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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WestSouthwest
12:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

WSW: Treating a Deadly Bat Disease

A still from a video monitor that shows bats hibernating in an incubator at Western, as part of a study on White Nose Syndrome.
Credit Maarten Vonhof / Western Michigan University

For nine years, White Nose Syndrome has plagued North American bats. It’s a fungal disease that in some species is up to 98 percent fatal.

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WMUK News
3:30 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Plenty on WMU Trustees' Plate at First 2015 Meeting

Supporters of Alex Enyedi at Thursday's WMU Board of Trustees meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees made appointments, welcomed a new member and faced a controversy at its first meeting of 2015 Thursday.

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WMUK News
1:07 am
Wed January 21, 2015

City Hears From Public On Review District Plan

The Kalamazoo City Commission before the start of Tuesday's meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo City Commission could decide as early as its next meeting whether to make part of the Edison neighborhood into a “design review district.”

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SW Michigan
4:42 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Snyder Signs Road Funding Bills

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a package of bills designed to raise money to fix the state’s crumbling roads and bridges. But their provisions won’t go into effect unless they’re approved by voters in May.

The legislation would replace the state’s current gas tax with a wholesale tax on fuel. It would also raise the state sales tax from six to seven percent. The sales tax money would go to schools and local governments, which would otherwise lose out with the end of the current fuel tax.

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SW Michigan
3:13 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Road Commission Case

Credit WMUK

The U-S Supreme says it won't consider a case involving the Kalamazoo County Road Commission. The high court declined to review the case this morning. That means an Appeals Court ruling in favor of a former Road Commission employee stands.

Robert DeLeon sued the Commission after he was fired when he took sick leave. DeLeon says he was forced out because of poor working conditions inside the Commission's garage that affected a chronic illness.

A federal judge in western Michigan rejected the claim but the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturned that ruling.

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