Rebecca Thiele

Announcer & Producer

Rebecca Thiele became the Arts & More producer for WMUK in 2011. Rebecca also 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.

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3:23 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Ex CEO sues Community Action for violating whistleblower laws

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Officials at Community Action say Macfarlane was fired after she continued to pursue an investigation into incidents involving unsupervised children at two Head Start day care centers.
Ousted Community Action CEO Nancy Macfarlane has sued her former employer in an attempt to get her job back and reclaim lost wages, her attorneys announced Wednesday. The lawsuit claims the agency and its board of directors chairman, Terry Langston, violated whistleblower protection laws and the Open Public Meetings Act in her abrupt dismissal on June 20.
2:48 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

UPDATE: Airport director on paid leave following harassment complaint

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Yesterday the airport authority board voted to let their attorneys begin discussions on Cliff Moshiginis’s separation of employment with his lawyers.
KALAMAZOO, MI - While attorneys for Kalamazoo County and Cliff Moshoginis are discussing his separation from employment as director of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport, his leave will be paid. On Tuesday, the Kalamazoo County aeronautics board voted unanimously to allow its attorneys begin discussing separation from employment with the attorneys of Cliff Moshoginis, who has been on leave since at least Sept.
3:18 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Kellogg makes Working Mothers best companies list

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Companies that made the list offer things like insurance for part-time workers, paid maternity leave, telecommuting, and lactation rooms.
BATTLE CREEK, MI -- The residents of Battle Creek have known for many years that a job at Kellogg Co. was usually a good thing to have. Working Mother magazine added to that reputation this week by including the maker of Frosted Flakes, Pringles and Mini-Wheats on its 2013 list of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers.
3:04 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy will not be a trend says U.S. Conference of Mayors

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President and Mesa, Arizona mayor Scott Smith says the problems that are facing Detroit—like rapid population decline, pension debt, and a decreasing tax base—aren't the same as other cities.
The president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors said today he doesn't expect Detroit's financial crisis to lead to a spate of other municipal bankruptcy filings, characterizing the city's problems as 'an outlier' compared to others. Scott Smith, the mayor of Mesa, Ariz., spoke to the Free Press on a trip to Washington.
2:44 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Drivers under the influence to pay flat fees for Kalamazoo emergency response

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The new flat rates created by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will be based on whether the driver got into an accident and if blood was drawn in the emergency room.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- The Kalamazoo City Commission on Monday adjusted emergency response fees that District Court applies to people convicted operating under the influence in the city Since 2001, the city has charged OWI defendants at a per-minute rate depending on an officer's rank, based on the amount of time the officer spent responding, investigating, arresting, processing, analyzing evidence and writing reports on individual cases.

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