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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.

A group of people in winter clothing and anti-Covid masks hold a red banner declaring "thank you, Mr. President." Another sign is in the shape of Myanmar and patterned after the country's flag.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Though some people who didn't bring gloves said they wished they had, winter didn’t stop roughly 150 people from waiting near the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport today, some for more than an hour, in the hopes of glimpsing President Biden.

A closeup of a pair of arms/hands, upturned, with muddy brown silt covering each palm
Courtesy photo / Jon Lee

The company that operates Morrow Dam says it’s almost ready to dredge a small amount of sediment from the Kalamazoo River. But its overall timetable for cleaning up the silt that poured out of the dam’s reservoir last year has not satisfied state regulators.

a closeup view of a pile of old wood ties, which are heaped up like matchsticks and covered in snow
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

If you’ve seen a railroad, you’ve seen railroad ties, the beams that brace the track crosswise from underneath. In the US they’re usually made of wood. But when listener Gordon Stewart went abroad, he noticed concrete ties on railroads.

This got him thinking. “Why don’t we use concrete ties in the states, having seen them in Europe and a number of other places and thinking it would be a lot of advantages to them?” he asked.

A large horizontal sign reads "Lakeside for Children, home of Lakeside Academy." A car is passing it on the road to the right. The ground under the sign is covered in snow and the sky is blue.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo County Commissioners are weighing their options after a sweeping plan to fight homelessness fell through.

Andy Robins / WMUK

The Portage City Council says it generally avoids weighing in on problems beyond its immediate control. But it’s poised to make an exception for climate change.