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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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and they are expected to make a big decision.  


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After another racist graffiti message was found on a wall at Eastern Michigan University, a new approach will be used to address the issue. 
 


Open Enrollment
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Open enrollment for "Obamacare" starts today.  Those who enroll in the health insurance marketplace may have to pay more for it soon.  


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For decades, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been working with Gelman Sciences to clean-up the 1,4 Dioxane chemical the company released in certain parts of Ann Arbor.  To this day, the DEQ continues to say the levels are below their precautionary standards and are not harmful. To give voice to concerned residents, city, county and state officials put together Thursday night's town hall forum. 


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It's been a journey for voters who were hoping Bernie Sanders would win the White House.  

It was an unlikely candidacy that started small and built into a movement for democratic socialism.  Hillary Clinton is a far more traditional Democrat and ended up winning the party's nomination for President.  When Sanders bowed out, many of his supporters vowed to protest by not casting a vote, at all.  Then, Donald Trump won the Republican nomination.  

This is where some of Washtenaw County's Sanders supporters now stand.
 


University of Michigan

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, along with the University of Michigan's School of Public Health, will host an event this evening to help mark World Polio Day

 


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The Ann Arbor Police Department continues to look for ways to improve community relations.  It hopes a television show that airs on the local access channel CTN can contribute to that. 

 


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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has conditionally appointed a county administrator. 

 


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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton this morning in Ann Arbor.
 


Parker Maynard

New information has been revealed regarding the future of Eastern Michigan University's Kresge Environmental Center, also known as Fish Lake.


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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office held the third in its community education series  at Mill Creek Middle School in Dexter on Wednesday evening.  The overall idea is to improve the department's relationship with the community by informing offering insights into how the Sheriff's office operates.
 


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New Jersey Senator Cory Booker made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at Eastern Michigan University. 

 


Students at Eastern Michigan University gathered once again to protest the racist graffiti that was recently discovered on campus. 


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Senator Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton at the University of Michigan.  


French Fries
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A protest was held Thursday in Ann Arbor outside the McDonald's on Washtenaw Avenue near the Arborland Center.  


HGTV

Millions of people are expected to enter a sweepstakes to win a home in Ann Arbor.  In the process, local companies have benefited from the project. 
 


Ronald Woods
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Experts in African-American history say the racist graffiti that was found at Eastern Michigan University early Tuesday morning is nothing new in the area.   


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Conversation continues in Washtenaw County about policing and community interactions.  It was the subject of a town hall forum moderated by 89.1 WEMU in July.  On Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Sheriff held the first in a new series of community meetings .   


The Washtenaw County Health Department has reported the first West Nile Virus case in our area.

 


Amtrak
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The City of Ypsilanti continues to move forward with plans to construct an Amtrak stop platform. 


Laura Bien

The Ypsilanti District Library has launched a new African-American Oral History Archive.  The audio is being taken from old cassette tapes.
 


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Over forty thousand people are expected to attend the Thunder Over Michigan air show this weekend.  In addition to providing entertainment, it will also help the local economy.


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Washtenaw County's Michigan Works office, along with other local groups, created an employment program to help keep young people busy during the summer.  The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Community Engagement Department is one of the locations where some of those teens are working.


Ypsilanti's Water Street
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Ypsilanti's city council voted against putting a Water Street debt millage on the November ballot.  The decision was made early this morning during a special meeting. 


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A lot of attention is being focused on a Washtenaw County senior housing complex because of malfunctioning equipment in the building that has residents feeling trapped and unsafe.  But the situation is not only affecting the elderly. 


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