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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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Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County’s Broadband Task Force has released a pre-engineering report that includes cost estimates for expanding broadband service in Washtenaw County.  

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To make it easier for parents to help their kids celebrate Halloween this year during the pandemic, Eastern Michigan University’s Police Department will hold a drive-thru candy event on Friday, October 30th.  

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Among the candidates who will appear on next week’s general election ballot are two who are running in Washtenaw County’s non-incumbent 22nd Circuit Court judge race.  

Ann Arbor Public Schools

A Black Students Matter protest will be held Saturday, October 24th at 1 p.m. outside of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor after a teacher was accused of creating a racial hostile environment for Black students.  

Ypsilanti District Library

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has allocated $50,000 to the Ypsilanti District Library to help build a new library branch in Superior Township.  


Washtenaw County

Individuals who violate COVID-19 orders issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department may face fines of up to $1,000.  

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At least two flu shot pop-up clinics will be held this weekend in Washtenaw County.  

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Both the City of Ann Arbor and the City of Ypsilanti have extended permits to continue allowing businesses to operate outdoors during the pandemic.  

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We’re now officially in what’s considered the late voter registration period for the November 3rd general election.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council was considering changing the city’s water rate structure but, ultimately, decided against it.  

Hope Clinic

The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti needs help from the community to keep struggling Washtenaw County residents warm during the winter months.  

City of Ypsilanti

The City of Ypsilanti is considering extending its Sidewalk Cafés permits to allow businesses to continue offering outdoor dining during the pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor is looking for residents to participate in its A2 Zero Climate Ambassador Program.  

City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor plans to align its Solid Waste Resources Management Plan with its A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan.  

Ypsilanti District Library

The Ypsilanti District Library will partner up with the University of Michigan Library later this week to host an Ypsilanti Wikipedia page edit-a-thon.  

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is shifting from a nasal swab COVID-19 surveillance test it gives to students, faculty, and staff to a saliva-based test.  

Wikipedia

The University of Michigan Museum of Art announced a commitment to anti-racist action.  

Wiki Commons

Twelfth District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell continues to urge the United States Postal Service to improve service in Washtenaw County.  

Michigan State Senate

Eighteenth District State Senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor was at the State Capitol Building in Lansing when he heard the news about Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The FBI uncovered a plot by a militia group to kidnap and hold the governor hostage for treason.  

A2Y Regional Chamber

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says local businesses have the right to refuse service to customers who don’t comply with local COVID-19 health orders. 


City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor City Council has decided to end part of its Healthy Streets Project early over safety concerns.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s city council approved a resolution that created an ordinance to protect residents who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has cancelled its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday night as they determine if they can legally continue to hold virtual meetings during COVID-19.  

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The Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission has expressed concerns over an employment agreement the City of Ann Arbor approved for the Ann Arbor Police Officers Association.  

Washtenaw County

The Washtenaw County Department of Elections wants to assure voters that absentee ballots will be counted on Election Day.  

City of Ann Arbor

After a controversial discussion Monday night, Ann Arbor City Council approved a resolution that directs the city attorney to make public a 2019 city memo on whether city council has the authority to dissolve the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority.  

City of Ypsilanti

Ypsilanti’s City Council will begin discussing Tuesday night how the city wants to plan for trick or treating this year during COVID-19. 


YCS

Ypsilanti Community Schools has a new food distribution program it’s offering for families during the pandemic.  

City of Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority was caught by surprise when they learned that Ann Arbor’s city council will discuss two resolutions tonight to consider dissolving the DDA.  

City of Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor’s city council will continue discussing the city’s Solid Waste Resources Management Plan tonight.  

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