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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Western Michigan University’s trustees have approved an increase to President John Dunn’s salary. It will rise to $373, 400 a year.

That’s two and a half percent more than he earned previously.

Other university employees in Dunn’s salary group got a raise at the same rate. Dunn says he plans to donate all income over his starting salary of $345,000 to programs at the university, as he has previously.

 

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The Portage City Council has voted to seek applications for acting city manager. That means it’s all but certain the position will not be filled when current city manager Maurice Evans retires April first.

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The state will give $1.4 million to Kalamazoo Co. to help it repair roads disintegrating after the harsh winter.

It’s the local share of $215 million state legislators have approved for winter road repairs. A little more than half of Kalamazoo County's award goes to the county road commission; the rest is split between nine cities and villages. The City of Kalamazoo will receive $324,444, Portage $220,852 and Vicksburg $13,903.

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None of the Kalamazoo Central High School students and staff who came in contact with a student with tuberculosis has developed the disease. That’s according to Kalamazoo County Health Department Director Linda Vail, who says the department tested more than 300 people who might have been exposed.

She adds that since TB sometimes takes a while to incubate, the department will test those individuals again in a few months.

Vail says the student who developed an active case of TB is recovering at home.

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Officials at Western Michigan University say the work of an institute for studying transportation will be to improve people’s quality of life by giving them more options for how to get around.

The new Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities or TRCLC is one of 33 centers around the country created with grant money from the US Department of Transportation. The TRCLC will have about a $3 million budget to work with annually.

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