Ryan Famuliner

News Director

Ryan Famuliner joined KBIA in February 2011. Ryan previously worked as a general assignment reporter and videographer at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won national Sigma Delta Chi, Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI Awards for his reporting and editing work.

Ryan and his wife, Kelly, hail from the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, respectively, finding 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 halfway through their MLB ballpark tour. 

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is launching an ad campaign in which he asks Missouri workers and employers to consider moving to Texas.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • 600 jobs coming to Wentzville by way of the affordable care act.
  • Gov. Nixon backs up his veto on a bill affected sex offender registries
  • A former suspect in a Warrensburg murder returns to his home in Saudi Arabia

As many news outlets have reported over the last eight months, KBIA's Content Director Scott Pham is the founder of the Missouri Drone Journalism Program, which studies the use of drones (think less military, more toy helicopters) for journalistic purposes. The program has hit a snag, as the Federal Aviation Administration has sent the program what amounts to a "cease and desist" letter, at least until the program gets what the FAA deems proper certification based on the somewhat limited restrictions the FAA currently has for the devices. Pham explains further in his blog post on the subject, linked below. He defended the project's activities thus far, but also sees limited application for journalism agencies like KBIA under the FAA rules as applied here, at least until new restrictions are put in place in 2015.

City of Kirksville

The Kirksville City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to pass an ordinance that adds sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination policy. A similar ordinance failed on an earlier attempt in July, being shot down 3-2.

The deciding vote was Kirksville Mayor Richard Detweiler. He voted against the measure in July, and for it Monday night. Detweiler says it was a very difficult process that, looking back, he would have handled differently from the beginning.

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Thursday in the KBIA newsroom we had what I consider a valuable discussion. And it came out of a notoriously stupid act at the Missouri State Fair this week.

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The Columbia Police department says officers arrested three Columbia teenagers yesterday and this morning in connection to the July 14th homicide of 17-year-old Tre’Veon Marshall.

Police arrested 18 year old Joshua Dewayne Murray and 19 year old Nicholas Raheem Thomas for first degree murder and armed criminal action. 17 year old Kimberly Makayla Huett-Linzie was arrested for felony hindering prosecution.

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Just over a week after introducing the idea of a new property tax to fund the hire of 35 new police officers in Columbia, Mayor Bob McDavid has decided it's not necessary after all.

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Missouri Military leaders gathered in Columbia today to discuss the current and future landscape of the armed forces in the state, as the federal government  plans to make cuts to defense spending. One of the main messages from panelists: that different stakeholders in that state must work together toward creating a “military friendly” environment in the state.

“It’s gonna have to be a team effort going forward. It can’t just be a Fort Leonard Word effort, it can’t just be a Whiteman effort, it can’t just be a Rosecran effort, it can’t just be a Jefferson Barracks effort. It has to be a  statewide effort… It’s bigger than any just one location anymore,” said Mike Dunbar with the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement commission. Dunbar was one of the panelists at the forum.

U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler hosted the event, which brought together representatives from the military and the communities in Missouri that surround the military bases in the state, to discuss the impact of a possible Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

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Updated 10:28am, 12:56pm

Missouri State Fair director Mark Wolfe says the rodeo clown responsible for the controversial act over the weekend has been banned from the fair.  The clown had donned a mask of President Obama and asked spectators if they wanted to see "Obama run down by a bull."

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The Missouri Department of Transportation has begun re-opening many Mid-Missouri roads and highways that were closed due to flooding, but some county roads are still affected, particularly those near the Osage River.

MODOT reopened the 14 mile stretch of I-44 near Jerome southwest of Rolla Thursday morning, which had been closed for nearly 24 hours. Highway 63 near Westphalia was also closed Wednesday afternoon due to water on the road, but that route was also re-opened Thursday morning.

Miller County Emergency Management Director Barlow Biggers says the county hasn’t seen Osage River flooding like this in 30 years.

As of 11:00am Wednesday, Biggers says 30 county roads and three highways had been closed or are under water. He says the fire department had also already had to respond to three swift water rescues, which were all successful.

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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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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. 

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.

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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Tuesday was the last day at work for longtime Columbia College President Dr. Gerald Brouder.

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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.

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.

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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.

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

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.

What DOMA means for Missouri

Jun 26, 2013

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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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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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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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.

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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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.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The top Senate leader says a criminal code revision and $1.2 billion bond issue are dead this session
  • The legislature makes a third run at passing a use tax
  • Much more from the last week of the 2013 legislative session
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Edited at 3:30 pm with quotes from Columbia Public Works

Columbia Regional Airport (COU) issued a press released Friday afternoon announcing it had received word that its tower will remain open thanks to new federal funding. As we've reported before, the air control tower serving Columbia Regional Airport was on a list [pdf] of regional towers that the FAA was planning to close.

According to a Jefferson City Public Schools press release four students were taken to the hospital after an accident involving a school bus and a car Friday morning near Lewis and Clark Middle School. The district says police and school officials went to the scene after the accident at approximately 7:30 Friday morning, and determined three of the 39 students on board needed to go to the hospital. They were transported in an ambulance. Jefferson City police say the injuries to the three students were minor.

Earlier this week, KBIA told you the City of Moberly has paid at least $677,000 in court fees since the Mamtek sucralose factory failed in 2010, including at least $60,000 in fees so far in April. Today, the Moberly Monitor-Index is reporting the city and its development authority have both been dismissed from a case being brought against them by Mamtek bondholders.

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