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. 

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A bill to end the requirement for concealed carry permits was passed out of a legislative committee on Wednesday. It came back from a tie vote that stalled its progress last week.

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Rep. Karianne Lisonbee is a Republican and a freshman legislator from Clearfield. She says the idea for her bill, HB 198, was brought to her by a group of young women who want to defend themselves from rape.  

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On Wednesday the Utah House of Representatives voted to ban the consideration of race or gender when filling judicial vacancies.

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Utah lawmakers are recommending a 3% boost in per-student spending to the state’s education budget.

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Last Friday night, the Utah Islamic Center’s mosque was packed with people. Some were praying, but most sat on the floor observing the Friday night prayers.

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Many voters experienced long lines and confusion when it came to registering to vote and casting a ballot in 2016, both during the presidential caucuses and the general election. On Wednesday lawmakers moved to tweak election laws in an effort to make the voting process less complicated.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gave a ‘State of the County’ address on Tuesday, where he warned that unless the state funds drug treatment programs, he will ask state lawmakers to scrap new criminal justice reform measures.

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A new bill  at the Utah Legislature is aimed at helping ex-cons find housing and stay out of jail. It would get rid of city-sponsored incentives landlords sometimes get for refusing to rent to people who have a criminal history.

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In her second State of the City address, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski delivered a message about moving forward in tough and divided times.

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The Democratic leader in the Utah House of Representatives is making another attempt to pass a sex education bill. Rep. Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, tried to run a comprehensive sex education bill last year but it failed.

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Two Republican lawmakers are reportedly working on a bill that would allow the so-called “Zion Curtains” to come down in restaurants.

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“Cries from Syria” is one of three documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival that focus on the destruction in Syria. 

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The 2017 general session of the Utah Legislature got underway Monday, and leaders of the Utah Senate have a lengthy list of things they want to accomplish in the next 45 days.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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