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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Western Michigan University president John Dunn has received one last raise before retirement. On Tuesday Western’s board agreed to increase Dunn’s salary by three percent, retroactive to last July, to about $410,000.

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With the healthiest financial outlook it’s enjoyed in years, the City of Kalamazoo might add staff with its next budget.

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The defense team for Kalamazoo accused mass shooter Jason Dalton wants to keep some of Dalton’s statements to police out of trial. The Kalamazoo circuit court has set a hearing on that request for February 10.

Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others during a shooting spree last February.

Kalamazoo Assistant Prosecutor Jeffrey Williams says his office has a “very strong” case against Dalton.

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The future home of the health department, the county's high mortality rate among African-American infants and Administrator Moored's contract were also on the commission's agenda Tuesday.

Kalamazoo County voters must decide whether unified 911 dispatch is worth a few extra dollars on their phone bills.

On Tuesday commissioners voted 8-3 to put the question on the ballot in May. If it passes, residents would pay as much as $2.30 per month per phone toward consolidated dispatch.

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City of Kalamazoo water service will probably cost a little more next year. Staff have proposed to raise the service charge and the per-gallon cost of water by eight percent. A typical one-family household in the city would see its water bill go up about a dollar a month.