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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3:42 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

So-called "blue moon" Tues night comes every three years

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A blue moon usually just means the second full moon in a month, but the National Atmospheric Oceanic Administration says this type of moon only comes around once every three years.
The moon rises over the New York skyline in its full stage under a phenomenon called the blue moon, as seen from West Orange, N.J., on Tuesday.
3:36 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Bullying kids with disabilities in school violates ADA

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Federal education officials sent out a letter yesterday. It says bullying that prevents children with disabilities from getting a free public education violates the American with Disabilities Act.
LANSING -- Federal education officials issued a letter Tuesday clarifying the responsibility of schools to prevent bullying of students with disabilities, saying that attacks could violate the federal guarantee of a free appropriate public education if they interfere with educational benefits.
2:57 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Safety gets six new officers, assistant chief

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Former financial services manager Ryan Tibbets has been promoted to assistant chief of fire and administration, but will still help with finances. The department is eliminating the financial manager position in next year’s budget.
KALAMAZOO, MI - A former Wyoming firefighter who has spent the past two years in charge of finances at Kalamazoo Public Safety has been promoted to assistant chief. Ryan Tibbets' promotion to assistant chief of fire and administration, was made official Wednesday in an e-mail Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley sent to his staff.
3:44 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Color-coded school ratings paint Michigan yellow

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The color code has five colors: green is the best while red is the worst. The majority of schools are falling into yellow which, according to officials at the Michigan Department of Education, means those schools need to be cautious. One of the only schools in Southwest Michigan to receive a ‘green’ was Greenwood Elementary in Kalamazoo.
A new accountability system being launched today for Michigan schools shows many have a long way to go to meet ambitious goals set by the state - with most schools and districts earning a mark that indicates they're in need of improvement. Few schools earned the best rating.
3:41 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Detroit, Grand Rapids get funds to tear down abandoned buildings

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Five Michigan cities in all are going to split $100 million of federal money to get rid of blight.
DETROIT, MI - Detroit will get the lion's share of $100 million in federal funds to remove blight in Michigan cities. Gov. Rick Snyder announced Tuesday morning Detroit will receive $52.3 million in federal money to fight blight. Four other Michigan cities will split $37.4 million to pay for projects to preserve property values and fight crime.

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