Ryan Vasquez

News Host/Reporter

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

A native of Miramar, Florida, Ryan comes 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. He also contributes to the Telecommunication and Film School at the University of Alabama as an adjunct instructor.

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School Closings
5:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Friday's Freezing Rain Forces School Delays In North Alabama

Freezing rain conditions in north Alabama could cause trouble for motorists Friday morning.
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Alabama transportation officials say winter storm forecasts for northern portions of Alabama likely will result in icy roads causing hazardous driving conditions.


The Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Alabama Department of Transportation strongly encourage all motorists to drive with extreme caution and to avoid roadways when weather conditions are prohibitive.


Much of northern Alabama is under a freezing rain advisory until mid to late morning tomorrow.

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Mass Shootings
9:28 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Motivations of Suicidal Killers: A Conversation With Author Adam Lankford

Adam Lankford is the author of "The Myth of Martyrdom" which explores what really drives suicidal killers.
adamlankford.com

  Mass shootings seem to be on the rise lately. In light of the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary last month, everyone from the president on down to local school systems have been trying to find ways to curb gun violence and prevent such an incident from happening again.

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Alabama Tornadoes
4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. Town Hit By '11 Twisters Gets Demo OK

An Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.
Credit FEMA

Officials say an Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.


Leaders in the Walker County city of Cordova hope the project can begin moving forward within the next two or three months.


Officials announced the decision today at a meeting of Cordova's long-term recovery committee.

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School Shootings
4:54 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Ala. Leaders Strategize School Shooting Prevention

Alabama legislative leaders strategize to prevent incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting.
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Participants in a Statehouse summit meeting have agreed that preventing and reacting to incidents like the Connecticut elementary school shooting will be the top priority for the Alabama Legislature in the regular session that begins Feb. 5.


That was the consensus among speakers Wednesday at a meeting of lawmakers, law enforcement officers and educators at the Alabama Statehouse.


The meeting was called by House and Senate leaders to discuss the issue following the shooting last month that killed 26 at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Auburn Trees Poisoned
4:49 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Tentative Trial Date Set In Auburn Tree Poisoning

A tentative trial has been set for the man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University.
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A tentative trial date has been set for Harvey Updyke Jr., the man accused of poisoning the Toomer's Oaks at Auburn University with a powerful herbicide during Auburn's national championship run in the 2010 football season.


Updyke is scheduled to appear in court April 8. A hearing will also be held Feb. 13 to discuss pending motions — which include a request by the Lee County District Attorney's Office to revoke Updyke's bond.

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Alabama Cheerleaders Wreck
4:44 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Bus Carrying 'Bama Cheerleaders Involved In Wreck

A bus carrying home University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS championship game was involved in a wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries.
Credit rolltide.com

Montgomery police say a charter bus carrying home University of Alabama cheerleaders from the BCS championship game was involved in a wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries.


Authorities say the crash happened about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday on Western Boulevard at Interstate 65. Police say the accident involved the cheerleaders' bus, which was carrying 31 people; a car; and a pickup truck.

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Alabama Storms
5:10 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Ala. Red Cross Moving Tornado Service Center

The American Red Cross is moving its service center in Mobile to a new location to aid victims of the Christmas day tornadoes.
Credit Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

The American Red Cross has announced it plans to close its casework service center at the Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, but plans to continue helping residents affected by the Christmas tornado in a new location.


Red Cross officials Friday said the service center on Dauphin Way would close at 4 p.m. and caseworkers will meet clients daily at the Red Cross office on North Sage Avenue near Ishee Street in Mobile from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday.

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New Year's Plane Crash
4:42 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Student Pilot In Crash Ignored FAA Regulations

Near the accident site in Jasper.
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Federal authorities say a student pilot wasn't following regulations when he took off with two friends on a late-night flight that crashed in north Alabama and killed everyone aboard.

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Mine Deaths
4:17 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Coal Mine Accidents Kill 19 Workers In US In 2012

Of the 19 mining deaths in the U.S. in 2012, two were in Alabama.
Credit Mine Safety and Health Administration / Wikimedia Commons

Preliminary figures show 19 coal miners in the U.S. were killed on the job in 2012, down from 21 the previous year.


West Virginia led the nation with seven coal mining deaths.


The figures from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration show Kentucky had four coal mining deaths, followed by Alabama with two. Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia each recorded one death.


There also were 17 metal and nonmetal mining deaths, up from 16 in 2011. These fatalities bring the overall death toll in the mining industry to 36.

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Casino Reopening
4:12 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Ala. Casino Gets Liquor License Hearing Moved Up

VictoryLand Casino in Shorter gets it's liquor license hearing moved up to January 10.
Credit al.com

Alabama's liquor control agency has moved up a hearing to determine if the newly reopened VictoryLand casino in Shorter will get a license to serve liquor.


A spokesman for the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Hal Taylor, said the hearing was moved from Jan. 23 to Jan. 10 because VictoryLand requested an earlier date.

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Alabama State President
4:38 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

ASU, Suspended President Agree To Separation

Alabama State University and President Joseph Silver agree to mutual separation.
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Alabama State University trustees have formed a mutual separation agreement with suspended university President Joseph Silver.


School officials have agreed to pay Silver $685,000 to resign from his position and the agreement includes a clause prohibiting either party from disparaging the other.


Silver was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 26 after officials said he tried firing executive vice president John Knight — a state representative from Montgomery.


Trustees voted 8-1 to accept the agreement and one member chose not to vote.

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HIV Inmates-Alabama
4:28 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Judge Blocks Ala. Policy Of Segregating HIV Inmates

A judge has blocked Alabama's policy of segregating HIV inmates calling it a violation of federal law.
Credit Ryan Vasquez

A judge has struck down Alabama's policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal law.


U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice. Thompson says the state's policy violates federal disabilities law.


Thompson says the state and inmate attorneys will have time to propose a way to bring state prisons into compliance with his order.


The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment on the ruling.

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Alabama Unemployment
4:24 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Ala. Jobless Rate Drops To 7.5 Percent

Labor Commissioner Tom Surtees says the latest job numbers show employers are expecting a strong holiday shopping season.
Credit http://dir.alabama.gov / Alabama Dept. of Industrial Relations

Alabama's unemployment rate fell sharply to 7.5 percent in November, a drop officials say was helped by holiday hiring.


The state Department of Labor said Friday the number represents 162,182 people who were jobless last month.


The state's unemployment rate was below the national rate of 7.7 percent, and it's down six-tenths of a percent from October.


The rate of 7.5 percent is also well below the year-ago rate of 8.3 percent.

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Auburn-Trees Poisoned
5:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Attorney Says 'Bama' Fan Competent To Stand Trial

Attorneys say Harvey Updyke is competent to stand trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.
Credit AP Photo/Opelika-Auburn News, Vasha Hunt, Pool

Attorneys for Harvey Updyke say the University of Alabama fan is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of poisoning Auburn University's landmark oak trees.


But the lawyers said Thursday that Updyke still plans to use an insanity defense to fight the charges.


Attorney Margaret Brown told a judge in Opelika that Updyke's mental condition at the time of the offense is an entirely different question than his competency now, about two years after the incident.

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Alabama State President
5:10 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Governor Bentley Plans To Vote To Keep ASU President

Governor Robert Bentley says he plans to vote to keep Alabama State President Joseph Silver.
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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he will vote to retain Joseph Silver as president of Alabama State University unless he hears a legitimate reason why Silver should be fired.


Bentley serves as president of the Alabama state Board of Trustees by virtue of his position as governor.


The trustees have scheduled a meeting for 2:30 p.m. Friday and are expected to take a vote on whether to fire Silver two months after he was hired. The president was suspended shortly after he attempted to fire two top administrators.

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