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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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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.

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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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After a string of natural disasters, many Utahns are wondering if the state is ready for an emergency. With a high likelihood of a large earthquake in the coming decades, building safety  is a frequent worry.  

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Count My Vote is launching a ballot initiative that would eliminate the party caucus-convention system. 

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Republican congressional candidate John Curtis is facing backlash after declaring support for President Donald Trump’s border wall in a since-removed Facebook ad.

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Salt Lake County’s public elementary schools are now designated safe zones in the event of an earthquake or natural disaster. A new program will turn the schools into neighborhood organizing centers during an emergency.

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An exhibit featured at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art shows that while many Muslim women wear headscarves, they choose to do so for a variety of reasons.

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Gov. Gary Herbert covered a range of topics at his monthly press conference on KUED Thursday, including health care, the national monument review and special legislative sessions.

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Across the street from the Salt Palace Convention Center, Ed Primosic is pretty much over the Outdoor Retailer shows. He and his wife Kris own the Blue Iguana Mexican restaurant.

The state fair will have rodeos again for its 162nd year, thanks to a new 10,000-seat arena that was completed earlier this year. 

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert was in Washington on Thursday, where he joined governors of several other states in urging Congress to help stabilize Obamacare’s individual health insurance markets.

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In a lawsuit involving state alcohol regulators, Brewvies Cinema Pub, and the movie “Deadpool”, Brewvies has scored a major victory.

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Salt Lake City officials have closed the crime-plagued street near one of downtown's busiest homeless shelters.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski and House Speaker Greg Hughes announced on Thursday that Rio Grande Street would close to vehicle traffic, after a week of back-and-forth bickering over how soon to barricade it.  

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Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson on Tuesday told KUER he is working on a bill regarding the sale of low-point beer sold in grocery and convenience stores.

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Utah agencies are sending people and supplies to help victims of tropical storm Harvey. Utah Task Force One, the state’s top search and rescue team sent 46 responders to Texas in order to help rescue stranded victims, says training manager Frankie Grant.

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It’s been nearly a month since heavy rainfall flooded homes, damaged schools, and prompted the Sprague Library branch to close.

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The tech industry is growing faster in Utah than anywhere else in the country. On Tuesday, the tech nonprofit Silicon Slopes announced a partnership that industry leaders say will boost the state’s entire economy.

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Adam Gardiner, a freshman state representative, was sworn in Friday morning as the new Salt Lake County Recorder. On Thursday night county Republicans chose Gardiner to replace the former recorder, Gary Ott.

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Salt Lake County Republicans chose State Representative Adam Gardiner to replace Gary Ott as county recorder. Gardiner says he will not keep acting recorder Julie Dole in the office.

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Tuesday night’s results are not final, but they show incumbent Salt Lake City Council members James Rogers and Erin Mendenhall with commanding leads— each held more than 75 percent of the vote in their respective races. 

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Tuesday is primary election day for the third congressional district special election and some municipalities around the state.

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Safety first: since Utah will only see a partial solar eclipse, special ISO-certified glasses are a must. They’re widely available—the Clark Planetarium ordered 100,000 pairs and is selling them for $2 each.

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Hale Center Theatre’s new facility in Sandy is nearing completion and is set to open later this fall. Officially called the Mountain America Performing Arts Centre, it features two separate stages and innovative stage technology.

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The race for Mayor in Draper City has become contentious, with accusations of lies and negative campaigning. Issues at the center of the race include backlash to a proposed homeless resource center and developing the site of the state prison after it moves further north.

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