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 light tan SUV with the hood open is in the foreground. Behind it is a riding mower.
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Michael Walenga works at Western Michigan University. His commute is about eight miles, and he used to take his truck.

“And it was just so expensive, maintenance and fuel,” he said.


A man in a yellow helmet and dark jacket sits on a black motorcycle looking toward the camera, in a parking lot under blue sky.
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They range from a motorcycle to an SUV, but the vehicles headed to an event in Kalamazoo Saturday do have something in common. They’re at least partly electric. And most of the 11 models scheduled to be there use no gas.

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More than a dozen Michigan communities have scheduled events for Friday’s worldwide push for action on climate change. In Kalamazoo, organizers have been planning their program for months.


A blue sign with white lettering that says "Kalamazoo," at the train station downtown.
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Raven Britt was at a dinner party a couple of years ago, when of the other guests made a prediction. As we hear in this "Why's That?" story that first aired in February, Raven was telling him that she’d just moved to Kalamazoo.


The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing
Carlos Osorio / AP Photo

A group of state lawmakers wants to make it easier for people with low-level criminal convictions to get them "set aside" by the state. Legislation expected to hit the State House this week would let people ask to have convictions for some misdemeanors and low-level felonies scrubbed, for the most part, from their record. Law enforcement could still see those convictions, but employers could not.

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