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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An unusual proposal to fix Kalamazoo’s budget might be too big to fit into regular meeting times. On Monday commissioners said they’d consider adding extra discussions in the hours before its regular meetings to talk about the plan.

The commission is considering whether to accept a $70 million private donation that would shore up Kalamazoo’s finances for three years – and whether to try to create a permanent endowment for the city.

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The City of Kalamazoo has taken a decisive step toward building a non-motor path downtown.

On Monday commissioners approved construction contracts to extend the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. The new path would close the approximately one-mile gap between the KRVT’s east and west trailheads.

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Years ago when Julie Allen’s son was in a stroller, she’d take him for walks on South Westnedge Avenue. That’s when a building set well back from the road caught her attention.

“I probably walked by it four or five times before I actually noticed the house,” she says.

It’s brick, one story with big windows. But it’s the shape that sets it apart. At a glance the house looks almost round. Look closely and you can see the house has eight sides, like a stop sign. 

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A woman who helped protect a group of kids from a gunman during a mass shooting in Kalamazoo has been recognized by Kalamazoo County. Tiana Carruthers was in Richland Township February 20 when a stranger approached her. When she saw he had a gun, Carruthers told the children who were with her to flee.

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Public concern about dog attacks has reached the Kalamazoo City Commission, following a serious incident in the Edison neighborhood last week where a loose dog bit a man repeatedly until it was shot dead by police.

Kathi Valeii lives a few blocks from where the attack occurred. On Monday she told commissioners she’s been threatened by loose dogs more than once. Valeii called on the city to treat unleashed dogs as a threat to public safety.

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