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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A medical-marijuana dispensary in Portage can keep its doors open and still apply for a state license. On Tuesday the Portage City Council amended the city code after the state issued emergency rules regulating medical marijuana.

The change that council members approved will allow the Lake Effect dispensary to stay in business during a transitional time for Michigan’s medical-marijuana laws.

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The city also discussed the future of its one-way streets.

City of Kalamazoo water customers might see their rates go up next year. Under a proposal from city staff, a typical in-city household would see its monthly bill rise by $2.75 a month. Water users outside the city, who pay more overall, would see a more modest increase of $1.60 a month.

Western Michigan University/Zhang Legacy Collections

Some terms cannot help but evoke the past. Think "orphanage" or "asylum," or perhaps "poor house." If that sounds like something you would find in nineteenth-century England, you don’t have to go that far. Many Michigan counties once had some kind of government-run residence for people in need. Kalamazoo had not just a poor house, but a “poor farm” on land that is now a county park.


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Kalamazoo County saw its rate of accidental opioid-related deaths roughly double from 2015 to 2016, says Medical Director Will Nettleton.

“That is quite a significant change,” he told the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

Nettleton appeared before the Board to summarize the opioid situation in the county. 

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As two local nonprofits battle in court over an alleged case of trademark infringement, the head of the Kalamazoo County Board says he’s concerned about taxpayer money being put toward legal costs.

Discover Kalamazoo, which runs the Kalamazoo County Convention and Visitors Bureau and which receives about $2 million in county accommodation tax, is suing economic development organization Southwest Michigan First, which holds a $75,000 annual contract with the county for, among other things, promotion and marketing services.

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