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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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City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will discuss the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday tonight that, if approved, should bring more transparency to the city.  

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The Kerrytown, State Street, and Main Street shopping districts in Ann Arbor have joined forces to help local businesses thrive during the pandemic and the holiday season.  

Washtenaw County

Between May of 2019 and April of 2020, an additional 517 people received mental health services in Washtenaw County.  

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Community groups in Washtenaw County expect to see an increase in food assistance demand during the holiday season because of the pandemic. 

City of Ypsilanti

Three Ypsilanti City Council members will take the oath of office Monday night, November 9th after being elected on November 3rd. 

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor says the satellite voter registration office they opened at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art Stenn Gallery was a success.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners needs more time to decide if they want to approve a consent agreement regarding the 1,4 Dioxane plume in our area.


Ford Fund

The Ford Fund will give away 50,000 masks during a two-day period in Ypsilanti Township.  

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The Washtenaw Economic Club held a virtual meeting Thursday to review the November 3rd general election.  


City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor's Healthy Streets pilot project has ended.


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While over 161,000 people voted absentee in the November 3rd general election in Washtenaw County, others decided to vote in person.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan spoke with several of them.


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A democracy rally will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at the University of Michigan’s Diag.  

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There is still time to obtain a new ballot for today’s November 3rd general election, if you made a mistake on your absentee ballot. 

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Washtenaw County opened its winter warming shelters at area churches early this year.  

Ypsilanti Township

The Civic Center building in Ypsilanti Township will be open only for voter registration and voting Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd.

City of Ypsilanti

Starting Monday, November 2nd, the City of Ypsilanti will start enforcing new parking time limits in Depot Town.  

Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools have asked the Michigan High School Athletic Association to delay the start of the winter high school sports season until after Thanksgiving.  

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City and township clerk offices across Washtenaw County will have extended weekend hours this week.  

City of Ypsilanti

Drivers speeding in residential neighborhoods have become an issue for the City of Ypsilanti during the pandemic.  

Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

After serving as a homeless shelter for over six months during the pandemic, the Red Roof Inn on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor will close permanently.  

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As local businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says shopping local will help keep them open.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti voters will see two city proposals on next week’s general election ballot.  

TheRide

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority, also known as TheRide, plans to restore bus service in Western Ann Arbor.  

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County voters will decide next Tuesday who will represent them during the next two years on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. 

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The Chelsea School District and the City of Dexter each have a proposal that voters will see on the November 3rd general election ballot.  


City of Ann Arbor

Six environmental and climate organizations in Washtenaw County have endorsed the City of Ann Arbor’s affordable housing proposal that voters will see on the November ballot.  

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For those planning to vote in person next week for the November 3rd general election, there are safety steps health experts recommend.  

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The Washtenaw Economic Club held a virtual meeting on Tuesday on police reform and strengthening community and police relations in the county.  

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Bridgewater and Lodi Townships will each see one township proposal in next Tuesday’s general election.  


City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor voters will consider three city proposals for next week’s November 3rd general election.  


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