Whittney Evans

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Whittney Evans grew up southern Ohio and has worked in public radio since 2005. She has a communications degree from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, where she learned the ropes of reporting, producing and hosting. Whittney moved to Utah in 2009 where she became a reporter, producer and morning host at KCPW. Her reporting ranges from the hyper-local issues affecting Salt Lake City residents, to state-wide issues of national interest. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar and getting to know the breathtaking landscape of the Mountain West. 

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The new Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City is scheduled to open this fall, but first Salt Lake County has to install a so-called “Zion Ceiling” to keep alcohol in the theater’s bistro out of public view. The problem with the bistro at Eccles Theater is the area where drinks will be made doesn’t have a ceiling, so patrons on all four floors above can view the bar area.

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Utah Republican Governor Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz faced off Monday night in the 2nd of two scheduled debates before the November election.

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State lawmakers are considering a statewide hotline for people to call if they’re thinking of committing suicide.  Supporters say Utah, which has some of the highest suicide rates in the country is desperate for a number that’s easy to remember and connects callers directly to services without delay.

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Utah’s congressional delegation joined Governor Gary Herbert and Utah Navajos in Washington D.C. Wednesday for a press conference to stress local opposition to President Obama designating the Bears Ears National Monument.

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This week marks the 6th anniversary of the Patient Bill of Rights, which guaranteed people with preexisting conditions could get health insurance. Utah Democrats used the occasion to again call on Utah Republicans, who make up the majority of the state legislature, to pass full Medicaid expansion.

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Utah’s new prison is expected to give inmates a more “normative” environment than currently exists at the prison in Draper.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert and his Democratic Challenger Mike Weinholtz faced off Friday afternoon in a debate hosted by the Utah League of Cities and Towns.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert will debate Democratic challenger Mike Weinholtz Friday at an hosted by the Utah League of Cities and Towns. Herbert previously declined to participate due to a scheduling conflict.

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The Salt Lake City Council plans to pass ordinances to ensure that new homeless shelters will have minimal impact on their surrounding neighborhoods.

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City leaders and law enforcement officials are focusing efforts to curb crime and homelessness on State Street in Salt Lake City. It’s become an area where cheap motels provide a substitute for shelters and low-cost housing.

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Salt Lake City and the University of Utah are partnering to offer consumer discounts on electric vehicles. Together, they’ve negotiated prices with area car dealerships in an effort to get cleaner cars on the road.

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Utah teachers aren’t required to teach students about the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001. But at least one school, South Jordan Middle School makes it a priority.

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University of Utah researchers are working on a treatment for people who may suffer from depression caused in part by high altitude. Some say this helps explain why states like Utah have some of the highest suicide rates in the country.

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Members of the Salt Lake City Council have doubts about a plan to build two new homeless shelters that sleep 250 people each. They say more shelters with fewer beds would better serve the homeless and the communities where they’re built. 

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Salt Lake City maintains a significant affordable housing shortage. While incomes have risen overall, they’re not keeping up with the cost of living.

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee was in Salt Lake City Friday hosting a campaign event for Hilary Clinton. She told those attending that she believes Utah is ready to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stumped for his running mate, Donald Trump while in Salt Lake City Thursday.  Utah Senator Mike Lee invited Pence to speak at his annual Utah Solutions Summit.

Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee has not endorsed Donald Trump for president, but he has invited Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence to speak at his 3rd annual Utah Solutions Summit in Salt Lake City Thursday. Utah Democrats criticized Lee’s decision, saying it gives the appearance that Lee supports the Republican presidential nominee.

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Utah doesn’t have any private prisons, but it is home to a company that manages them. As the U.S. Justice Department begins phasing out contracts with private prisons, Management and Training Corporation is preparing for possible cutbacks.

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Governor Gary Herbert may call a special session of the legislature to change the way revenue from the state’s gasoline tax is dispersed to local governments.  After last year’s gas tax increase, some cities and counties were shortchanged.

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State officials are reviewing all of Utah’s public schools to see how they’d hold up in a major earthquake. Previous studies show more than half of schools may need seismic upgrades.

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Salt Lake City will decide where to put two new homeless shelters by November.  This week, the city’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission presented a timeline for the process.

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It’s been one year since The INN Between, a hospice center for the homeless opened its doors to the dying and medically fragile.

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The Utah State School Board held off on a decision today to approve a tax deal that would bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan. The school board is one of five taxing authorities that have to sign off on the deal.

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Former President Bill Clinton was at a private event in Park City Thursday campaigning for his wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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The federal government is investigating Brigham Young University for potentially violating federal equity laws related to sexual assault reporting. Meanwhile, another alleged sexual assault victim has withdrawn from the school.

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced Monday his office has deemed the February shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed by two Salt Lake City Police officers justified. Gill’s office is also pursuing charges against the teenager, who survived the gunshot wounds. 

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Democratic State Representative Brian King is working on a string of bills to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers. And he’s got support from gun right’s activists.

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Salt Lake County insurance plans now cover the specific healthcare needs of transgender employees and employee dependents.

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Plans are underway to build two new homeless shelters in Salt Lake County. But Mayor Ben McAdams says the goal is divert people into housing and toward services rather than keep pace with a growing demand for shelter beds.

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