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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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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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On Sunday, the Utah State Capitol celebrated its centennial and reporters were given a rare look inside the dome.

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Officials switched on a new set of solar panels at the University of Utah on Friday. The panels canvas the top of a new parking structure next to the S.J. Quinney College of Law. 

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Some environmentalists say the federal government is doing a poor job of managing grazing, which has left large portions of public lands in bad condition.

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At least one Utah lawmaker is crafting new bill to legalize medical marijuana, and another is hoping to legally study the drug.

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Sparks flew as candidates for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District squared off in a debate Tuesday night at KUED in Salt Lake City.

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Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz participated in a candidate forum Tuesday, organized by the Hinckley Institute of Politics. The event was not a formal debate—each candidate had about 45 minutes on stage to answer questions posed by a moderator.

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Last week, state officials removed a time capsule that was placed in the cornerstone of the Utah State Capitol more than 100 years ago. On Monday they opened it.

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A Utah lawmaker is drafting a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

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A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit filed against the state of Utah on behalf of several mentally ill prison inmates.

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Local health care and law enforcement leaders are among those meeting this week to discuss Utah’s opioid addiction crisis. It’s part of a summit to talk about obstacles and forge collaborative solutions.

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A new audit of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control highlights some slight improvements—and continuing problems—at the agency.

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City and County officials gathered in a relatively undeveloped part of the western Salt Lake Valley to call for coordinated development in that area.

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A new report from the Utah Department of Health shows that the state has far fewer school nurses than is recommended. The National Association of School Nurses recommends one school nurse for every 750 healthy students. Utah has one school nurse for every 4,300 students.

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Scientists say they’ve found the world’s first mass grave of dinosaurs killed in quicksand. The fossil block was discovered in Eastern Utah.

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After his democratic challenger withdrew at the last minute, Attorney General Sean Reyes had the debate stage all to himself Wednesday night.

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Ahead of a scheduled debate, the Democratic candidate for attorney general has withdrawn from the race, citing health issues.

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Dignitaries and local government officials cut the ribbon on a new park in Salt Lake County today.  Lodestone Regional Park sits right on the border of West Valley City and the Kearns Township, east of the Mountain View Corridor off of 6200 South.

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