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Jorge Avellan

News Reporter

Jorge is an Emmy Award winning journalist who has more than ten years of experience covering Metro Detroit.   He started his career with the Spanish language television network Univision in Texas.   After an Univision executive saw him over a television news feed he was offered a job as a television news reporter in Detroit Michigan.  A few years later he moved on to English television, also in Detroit.   Jorge has covered every big news story in the last decade in Detroit from presidential visits, bankruptcy, city hall scandals, Super Bowl, World Series and of course the North American International Auto Show.  He also once flew inside a Red Bull Air Race stunt plane reaching speeds of up to six G-forces.   But his favorite stories to cover are people stories, the ones that residents get to tell their stories. Jorge is now thrilled to be reporting for 89.1 WEMU.  Email him him story ideas or tips!

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Election Day is right around the corner, and voters in Washtenaw County will decide what has turned out to be a somewhat divisive ballot measure. It appears on the ballot as the “Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation Millage.”  Those who favor passage of the 8-year, one mill tax say the more than $15 million  it would generate annually is essential to the future of policing at the intersection of mental health services.  Those who oppose it contend too much of the money is being directed inappropriately and may, in fact, be subject to legal challenge.


Women's March
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Thousands from Southeast Michigan will attend a three-day Women's Convention at Cobo Center that continues the mission began with the national Women's March in Washington D.C. the day after Donald Trump was elected. 


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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped by Ann Arbor last night to talk about her new book called "What Happened."  In it, she reflects about the 2016 election.  Listen to the story below. 


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29 year-old Eddie Curlin was arraigned in a Washtenaw County District Court for racist messages found at Eastern Michigan University last year.  The former student is currently serving a one-to-five year prison sentence for another unrelated case. 

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Eastern Michigan University wants to make sure it protects freedom of speech on campus.  As a result, today, during its Board of Regents meeting, it updated its free speech and speaker policy.
 


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To help end domestic violence, the Southeast Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence was launched today during a roundtable at the SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor. 


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Governor Rick Snyder was joined by representatives from 15 Michigan colleges and universities today at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township.  They gathered to make an announcement.


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There is no doubt that Washtenaw County has many historic and beautiful buildings.  But have you ever wondered who helps keep those structures looking the way they do?  As part of our "Hidden in Plain Sight" series, 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan interviewed workers who do just that.


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A controversial trip taken to China by City of Ypsilanti officials has placed a dark cloud over a potential $300 million project they're considering from a foreign investor. 

 


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Michigan's First Lady Sue Snyder was at Eastern Michigan University Monday for the 3rd annual "Let's End Campus Sexual Assault" summit


Fair Housing Center
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The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan, which is located in Washtenaw County, has relaunched a 1994 campaign to foster welcoming communities. 


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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was in Ann Arbor today.  She stopped by the Mcity autonomous vehicle testing site to make an announcement regarding automated vehicles.


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Eastern Michigan University spent $750,000 over the summer to install new surveillance cameras.


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A September 11th memorial service was held this morning at Eastern Michigan University.


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On September 11th of each year, we are reminded of the horrific day when America found itself under attack. The Pentagon was hit. Another hijacked plane went down in a Pennsylvania field in a crash that spared a Washington D.C.  target because of the heroics of some of its passengers. And, for those old enough to remember, we will never forget where we were when word broke that one of the towers of New York’s World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. Then, the other tower was hit. Any question of whether it was a terrorist attack was removed. Then, we watched, and listened, in disbelief as each of those towers collapsed and crumbled to the ground, claiming 2,997 lives. From that day forward, as a nation, we made a promise: “We will never forget.”  Today marks 16-years since that fateful day. On this anniversary, 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan takes you to a spot on the Eastern Michigan University campus where a piece pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center sits, open to the public, and yet, “Hidden in Plain Sight.” 


White supremacist literature has been discovered on the Eastern Michigan University campus. 

Washtenaw County Public Health
Washtenaw County / ewashtenaw.org

The Washtenaw County Health Department has a new suicide prevention support group for parents.

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A day after the Trump administration said they will eliminate a program that protects hundreds of thousands of young adults from being deported, local churches got together to show their support for undocumented immigrants.  A press conference was held to announce that support.


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In our daily drives this time of year, we frequently encounter cyclists on the paths and roadways around town.  More often than not, we continue on our journey without another thought about the person we see riding to points unknown.  Sometimes, there is a more going on than meets the eye. In this installment of WEMU’s “Hidden in Plain Sight" series, Jorge Avellan takes you inside a program that is helping those with disabilities pedal to greater independence. 


Ypsilanti
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Like many states, Michigan began observing the Labor Day holiday in 1894.  Washtenaw County played a role in developing the movement before it became a holiday.  


Eastern Michigan University
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Eastern Michigan University students will start moving into their dorms this morning as the new school year gets underway.  


Eastern Michigan University
Brielle Bashore / Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University has spent over $40 million this summer on construction projects.


Hurricane
U.S. Department of Defense / defense.gov

To help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross Michigan Region is sending volunteers to the affected areas.  


Opioid
Military Health System/Defense Health Agency / health.mil

To address the opioid crisis in Washtenaw County, the Sheriff's Office, along with U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and U.S. Congressman Tim Walberg, hosted a forum on the issue.  It attracted over 200 people to Saline High School where it was held. 


You could feel the excitement as both young and old viewed the Solar Eclipse at the Whittaker Branch of the Ypsilanti District Library.  About 650 people attended the historic event.


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