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.


12:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Three Democrats Vie for 62nd House Seat

Credit Wikimedia Commons

A report on the 62nd House District Democratic Primary

People in Michigan’s 62nd House District must elect a new representative this November.

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SW Michigan
5:26 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WMU Solar Car Races Toward Nebraska

WMU's current Sunseeker solar car
Credit Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University’s Sunseeker solar car has finished seventh in stage two of the American Solar Challenge. It's currently en route to Omaha, Nebraska from Kansas, as part of the more than 1700-mile race that began in Austin, Texas and will end in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sunseeker, which is built, driven and maintained by WMU engineering students, finished eighth in the race's first stage.

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SW Michigan
5:17 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

State Turns Down Mininum Wage Petition

Voters will not be considering whether to raise the state’s minimum wage in the election this November.

The Board of State Canvassers has ruled that a petition brought by the group Raise Michigan did not have enough valid signatures to be certified. The petition sought to raise the state’s minimum wage to ten dollars, ten cents an hour.

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SW Michigan
5:51 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

WMU Extends Cole-Gilmore Property Agreement

Western Michigan University will have an extra year to decide what to do with its portion of the land once owned by the Cole-Gilmore car dealership in downtown Kalamazoo.

On Wednesday, WMU’s trustees approved an extension to an agreement with Downtown Tomorrow Incorporated. The university bought a share of the property 13 years ago. It says it has no plan for how to develop the land. It would like to reserve the parcels for  "future development or for University purposes, as may be decided at a later date," according to the trustees' agenda packet for the meeting.

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SW Michigan
5:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

WMU Solar Car Ties for 3rd in Formula Sun, Races On

Western Michigan University's Sunseeker solar car.
Credit Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University’s Sunseeker solar car tied for third place in the Formula Sun Grand Prix in Austin, Texas last weekend. And the engineering students on the Sunseeker team aren’t done yet.

Starting July 21 they'll race the car against other college teams in the American Solar Challenge. That takes the Sunseeker on a more than 1700-mile course to Minneapolis.

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