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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Alabama Storms
5:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tornado Damages Homes In Birmingham Neighborhood

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in a Birmingham neighborhood Monday morning.
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The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.


The National Weather Service says the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue near the Birmingham farmer's market. Birmingham Mayor William Bell says there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows. He says the city provided tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.

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Elder Abuse
4:53 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Ala. Legislators Offer Bills To Curb Elder Abuse

Two bills proposed for upcoming legislative session aims to curb elder abuse.
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Two bills proposed for the legislative session starting Feb. 5 will provide additional criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older citizens.


Two Republican legislators, Sen. Cam Ward of Alabaster and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, announced the legislation Monday in Shelby County along with the state director of Senior Services, Neal Morrison. The legislation is recommended by the Alabama Interagency Council for Prevention of Elder Abuse and is backed by the governor.


The bills would apply to victims who are 60 or older.

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GOP Chairman Challenged
5:04 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

GOP Chairman Disappointed Bentley Not Supportive

GOP Party Chairman Bill Armistead is disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley isn't backing his re-election bid.
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Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead says he's disappointed Gov. Robert Bentley has abandoned him, but he doesn't think it will affect the outcome of his re-election bid.


Bentley held a conference call with members of the Republican Executive Committee Thursday night, where he endorsed Birmingham attorney Matt Fridy for the party's top leadership job. Bentley backed Armistead when he was elected two years ago. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and House Speaker Mike Hubbard are also backing Fridy.

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UA President
4:50 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

2 Aides To Former UA President Still Being Paid

Although Guy Bailey resigned as UA president in late October, two of his aides continue to draw a salary.
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Two top aides to former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey are leaving the school but will continue to draw a salary for months.


Both presidential assistant Mary Larson Diaz and presidential chief of staff Justin Clark moved to Tuscaloosa with Bailey from Texas Tech University after he took the job at Alabama. Their combined salaries were $246,000 annually.


But both positions were eliminated following Bailey's unexpected resignation after just two months on the job.

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Alabama Gambling Trial
4:43 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Lawyers Say Ex-Lobbyist Attacked In Alabama Prison

Lawyers for ex-lobbyist Jarrod Massey say he's been attacked in prison.
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Lawyers for a former lobbyist who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case say he was attacked at a federal prison in Montgomery and moved to a different prison.


Attorneys for former Country Crossing casino lobbyist Jarrod Massey filed court documents requesting to see their client and check on his wellbeing. The date of the attack and Massey's condition are not disclosed in court records.


The U.S. Bureau of Prisons reports Massey was moved from the federal prison in Montgomery to the one in Talladega.

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Naked Student Shot
5:10 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Parents Of Ala. Freshman Suing Over Campus Killing

The parents of University of South Alabama student who was shot to death by campus police are suing the school over his death.
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The parents of a University of South Alabama freshman who was shot to death by campus police are suing over his death.


An attorney for relatives of Gil Collar says the 18-year-old freshman never touched the officer, and the shooting never should have happened.


Attorney Jere Beasley says the family is filing suit against the school and the officer. The university had no immediate comment.


Police and witnesses say Collar was nude and acting erratically outside the campus police station before he was shot to death on Oct. 6.

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Flu Season
4:58 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

US Flu Season Starts Early, Could Be Bad, CDC Says

Health officials say the flu season is off to its earliest start in 10 years.
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Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years — and it could be a bad one.


The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly.


But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly well prepared. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu so far.

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PSC-Oden
4:53 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Governor Bentley Appoints Rep. Oden To Alabama PSC

Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Rep. Jeremy Oden to fill a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.
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Alabama's governor has appointed Republican state Rep. Jeremy Oden of Vinemont to a vacant seat on the Alabama Public Service Commission.


Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday Oden will resign from his north Alabama House seat before joining the state's utility regulatory board on Monday.

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House Rules Chairman
4:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

McCutcheon Named Ala. House Rules Committee Chair

Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon has been named chairman of the of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.
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Republican State Rep. Mac McCutcheon of Capshaw has been named chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives.


House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn Thursday named McCutcheon to replace Republican Rep. Blaine Galliher of Gadsden as Rules Committee chairman. The Rules Committee sets the daily work agenda for the House.


Galliher resigned his House seat four months ago when Gov. Robert Bentley named him legislative director in the governor's administration.

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Shelby Drug Grant
4:09 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. County Awarded Anti-Drug Trafficking Grant

Gov. Robert bentley has awarded a $140,000 grant to Shelby County to fight drug trafficking.
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Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded the Shelby County Commission nearly $140,000 to fight drug trafficking.


The  money will be given to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.


The task force performs undercover operations to bust meth labs, and helps investigate violent crimes.


The unit includes authorities from four law enforcement agencies and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.


Officials are particularly concerned about heroin trafficking in the county.

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BCS Viral Video
3:55 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Ala. Man Gets 2 Years In Jail For Nasty BCS Video

An Alabama man has recieved two years for a nasty video he made after the BCS national title game.

An Alabama man got a dressing-down and two years in prison for rubbing his genitals on an unconscious LSU fan in a Bourbon Street burger restaurant after the BCS national title game in January. A video of the incident went viral.


State District Judge Karen Herman told Brian Downing of Smiths Station, Ala., that he's a bully who has permanently damaged someone else's life.


Downing declined to say anything before the judge sentenced him as part of a plea deal.

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Alabama State President
5:09 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Silver Says He Did Not Get Cooperation At ASU

ASU President Joseph Silver was placed on paid administrative leave on Monday.
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Suspended Alabama State University President Joseph Silver said he did not receive cooperation from top university officials concerning the school's finances.


An executive committee of the board placed Silver on paid administrative leave Monday after Silver tried to fire executive vice president John Knight. Knight is a state representative from Montgomery.


Silver said in a written statement Wednesday that while reviewing the university's financial information, he had questions and no one would give him answers or provide requested documentation.

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Prepaid Tuition
5:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Parents Frustrated With Alabama's Tuition Plan

Parents with children in Alabama's prepaid college tuition program impatiently await an Alabama Supreme Court decision.
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Parents with children in Alabama's prepaid college tuition program are frustrated that they can't plan for the future while the Alabama Supreme Court decides how much tuition the program will pay.

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State Auditor
4:47 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

1st Candidate Announces For Alabama State Auditor

With 2012's elections barely in the rearview mirror, the race for state auditor in 2014 has already begun in Alabama.

The race for state auditor in 2014 has begun.


Adam Thompson, the deputy chief of staff or Alabama's secretary of state, announced Wednesday that he will run as a Republican for auditor. The current auditor, Samantha Shaw, has served two terms and can't run again. Shaw said Wednesday she doesn't plan to seek any office in 2014 and will help her husband, Greg Shaw, with his re-election campaign for the Supreme Court.


Thompson worked in the state auditor's office when Beth Chapman held the post and then followed her to the secretary of state's office in 2007.

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Casino Raid
9:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Alabama Gambling Machines To Be Destroyed

Electronic bingo machines in the 2009 raid of White Hall Entertaiment Complex in Lowndes County can be destroyed.
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A judge has ruled that the state attorney general's office can destroy the gambling machines seized in Alabama's first casino raid in 2009.

Circuit Judge Bob Vance ruled Monday after American Gaming Systems, Eclipse Gaming, Bally Gaming and Nova Gaming said they no longer wanted the machines because they are outdated. Former Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force seized about 100 machines from White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County on March 19, 2009.

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