Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

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WMUK News
5:43 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

House Considers Budget With New Funds for HICA

The Michigan House is set to consider a budget bill that would direct more than a hundred million dollars of extra funding to the Department of Community Health.

Gongwer News Service reports that the bill aims to remedy a gap in funding for the Health Insurance Claims Assessment. It’s been approved 19 to 0 by the House Appropriations Committee, with all Republicans voting in favor and all Democrats abstaining.

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WMUK News
5:40 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Battle Creek Reinvestigates Police Incident

Credit WMUK

The City of Battle Creek says it’s investigating whether a police officer used excessive force when arresting an assault suspect more than a year ago.

A previous inquiry into the October 2012 incident had cleared patrol officer Christopher Hug of wrongdoing. But city officials say they recently discovered that some key information from the case never made it to the county prosecutor’s office. That includes surveillance tape that shows Hug apparently beating suspect Kenneth Moye.

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WestSouthwest
12:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

WSW: How Passenger Pigeons Went from "Billions to None"

Male (left) and female passenger pigeons, in illustration.
Credit Joel Greenberg / Project Passenger Pigeon

Passenger pigeons once outnumbered all other birds in North America. When migrated they moved in huge flocks, sometimes comprising more than a billion birds. The largest nesting ever recorded covered 850 square miles.

That was in 1871. Just a few decades later, passenger pigeons were all but gone from the wild.

By the end of 1914 they were extinct.

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WMUK News
9:43 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Seventeen Apply to Portage Acting Manager Job

The Portage City Council meets on April 15, 2014
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage city officials say 17 people have applied to become the next acting city manager. The acting manager would fill the position until Portage finds a permanent manager, hopefully this fall according to Mayor Pro Tem Jim Pearson.

Pearson says council members tentatively plan to discuss the applications for acting manager at a special meeting April 21st. He adds that the council hopes to vote on a candidate in May and have that person start no later than June.

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WMUK News
11:06 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

City Commissioners Propose Anti-Poverty Plan

Attendees wait for seats at a packed City Commission meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo City Commissioners say community involvement would be  key to the effectiveness of a proposed anti-poverty initiative.

Commissioners Don Cooney and Stephanie Moore introduced plans for a program called Kalamazoo United for Shared Prosperity or KUSP at a packed meeting at City Hall last night. Among other ideas, they suggested creating a task force to consider solutions and expanding local data collection after the example of Calhoun County’s Coordinating Council.

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