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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As you might have heard, WMUK is about to launch a program that answers listener questions. It’s called “Why’s That?” and the first episode will air the second week of September. But one question we received had a kind of time limit. A listener wanted to know whether dead plants along US-131 had been sprayed with herbicides, and if so, what the reasons were for spraying.

Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved a plan to buy an off-campus building so the university can expand its autism center, among other business at a special meeting Friday.

The Gongwer News Service is reporting that State House Republicans have new plans for a road funding bill. Gongwer says that information comes from anonymous sources familiar with the details.

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Kalamazoo County says it might be able to help residents save on their prescription drugs. It’s considering signing up for a privately-run discount program. Commissioner Julie Rogers says at least one of the options offers 25 percent off some prescriptions – and more off of mail-order drugs.

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Voters in many parts of Kalamazoo County will see a transit tax proposed on their ballots on August 4. A new authority is poised to take over transit operations if the tax passes. But that authority comes with new district boundaries, and not every bus that runs now is in.