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.

Voters in Kalamazoo County will see a five-year transit millage on their ballots May 3. The revenue from the tax would help pay for the Metro County Connect service, where users throughout the county pay a fee for a ride to their destination.

Right now, residents of the county pay 0.4 mills a year for the service. If the new levy passes, the rate would drop to 0.315 mills. That means a taxpayer whose house’s market value is $100,000 would pay about $16 a year.

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The man accused in a series of seemingly random shootings across Kalamazoo in February is mentally fit to stand trial. A district court judge ruled today that Jason Brian Dalton understands the crimes against him and can assist his defense.

Dalton allegedly killed six people and injured two others as he drove across Kalamazoo County on February 20th. 

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Western Michigan University invests very little of its money in fossil fuel companies. That’s the finding of a panel that has studied the environmental impact of the university’s investments.

The committee's report was one of several items the Board of Trustees considered on Thursday.

The panel says that while the university owns no stock in fossil fuel companies, a small amount of the cash the university puts in investment funds does go to unsustainable energy. But faculty member Tom Edmonds, who serves on the panel, says it found the amount was less than one percent of Western’s operating cash.

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The Kalamazoo County Commission has left off searching for a permanent administrator for now. Instead, Deputy Administrator John Faul will fill the county’s top appointed role indefinitely.

Faul’s appointment comes after the departure earlier this month of former administrator Terrence Neuzil, who resigned after just a few months on the job. Staff members alleged that Neuzil made comments to female employees that could lead to an unequal work place. An investigation ended without a conclusion when Neuzil resigned.

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Illegal parking of many sorts might soon cost more in Kalamazoo. The city commission has taken a first step toward raising fines for parking “don’ts,” which range from overstaying a metered spot to leaving your keys in the ignition (yes, that's a violation of the city code).