Ryan Famuliner

Assistant News Director

Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. It’s his second stint at KBIA. His first was from 2005-2007, as a student studying broadcast journalism at the University in Missouri. In his spell outside KBIA, Ryan worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, IN and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting in both television and radio.

Ryan and his wife Kelly are ecstatic to be back home in Missouri. Hailing from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, Columbia is a fantastic place to compromise. They spend an unhealthy amount of time at flea markets and junk shops, and watching Mizzou sports and Major League Baseball. They’re about a third of the way through a nation-wide ballpark tour. Ryan’s also always up for a round of disc golf or a nickel-dime poker game.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Special elections yield results for Mid-Missouri towns, utilities

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A few special elections in Mid-Missouri yesterday resulted in success for the towns and entities asking for new revenue.

In Ashland, voters approved a one half cent sales tax increase to go toward transportation projects in the town. The Boone County Clerk reports a voter turnout of just over 6 percent for two special elections, with the measure passing 86 to 65.

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Accident
3:05 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

18 injured in Montgomery County I-70 bus accident

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Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F spokesperson Sgt. Paul Reinsch says 18 people were injured in a bus that overturned near mile marker 170 in Montgomery County around 1:20pm Friday. 

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Business
5:39 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Cerner says thousands of new employees could be housed on new KCMO campus site

Cerner, one of the largest employers in Kansas City, announced Thursday afternoon it intends to purchase about 237 acres at the site of the former Bannister Mall, which it hopes to use to build a new campus to house thousands of new employees.

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Business
10:47 am
Thu August 1, 2013

RR Donnelley in Jefferson City to close, 470+ jobs gone

The Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce says employees at RR Donnelley in Jefferson City received notice at 7:30 Thursday morning that the plant will be closing as of October 1st.

Missy Bonnot is the Director of Economic Development with the Chamber. Bonnot says the plant, which prints textbooks and other products, had 473 full time employees as of May of this year. She says there are likely additional part time staff employed at the plant as well.

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Education
3:01 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Brouder's tenure at Columbia College comes to an end

Dr. Gerald Brouder leaves Columbia College for his retirement on July 30, 2013
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Tuesday was the last day at work for longtime Columbia College President Dr. Gerald Brouder.

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Education
5:36 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

These are the people that will find the next MU chancellor

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced his retirement in June.
Credit Ryan Famuliner / KBIA file photo

The University of Missouri system has announced its 18-member committee that will lead the search for the new Chancellor of MU’s Columbia campus. The announcement Thursday afternoon comes on the heels of two public forums this week discussing the search. UM system spokesperson John Fougere says those hearings and the appointment of the committee were two important steps in the process. He says the next is when the committee first meets in the next couple weeks.

Current Chancellor Brady Deaton is set to retire on November 15th, and Fougere says the goal is to have a new chancellor hired before the end of the fall semester.

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5:17 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

President Obama slated to visit Warrensburg next Wednesday

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The Kansas City Star is reporting President Barack Obama will visit Warrensburg, MO next week. There isn't much information yet on the specifics of the visit, but we'll keep you updated.
President Barack Obama will visit Warrensburg next week, White House officials said Thursday. The visit will be on Wednesday, and the subject will be the economy, but officials released no other details. More information will be forthcoming "in the coming days," a White House official said.
Sports
9:02 am
Fri June 28, 2013

One former MU player picked in NBA Draft, teams pass on Pressey

Alex Oriakhi
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Former University of Missouri basketball player Alex Oriakhi was taken in the second round of last night’s NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns took Oriakhi with the 57th pick. There are only two rounds in the draft, and only 60 players selected overall.

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CoMo Explained
7:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Why are Mo. politicians so riled up about the tax cut bill?

H.B. 253 does not contain any actual threats to Abraham Lincoln's face. But to tax rates, yeah, definitely.

This week Como Explained dives into the tax cut bill the Governor vetoed. It's not dead yet.

Como Explained: Episode 11

We’ve talked about the Republican veto-proof majority on this show before. Well, that’s one of the main causes behind a situation playing out in Jefferson City (and across the state) right now.

Republicans pushed a bill through the legislature this year that would reduce the personal income tax rate by half a percentage point and the corporate rate by three points.  Both would be phased in over the next 10 years. Many Republicans touted the bill as one of their key accomplishments in the 2013 session, and if it becomes law, it will likely be the most noticeable change in the state that comes out of this past session.

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Politics
5:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

What DOMA means for Missouri

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA Wedensday. It’s  a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples.

For the states that have legalized gay marriage (12 of them, and the District of Columbia), it’s clear what the impact of this decision will be for same-sex couples in those states.  Their spouses will now be entitled to the same federal benefits as straight couples, which was not the case in the past. But the result is murkier in the other 38 states where gay marriage is not legally protected (like in Missouri).

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Politics
4:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

885 positions to be cut at Fort Leonard Wood, reduction not as bad as expected

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The U.S. Army announced Tuesday it will eliminate 885 positions at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri as part of its plan to restructure its bases in the U.S.

The Army says it was necessary to reduce its numbers by 80,000 active duty members over the next four years because of sequestration cuts. The plan is to bring its number of active duty personnel down to 490,000 by 2017.

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Education
1:05 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces retirement

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton steps to the podium in Jesse Hall just before announcing his retirement. UM System President Tim Wolfe makes his way onto stage. June 12, 2013
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University of Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton announced today that he will step down as chancellor effective November 15 of this year.  

Deaton says the time was right.

“(The decision to retire) did not happen quickly, let me say, I looked at a range of issues. The success and the coming together of the planning that we have been engaged in has been a very big part of it. And frankly the lack of absence of any major crises as I see them right now, you don’t want to choose that time,” Deaton said.

Deaton says there are no negative motivations behind his retirement.

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Education
9:32 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Eliot Battle, a long-time Columbia educator and leader in desegregation, has died

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A little more than a week after celebrating with his family and community the opening of Columbia's Battle High, long-time Columbia educator Eliot Battle, has died. Columbia Public Schools spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says Battle died last night, Tuesday, June 11th, from injuries sustained after a car crash Friday. Battle had been hospitalized following the accident.

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PM Newscasts
6:09 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Newscast for June 5, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon vetoes a measure that would have affected income taxes in Missouri
  • An update on flooding in the state
  • A project in Jefferson City will address a dangerous curve on Route 54
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Weather
7:45 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Heavy rain means flooding on roads, rivers

Here's what it looked like as the rain fell over Columbia at about 7:30am Friday morning
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Heavy rain throughout Mid-Missouri is causing flooding in many areas, and storms are expected to continue throughout Friday. Boone County Emergency Management keeps a live-updated list of road closures, which you can check here at any time for the latest information. As of 7:30am Friday morning, 18 roads were closed in Boone County due to flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation's traveler information map is also worth checking before heading out on the road today.

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