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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As temperatures rise and Utahns head into the canyons to recreate, Unified Police want to remind hikers, climbers and campers to be mindful of protected watersheds.

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The Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday night to set aside $65,000 to maintain the greens at what used to be Wingpointe golf course. The money is expected to buy Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s administration time to look at reopening the course. 

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Young people who spend their days and nights on the streets, now have a place to go in Salt Lake City for a hot meal, a good night’s sleep and other services to get them on their feet. Volunteers of America opened the doors Tuesday to the new Homeless Youth Resource Center.

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Utah’s Safe Haven Law has saved roughly 40 children since it went into effect 15 years ago. State officials hope the law will continue to encourage women to anonymously give up custody of their newborns rather than abandon them.  

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Utah lawmakers turned their attention to the high school career and technical program ProStart this year. They debated whether to fund a reality TV cooking show where ProStart students compete for a scholarship.

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Utah lawmakers restored education

   funding to the state budget during a special session of the legislature Wednesday. Governor Gary Herbert vetoed the funding following the 2016 general session.

The future of Salt Lake City’s recently shuttered Wingpointe Golf Course is unclear. But efforts to reopen the course will likely depend on the outcome of negotiations with the federal government.  

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert said Monday he regrets comments he made at a closed door breakfast at the Alta Club, where he told supporters he would go anywhere and meet with anyone to raise money for his campaign.

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Hundreds of people filled the streets of Salt Lake City’s 9th and 9th neighborhood over the weekend to celebrate the naming of Harvey Milk Boulevard.

The Utah State School Board voted Friday to support Governor Gary Herbert’s call to again review the Common Core education standards and eliminate end-of-year SAGE tests in high school.

The Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says body camera footage of a Salt Lake City Police officer shooting 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed should be made public in accordance with Utah’s public records law.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert is polling well ahead of Republican challenger Jonathan Johnson according to the latest Utah Policy poll. But Herbert’s GOP challenger Jonathan Johnson doesn’t believe the poll is accurate.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a long-term goal to power all of city government operations with clean, carbon-free energy. She’s moving closer to achieving that goal with a new solar initiative.

It’s been more than two months since teenage Somali refugee Abdi Mohamed was shot by Salt Lake City Police. People are still asking law enforcement to release information regarding the case.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says now is a good time to consider changing or replacing the Common Core State Standards and eliminating the SAGE testing mandate for high school students. It’s a seemingly drastic shift away from his long-time efforts to defend the core against critics.

The University of Utah plans to present an honorary doctorate degree to philanthropist Lynette Gay during Thursday’s commencement ceremony, despite concerns over Gay’s professional links to groups with anti-LGBT stances.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s first city budget proposal focuses on paying off debt and fixing basic infrastructure like roads and storm drains.

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Thousands of Northern Utah Residents are still without power after high winds damaged the electrical system in Weber and Davis Counties over the weekend.

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Salt Lake County employees joined Mayor Ben McAdams this afternoon for the fourth annual Stand Against Racism program at the county government building. It’s part of a nationwide campaign hosted by the YWCA.

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Officials in Weber County say the region's new Juvenile Justice Center will be much more than a warehouse for troubled youth. Wednesday’s groundbreaking in Ogden represents a new era for the state’s juvenile justice system.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has named Mike Brown as the city’s permanent Chief of Police. Brown has served as interim police chief since June.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Governor Gary Herbert will face Republican Challenger Jonathan Johnson in a primary. Johnson received more delegate votes than Herbert at Saturday’s GOP State Convention.

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Two democratic candidates for Utah governor faced off in a debate this morning. Both Mike Weinholtz and Vaughn Cooke say Utah’s majority republican political system isn’t serving the needs of everyday Utahns.

Utah Transit Authority

Utah Transit Authority has decided it will not implement a distance-based fare system. But the organization still wants to change the way it charges riders currently.

Brian Grimmett

Members of the Salt Lake City Council want more information before deciding to name Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski the new executive director of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake.

Brigham Young University

A Brigham Young University researcher says she has found significant bias in how Utah law enforcement decide to submit rape kits for testing.

Utah Foundation

The non-partisan Utah Foundation has published a report that takes a closer look at the priorities of seven candidates running for Governor.

KUER

Some state lawmakers say Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s decision to veto spending on a handful of education programs is misinformed.

Dan Weist Director of Communications, Salt Lake City Council

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski recognized Women’s History Month Tuesday by honoring two women who cared for people with HIV/AIDS in Utah when other medical professionals turned them away.

Four Salt Lake City firefighters say the city is at fault for a fire that broke at a Marmalade fire station last March.

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