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 Kalamazoo City Commission has warmed to a proposal from the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball team to set fireworks off at certain games. Last month commissioners had voted to approve only two of six planned displays pending further discussion.

On Monday night Growlers Vice President Brian Colopy assured the Board that this year’s fireworks would be smaller, quieter and more contained than last summer’s.

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Lawyers for the man accused in the mass shooting in Kalamazoo earlier this year say they’ll argue in court that their client is insane. Jason Dalton’s defense told a Circuit Court judge of their intentions during in a closed pre-trial conference Monday.

Dalton is accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in February. After his arrest he told police the ride-sharing app Uber had possessed him. Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says given the evidence that Dalton carried out the shootings, the defense’s decision doesn’t surprise him.

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On Memorial Day we hear a long cut of our March interview with Marthe Cohn, who went to Germany to spy for the French army in the last months of World War II. She was 24 when she began her assignment. As a cover, Cohn pretended to be a German nurse in search of her missing fiancé. One of the things Cohn had to conceal from the Germans is that she's Jewish.

Our original story on Cohn includes a transcript of the full interview.

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A group that represents Michigan cities and townships says state policies have hurt local governments. In a report released Wednesday, the Michigan Municipal League says statewide laws and practices make it hard for even prudently managed governments to manage.

The League says a big drop in state revenue sharing created part of the problem, with property tax caps and the state’s emergency management policies also playing a role.

Without changes, MML Associate Executive Director Tony Minghine says the state could see more cities tip into crisis.

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A Kalamazoo County District judge says there's enough evidence to send mass shooting suspect Jason Brian Dalton to trial in Circuit Court.

The ruling came Friday after a hearing where Dalton had to be removed after an outburst. He's accused of fatally shooting six people and seriously wounding two more as he drove around Kalamazoo February 20.

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