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

The Kalamazoo County Environmental Health department issued another health advisory for Sunset Lake on Tuesday. Results of water samples taken Monday, June 27th showed that there was still too much bacteria in the water for swimming or total contact. The health department advises against any activity where there’s a risk of ingesting the water at Sunset Lake in Vicksburg. Wading is ok. (Kalamazoo Gazette)

The state attorney general says that Michigan consumers will benefit from a Volkswagen’s emission fraud settlement. Under the settlement announced Tuesday, the German auto manufacturer is required to pay more than $570 million nationally for installing software in its diesel vehicles that fools emissions tests. More than ten thousand of those vehicles are in Michigan. 

AP Photo/Jeff Barnard

The Chinook salmon or King salmon - a favorite of anglers on Lake Michigan - is in decline. That’s because it’s starving. According to a study by Michigan State University, the population of the salmon’s only prey - a small invasive fish called the alewife - has dropped by more than half since 2002. 

Ironically, other invasives - zebra and quagga mussels - are eating the alewives’ food.


Palisades Nuclear Power Plant operated safely last year despite an unexpected shut down. That’s according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant in Covert shut itself off days before a scheduled outage to refuel the plant in September.

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra musicians filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge last month after the symphony changed the rehearsal schedule for its Symphonic Series.