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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To help address the transportation needs of veterans in our state, AmeriCorps and the Michigan Region 10 Veterans Community Action Team has started a program called Wheels for Warriors. 


Ann Arbor's 5th Ward will have a new city council member next month.  Incumbent Mike Anglin will not appear on the November ballot after losing the primary election.  We spoke with the two candidates in the running.


Terry Collins
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Its rare for Eastern Michigan University to cheer for the New York Mets during the baseball World Series, but they are doing it because of a local connection. Terry Collins, the current manager for the Mets graduated from EMU in 1971 and was a student athlete at the university.

Project Healthy Schools

A new study conducted by the University of Michigan revealed that children's health can improve if they are taught about healthy habits early in life.

1,5000 middle school students in Washtenaw County took part in a seven year study called Project Healthy Schools.

For the first three years, the students were taught how to eat healthy and exercise.  Four years after completing the health lessons, those same students had lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

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A community conversation was held at Eastern Michigan University after a large pride flag display was vandalized last week on campus.  

Nearly fifty people attended the meeting hosted by the EMU's LGBT Resource Center. 

Some students said they felt violated after seeing dozens of small flags, that made up the larger flag, destroyed. 

Kaitlin Eredics was among the students who participated in the discussion, she believes the issue should not be ignored to prevent it from happening again.

MI Legalize

The group MI Legalize needs to get 253,000 signatures by December 21st in order for their proposal, that calls to legalize marijuana in Michigan,  can appear on a 2016 state ballot.  They will host a public meeting on the issue this Sunday.

The gathering will take place at 6:30 PM at Sidetrack's in Ypsilanti.

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The Ann Arbor city council wants your opinion on whether or not they should approve a moratorium that would  temporary allow weapons to be fired in the city.   They will do this through a public hearing.


Moe Sports
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Moe Sport Shops in Ann Arbor is celebrating its 100th anniversary of operation this year.  It chose this Saturday's Wolverine Vs. Spartan game for the celebration.

The century old store on North University Avenue still has the original door front as well as wooden shelves that were installed in 1927 after a fire broke out.

This is also where the black and white referee shirt was created, that to this day sets players and referees apart.

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The ten-day, outdoor POP X art festival started today at Liberty Plaza Park in downtown Ann Arbor. 

A recording of water streaming is the first thing you hear when you enter the one square foot pavilion sponsored by the Ann Arbor Women Artists.  The pop-up room is decorated with cupcakes, fruit and other goodies you would find at a picnic.  

Artist Mary Murphy helped put the exhibit together out of paper mache, steel and glass.  Murphy says the life of an artist could be lonely while working on pieces so she enjoyed working with other artists on this project.

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The big game between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan will take place this Saturday at the Big House in Ann Arbor.  The rivalry between these two schools is no secret.  So students at U of M are protecting something very important to them on campus. 


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Washtenaw County is now part of a national program called My Brother's Keep. The initiative to addresses the opportunity gaps facing boys and young men of color with local branches is a White House program supported by President Barack Obama.


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A public forum was held at Eastern Michigan University's College of Business to get input on a new mass transit system that will be developed by the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan.


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Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, known as the RTA, will host its first public forum on how to improve public transportation in Metro Detroit.  That meeting will take place today at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti.

The RTA is in the process of creating a regional master plan for three major rapid transit corridors.

A meeting will be held from 4PM to 7 PM at EMU's College of Business to get the public's input on what the new system should be.

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The animal rights group FARM, paid one dollar to any Eastern Michigan University student who watched an animal abuse video of undercover footage from factory farms and slaughterhouses during their visit to campus this week.  


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Eastern Michigan University hosted a public informational session on Dating and Sexual Violence called "Got Consent?"  They invited Washtenaw County assistant prosecutors Arianne Slay and Mark Kneisel to discuss how the criminal justice system operates and the role victims play in police investigations.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is getting ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary and as part of it its focusing on specific areas of education by investing $350,000 in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, in an effort to create hands-on experience labs in those areas for middle schools. 

Ypsilanti Housing Commission

The Ypsilanti Housing Commission has received $90,000 from the Kresge Foundation and other groups like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, KeyBank and Goldman Sachs. The funds will allow help provide a social worker to work one-on-one with low income families in need. 


The Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Courtesy Photo / The Ann Arbor Summer Festival

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded $9.65 million in grants to various cultural groups in the State. 

Groups in Washtenaw County received a total of $891,055, the third highest amount in the state of Michigan. This was approximately a 19% increase from previous year's total of $749,984 to fund arts and cultural programs in the area.

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Plans to redevelop an affordable housing building in Ann Arbor for more than $6.5 million have received the green light by the Ann Arbor city council.  

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approved a Community Support and Treatment Services budget that will allow the county to continue to offer mental health services, but it won't stop layoffs.

Visit Ypsilanti

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has postponed at vote on whether to merge the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti convention and Visitor's Bureaus.

It's official, it's now illegal to feed deer in Ann Arbor.  The Ann Arbor city council voted in favor of the ban to prevent deer from damaging residential gardens and landscaping. 

courtesy AAPS / Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools students are back in school starting today.

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Kevin Leeser filed and got approved for what's known as a "declaration of intent" of write-in candidacy. Leeser will run against candidate Chip Smith in Ann Arbor's 5th Ward city council general election in November.


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor City Administrator Steve Powers has announced he will turn in a letter of resignation on September 15th.

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