Whittney Evans

Reporter

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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Citizens for Independent Government has no plans to remove any billboards endorsing candidates for Salt lake City Mayor, despite at least one candidate rebuking the endorsement.

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Homeless outreach teams from Volunteers of America and The Road Home shelter were out in full force Wednesday trying to find out why many of the homeless downtown have stopped seeking services and started camping more along city streets.

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The bridge on 1300 south between 500 and 700 west in Salt Lake City has reopened to traffic after undergoing major repairs.

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The Salt Lake Tribune is asking faithful online readers to pay for an ad-free version of its website in an effort to boost revenues. The paper kicked off the new funding model today.

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Both the U-S House and Senate have now passed versions of a bill to replace the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind.

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The commission tasked with finding a new location for the state prison has pushed back its deadline for to October 1st. The Prison Relocation Commission met Thursday morning at the Utah State Capitol and left more questions to answer.

The state Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst released a report Tuesday that shows the tax revenue and economic benefits anticipated from moving the prison is a fraction of what a consulting firm initially projected. Republican State Representative Merrill Nelson requested the study. He says it corrects a number of assumptions.

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Utahns of all ages are generally more conservative than others across the nation, but a new report shows younger Utahns are more aligned with their national peers when it comes politics and religion.  

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Primary election ballots were shipped out to many Salt Lake County residents today. Election officials say the switch to an exclusively vote-by-mail election should double voter turnout in Salt Lake City.

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A Dixie State University professor is calling on university officials to reconsider changing the name of the school in light of a recent national debate over the use of Confederate symbols.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Stan Lockhart to the state school board. Lockhart is the husband of late Republican Utah House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart.

Twenty-one individuals from 12 countries became naturalized citizens of the United States of America Friday morning at the Freedom Festival in Orem.

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Candidates for Salt Lake City Mayor squared off Wednesday night on issues of homelessness, crime and the resignation of former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank.

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General Authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have asked local church leaders to open up discussion about same-sex marriage with congregants. This comes in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Salt Lake City is ramping up its Idle Free campaign in an effort to combat skyrocketing summertime air pollution.

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The FBI is getting involved in the case of embattled Utah State Representative Justin Miller. The democrat is accused of stealing from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams reelection campaign.

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In a five to four decision, Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

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Eighty-six thousand poor and middle-class Utahns can keep the tax subsidies they receive from the federal government to help them afford health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Thursday to uphold federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Salt Lake City council voted 5 to 1 Tuesday night to approve the city’s budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. It includes funding for more trees and more police officers. But it also comes with an increase in parking fees.

The $266 million dollar budget is about one million dollars more than the one Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker asked for.

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A majority of those who spoke at Tuesday night’s public hearing about where to put Utah’s state prison pleaded with the Prison Relocation Commission to recommend rebuilding it in Draper. But members of the commission are unwavering in their plan to move it elsewhere.

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House Democrats are calling for the resignation of Democratic State Representative Justin Miller amid allegations that he stole roughly $30,000 from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdam’s re-election campaign. But Miller has no plans to step down.

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A day after Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank resigned from the department, Mayor Ralph Becker shared more details about the events that lead to the chief’s departure.

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Salt Lake City is trying to put a stop to price gouging by taxi cab drivers who are chauffeuring passengers away from the Salt Lake International Airport.

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Social workers might soon join forces with police officers to manage crime on Salt Lake City streets. The city council agreed last night to fund the new positions, and some new police officers.

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The officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Danielle Willard has resigned from the West Valley City Police Department. Former narcotics detective Shaun Cowley reached a settlement with West Valley City over the weekend that includes more than $100,000 in back pay and benefits.

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A University of Utah psychology professor has been elected chair of a national organization focused on making schools safer and more supportive for LGBT students.

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West Valley City officials are trying to determine in what capacity former narcotics detective Shaun Cowley will return to work.

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Members of the Salt Lake City Council say Police Chief Chris Burbank took too long to respond to sustained allegations of sexual harassment within the police department. Now, one member of the council wants to pass a rule to require department heads respond to such complaints more quickly.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker officially filed for re-election today.  Candidates running in municipal races have one week to file.

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Local businesses and residents are pushing back on a new development in the 9th and 9th neighborhood they say will make parking increasingly difficult.

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