Ryan Famuliner

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 halfway through their MLB ballpark tour. Ryan’s also always up for a round of disc golf or a nickel-dime poker game.

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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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This week on the show: what information does the government have about you… and how is it using it? Plus, hundreds of MU faculty members finally get a vote.

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More than a dozen Mid-Missouri runners took part in the Boston Marathon today that was marred by bombings, with reports of two deaths and almost two dozen injured.

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The Roots N Blues N BBQ festival announced part of its lineup for the 2013 festival.

Mavis Staples, Steve Earle and John Hiatt top the list for the festival, which is moving to Stephens Lake Park this year.

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Columbia Public Schools announced in a press release this afternoon that Jennifer Mast will be the new Principal at Rock Bridge High School at the end of this school year.

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It's been a busy week in Jefferson City. While the city was considering how to overcome a $1.68 million budget deficit, the Public Works Director and Communications Director both decided to resign on the same day this week.

The Jefferson City Public Works Director and Communications Director both announced their resignations today. The Jefferson City News Tribune reports the city is facing a $1.68 million budget shortfall. Public Works Director Roger Schwartze cited that reason for his resignation.

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UPDATE: 2:00PM, March 12:

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This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Ushio Shinohara was a “rowdy, confrontational" young artist, seemed destined for fame after moving to New York City in the late 1960’s. He hung out with Warhol. He’d been part of Japan’s post-war avant-garde movement, most well-known as the “boxing painter,” for his exhibitionist art where he would dip his cloth-bound hands in ink, and punch his way down a canvas. But his full potential was never realized.

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The University of Missouri issued a press release Thursday night announcing that the campus will remain closed Friday due to the winter storm that hit Columbia today.

This week: why Boone County leaders are asking for a 3/8 cent sales tax in April. Plus, economists and business owners in Mid-Missouri react to President Barack Obama’s goal of increasing the national minimum wage to 9 dollars an hour.

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This week on the show: the Medicaid expansion debate continues. Plus: what Mid-Missourians are concerned about as the President prepares for his State of the Union address.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • State legislators consider a bill that would make Missouri a Right to Work state
  • Laura Nauser takes over the vacated 5th Ward Columbia City Council seat
  • Debate continues over MU considering hiring Larry James
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This week on the show, we’ll talk about some of the major issues the state legislature plans to take on this semester. Some very familiar, others not so much.

Columbia Police say they are investigating a homicide at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital in Columbia that happened on Friday. In a press release, police say the suspect and victim were both patients at the VA Hospital, and that the suspect is currently in custody. Police aren’t releasing any other information right now.

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University of Missouri undergraduates who are state residents will pay 1.7 percent more in tuition next year as the four-campus system holds its annual hike to the rate of inflation.

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Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his state of the state speech Monday night;  to a legislature that this year again has enough Republican members that if they all vote together, they won’t even need his signature to alter the state’s laws.

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will get a $8.3 million donation from the family of a former chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

The University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will get a $8.3 million donation from the family of a former chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

The Southern Boone School District has hired a new superintendent.

Board of Education President Ellen Kesterson says Chris Felmlee stuck out among the 26 people that applied for the job. Kesterson says Felmlee is currently the superintendent in the Van-Far school district in Vandalia.

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Center on the States recently released a report or oral health that didn’t speak too highly of Missouri. On an A through F scale, it gave the state a D for its efforts to provide access to dental sealants for high-need kids. Dental sealants are plastic coatings put on children’s molars after they first come in that help prevent decay.

KBIA Sports Extra

There’s going to be a delay before University of Missouri basketball fans find out whether the team’s head coach, Frank Haith, will face charges from the NCAA related to his time at the University of Miami.

From the Columbia Daily Tribune: "Based on videos posted online, it’s hard to tell exactly what went on, but a few things are clear. After the victory, Hickman students rushed the court. A few Rock Bridge players got swept into the crowd, and at some point, Rock Bridge students were on the court, too. Chaos followed, and it’s hard to differentiate whether students are celebrating, fighting or trying to make their way out of the mob. In one video, a woman is seen aggressively approaching a Rock Bridge player and then being restrained. Police officers, coaches and teachers helped control the situation."

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Lincoln University names its new President
  • Columbia College names its new Interim President, and the committee to find the permanent replacement
  • One of the candidates in the Columbia mayoral race drops out
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Columbia College has named current Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Terry Smith as its interim president. According to a press release today, when Dr. Gerald Brouder retires as President in August of this year, Smith will take over. The college has a goal of having a new president named by July 2014.

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