Rebecca Thiele

Environment/Technology Reporter, host of "Arts & More"

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also reports on issues related to the environment and technology in Southwest Michigan. She assists the station with social media practices and occasionally anchors during All Things Considered. She is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

​Twitter: @beckythiele

E-mail: rebecca [dot] thiele [at] wmich [dot] edu

A long-discussed proposal to allow some farm animals in residential Battle Creek was shot down after it failed to receive a majority vote Tuesday. After listening to public attendees for nearly an hour, city commissioners voted 4-4, striking down the introduction of an urban livestock ordinance. Five votes were needed to move the proposal to another vote for adoption, and Commissioner Mike Sherzer was absent because of a family issue. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The improved economy means more people are driving more miles and causing more accidents — likely from distracted driving, according to statistics released this morning by the Michigan State Police. (Detroit Free Press)

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, has offered up an amendment to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday that he said would flip his vote to yes. In a press conference at the White House Wednesday, Upton and Rep. Billy Long, R-Mo., told reporters they would support the legislation with an $8 billion amendment added over five years to assist those with pre-existing conditions in states that seek waivers under the Republican health care plan as currently proposed. (Mlive)

LANSING, MI - A portion of a little-known Michigan law that made it illegal to "warm up" a car in a driveway has been reversed by state representatives. The Michigan House of Representatives approved Tuesday afternoon, May 2, a bill that will allow motorists to leave an unattended vehicle idling in a private driveway without fear of a ticket. The legislation kept in place the regulation against having an unattended vehicle idling on a private roadway or business parking lot.

An Indian fisherman prays to a partial solar eclipse seen in the sky over Bay of Bengal in Konark, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from eastern Indian city Bhubaneswar, India, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout

On August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse - the first one visible in the United States in almost 40 years. Tyler Nordgren is a physics and astronomy professor at the University of Redlands in California and has written a book on eclipses called Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. He’ll give a talk about eclipses on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. during the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society’s Astronomy Day.