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.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The name Disney means more than just entertainment to a group of Western Michigan University students. This summer they’ll trace Disney Company founder Walt Disney’s life and career in a trip that will take them across the country. And they've made one stop in advance near Kalamazoo.

PhreddieH3 / Wikipedia

Fruit season looks promising this year in Michigan. Blueberries could break last year’s record for fifth-largest crop, and cherries might even be overabundant. Local strawberries should be hitting southwest Michigan markets soon.

Rebekah Kik / City of Kalamazoo

After years of discussion about how to connect the east and west sides of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, the city says it will try out a route in June.

City Planner Rebekah Kik says a temporary, "pop-up trail" will launch the morning of June 18 and stay in place through the weekend. The city will use cones, barriers and signs to direct foot and bike traffic through the pathway.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Many fruit and vegetable farms follow strict food safety standards. But the law doesn’t require them to. Right now the government has almost no say in how produce is produced.

That’s set to change, as the nation’s first rules on safer fruit and veggie growing could be approved this fall. The law exempts some very small farms. But the state says it wants to help all interested growers meet the standards.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to hear from the public on plans to clean PCBs out of the Kalamazoo River. It’s holding a public meeting tonight at 6 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.