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.

Three trees, with orange, yellow and red autumn leaves, in front of a concrete building at WMU
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Western Michigan University hopes to recoup a badge of environmental honor: the distinction of being a Tree Campus, as defined by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.

Closely spaced solar panels tilt upward in a field.
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Breaking down silos: that's the aim of a meeting in Kalamazoo Township Friday. The guests are officials from local governments – cities, townships and the county. They intend to share plans for fighting climate change, becoming more sustainable and building resiliencey, and perhaps for working together.

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A storm on its way to Michigan is likely is to cause flooding and many other problems.

Heavy rain is in the forecast beginning tomorrow. It could fall across much of southern Lower Michigan, where rivers are already high from rain last month.

“We’re probably looking at river flooding if not just low-lying, lowland flooding for at least the latter part of the weekend into early next week,” said Walt Felver, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Rapids.

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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is a critical form for anyone who wants help paying for higher education. But Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan’s FAFSA completion rate was only about 56 percent last year.

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  This story originally aired in July.

In the Southwest Michigan city of Dowagiac, people are used to hearing creative interpretations of the town's name.

“The biggest one that we hear, and I hear it all the time, is Duh-WAH-jee-ack,” Dowagiac Area History Museum Director Steve Arseneau said in the town that is actually pronounced Duh-WAH-jack.

“Duh-WAH-jee-ack, yeah, I hear that one a lot,” Keith Leighton said at a barbershop.