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Jorge Avellan

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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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There are five candidates seeking to become Ypsilanti's next mayor.  Sitting Mayor Amanda Edmonds decided against seeking re-election.  2nd Ward City councilwoman Beth Bashert was unopposed in the August primary but now faces a run-off with four others.  Anne Brown has previously served on Ypsilanti City Council.  Adrienne Hirschfelder is a lecturer at Eastern Michigan University.  Mickiela Tate is an Ypsilanti resident dipping into local politics for the first time, and Shiela McSpadden is a write-in candidate seeking her first elective office.  Four of the five candidates gathered at Riverside Arts Center for a public forum Tuesday night.  McSpadden did not participate.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there. 


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A discussion will be held Monday evening at Eastern Michigan University to explore ways Washtenaw County residents can support boys and young men of color.

 


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Snow plows operated by the Washtenaw County Road Commission will be a bit more decorative this winter.
 


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The mid-term elections are about a month away, now. Typically, turnout for mid-terms is much lighter than in presidential election years. This year, the political climate is tense and polarized. That appears to be manifesting itself among younger voters with a new sense of interest. In looking at Washtenaw County, if newly registered young voters turn out, it could help determine outcomes in November. 

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To promote diversity on campus, the Early College Alliance at Eastern Michigan University hosted a Unity in the Community rally Friday afternoon.  It's now an annual event after racist graffiti was found on campus three years ago.

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After more than two years on the job, Eastern Michigan University President James Smith gave his first State of the University address on Monday afternoon.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the details.


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89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered there are businesses in Washtenaw County contributing to the vision of buying products for life.

 


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To remember those who died as a result of the September 11 attacks, a ceremony has held Tuesday morning at Eastern Michigan University's Pease Park. 
 


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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has awarded $300,000 to the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority
 


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Glass ceilings are being broken in many industries that have long been male-dominated.  To this day, there are businesses built on what many perceive to be a man’s job.  For instance, who do you picture when you think of a barber?  In our latest installment of “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports on female barbers in Ann Arbor who are helping change that perception.   


EMU Campus Life

Over 3,000 students will be living on Eastern Michigan University's campus this year.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there as they started moving in today. 


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The Board of Regents at Eastern Michigan University approved a three-year agreement with the full-time lecturers union.  The new contract includes salary increases of 1.7% during the current school year and a 2% percent increase for 2019/2020.

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To help improve community relations, Eastern Michigan University's Police Department will host a bike rodeo this Saturday, and everyone in Washtenaw County is invited. 
 


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Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning across Washtenaw County and will close at 8 p.m.   89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with voters as they existed the polls.


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It's that time of the year when Washtenaw County employees are asking you to help them with their "Stuff the Bus" campaign to benefit students from Washtenaw County public school districts.  


Third ward Ypsilanti City Council candidate Adam Gainsley has dropped out of the race after information surfaced that he was convicted of a felony assault and disorderly conduct in 2011.


Mindo Chocolate Makers

We all know the chocolate bars we grew up with and tend to pass out at Halloween.  There is  Snickers, TwixMilky Way, and a host of others.  Now, there’s another chocolate company puttings its product to market and it's based right here in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports on the high-end chocolate maker that is making its mark, but remains "Hidden in Plain Sight."  


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Two Barton Hills Village proposals will be among the 13 ballot issues Washtenaw County voters will see on the August 7th primary eleciton. 
 


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The August 7th primary elections are less than a week away, and some Washtenaw County voters will be asked to decide a familiar issue.  Back in 2014, voters in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Ypsilanti Township approved a 0.7 mill tax levy to support and expand services offered by the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.  Next Tuesday, they’ll be asked to consider a similar millage request.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has the story.


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Lincoln Consolidated Schools will ask voters next week to approve a bonding proposal to make improvements at the district.
 


Whitmore Lake Public Schools

A proposal that would generate millions of dollars for a sinking fund for Whitmore Lake Public Schools will appear on the August 7th primary ballot. 
 


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The National Association of African Americans in Human Resources will host its national conference in Ypsilanti this fall, but the group announced a community service commitment that will last past the convention.
 


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Eastern Michigan University's Department of Public Safety has expanded its bicycle patrol program.  It's expected to benefit the local community.
 


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Street closures for the Ann Arbor Art Fair went into effect Wednesday morning and will last through the weekend.  


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Like many municipalities in Washtenaw County, Ypsilanti Township is looking for ways to improve traffic safety.  Residents and community leaders in the township are concerned over the increases in neighborhood traffic caused by changes made to accommodate the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan takes a closer look. 


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