeal has gone on much longer than anticipated. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15.

U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land of Georgia issued the order Monday. Land also approved of Siegelman attending the hearing. An appellate judge gave Land the case after Alabama judges recused themselves.

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Supporters of Alabama’s Accountability Act may soon learn the measure’s fate. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins reports the state Supreme Court will soon hear arguments over the plan…

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to ethics charges that he used his public offices to enrich himself. APR's Stan Ingold has more.

Republicans are sticking by Representative Mike Hubbard as their choice for House speaker despite his indictment on ethics charges. House Republicans today voted to support Hubbard for another term as speaker of the house. The full House of Representatives will officially select a speaker in January during an organizational session. Hubbard was indicted last month on 23 felony ethics charges. The Auburn Republican has maintained his innocence and says he sees no reason to give up his leadership role.

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