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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Two Kalamazoo animal welfare groups that have long shared resources now face big decisions about the future of their partnership. Two years ago the Kalamazoo Humane Society signed an agreement with Kalamazoo County – allowing them to co-locate their offices, with a shelter, vet’s office and community center all in one building. But that agreement expires next month. And some county administrators say the government should consider building separately.

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As you might have heard, WMUK is about to launch a program that answers listener questions. It’s called “Why’s That?” and the first episode will air the second week of September. But one question we received had a kind of time limit. A listener wanted to know whether dead plants along US-131 had been sprayed with herbicides, and if so, what the reasons were for spraying.

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a plan to buy an off-campus building so the university can expand its autism center, among other business at a special meeting Friday.

The Gongwer News Service is reporting that State House Republicans have new plans for a road funding bill. Gongwer says that information comes from anonymous sources familiar with the details.

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Kalamazoo County says it might be able to help residents save on their prescription drugs. It’s considering signing up for a privately-run discount program. Commissioner Julie Rogers says at least one of the options offers 25 percent off some prescriptions – and more off of mail-order drugs.