Ryland Barton

News Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

Ryland Barton is a radio reporter and All Things Considered host at KWBU. He came to Waco from Austin where he worked as a reporter, producer and host for the local NPR affiliate, KUT. His reporting has taken him from the Texas capitol to small towns and cities around the world, covering state and local politics, water shortages, forced relocations in rural China and the rise of luxury cars as status symbols in Beijing. Ryland has a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Chicago. Outside of work, he enjoys writing songs, playing ultimate frisbee and driving to new places.

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SpaceX
9:35 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Waco City Council Approves $1.5 million for SpaceX Package

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SpaceX just got one step closer to expanding its McGregor flight test facility. The Waco City Council has approved  $1.5 million in economic development money that will go towards a $3 million package from the Waco McLennan County Economic Development Corporation.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Texas Has Most Hazardous Chemical Plants In U.S.

Jill Ament

After the 2013 fertilizer explosion in West, President Obama issued an executive order to make chemical facilities across the country safer. But since then, little has been done to secure those facilities and according to a Congressional report, Texas has the highest number of hazardous chemical plants in the nation.


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Rainy Day Fund
5:03 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Lawmakers Set Rainy Day Fund Minimum For Credit, Emergencies

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Texas’ so-called Rainy Day Fund is an emergency pool of money that comes from oil and gas taxes. The account has ballooned with Texas’ most recent oil and gas boom and has been turned to recently to shore up statewide water and road projects. State lawmakers established a minimum balance for the fund to make sure Texas always has some extra cash on hand.


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Transportation
5:28 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Cheap Oil And Gas Means Low Transportation Payout

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On Election Day, Texans voted to put money generated from the severance tax on oil and gas towards the Texas highway fund. With 80 percent of the vote, proposition 1 was seen as a hugely popular push to fix Texas’ crumbling highway system. But falling gas prices means next year there might not be as much money available.


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Baylor
10:31 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Baylor Philanthropy Lab Awards $100,000 To Local Nonprofits

Ryland Barton, KWBU News

Baylor students participating in a course called the Philanthropy Lab donated $100,000 to local nonprofits today. The class evaluated over 60 nonprofits and distributed the money based on qualities that would help Waco like education, health, culture, civil rights and community development.

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