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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SW Michigan
5:09 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Norlander Appointed to 10th District Court

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The Tenth District Court in Calhoun County has a new judge.

Governor Rick Snyder announced today that he’s appointed James D. Norlander to the seat that Judge John R. Holmes resigned from. Norlander will have to run in November 2016 if he wants to fill out the rest of Holmes’ term.

Norlander served as an assistant prosecutor in Calhoun County before being elected county prosecutor in 1976. Since 1981, he’s practiced law privately.

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WMUK News
12:42 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Animal Services, Humane Society Hope to Share One Building

KCASE Director Steve Lawrence holds one of the shelter's kittens.
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WMUK reports on plans for a new Kalamazoo animal shelter

Kalamazoo could see the quality of its animal services, public and private, transformed in the next few years.

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Program Lets Business Set PACE on Green Building

Andy Levin of Lean and Green Michigan speaks at the Kalamazoo Rotary Club meeting June 9.
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Businesses can have a tough time borrowing money to make their buildings more energy-efficient. That’s where a variety of government programs that promote what’s called Property Assessed Clean Energy come in.

PACE programs let a property owner take on a special tax assessment for energy retrofits, allowing for longer repayment periods. Michigan’s PACE program covers a number of upgrades to commercial and industrial buildings and multifamily (though not single-family) homes.

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WMUK News
12:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Fruit Crops Mostly in Good Shape

Raspberry plants at a farm in Van Buren County in early spring.
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Southwest Michigan’s fruit season generally gets underway in April. By July most growers have their hands full managing their crops. But in between, many attend weekly meetings held by the MSU Extension.

Their discussions cover every factor that could affect the harvest, from pests to weather. This year the harsh winter took a bite out of several crops, including grapes, peaches and cherries. But much of the news this season is positive.

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SW Michigan
4:57 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Battle Creek Police Set 2 Public Input Meetings

The City of Battle Creek has announced two occasions when members of the public can share opinions on who should be the city’s next police chief and other matters of concern.

They include a June 26 meeting where people can meet the city’s three finalists for the position, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Department of Public Works' multipurpose room.

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