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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Commissioners also heard from supporters of a "senior millage" for the November ballot and from an anti-gun-violence group concerned with a remark the Vice-Chair made last month.

Kalamazoo County is poised to decide whether to pursue a program that would make residents eligible for a county-wide ID. Supporters say many people can’t get ahold of the paperwork they need for a state ID, and sometimes that means they cannot access services like banking or health care.

The Kalamazoo Board is set to vote July 5 on whether to craft a local ID plan, which supporters hope would launch in January.

A funeral procession for Comstock Township Fire Chief Ed Switalski will interrupt traffic flow in some places in Kalamazoo Wednesday. Public safety officials say motorists should try to avoid the route between nine and 11:30 am.

Affected streets include Stadium Drive, Michigan Avenue and parts of M-43 and M-96.

Switalski died earlier this month when a motorist struck him while he responded to an emergency call on I-94.

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Elected leaders in Kalamazoo say local governments can honor the Paris Agreement on climate even if the federal government will not. About 100 people rallied in Bronson Park on Wednesday, where speakers called for the City of Kalamazoo to inventory its greenhouse gas emissions and to make city buildings and cars carbon-neutral within thirteen years.

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If you’ve heard of Western Michigan University’s particle accelerator, you might have also heard that it’s a secret machine involved in double-secret research. The directors of the lab say that's completely untrue, though it is true that you should not stand next to the machine during some experiments. At a moment that posed no risk, "Why's That?" and mechanical engineering student Peter Grohs saw the facilities up close.

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Hundreds of people took part in a memorial bike ride in Kalamazoo Wednesday evening. The event marked one year since an allegedly drugged driver plowed into a group of cyclists riding on North Westnedge Avenue in Cooper Township.

Five people died in the crash and four others were seriously injured. On Wednesday, cyclists gathered at the Nazareth complex on Gull Road before the ride.