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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A panel appointed to consider how the City of Kalamazoo could bring in more revenue held its final meeting Monday night, but it still has some work ahead of it. Members decided Monday night to include individual panelists' comments in the group's final report. They have a few days to submit their thoughts.

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The City of Kalamazoo has closed an almost three-million dollar hole in its 2016 budget, but it expects to face a widening gap in its finances over the next few years. To look for solutions, it created a citizen panel that for months has looked for ways to increase city revenue. The panel is about to make its final recommendations to the Commission.

But despite the city’s best efforts, some question whether the budget problem can be solved on a local level.

A deaf high school wrestler is suing the Michigan High School Athletic Association for the right to have a sign language interpreter alongside the mat during tournaments.

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The Michigan Department of Transportation says adding a third lane to Interstate 94 throughout Southwest Michigan would not prevent enough accidents to justify the cost. MDOT released a report Monday on conditions on I-94 between Jackson and the Indiana border. A massive pile-up near Galesburg last winter prompted the audit.

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The Kalamazoo County Commission has approved the salary and benefits package it will offer to prospective county administrator Terrence Neuzil. Commissioners voted last week to hire Neuzil, who is a county supervisor in Iowa.