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, 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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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.

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This week on Talking Politics: the latest on Jo Ann Emerson’s retirement and the rush to find a replacement in the US House. Plus, the so-called fiscal cliff, and what it would mean for the University of Missouri system.

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Two buildings are being called a complete loss after a fire in Bevier, a small town just west of Macon. Bevier Mayor, Bill Cosby, says the fire near the town’s center was reported just after midnight Thursday morning. He says the fire destroyed both the Pear Tree restaurant and the Black Diamond Association – a town history museum.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Hunters kill more than 200,000 deer in Missouri
  • Frontier Airlines begins flights from Columbia Regional Airport
  • A man files suit in St. Louis over secret government testing during the Cold War
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According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, 14 percent of people in Missouri live below the poverty line. That’s almost 900,000 Missourians. KBIA’s Harum Helmy finds out how one nonprofit organization attempts to educate the 86 percent about what it’s like to be on the other side.

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Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse found out today they were not chosen to receive funding from the US Department of Energy for a project to build Small Modular Reactors at Ameren’s Callaway County plant in Fulton.

This week on the show: Republicans don’t fare well in statewide races despite a strong win for Mitt Romney in the state. Plus, how many people actually voted. Are we counting them right?

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A new bipartisan group of Missouri leaders is trying to put pressure on Congress to address the national debt – and says tens of thousands of Missouri jobs are at stake.  The Missouri “Fix the Debt” campaign held its first event in Jefferson City Monday. The group is urging action before the so-called fiscal cliff takes effect.

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In case you need to do some serious cramming ahead of election day, KBIA has compiled coverage of all of the statewide ballot issues. If you have 8 minutes to spare, listen to the audio attached to this story, and hopefully you'll feel more prepared. 

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Hello and welcome to Talking Politics, I’m Ryan Famuliner.

Less than a week, folks. That’s all the time you have to make sure you’re prepared for election day. KBIA’s been conducting in-depth interviews with political candidates for regional and statewide office in our studios, and we’re airing portions of those in these few days left leading up the election. We’re also posting the full length-interviews here on KBIA.org: we’re calling them “candidate conversations.”

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This week on Talking Politics, Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith makes his predictions for November 6th. Plus, our “candidate conversation,” Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Susan Montee.

We hear again from Columbia College political scientist Terry Smith, who is a regular contributor to the show. In this commentary, he has his predictions for November 6th.

Jacob talks about the importance of higher education, and how he believes it can be a way to promote job growth in the state. He also stresses revitalization of Interstate 70, but doesn’t go as far as to promote turning it into a toll road. He says bonding will be the way to pay for that work, which he says will also create jobs. Jacob also questions the legitimacy of the his opponent, Republican Caleb Rowden, who he says is not qualified for the office. Jacob has served in the state house and senate.

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KBIA’s Ryan Famuliner interviews Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel, a Democrat running for reelection this year.  He is being challenged by Republican Cole McNary in the November 6 election.

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KBIA's Ryan Famuliner interviews former Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee, who is challenging incumbent Republican Lt. Governor Peter Kinder in the November 6th election.

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There are almost 30 Libertarian candidates running for various offices in Missouri this year, more than all but four other states in the country. KBIA’s Erin Dismeier spoke to some Libertarians and their candidates in Missouri to hear their thoughts on this year’s election.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  •  A tentative agreement to add flights to Dallas and Chicago from Columbia Regional Airport
  • A couple leaves $1.3 million to the MU School of Medicine
  • A Columbia Attorney is among the nominees for the MO Supreme Court
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The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The possession of fireworks is now illegal in Columbia
  • Opponents of a new Break Time in Columbia are re-gathering petition signatures
  • Supporters of a ballot measure are still unhappy with Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's ballot summary.
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This week on the show: What to expect during Wednesday’s Presidential debate. Plus, we talk with Republican women in Boone County.

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All eyes were on Columbia as the candidates for Governor and the US Senate squared off in the first debate of this election cycle on Friday. This week on the show we have more in-depth reporting on what happened at the debates.

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This week, Harvest Public Media has a report from a surrogate debate, where each side tried to prove their candidate is best for agriculture. Plus, commentator Terry Smith talks about two political-types, one from each party, that could both have a major impact on the presidential race this year.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The former CEO of Mamtek is arrested and faces numerous criminal charges related to the failed Moberly factory
  • The Columbia City Council approves the 2013 City budget, including cuts to retiree's benefits
  • Captains in the Columbia Police Department are now considered "at will" employees
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This week on the show, a report on what’s holding up the farm bill; and regular contributor Terry Smith weighs in on the Democratic National Convention.

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This week on the show, commentator Terry Smith’s take on the Republican National Convention, and a conversation with a man who sat on the Missouri Supreme Court for two decades.

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Supporters of initiative petitions regarding payday loans and minimum wage are giving up on a lawsuit trying to get the issues on the November ballot
  • A new law make standardizes yellow lights across the state
  • Columbia might seek voter approval for a new hotel tax

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • The latest on Todd Akin - an endorsement in jeopardy, and a comment from Karl Rove joking about Akin's murder.
  • Former MO House Speaker Steven Tilley registers as a lobbyist, not long after resigning from office
  • MU announces $5 million in funding for biomedical research projects

The University of Missouri announced today the first recipients of funding awards though its partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; which will fund biomedical research projects.

This regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • It appears Attorney General Chris Koster will not appeal a ruling that changes wording on a ballot measure regarding health care exchanges.
  • Premium Standard Farms reaches an undisclosed settlement with 287 Northern Missouri residents.
  • Columbia students scored above the state average on AP tests.

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