Sehvilla Mann | WMUK

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 close-up photo of a cluster of round blue bruits on a pale green, leafy stem. The fruits are pale blue with darker blue lines.
Courtesy photo / Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

An invasive plant that has long caused problems in eastern states has been found in Michigan. Now state officials are trying to find out if it’s growing anywhere besides an Albion College nature preserve, where a professor spotted it last month.

A dry boat ramp and gravel is in the foreground. Behind it, brushy green plants stretch to the horizon.
Jeffrey Klyce

This story has been updated to reflect that the flow reduction originally planned for Monday is now scheduled for Tuesday. 

After months of delay and an environmental crisis on the Kalamazoo River, the project to repair Morrow Dam near Comstock is moving forward. Eagle Creek Renewable Energy plans to send divers to the dam’s gates Tuesday. The state says the company will reduce flow through the gates to protect the workers. That will cause the water level to drop downriver.

David J. Phillip / AP Photo

Western Michigan University is “urging” students to get a COVID-19 test before they go home for Thanksgiving. The school will add staff hours at its health center to accommodate requests in the days before the break.

Blue-gloved hands hold a plastic bag with a red-and-black biohazard symbol on it.
David J. Phillip / AP Photo

Kalamazoo County’s medical director is urging people to “avoid or limit” social gatherings and to take any symptoms that could be COVID-19 seriously, as coronavirus infections soar in the county.

Pete Buttigieg, in a brown jacket and jeans, is in the foreground talking and holding a mic. Behind him stand several people in masks. One is carrying an umbrella and another is wearing a blue plastic rain poncho.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo Democrats heard from a high-profile supporter Monday of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Pete Buttigieg competed with Biden for the Democratic nomination. But after he dropped out, the former mayor of South Bend endorsed the former vice president’s bid.