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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3:31 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Begging arrests ruled unconstitutional in Michigan

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A three-judge panel declared police officers violated the First Amendment rights of two homeless men when they were arrested while asking for change.
Washington- A federal appeals court has ruled Michigan's Depression-era law that criminalizes begging is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment. The three-judge panel unanimously upheld a lower court decision that said Grand Rapids police were wrong to arrest two homeless men in 2011 for asking for change.
3:28 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oshtemo Township opposes new high-voltage power lines

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The township consulted an administrative law judge who said the company’s certificate did not show how the project would outweigh the social, financial, and environmental costs.
OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- The state has approved plans for high-voltage power transmission lines through several miles of Oshtemo Township, but the township will appeal the decision. The Oshtemo Township Board of Trustees met in closed session Tuesday to discuss its response to a ruling from the Michigan Public Service Commission that granted a certificate of public convenience and necessity to ITC for its proposed Weeds Lake project.
3:25 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Jackson lays off 15 employees due to stormwater fee

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This comes as a result of a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that declared the city’s stormwater tax illegal.
JACKSON, MI - The city isn't just eliminating services anymore. Fifteen city of Jackson employees will lose their jobs after the Jackson City Council eliminated certain city services in the wake of a court decision that left Jackson without a stormwater utility and the revenue that comes with it.
1:08 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Douglass Community Association to hold forum

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The Douglas Community Association is hosting a Community Forum on August 19 at 6 p.m. in order to address concerns and provide information about the current status of the organization. In July the United Way cut funding for the DCA. The organization issued a press release regarding the cutting of funding for the Douglas Community Center that said they must remain fiscally responsible to the communities that rely on their services.
"Regrettably, the situation has reached a point at which United Way believes that it cannot, in good conscience and good stewardship, continue to provide funding to the Douglass Community Association," said Michael Larson, CEO and president of United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.
5:11 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Young black men in Michigan dying at high rate

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The three leading causes of death for that demographic were homicide, accidents, and suicide.
By Kurt Metzger/Data Driven Detroit While Michigan may be aging faster than any other state, our overall death numbers are not growing. Provisional death totals for 2011, just released by Michigan's Department of Community Health, show that the total number of deaths in Michigan fell by 313 between 2010 and 2011.

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