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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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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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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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A new dealership has opened in Salt Lake City to sell luxury autocycles that are built here in Utah.

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Early voting has already begun in Utah and so has exit polling. But this election year might shake things up for one exit poll in the Beehive State. 

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A new agreement between Rio Tinto Kennecott and Rocky Mountain Power means three coal-burning units in the Salt Lake Valley will close a year earlier than expected.

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The National Assessment of Educational Progress—also known as “the Nation’s Report Card” released its science scores Thursday. It shows Utah students are doing well above average in the subject.

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In the race for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, Republican incumbent Chris Stewart faces a tough challenger in businesswoman and philanthropist Charlene Albarran. But in an election year dominated by the presidential race, the problem for some down-ballot candidates, even candidates for Congress, is that some voters just don’t know who they are.

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Utah lawmakers heard more arguments both in favor and against medical marijuana on Wednesday, and among those in favor of legalization, there is an increasing sense of urgency.

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Over the weekend the FBI conducted a nationwide operation to recover victims of sex trafficking. One underage girl was rescued in Utah.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams on Thursday responded to claims made by his opponent that he is using Mountain Accord to engage in pay-to-play politics.

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The Republican candidate challenging Ben McAdams in the race for Salt Lake County Mayor has levied some harsh allegations against the incumbent, questioning his management of the Mountain Accord.

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After 16 years in the state legislature, Steve Urquhart decided not to run for reelection this year. He recently took a job as a global ambassador with the University of Utah and resigned his senate seat last month after he moved out of his district in St. George to Salt Lake City.

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