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

Bills introduced in the state House and Senate would keep nurses from working overtime. According to the Gongwer News Service, the legislation would require hospitals to make staffing plans that insure there are enough nurses per patient and to record those ratios. Nurses would have to take at least an eight hour break after working more than 12 hours, and hospitals could not penalize nurses for refusing to work overtime. 

Vietnamese United Methodist Church is one of several in Grand Rapids that offers services in Vietnamese. According to Western Michigan University, there are about 6,000 people of Vietnamese descent living in Grand Rapids alone.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College recently got an international studies grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create programs that center around South Asia - countries like India, Pakistan, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam.

The current design plan for the roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison Street in Kalamazoo.
Wightman & Associates, Inc.

Kalamazoo city officials hope a roundabout at Gull Road and Harrison Street will reduce car crashes. City commissioners overwhelmingly approved the design for a roundabout Monday. 

Stryke Force teammates from left to right: Kyra Kothawala, Freddie Ouding, and Jack Bruinwood. The team has about 40 members in all.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Last month, Kalamazoo-area robotics team Stryke Force won the robotics world championship in St. Louis, Missouri. Its members beat out more than 3,000 teams from around the world.

A poster hanging in the main entrance to the Covert Public Schools building
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Closing the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant in Covert Township means finding a place for spent nuclear fuel and determining where power currently generated by the plant will come from.