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CoMo Explained breaks down the news and issues that affect Columbia. Politics, education, and whatever's hot at the moment. Host Ryan Famuliner explain the news.

CoMo Explained breaks down the news and issues that affect Columbia. Politics, education, and whatever's hot at the moment. Host Ryan Famuliner explain the news.
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CoMo Explained breaks down the news and issues that affect Columbia. Politics, education, and whatever's hot at the moment. Host Ryan Famuliner explain the news.




Why Columbia's ash pond was given 'high' hazard potential rating

This week the EPA will make a final decision on a proposed new rule for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, called CCRs, or coal ash.


Trucks stopping Downtown: All your questions answered

We've all been there. Driving downtown during a high traffic time. Maybe on 9th Street. Listening to KBIA . And then--stopped. There's a semi truck stopped in the lane up ahead.


How do school attendance areas get decided?

We're halfway into the first year of Columbia School District’s re-alignment, the most noticeable change being the addition of Battle High School. KBIA is looking at the process of re-alignment, its effects, and what the district is planning for the future. Kansas City based firm RSP & Associates is crunching numbers for the current round of Columbia Public Schools (CPS) district re-alignment. The same firm was also hired to do data analysis for the district re-alignments leading up to the...


Why does KBIA play so much classical music?

One way CoMO Explained chooses topics for our episodes is from listener questions. Way back in our first iteration of the show a listener posted on Reddit and asked us why KBIA , an NPR station, plays so much classical music. This episode is for that Reddit listener.


9 Myths about MizzouWireless

If you’re a student at Mizzou , you were probably hooked to this story just by mentioning MizzouWireless . But if you’re not, then what you may need a little filling in. Note: We received several requests for a more technical explanation of what may be causing the issues users experience. Please see the bottom of this story for an update.


Mapping sinkholes

The areas in red on the map below are where the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) has documented as having sinkholes. Sinkhole location data is from the Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources. This location data and more can be found on its website . According to Doug Gouzie, sinkhole expert and Associate Professor of Geology at Missouri State University , different agencies like the Missouri Dept. of Transportation ( MoDOT ) report known sinkhole locations to the DNR . " When MoDot...


What does CoMO's sales tax have to do with interstate commerce, the internet, and online privacy?

Sales tax. Not a great opening line for journalists trying to educate people about how a city functions. The moment sales tax is mentioned eyes glaze over, something else suddenly becomes important, and we all casually scroll through twitter on our phones. But sales tax is actually a really fascinating topic, especially right now in our city and country’s history. To learn why, we have to go back…way back, to 1970.


Part 3: Your sinkhole questions answered

We put out some questions on social media to see what you wanted to know about sinkholes. First, here’s a clip of CoMo Explained where I explain everything we learned before talking to Missouri State University Associate Professor of Geology and sinkhole expert Doug Gouzie. You can also read about our previous sinkhole reporting here .


Why Peace Park is called 'Peace' Park

Peace Park is that grassy little knoll along the north edge of MU’s campus. It’s at the corner of 8th and Elm, a stone’s throw away from the columns. There’s a creek (or drainage ditch) that saunters through it, creating a calm and tranquil vibe for the meditators and hammock dwellers.


The crucial zoning law that determine's downtown Columbia's future [rebroadcast]

This week CoMo Explained shows how something called the C-2 zoning ordinance determines how Columbia is built.


What happens in CoMo when the twisters come

In t his week's CoMo Explained we breakdown tornado prediction, the siren system and explain how 'Tornado Alley' works. They're quiet unobtrusive until they're not: tornado sirens . About 80 of them dot Boone County with the majority of them in a few mile radius of downtown. This week we wondered--how do those sirens get turned on? When it comes to the physical switch, the answer is easy: Columbia/Boone County Joint Communications handles that. Joint Communications is located right above the...


Propofol explained: Why Missouri is in hot water for its execution protocols

This week on CoMo Explained we explain what all the fuss about Propofol is and how it's got Missouri in the national eye again. If you've been only half-following the news around Missouri's bumbling execution policy, then this is show if for you. We break down exactly what Propofol is, why we planned to use it, and why we decided against it. Now, the state plans to use pentobarbital - but the unusual place the state is getting the drug from and the secrecy surrounding it is another source of...


7 things you might have wrong about the Ryan Ferguson ruling

This week: what's next for Ryan Ferguson and what exactly is in that appeals court ruling? Update: This article was written the week before Ryan Ferguson's release. The 30-day timeline we outline below is based on state prosecutors taking no action at all, allowing legal deadlines to stretch out and pass. For coverage of Ryan Ferguson's release, read our latest story. Ryan Ferguson seems to have "won" his appeal but already on twitter and the media, there's a lot of misinformation on what...


Where your recycling goes when it leaves the curb

This week, it's a story you might have heard before, but with the answers you never got: Where, exactly , does your recycling go when it leaves the curb? A plucky listener asked us to figure out what exactly happens to our recycling here in Columbia and if we could break it down resource by resource. We are nothing, if not helpful, so without further ado, here’s how it works: Your recycling gets picked up in a truck by city employees. They take it to the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)...


The spookiest spots in Missouri

This week, CoMo Explained tells you where the most haunted places in Missouri are.


Why are there so many roundabouts in Missouri?[Rebroadcast]

This week the CoMo Explained team tries to answer why there are so many roundabouts in Columbia compared to other cities:


Why are there so many billboards in Missouri?

This week CoMo Explained tries to answer that question all your out-of-state friends keep asking you: Whats with all the billboards around here? Ryan Famuliner knows the experience well: a friend drives into town to hang out for the weekend and the first thing he says is hey, whats with the billboards advertising sex shops and strip clubs?


Who should you blame for the glitches in Missouri's health care exchange?

This week on CoMo Explained we look at how Missouri is implementing Obamacare and ask whether it'll be successful or not.


Everything you wanted to know about roadkill

This week we answer all your burning questions about roadkill.


How the employers of the future get their start in Columbia

This week the Como Explained team goes to Startup Weekend, the premier event for Columbia's booming (really!) tech scene: