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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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Ann Arbor Art Center

The Ann Arbor Art Center plans to add 10 new murals in the downtown area.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council is now accepting applications from residents interested in filling the Ward 1 vacancy on council.  


To help students transition back to in-person instruction this fall at Eastern Michigan University, school officials are in the process of rolling out a #EMU Safe signage campaign.  

City of Ypsilanti

Community policing will be a main topic of discussion Monday night during an Ypsilanti city council meeting.  


The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, has started to increase its bus service after making schedule changes in March because of COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will discuss Monday night placing an affordable housing millage proposal on the November general election ballot.  

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The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti is known for providing low-income residents with food and medical assistance, but this summer, it’s offering a new service.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is considering ending its downtown business street closure program early over COVID-19 safety concerns.  


Weber’s in Ann Arbor will not move forward with plans on offering a drive-in theater this summer.  

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The Washtenaw County Elections Department says all of its 150 voting precincts will offer in-person voting for the August 4th primary election.  


The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, will start collecting fares again on August 2nd.  


The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will launch its Safe Schools Washtenaw campaign drive next week to help its districts prepare for in-person instruction in the fall.  

Washtenaw County Health Department

The Washtenaw County Health Department has seen a decrease in the number of children getting immunized because of COVID-19.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Farmers Market says having customers wear masks will be essential in keeping the market open.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners is considering adding a public health and seniors millage proposal on the November ballot.  

Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission will host a virtual meeting Tuesday night to inform voters on a millage renewal proposal they will see on the August primary ballot.  

A new survey reveals that 77% of voters in Ann Arbor would support an affordable housing millage if it appeared on a local ballot.  

Saline Area Schools

Saline Area Schools plans to offer hybrid and remote learning options in the fall in addition to full-time, in-person instruction.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor hopes to improve pedestrian safety by hiring a Vision Zero engineer.  

Ypsilanti Township

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office has opened an investigation after someone shot a car owned by the husband of Ypsilanti Township Board of Trustee Monica Ross-Williams.  

Ann Arbor District Library

The Ann Arbor District Library is now offering contactless lobby pickup service.  


The Washtenaw County Health Department will conduct free COVID-19 pop-up tests at an event this Saturday in Whitmore Lake.  

15th District Court

The 15th District Court in Ann Arbor has reopened its doors but with new COVID-19 guidelines.  

A2/Ypsilanti Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber is offering free Personal Protective Equipment starter kits to local small businesses.  

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Humans are not the only ones who need protection from the current extreme heat.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor has temporarily closed the Argo and Gallup canoe liveries after two employees tested positive for COVID-19.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners plans to improve public services in the county for senior citizens by establishing a Commission on Aging.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council will meet for the first time Tuesday night since former Mayor Beth Bashert resigned from office last month.  

City of Ypsilanti

As of Monday, parking enforcement is active again in the City of Ypsilanti.  

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The Community Advisory Board for Law Enforcement, also known as CABLE, has concluded its public comment period in the Sha’Teina Grady El case.