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 court date previously set for late September has been delayed for nearly two months, court records show. A motion hearing previously set for Sept. 22, and a criminal jury trial hearing previously set for Sept. 26 were rescheduled for 9:30 a.m. Nov. 17, and 9 a.m. Nov. 28, respectively, court records show. The trial is scheduled to be held in Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William E. Collette's courtroom in Mason. (Mlive)

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Attorneys married to members of the military may find it easier to get work in Michigan. The state House passed a pair of bills to admit military spouses to the Michigan Bar without having to take the bar exam. 

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — Seventy blighted houses, some dens of crime and drug activity, will be an eyesore no longer. A $1.26 million grant will pay for the demolition of up to 70 foreclosed homes across Kalamazoo County, 28 of which have been identified in the City of Kalamazoo, in the next 18 months. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

A photo from the Kalamazoo Gazette on April 18, 1994. Kids from Battle Creek Public Schools were invited to watch a taping of Alma Latina.
Phil Mitchell, Kalamazoo Gazette

Not many all-volunteer programs last 40 years, but WMUK’s Alma Latina is one of them. The station’s Latin music program is coming up on its 40th birthday. Alma Latina was one of the first Spanish-language programs in the area - and one of the few to survive this long. 

Water systems in Kalamazoo and Portage tested positive for very low levels of chromium-6. The carcinogenic chemical was brought to light by environmental activist Erin Brockovich twenty years ago, when high levels of it were found in Hinkley, California’s drinking water.