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

LANSING, MI -- Electric automaker Tesla is suing a trio of statewide elected officials for the chance to sell automobiles to Michigan consumers. "Tesla will continue to fight for the rights of Michigan consumers to be able to choose how they buy cars in Michigan. Giving auto dealers a monopoly on car sales benefits them, but harms consumers," said Tesla in a statement. (Mlive)

KALAMAZOO, MI — Up to 35 bus stops across the City of Kalamazoo will receive upgraded and accessible shelters. During a five-year period, 30 small bus passenger shelters measuring 9 feet by 5 feet and up to five large bus passenger shelters measuring 18 feet by 5 feet will be upgraded. The shelters will be enclosed and compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. (The Kalamazoo Gazette)

BATTLE CREEK - Battle Creek city commissioners will vote on whether to make changes that would no longer classify licensed massage therapists as an adult business. An introduction vote for the ordinance — the first of two steps needed to change the law — is scheduled for the commission's regular meeting Tuesday. It comes after the city postponed action on whether to ban adult businesses, such as strip clubs and book stores, from operating on a portion of Dickman Road. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The Michigan Congressional Delegation is again supporting the placement of a missile defense site in Battle Creek. In a letter Monday, 15 of the 16 members of the delegation urged the director of the Missile Defense Agency to select Fort Custer as a site for missile interceptors. Battle Creek is one of three remaining sites for the facility, which would have an estimated $3.2 billion economic impact and bring hundreds of jobs if placed in this area.

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin repaving 15 miles of I-94 in Kalamazoo County on Sept. 26. The $5.8 million project is slated for a stretch of I-94 between Sprinkle Road, exit 80, and 40th Street, exit 88.