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

Couples dance in the style of the 1940s as drummer Ray McKinley leads the Glenn Miller band at a policemen’s ball in Niagara Falls, New York on Nov. 25, 1963.
AP Photo/Dave Pickoff

Every year the Portage District Library sets up a few display cases that highlight local veterans - like Dock Stowell, an Albion professor who was a conscientious objector during World War II. Local historian Steve Rossio told us his story:


Elizabeth Teviotdale of the Medieval Institute flips through the pages of the 800 year old manuscript
WMU Rare Book Room

With the help of a $70,000 grant, Western Michigan University recently purchased a more than 800 year old Latin manuscript. It’s now the oldest complete text in the university’s collection - and it’s no bigger than the pocket-size books you might see at Barnes & Noble.


General Motors on Wednesday simultaneously announced plans to invest $900 million in three U.S. plants and said it would lay off 2,000 workers because of slowing car sales. GM said it plans to cut the third shift at its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant and Lordstown Assembly Plant in Ohio in January because sales of cars made at those plants are declining.

Shannon Long, Founder & CEO of Brew Export; Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director; & Jamie Zmitko-Somers, MDARD International Marketing Manager
MDARD

Three Michigan beer companies plan to sell brews in China, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Brew Export - an international marketing group based out of Michigan - launched campaigns for Arcadia Ales, Dark Horse Brewing Company, and Greenbush Brewing Company. Brew Export expects more than 1.5 million bottles of U.S. craft beer will ship to China next year.

The front of the new Family Center
Family & Children Services

The nonprofit serves foster care children and their families. According to a press release, the upgrade includes a new building for foster care training, visitation rooms, playgrounds, and green spaces. 

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