Nicole Nixon

Reporter

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. 

Sundance Film Festival

Thousands of people have descended on Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, which opened Thursday, and political undertones abound in the films showcased this year.   

The 2017 General Session of the Utah Legislature will begin on Monday. One of the bills put forward is a proposal to raise the minimum wage.

A Utah state senator is working on a bill that would replace Utah’s current hate crimes law, which many prosecutors say is unenforceable.

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A Utah lawmaker is working on a bill to expand access to treatment for women suffering from postpartum depression.

EDCUtah Names New CEO

Jan 10, 2017

After a rocky year in 2016, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) has named a new President and CEO.

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After the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced that it would perform at the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, one of its members responded by resigning from the choir. Jan Chamberlin posted her resignation letter on Facebook, where it was shared thousands of times.

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Ben McAdams was elected to a second term as Salt Lake County Mayor last November, and all four County Councilmembers up for reelection kept their seats.

Salt Lake City Twilight Concert Series

This week the Salt Lake City Council approved $200,000 to help fund the Twilight Concert Series for 2017. Twilight has gone over budget for several years now, and City Council members are once again reevaluating the future of the concert series.

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Governor Gary Herbert publicly took the oath of office Wednesday after being elected to a third term as governor of Utah.

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Utah State Sen. Todd Weiler received national attention last year for his resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis. Now he’s working on a bill that would allow people to sue porn producers for damages.

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A week after the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced that it would perform at the Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, one of its members has resigned.

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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump next month in Washington. Reaction to the news was about as mixed as Mormon support for Trump during the election.

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Sales at Utah liquor stores have been climbing steadily for years, and they’re set to break records again for 2016.

U.S. Census Bureau

Demographics in Utah are unique in many ways: the state has the highest birth rate, the lowest death rate, and is the youngest state in the country.

Members of the Electoral College will meet on Monday to cast their votes for President of the United States. Meanwhile movements are surging around the country to try to get Republican electors not to vote for Donald Trump.

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There are only a handful of performances left for Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker.” As the company begins to wind down this year’s run of the Christmas classic, it’s already preparing for the 2017 production, which includes a complete reboot of sets and costumes. The ballet company is trying to keep things fresh while also preserving the historical nature of its original production.

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Amazon.com will begin collecting sales tax on purchases made by Utah residents. The online retail giant has come to an agreement with the state of Utah to begin collecting state and local sales taxes beginning January 1, 2017.

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City and county officials announced plans to build a new $39 million performing arts center in Taylorsville on Monday.  It will be called the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center. 

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About 30 cab drivers held a protest outside Salt Lake City Hall on Wednesday. They say it’s unfair that ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber don’t face the same airport regulations as taxis.

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Salt Lake City is launching a new program to help low-income seniors and people with disabilities tackle home repairs.

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The State Board of Canvassers: Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, Attorney General Sean Reyes, Auditor John Dougall, and Treasurer David Damschen met Monday to certify the official results of statewide and multi-county races.

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This holiday weekend is projected to break travel records—more than three million people in Mountain West states are expected to travel at least 50 miles.

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Voters in Salt Lake County experienced long lines on election night and the county is still counting ballots. It will take nearly two weeks to report final results.

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Utah lawmakers met in a special legislative session Wednesday evening to work out kinks in the state’s gas tax that was passed last year.

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West Valley City Police Officer Cody Brotherson was laid to rest on Monday. The 25-year-old was killed in the line of duty earlier this month when he was struck by a stolen vehicle.

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Having just won another term as Governor of Utah, Gary Herbert announced new appointments to his cabinet and senior staff on Thursday.

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Republican Rep. Chris Stewart will serve another term in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. Early voting numbers showed the incumbent Congressman Stewart leading Democratic challenger Charlene Albarran by about 30%.

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West Valley City police are mourning the death of 25-year-old Officer Cody Brotherson, who was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning. He was struck by a stolen vehicle around 3 a.m. on Sunday. Brotherson’s funeral is set for 10 a.m. November 14 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. 

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Daylight saving time ends this weekend and one Utah lawmaker is drafting legislation that could potentially end the practice of “springing forward” and “falling back.”

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Two months after taking the helm of the Utah Transit Authority, CEO Jerry Benson has restructured the organization’s leadership. He says it’s the first step in improving UTA’s image and regaining public trust.

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