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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The City of Kalamazoo has approved a groundbreaking proposal that it hopes will put an end to years of financial struggle.

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Kalamazoo County commissioners also worked on building plans and agreed to create a task force to review the Veterans Service Office when they met Tuesday.

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Details of a proposed major donation to the City of Kalamazoo are expected to come out on Tuesday.

A pair of philanthropists has offered Kalamazoo $70 million to fix its budget for three years. During that time city staff hope to build an endowment called the Foundation for Excellence to permanently close the gap in Kalamazoo’s finances. It’s up to the city commission to decide whether to take the money.

On Monday the board heard from one supporter – Council of Michigan Foundations CEO Rob Collier, who works with endowed groups around the state.

Downtown businessowner Dean Hauck wants to know: When did Michigan Avenue go from brick to blacktop? 

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University has decided that the campus would be easier to navigate if the streets didn’t change their names so often. On Tuesday Western’s Board of Trustees voted to drop many of the street names in place when campus was built.