Ryan Famuliner

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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, Ind. and as a reporter and anchor at the Missourinet radio network in Jefferson City, MO. He’s won national Sigma Delta Chi and Edward R. Murrow 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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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.

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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.


Governor Jay Nixon has appointed former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann Covington to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. In a press release Thursday afternoon, Governor Nixon calls Covington - who lives in Columbia - a prominent leader in Missouri for the last 25 years.

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A bill pre-filed in the State Senate would eliminate the 20 solid waste management districts in the state, and lower the landfill fees that fund them.

The management districts, most of which cover multiple counties, help local entities get grants to help pay for recycling programs or other efforts to divert material from landfills.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Senate approves a new U.S. Attorney for the Missouri Western District
  • UM System President Tim Wolfe announces some administrative changes
  • Missouri drivers will notice some changes on their new licenses
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University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced a few changes to the organization of some administrative offices Wednesday. In a press release, Wolfe said he will consolidate the roles of Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs, which has been vacant for several years, and the Vice President of Economic Development.

UM System spokesperson Jennifer Hollingshead says the new person in this position will work with chief academic, research and economic development officers on all of the system campuses.

Naveen Mahadevan / Columbia Missourian

Jared Thomassen is a junior in Ashland always looking for new goals to achieve. He is an avid long distance runner and placed second in the Duathlon at the last Show Me State Games. If that wasn't enough, Jared takes on music as well. He's been in band since elementary school and is a part of Southern Boone County High School's competitive marching band. Producers Erin Dismeier and Naveen Mahadevan bring us this story, as part of KBIA and the Columbia Missourian’s My Life, My Town project.

This is regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri's U.S. Senators disagree on proposed Senate rule changes
  • Governor Nixon announces his goals for the 2013 legislative session
  • New laws will go into effect starting Tuesday
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The Columbia Public Works department says, based on local forecasts for winter weather, the department decided to start pre-treating roadways this morning.

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A University of Missouri researcher is one of only a dozen recipients of this year’s National Medal of Science, announced by President Obama Wednesday.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Alan Freeman will be the new Director of the Department of Social Services
  • A Mo. Appeals Court agrees with the decision to throw out George Allen's murder conviction
  • Missouri minimum wage earners will get a slight raise in the new year

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Missouri DNR has yet to enforce punishment after a September acid spill in Columbia
  • Phase 1 of the Birds Point levee restoration project is complete
  • Governor Jay Nixon's office estimates Medicaid expansion would save the state money

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Former Congressman Wendall Bailey throws his hat in the ring to replace Jo Ann Emerson
  • Mamtek investors will begin getting a small portion of their money back
  • The MU athletic department gets a pledge of $6.4 million over the next 10 years
Marching Mizzou at halftime
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In a press release Friday, the University of Missouri Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced it’s secured a pledge of $6.4 million over the next ten years toward its Tiger Scholarship fund. The donors asked to remain anonymous.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is urigning the National Rifle Association to help prevent future mass killings
  • Public schools in Columbia and Jefferson City will be under heightened security Friday
  • A winter storm causes numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri
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Superintendent Chris Belcher says Columbia Public Schools will be under heightened security tomorrow following rumors and chatter about a possible planned violent act at one of the district’s schools. In a letter to parents today, Belcher said the district and the Columbia Police Department have investigated the rumors and can’t find any credible evidence.

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There have been numerous power outages in Mid-Missouri today as the area is experiencing a winter storm with high winds.

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Columbia Public School district spokesperson Michelle Baumstark says three Columbia schools were experiencing sporadic power outages Thursday morning due to a winter storm in the area. Baumstark says the outages at New Haven elementary school, Parkade elementary school and West Junior High School started around 9:45am Thursday.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Missouri legislators introduce a bill that would allow teachers and administrators to carry guns in schools
  • Missouri's U.S. Senators discuss gun control
  • Animal advocates appeal to the Missouri Supreme Court over fees
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Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. This comes after a petition to demolish the oldest building in downtown Columbia to possibly make way for high-rise student housing. 

City development services manager Pat Zenner says the petition to demolish the 175-year-old Niedermeyer building at 10th and Cherry downtown theoretically could be approved in a matter of weeks.

"Basically, the applicant has made a legitimate request to demolish a building,” he tells KBIA.

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The Columbia City Council is considering an ordinance that would put a temporary abeyance on demolition permits in downtown Columbia. 

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More than two hundred people took part in a short memorial service on the University of Missouri campus this afternoon to honor the victims of the Newton, CT mass shooting.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The Columbia Public School District helps parents prepare to talk to their kids about the Newtown, CT mass shooting.
  • The state Tax Credit Review Commission issues its updated recommendations.
  • Jo Ann Emerson may step down from her U.S. House post even earlier than first announced.

All across the country today, local reporting outlets are putting in calls to their local school district public relations professionals in an attempt to report a story about what would happen if the tragedy in Newtown, CT were to happen HERE.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • An immigration panel meets in Jefferson City
  • A state leader talks about the possibility of a Medicaid expansion
  • Eminent domain petitions are cleared for signature gathering
  • Mamtek's CEO is denied a lower bond
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Columbia’s economic development leaders are officially asking the Columbia City Council to effectively drop the effort to create an enhanced enterprise zone, or EEZ, in the city.

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This week on the show – New enforcement creates questions about whether organic certification is worth it for farmers. Plus, details about the likelihood of Missouri becoming a right to work state, and a report from Jefferson City about the possibility of Missouri switching to performance based funding for higher education.