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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4:27 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Grant covers most of AP test fee for low-income students

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The U.S. Department of Education says this should cover all but a $10 co-pay for low-income students taking an Advanced Placement test.
LANSING -- Low-income students who want to take Advanced Placement tests will still have at least some of their fees paid for through the Michigan Department of Education, but federal budget cuts may require students to contribute. The state was awarded $497,000 in grant money through the Advanced Placement Test Fee program run by the U.S.
3:11 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

UAW appeals right-to-work for state employees

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The United Auto Workers union says only the Civil Service Commission can oversee their work policies. The right-to-work case will now be brought before the Michigan Supreme Court.
LANSING - A union says it will appeal a state Court of Appeals ruling that says Michigan's right-to-work law applies to state employees. The United Auto Workers notified its members of the planned appeal through an e-mailed newsletter. UAW Local 6000 is the largest union representing state employees, with about 17,000 members.
Sports & Hobbies
9:51 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Family invents sport to help kids stay active

Cheryl and Donald Benson playing a net-less version of Eclipse Ball at their home in Newaygo County
Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

“We think everybody should be able to be active, whether they’re athletically inclined or not. Cause when you’re having fun, you jump at it,” says Donald Benson, co-creator of Eclipse Ball.

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4:14 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Demolition Monday kicks off blight removal in Detroit

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The $52 million dollar project may be the largest residential blight removal Michigan’s history.
Detroit - Gov. Rick Snyder joined city and congressional officials Monday to kick off what was described as the largest residential blight removal in state history, using part of $52 million in federal aid to start tearing down five abandoned homes on the city's west side. Authorities worked with the U.S.
3:50 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Prisoners who get their GED less likely to re-offend, study says

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The study concludes that while providing education costs $1,400 per inmate, it saves the state roughly $1 million.
LANSING -- A new study of the effectiveness of prison education programs has revealed that prisoners who participate in studying while incarcerated have much lower odds of re-offending. The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation on behalf of the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, analyzed a number of research studies conducted on correctional education to determine if educational programs are effective in reducing crime and rehabilitating inmates.

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