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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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Autism Collaborative Center

Eastern Michigan University's Autism Collaborative Center is currently enrolling autistic adults for a social skills program. 


Ypsilanti City Hall
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The city of Ypsilanti will host a public hearing Tuesday night to discuss transferring the deed of the low-income housing complex,  Parkridge Homes on Armstrong Drive, to the Ypsilanti Housing Commission.


Ann Arbor Rotary Club

The city of Ann Arbor has received a $300,000 grant for a Universal Access playground at Gallup Park.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Low-income children got to shop for the holiday season through the Shop With a Cop program from the Washtenaw County Sheriffs' office. 

Eastern Michigan University

  Faculty weighed in, students protested, and members of the community voiced their opposition, but Eastern Michigan University's Board of Regents decided to not sever ties with the Education Achievement Authority.  

City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor will host a public informational meeting on Wednesday regarding the Nixon Farms developments. 


City of Ann Arbor

Paperwork to recall Ann Arbor city council member Kirk Westphal from the 2nd ward has been filed. 


City of Ann Arbor

After another bicyclist was killed in Ann Arbor by a driver, city officials continue to look for ways to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.


WikiCommons

If you want to pay your parking tickets in person in the city of Ypsilanti you will have to go to a new location. 


EMU Dome Bubble
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

The indoor athletic practice facility dome at Eastern Michigan University is still closed after it collapsed Sunday morning.


Visit Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Area Convention And Visitors Bureau

The Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau needs your help to increase regional tourism. 


Vito Palmisano / Wayne County Airport Authority

3.6 million Americans are expected to fly this week for the Thanksgiving holiday.  


Ann Arbor District Library

The oldest and smallest branch of the Ann Arbor District Library will closed Friday and won't reopen until next summer for an expansion and renovations.


Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Should you walk or drive through Ypsilanti, you may come across some new artwork. The murals were created by some of the area's young people to send messages about immigration and African-American History.  We spent time with the artists and has their story in this special feature.


Ann Arbor Educational Foundation

Ann Arbor Public Schools got a big gift from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation. 


Paris Attacks
Courtesy photo: Teresa Singh / University of Michigan

More and more students from the University of Michigan are studying abroad.  For the second year in a row, U of M has seen an increase of fifteen percent of students studying overseas.  And with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris France, the university is more alert than ever to make sure their students are safe.


Eastern Michigan University

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, Eastern Michigan University needs your help to feed students in need. 


Pure Michigan
Patrik Holubik / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University's College of Business is hosting its annual Search Marketing Workshop on Friday and you're invited.

The theme is "Fusion of Everything."  They will discuss all types of digital platforms from the internet, mobile devices and even home entertainment systems and how they are impacting our lives.

City of Ann Arbor

The city of Ann Arbor needs your help to decide by December 15th what design should be painted on the Manchester Water Tank.  They've narrowed the selection to a few after getting proposals from the public.

  

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County has expanded its services when it comes to obtaining County ID Cards.


Civilian Life
Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Eastern Michigan University hosted a physical training workshop on campus today to give the public a glimpse of how military personnel train to fight for our country.  It's all part of activities leading up to Veteran's Day this Wednesday.


Ann Arbor SPark
Ann Arbor SPARK

To help attract new companies to Ypsilanti, the city partnered with the Ann Arbor economic development organization, SPARK for a special real estate tour.


Eastern Michigan University

300 middle school girls from all over Michigan participated in a conference called "Digital Divas" Friday at Eastern Michigan University.

  The event was created to get more girls interested in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math also known as STEM.  Right now, women make-up only 24% of that workforce.

  EMU College of Technology professor and co-chair of the event, Dr. Susan Gregory, says that traditionally, girls have been discouraged from the STEM field. 

crowdhydrology.com

A new Michigan House bill wants to make it a lot easier to monitor surface-water levels through a process called CrowdHydrology. 


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