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Nicole Nixon

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Nicole Nixon holds a communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos. 

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Earlier this year, a woman who works at the Utah Legislature was talking to a lawmaker in the hallway at the Utah State Capitol. It was a professional conversation — they were talking about a bill, when the lawmaker started fiddling with a button on his jacket. It was starting to come loose, and he hinted that he’d like her to sew it back on for him.

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Ballet west has been using the same designs in its “Nutcracker” production for nearly 30 years, according to the company’s artistic director Adam Sklute.

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The Sugar House Park fireworks show could be canceled next year if no one comes forward to sponsor it.

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The Salt Lake City Council says it’s willing to pay for 50 new police officer positions—nearly twice what Chief Mike Brown asked for earlier this month.

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Earlier this month West Jordan voters narrowly approved changing the city’s governmental structure. The city and its elected officials are in for a shakeup when it takes effect in 2020.

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Students at Brigham Young University want to see more education about sexual assault and resources available to victims, according to results from a campus survey about sexual assault released Thursday.

Four incumbent mayors in Salt Lake County will be out of the job, if unofficial election results hold. KUER spoke to two of the new mayors-elect who will replace them.

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Gov. Gary Herbert hinted support for a proposed ballot initiative on how candidates can get themselves on the ballot.

West Jordan City

Early voting results show that a majority of West Jordan residents voted to change their form of city government.

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In a reversal of their previous plan, Count My Vote organizers have changed their final ballot initiative to keep the caucus-convention system.

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It was a tough night for several incumbent mayors in the Salt Lake Valley.

Erik Neumann / KUER

It's election day in Utah. More than 400 municipal races will be decided Tuesday night, in addition to ballot questions and bond referendums. 

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The criminal case against Terry Diehl, a developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member, was dismissed minutes before it was scheduled to begin Monday morning.

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It’s been nearly a month since allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein first surfaced. More than 60 women have now come forward to accuse him. Many of those allegations were said to have happened at film festivals — Toronto, Cannes, and even Sundance, which happens in Park City every January.

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Police are sharing more details about what happened at the University of Utah Monday night, when a student was fatally shot.

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Utahns will vote on new mayors and city council members on Nov. 7, but residents in Blanding will have another item on their ballot: allowing alcohol sales within city limits.

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Will medical marijuana become legal in Utah next year? Early polling suggests wide support for a proposed medical cannabis ballot initiative.

Chris Pearson / Ski Utah

As the ski season approaches, Utah’s resorts are in the middle of filling thousands of seasonal jobs. Some of those workers come from overseas on visas that are under threat by the Trump administration.

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There’s been a lot of debate about a new law that lowers the legal DUI blood alcohol limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. Now it’s looking like that law may not change much, if at all, before it goes into effect.

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Frustrations from Salt Lake County Republicans over the drawn-out investigation into former recorder Gary Ott’s aides is now turning into political back-and-forth.

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Gary Ott’s family confirmed to the Deseret News that he passed away early this morning. The 66-year-old had Stage 4 Alzheimer’s disease and has been in hospice care for the past week.

Over the weekend the hashtag “Me Too” went viral on social media as women and men shared stories of sexual assault and harassment. By Monday afternoon, the hashtag had been Tweeted more than half a million times.

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Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that Utah has twice as many cases of melanoma skin cancer as the national average.

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It’s long been speculated that former Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott has a degenerative brain disease. But it was publicly confirmed for the first time on Thursday.

Julia Ritchey / KUER

Alex Wubbels and her lawyer, Karra Porter say they both expected Jeff Payne would be fired, but they want to see further action by the Salt Lake City Police Department.

The lawyer for Jeffery Payne, the police officer fired after being caught on video arresting a nurse, says he plans to appeal the decision he calls unfair. Attorney Greg Skordas says that Detective Payne would likely still be employed if body camera footage hadn't generated widespread attention online. He says his client would agree to be disciplined, but the decision to terminate him went beyond what's fair.

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Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly fielding candidates in an effort to unseat Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and other establishment Republicans.

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This week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas has rekindled the debate over gun control. This time, even some Utah Republicans are calling for a ban on the devices known as “bump stocks.” 

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After getting an economics degree from Brigham Young University, Chase Zenger got a job in Silicon Valley. He missed Utah, and a few years ago he moved back to Provo to work for big-data company Qualtrics. But Zenger says he just wasn’t getting the opportunities he wanted to advance his career.  

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Funding for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, expired last week. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch helped create the program for low-income children in the 1990s.

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