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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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Ypsilanti has a rich history when it comes to the Underground Railroad.  A history you can learn more about during Black History Month.  Here is a quick glimpse of it. 


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight, and mental health care will be a main topic.


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The Washtenaw County Department of Elections is encouraging residents to sign-up to be an election inspector. 


Iowa Caucus
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The Iowa Caucus is taking place today, so WEMU spoke to political expert Edward Sidlow from Eastern Michigan University about how it could impact Michigan.


University Research Corridor
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The University Research Corridor alliance, which includes the University of Michigan, had a big economic impact in our state in 2014.


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The city of Ann Arbor has been forced to release numbers on how many deer have been killed as part of a cull to control their population. 


Health Insurance Marketplace
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If you don't have medical coverage and need it, this Sunday, January 31st, is the deadline to sign up through the Health Insurance Marketplace.


Huron Valley Humane Society

 A second lawsuit has been filed against the city of Ann Arbor for allowing USDA sharpshooters to kill deer for population control this winter.  Meanwhile, groups continue to work to stop the cull.

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A group called Support Ann Arbor Teachers will give a press conference before the Ann Arbor school board meets tonight at Forsythe Middle School. 


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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending the public to wash all produce before consuming it.  12 people in six states have been infected with Listeria. 

So far, one person in Michigan has died.  The CDC says the outbreak came from packaged salads that were produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.  The salads were packed under the brand names Dole, Fresh Selections, Simple Truth, Marketside, The Little Salad Bar, and President's Choice Organics.

Washtenaw Area Transportation Study

The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study agency will kick-off a series of meetings this afternoon to get public input on upcoming projects. 


The Harlem Globetrotters will perform tonight at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center.  That's less than a month since long time player Meadowlark Lemon passed away.  


Special Education
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As teachers request grants for projects from the Ann Arbor Educational Foundation, more and more of them are asking for help with special needs education.  


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As it continues to stay cold, more and more homeless people are using shelters in Washtenaw County.


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January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  Eastern Michigan University says it's more prevalent than you might think, here in our own state.


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As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations at Eastern Michigan University, a seminar on Black Lives Matter protests was held. 


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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about two phone scams. 


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With so many people buying lottery tickets for tonight's 1.5 billion dollar drawing, business is up for many establishments. 


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Subaru is among the automakers participating at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. 


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The press preview for the North American International Auto Show kicked-off today in Detroit. 


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After receiving recommendations from the Ann Arbor Human Rights Commission, some Ann Arbor city council members want to make improvements to the police department.  


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The city of Ann Arbor continues to move forward with a deer cull despite being served with a lawsuit to try to stop it. 


Derek Delacourt
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The city of Ann Arbor has chosen its new community services area administrator.

Kim Schatzel
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Eastern Michigan University's interim president Kim Schatzel's last day at work is Thursday.  She has accepted the job as president of Towson University in Maryland. 


Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners tonight will hold its first meeting of the year.  The board will discuss possible changes to how future commission meetings will be conducted.  


Huron Valley Humane Society

Protesters in Ann Arbor are not giving up as the city moves forward with a deer cull this winter.


Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to meet its target class size goals as student enrollment increases to over 17,000.


Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
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Ann Arbor's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has started focusing on what it can do to improve the city in 2016.


Personal Training
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During this time of the year, many of us think about how we can get and stay healthy for the rest of the year.  


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Good food is great all on its own.  Good music is, too.  Put them together and sometimes you'll find yourself with a unique experience and a night to remember. And it's happening at a popular, local destination.


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