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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.

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This story begins on an island: a patch of land that is surrounded by the City of Kalamazoo but is not part of it. This episode originally aired in Nov. 2019.


Anna is smiling and holding a picture of her prizewinning chickens and Megan, to her right, is holding a white banner from the prizes. In the background attendees of the auction stand in a dimly lit pavilion
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Most of the Kalamazoo County fair was canceled this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. But unlike last year, kids and youth in 4-H got to bring their animals to the fairgrounds. After nearly two weeks of showing animals from horses to goats to rabbits, the shows ended today with a livestock auction, the fair’s only public event for 2021.

Two young women wait for several cars to clear an intersection on a wide one-way street.
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As the City of Kalamazoo works on making its streets friendlier for foot, bike and wheelchair traffic, it’s getting ready for overhauls of two major roads. But planners say before they finalize those plans, they want to hear from the public – including Tuesday evening during National Night Out.

A teacher's work area, bounded by a desk on one side and shelves on the other, with colorful math posters on the wall
Courtesy photo / Portage Public Schools

Portage public school district voters will give a thumbs-up or down Tuesday on a bond request.

PPS wants to borrow $175,725,000, which would cover the cost of replacing five 1960s-era elementary schools and remodeling Moorsbridge Elementary, which is about 30 years old. It would also pay for new buses, and hardware such as servers and student laptops.

The governor is wearing a white jacket and standing at a podium with a red-orange and white "YWCA" sign on the front. Local officials stand to the left.
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood Wednesday promoting a proposal to increase low-income housing throughout the state. The governor says Michigan could add about 2,000 affordable rental units if it uses $100 million in federal COVID relief money, together with close to $400 million in private investment to pay for them.