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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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The issue of medical marijuana is lighting up the Utah Legislature, despite a competing ballot initiative making its way to voters this fall.

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A proposal to allow political parties to reduce candidate options to the primary ballot received its first approval in the Utah Legislature Tuesday.

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Utah will likely send a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon to the U.S. Capitol, after the senate passed a resolution to replace a current statue of inventor Philo Farnsworth, with one of Cannon, an early Utah politician and women's rights activist. 

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The gavel has fallen and the Utah Legislature is officially in session! This week we dissect opening speeches by Gov. Gary Herbert and House Speaker Greg Hughes, then Speaker Hughes will also join us later in the episode for our “Better Know a Lawmaker” segment. To wrap it up, we'll sprint through some of the bills that have started to gain momentum on the hill.

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A bipartisan group of Utah lawmakers unveiled a suite of bills Thursday aimed at helping working families.

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A bill to update the state’s road tolling system — and which would likely lead to a toll road up Little Cottonwood Canyon — received its first thumbs-up from a Senate committee Wednesday.

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The Utah Legislature has taken up a bill that could have provided a solution to Salt Lake County’s Gary Ott problem.

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The state’s HR department is basically on an honor system to provide training for workplace abuse and investigate complaints.

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Reforming the state tax system is a top priority for Utah lawmakers this year, but there’s no concrete plan for how they want do that yet.

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Utah lawmakers will convene Monday for the 2018 General Session of the 63rd Utah Legislature. With more than 1,200 bills already filed, lawmakers expect another record breaking year of laws passed during the 45-day session. Here are five things to watch for this year. 

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In his second public appearance in a week, former presidential candidate and rumored senate hopeful Mitt Romney quashed expectations that he'd announce a bid for Utah's open seat. 

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All eyes in the film industry are on Sundance this year.

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This month marked the halfway point in Jackie Biskupski’s term as Mayor of Salt Lake City. Although she’s had some challenges and stumbles in her first two years, Utah's first openly-gay mayor is proud of what she’s accomplished so far.

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Mitt Romney delivered what sounded like a stump speech Tuesday during the Utah Economic Outlook and Policy Summit — one of his first major public appearances since speculation began about his political plans. Yet despite ample opportunity to announce a bid for the U.S. Senate, Romney demurred several times.

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Mitt Romney took to Twitter on Monday to blast President Trump’s reported comments about Haiti and countries in Africa. The tweet signals that Romney could remain a critic of the White House if he decides to run for Senate.

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Utahns took advantage of free transit last month when Salt Lake officials foot the bill to help combat air pollution.

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People all over Utah celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with volunteer work. On Monday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski teamed up with teenage volunteers at the Utah Food Bank.

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Utah Rep. Mia Love, the only Haitian-American in Congress, called on President Donald Trump to apologize after he reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa as “s***hole countries" during an Oval Office meeting. 

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And we're back! Welcome to Season 2 of 45 Days. The 2018 Utah Legislative Session is just around the corner. This week we're giving you an idea of some of the big topics lawmakers will try to tackle, some oddball bills we're kind of fond of, and our first ever installment of "Better Know a Lawmaker," featuring Rep. Robert Spendlove.

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The director of Salt Lake City’s 911 system was fired Thursday after he was arrested for drunk driving.

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Four members of the Salt Lake City Council were sworn in Tuesday, including two new faces. Incoming council members Chris Wharton and Amy Fowler replace retiring council members Stan Penfold and Lisa Adams.

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From politics to public lands, 2017 was another big year of local news. KUER reporters recap some of the top stories of the year and why they mattered. 

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Some national beer companies are considering dropping weaker brews, which means Utah beer drinkers could see fewer options at the grocery store.

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Liquor stores are anticipating record-breaking sales leading up to Christmas. There’s always a rush before a holiday, said Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman Terry Wood.

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Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold said he was inspired — or rather, disgusted — by the air pollution that hung over the Wasatch Front for most of last week. 

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Any proposed change to Utah’s liquor laws is met with scrutiny by the restaurant industry, conservatives, and drinkers alike.

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State lawmakers are busy drafting legislation for the 2018 session beginning next month.  One bill could change the state fossil.

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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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