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.

About 300 students and staff from Kalamazoo Central High School can expect to undergo a skin test for tuberculosis next week. That’s because they might have been exposed to the disease by a student from Central who, Kalamazoo Public Schools confirmed today, has a case of active TB.

KPS learned about the case last Friday from a hospital treating the student, says Kalamazoo County Public Health Department Director  Linda Vail.

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A group of Western Michigan University students and faculty say the university ought to drop its investments in oil and other fossil fuels. That’s because of the role they say those fuels play in furthering climate change.

Members of the group, WMU Divest, held a rally for the campaign today at noon. The setting: a parking ramp near a cluster of solar panels on Western's campus.

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Portage City Council members say they hope to decide soon how they’ll select the city’s next manager. Maurice Evans announced his retirement on Monday after eight years at the post.

At the city council’s meeting yesterday, Mayor Pete Strazdas suggested councilors weigh different approaches with the hope of approving one at their next meeting. He says the first step is for members to decide what “qualities” they’re looking for in Evans’ successor. Considerations include whether to hire a search firm to find candidates and a consultant to assist with decision-making.

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Kalamazoo residents could see changes in the cost of water and sewer service this year. That’s if the city accepts a proposal a consulting group says would make its utility costs more sustainable over time.

The city commission heard the details of the plan, prepared by the Foster Group, Thursday evening. It would raise the city’s sewer utility revenue about two percent and water revenue by three percent.

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Surprise and relief: several Kalamazoo County commissioners expressed those feelings Tuesday night after the commission unanimously approved changes to the county’s retiree benefit system.

The plan – a compromise worked out over several weeks of intense discussions – is meant to close a projected $63 million funding gap in the county’s eventual medical liability.

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