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
2:12 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

WMU Students Launch Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Kalamazoo College students speak at a WMU Divest rally on Western's campus, Feb. 13, 2014.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

A group of Western Michigan University students and faculty say the university ought to drop its investments in oil and other fossil fuels. That’s because of the role they say those fuels play in furthering climate change.

Members of the group, WMU Divest, held a rally for the campaign today at noon. The setting: a parking ramp near a cluster of solar panels on Western's campus.

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WMUK News
11:16 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Portage Council Considers Next Steps in City Manager Search

Maurice Evans, left, listens to a citizen comment at the Portage City Council's Feb. 11, 2014 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Portage City Council members say they hope to decide soon how they’ll select the city’s next manager. Maurice Evans announced his retirement on Monday after eight years at the post.

At the city council’s meeting yesterday, Mayor Pete Strazdas suggested councilors weigh different approaches with the hope of approving one at their next meeting. He says the first step is for members to decide what “qualities” they’re looking for in Evans’ successor. Considerations include whether to hire a search firm to find candidates and a consultant to assist with decision-making.

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WMUK News
11:35 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kalamazoo City Commission Hears Utilitiy, HUD Proposals

The Kalamazoo City Commission hears a proposal on utility rates at their Feb. 10, 2014 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo residents could see changes in the cost of water and sewer service this year. That’s if the city accepts a proposal a consulting group says would make its utility costs more sustainable over time.

The city commission heard the details of the plan, prepared by the Foster Group, Thursday evening. It would raise the city’s sewer utility revenue about two percent and water revenue by three percent.

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WMUK News
1:21 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Kalamazoo County Commissioners Vote to Change Retiree Benefits

The Kalamazoo County Commission voted on the retiree system changes at its Feb. 4 meeting.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Surprise and relief: several Kalamazoo County commissioners expressed those feelings Tuesday night after the commission unanimously approved changes to the county’s retiree benefit system.

The plan – a compromise worked out over several weeks of intense discussions – is meant to close a projected $63 million funding gap in the county’s eventual medical liability.

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WMUK News
12:27 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Fighting human trafficking in Kalamazoo

A car drives through a neighborhood near Chicago during a human trafficking and prostitution sting operation.
Credit Scott Eisen / AP Photo

The state is setting in motion its plan to combat human trafficking, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette told an audience in Kalamazoo yesterday evening.

Earlier Thursday state lawmakers announced that they would seek changes in the way state law treats victims of sex trafficking so they’re not prosecuted for prostitution. Advocates also say they’re working hard to raise public awareness of an issue they say hides in plain sight.

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