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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Chris Burns of Portage found out earlier than most that children were being taken away from their parents at the border. That’s because Burns and his wife were asked to foster one of those children last fall.

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Commissioners also agreed to require permits for non-potable wells.

Kalamazoo County has taken a step toward suing the makers of opioid drugs, but it has not made a final decision about whether to join a lawsuit against those companies.

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This year’s cold, wet, late spring might yet pay off in fruit. Michigan State University Extension educator Mark Longstroth says by the time Southwest Michigan’s various fruit plants started growing in May, they’d avoided the danger of spring frost. The season looks promising for many crops.

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(Update: Saturday, June 16, at 8:30 p.m.) The City of Battle Creek has lifted the drinking water advisory. City officials say 52 samples taken in various parts of the city found only four that had levels of manganese above those set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The say the four that were higher came from the Verona wellfield from sources that do not feed directly into the city's water supply.  

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This "Why's That?" story originally aired in December 2017.

Some terms inevitably 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 either that far back or that far away. 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.