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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AM Newscasts
10:10 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Newscast for August 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Illinois and Missouri rank among the worst 20 states in the nation in terms of air pollution from power plants
  • US Senator Claire McCaskill says she is admittedly “relieved” to not be facing wealthy businessman John Brunner as she fights to keep her seat
  • The 2012 Missouri State Fair is underway in Sedalia
PM Newscasts
5:57 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Newscast for August 9, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Five races from the Missouri primary Tuesday could be eligible for a recount
  • Police apprehended an inmate who hijacked a patrol car with two other inmates in the back seat
  • A man died after jumping off a parking garage in downtown Columbia
Crime
12:00 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Man dies after reportedly jumping from downtown garage

A man died after jumping off the parking garage at 5th and Walnut in Columbia Thursday morning.

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Business Beat
10:34 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Huge food distributor phasing out gestation crates in pork production

Elite Pork Partnership keeps sows and piglets inside in facilities like this one Carroll, Iowa
Sarah McCammon Harvest Public Media

This week: North America’s largest food distributor is phasing out its use of gestation crates in pork production. Plus, a story about the drought’s impact on ranchers in the Midwest.

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PM Newscasts
6:11 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Newscast for August 8, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • More on the results from Tuesday's primary
  • A report on the voter turnout
  • A England-born Mid-Missouri woman gets an extension that will allow her to stay in the country.
Politics
12:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Rowden gets nod from Republicans in 44th District

A 29-year-old newcomer to politics is the Republican nominee for the newly-drawn 44th State House District. Caleb Rowden got 41 percent of the vote in the 4-way race for the seat, which will represent Columbia’s third ward and most of Northeast Boone County. Rowden says economic development would be one of his main concerns as a legislator.

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PM Newscasts
4:45 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Newscast for August 7, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Sen. Claire McCaskill weighs in on the Republican primary that will determine her challenger in November
  • A soy-based chicken producer plans to re-locate to Columbia, and create 60 jobs over 5 years
  • The Army Corps of Engineers says the Missouri River is 15% below its normal level
Business Beat
4:41 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Following the Arkansas River to track the drought

Water is low in the Arkansas River in Colorado this year, making the raft trip through Royal Gorge slower, and bumpier, than normal.
Frank Morris Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: Harvest Public Media’s Frank Morris follows the river to show the impact of this year’s drought.

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PM Newscasts
5:44 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Newscast for July 23, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A Task Force will help try to secure federal funding for a small nuclear reactor project in Missouri
  • Gov. Nixon declares a state of emergency in Missouri because of the drought
  • An update on the proposed horse slaughterhouse in southern Missouri.
Politics
4:10 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kinder will pay penalty for missing a property tax bill

KBIA file photo

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's campaign says he will pay a penalty for missing a tax bill on property he owns in Cape Girardeau.

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PM Newscasts
5:58 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Newscast for July 19, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • A report on the procession for Columbia soldier Sterling Wyatt, whose body was returned home today.
  • NOAA predicts the hot, dry weather will linger in the fall.
  • Mark Twain National Forest expects above average fire damage this year.
PM Newscasts
5:53 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

KBIA Newscast for July 18, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Details on the 24th heat-related death in Missouri since June
  • Hear from an author who wants the rights to his book back from the University of Missouri Press
  • A Missouri judge has terminated the parental rights of a Guatemalan woman who was contesting her son's 2008 adoption by a Carthage, Mo. couple.
Business Beat
5:42 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Keeping cows cool: serious stuff

The "Thermal Aid" app, on an iPhone.
Scott Pham KBIA

It’s going to seem like this week’s show is all about keeping cows cool, and it kind of is, but keep in mind this is a serious threat to agriculture in Missouri, and thus, the overall economy in the state.

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Education
4:59 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Author wants his book back from University of Missouri Press

The backlash continues over the so-called “new model” for the University of Missouri Press. one of the Press’ authors wrote a letter to UM System President Tim Wolfe, who closed the old press as a cost-cutting measure.

Author Don Spivey notified Wolfe of his desire to remove his biography of baseball legend Satchel Paige from the University of Missouri Press. It was published in May, and Spivey’s worried about the future of his book.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon July 16, 2012

MU announces "re-imagined" University of Missouri Press

KBIA file photo

Updated 1:45pm with comments from Provost Brian Foster and new Press Director Speer Morgan

The University of Missouri System announced in May it would be eliminating the University of Missouri Press, and that process officially started July 1st. Today, the University of Missouri-Columbia campus issued the press release below, announcing a new model to serve similar goals of the ill-fated Press.

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Fallen soldiers
4:40 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Volunteers honor Sterling Wyatt and his family

Volunteers put flags into the ground along the route between Highway 63 and the Wyatt family's home on Friday, July 13, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Scores of people showed up to Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia Friday afternoon to line the streets with American flags along the route to the home of the family of Sterling Wyatt, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan Wednesday. Wyatt’s family is expected to return home Friday night after retrieving his body. Listen to the audio postcard above to hear from those at the event, including Wyatt's grandmother.

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PM Newscasts
6:21 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

KBIA Newscast for July 12, 2012

Regional News coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon vetoes 10 bills - including a controversial one involving insurance coverage for contraception
  • Two Columbia soldiers have died in the last 5 days
  • The city of Columbia is proposing major changes to benefits for future city employees
Military
5:18 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Two Columbia soldiers have died this week

MBK (Marjie) Flickr

Two Columbia military members have died in the last five days.

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Politics
3:32 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon signs 12 bills into law, vetoes 10

KBIA file photo

Missouri Democratic Governor Jay Nixon was busy Thursday, making decisions on 22 bills the legislature put on his desk.

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PM Newscasts
6:39 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Newscast for July 11, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon signing legislation aiming to protect senior citizens and the disabled from financial exploitation
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler weighs in on the vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act
  • Major changes to the process farmers use to apply for low interest loans during a drought
  • Research at Washington University could help diagnose early onset Alzheimer's Disease more than a decade before it occurs.
Business Beat
6:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New app aims to help connect Columbia Transit, riders

A screenshot from Columbia Transit, a new iPhone app for the Columbia bus system.
Dave Oster Rockupied

This week: an app may help the Columbia Transit system deal with an unengaged ridership. Plus, Harvest Public Media looks at the lasting impact of the Homestead Act.

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Weather
10:13 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Water use on the rise in Columbia

florian flickr

Columbia Water and Light says its customer’s water use is up this summer, amid hot and dry weather over the last few weeks.

The Department saw a significant increase in water use in June compared to June of last year. Spokesperson Connie Kacprowicz says in July there’s already been 20 million gallons of water used in Columbia most days, even getting as high as 23 million gallons a day.

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Weather
12:11 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Columbia asks for less water use while it repairs equipment

Florian Flickr

Columbia Water and Light is asking its customers to cut down on their water use between now and 6 o’ clock Saturday morning.

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PM Newscasts
5:27 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Newscast for July 5, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Former Mo Governor Roger Wilson is expected to ask for probation on federal finance fraud charges.
  • MO Sen. Claire McCaskill finally weighs in on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act
  • Governor Nixon signs a bill into law limiting the hours employees can work at mental health facilities
Lake of the Ozarks
2:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

UPDATE: Two Ashland children electrocuted in Lake of the Ozarks

The State Highway Patrol says two siblings from Ashland were electrocuted Wednesday at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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PM Newscasts
4:23 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Newscast for July 4, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • An update on which cities will have their fireworks displays tonight, and which won't because of dry conditions.
  • Mo Republicans cry foul over Secretary of State's ballot summaries
  • A story from a 4th of July event put on by Mormon Congregations in Columbia
Business Beat
4:16 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Flying overseas - to look at wheat?

Tunde Adebayo, an executive with a Nigerian flour mill, traced the path of U.S. wheat exports on a recent tour of the Midwest.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

Visits from foreign buyers play a role in sustaining certain agriculture markets in the Midwest. Plus, educators, designers and engineers team up to try to fund the next big innovation for small farms.

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Politics
9:05 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Jefferson City Fire Department wants voters to approve funding fix

Jefferson City Fire Department
JCFD Facebook Page

The Jefferson City Fire Department is asking voters to fund the plan that would purchase new equipment and trucks, cover technical upgrades, and pay for firefighter training. Captain Scott Spencer says unfortunately, a lot of the department’s equipment is getting old.

“This fire department improvement plan is for the community. It all transcends down to the end user, the taxpayer, the customer that might be relying on us for emergency medical services, which we’re going to be upgrading," said Spencer.

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Weather
8:30 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Columbia and Jefferson City fireworks shows expected to go on as planned

Fireworks on the Fourth of July
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

There will still be fireworks displays in Columbia and Jefferson City today, despite exceptionally dry conditions lately.

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Business Beat
5:23 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

You've heard of ethanol, but what about enzymes?

A fermentation tank
Grant Gerlock for Harvest Public Media

This week on the show: an enzyme factory aims to be a big part of the ethanol industry, and a business incubator in Columbia lands a state tax credit.

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