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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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TD Tooker / University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library

Atop a small hill at the corner of Observatory and East Ann Streets in Ann Arbor sits a facility operated by the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library.  It’s been at that same location for over a century now.  Still, as 89-1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, the Detroit Observatory has remained largely “Hidden in Plain Sight.”  


Gas
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Drivers in Ann Arbor will pay more for their gasoline than anyone else in the state this 4th of July holiday.  


Families Belong Together
Families Belong Together / familiesbelongtogether.org

The Washtenaw Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice will host a "Families Belong Together" rally on Saturday.


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Governor Rick Snyder signed the 2019 K-12 education budget Thursday afternoon at Ypsilanti Community High School.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder will tour Ypsilanti Community High School today.


Microphone
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The Ypsilanti community group "A Seat at the Table" will host two candidate forums that will be moderated by youth.


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

Eastern Michigan University will soon offer a new academic program that some students believe will help improve race relations on campus.
 


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People have differing views on going to cemeteries.  Whether you find it peaceful or whether you find it creepy, you can find a sense of history.  With that in mind, 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan went exploring at a few cemeteries in Washtenaw County.


Jiffy Mix

To many, Jiffy Mix is a household name.  Many of you probably have it in your pantry right now.  From the corn muffin mix, to pizzas, pastries, and pies. Jiffy Mix is based in Washtenaw County and is well-known for its mixes that cut down on time and effort in the cooking process.  In fact, the company name comes from the adage, “It’ll be done in a Jiffy.”  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan paid a visit to the Jiffy Mix facility in Chelsea and learned about the history and more fun facts about the company.


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A driverless shuttle is now up and running at the University of Michigan.  Mcity launched the free service this morning.
 


Washtenaw County Road Commission

The Washtenaw County Road Commission has named a new managing director.


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When you hear the term “Student-Athlete,” we think about the full-out effort it takes to succeed in the classroom and on the field.  Those endeavors are easily recognized.  At Eastern Michigan University, the football team continues to improve on both fronts.  But, there are efforts the players are putting forth that aren’t quite as public. Many are making indelible marks on the wider community.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, that component in the life of a student-athlete is “Hidden in Plain Sight.” 


City of Saline

The City of Saline has issued a city-wide boil water advisory.
 


Adrianne Taylor

A 9 year-old boy from Ypsilanti will be honored this Saturday at a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation summit. 
 


Ellen Fischer

The Early College Alliance program at Eastern Michigan University is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.


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Long before we started taking pictures on smartphones, you would see people wearing bigger and bulkier film cameras.  Among the more respected was the Argus camera and, as it turns out, it was made right here in Washtenaw County.  Argus is now out of business, but its legacy lives on.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, you’ll discover that history in a 1,500 square-foot space at the corner of West William and 4th Streets in Ann Arbor, “Hidden In Plain Sight.”   

Medication
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In 2011, 29 people in Washtenaw County died from a opioid-related death.  That number increased to 68 last year.  The county is hoping to reduce that number.


Ann Arbor
City of Ann Arbor / a2gov.org

After postponing a vote on whether or not to repurchase the former downtown YMCA property, known as the "Y Lot," Ann Arbor's city council will discuss the issue again tonight.  


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The story of Egypt has been a vital component in explaining early world history.  The stories continue to capture the imagination.  Much of what we now know was captured through early writings and documentations made on what is called papyrus. Think of it as ancient paper.  It just so happens the largest collection of Papyri in North America is right in our area.  Walk through the U of M’s central campus Diag, in the doors to one of the school’s most recognizable buildings and, as 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, you’ll discover a world that has been “Hidden in Plain Sight.” 


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The elimination of four sports programs at Eastern Michigan University was a controversial topic during the university's Board of Regents meeting Friday afternoon.  Over 150 people attended and overflow rooms were used. 

School Walkout
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Thousands of students across the country will walk out of school today, which marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.  Students in Washtenaw County will participate. 


Deer
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Sterilization is one of methods the City of Ann Arbor uses to help control the urban deer population. That could change.  The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a bill that could impact the city's deer management program.  


Amanda Edmonds
Wikipedia Media Commons / localwiki.org

Ypsilanti's city council will meet tonight and discuss if they will censure Mayor Amanda Edmonds after an investigation was conducted on a controversial trip to China.
 


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Have you ever played with a toy, remote-controlled car?  Would you want to do it if the vehicle was the size and weight of the vehicle you drive? And, you were riding in it?  People are doing that right now, right around the corner from you. What they learn may determine our transportation future. By now, you’ve likely heard of the American Center for Mobility. The testing site in Ypsilanti Township once housed the historic Willow Run bomber plant in the World WAR II era.  It later served as home to The General Motors Power Train plant from the 1950’s until it was closed in 2010.  89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan has taken a peak behind the curtain to get a look at what may, one day, be considered history-making technology. 


Eastern Michigan University

For the past eight years, Eastern Michigan University has been working with girls in Metro Detroit to spark interest in the STEM field. 

 


Border-to-Border Trail
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After two years of being closed, the Border-to-Border Trail in Ypsilanti will soon re-open.  


Michigan Works

Michigan Works is asking Washtenaw County businesses to provide employment to young adults this summer.


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The Washtenaw Youth Initiative hosted a town hall on Saturday in Ann Arbor to talk about gun violence. 
 


Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University / emich.edu

The Ann Arbor YMCA has joined forces with Eastern Michigan University, the Ypsilanti Housing Commission, and Ypsilanti Community Schools to offer a new childcare program.


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The American Center for Mobility is officially open for business in Ypsilanti Township.

 


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