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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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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The Portage City Council will hold a special meeting next week to consider the appointment of an acting city manager. Current Portage manager Maurice Evans will retire on April first, and by law the city must appoint a successor within 30 days.

Mayor Pete Strazdas has recommended the appointment of current deputy city manager Brian Bowling. Several council members said they need more time to consider the proposal.

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Western Michigan University has announced it will name its new medical school for Stryker Corporation founder Dr. Homer Stryker.

At a press conference today, WMU president John Dunn said Stryker’s granddaughter Ronda Stryker and her husband were the source of a previously anonymous $100 million donation to the school several years ago. Dunn added that Stryker has given an additional gift to the school but asked the amount not be disclosed. 

The medical school is set to open in September.

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