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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A bill modeled after Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Medicaid expansion plan “Healthy Utah” passed the full Senate Wednesday. But the bill might be stalled in the House. 

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The American Society of Engineers has given Utah’s public infrastructure a C+. The group’s 2015 report card shows the state could better prepare for earthquakes and climate change.

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Two Republican State Senators are asking the Utah State Board of Education to do away with its new computer-adaptive SAGE test and replace it with a different system.

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Utah lawmakers in a Senate Education Committee voted Friday to support a constitutional amendment that would make state school board elections unnecessary. 

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Utah lawmakers are forced to find a new way to elect state school board members this legislative session after a federal judge ruled back in September that the current process is unconstitutional.

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Utah is poised to overhaul its criminal justice system in one landmark bill unveiled today at the state capitol.

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A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider a ruling that left six Kane County roads in the control of the federal government.

Health officials in Salt Lake County probably won’t know until Saturday what’s causing an oily sheen on  Mill Creek.

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A number of local faith leaders joined Equality Utah in prayer and song Wednesday at the state capitol and to speak against a statewide proposal they say would codify discrimination against LGBT people.

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Negotiations continue with Utah House and Senate leaders on legislation that protects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns while safeguarding individual religious beliefs.

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Derek Kitchen, one of the plaintiff’s in Utah’s high-profile same-sex marriage case officially announced Tuesday he’s running for a seat on the Salt Lake City Council.

The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that would encourage high school students to graduate early.

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A team of education experts charged with reviewing the Common Core has determined the math and English language standards are an improvement over Utah’s previous standards and will likely advance the quality of public education in the state.

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A group of professional urban designers and architects are meeting this week to lay out plans to redesign Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Park.

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A bill passed the Utah House today that would restrict political candidates from accepting anonymous campaign donations. 

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams promised a “responsive” government in his annual state of the county address Tuesday morning.

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State lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the Utah Attorney General to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the longstanding argument over who owns Utah’s public lands.

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Utah lawmakers are hashing out a plan to enact state-wide protections for LGBT people in employment and housing, while protecting religious liberty. The two ideas may be combined into one piece of legislation.

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The Salt Lake County health department is handing out thousands of free public transit passes to Salt Lake County residents. They hope the effort will get more people on buses and trains and out of personal vehicles that contribute to air pollution.

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Lehi Republican Representative Jake Anderegg wants to give public officials the right to refuse to officiate same-sex marriages if they object for religious reasons.

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A bill that would require Utah students to pass an American civics test in order to graduate high school advanced in committee Tuesday afternoon.

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Utah State Lawmakers will be working through a long list of pressing issues in the next 45 days of the 2015 legislative session including Medicaid expansion, the relocation of the state prison and a state-wide anti-discrimination bill.

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Salt Lake City is poised to introduce new housing options for the city’s most needy residents.

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West Valley City Police Chief Lee Russo is ready to revive the departments defunct Neighborhood Narcotics Unit. But it’s a brand new crew of investigators with a new name and a new mission.

Police have released a video capturing the officer-involved shooting that took place in Draper Wednesday morning.  34-year-old Jeffrey Nielson was shot and killed after he broke free from the custody of police officers who were arresting him on drug possession.

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Draper police have identified the 34-year-old Sandy man who was shot and killed Wednesday morning by a West Valley City Police Officer.

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A new plan for more affordable housing downtown was among the topics Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker highlighted Wednesday morning during his annual state of the city address.

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Salt Lake City’s 20-year blueprint for expanding and redesigning bikeways and pedestrian walkways is up for review this week. Transportation officials will unveil the draft master plan to the city’s planning commission.

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Dozens of people gathered at the Salt Lake City Public Safety Building Saturday afternoon to voice concern over the death of James Dudley Barker, an Avenues man who was shot by a Salt Lake City Police Officer on Thursday.

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An Avenues man is dead and a Salt Lake City Police Officer is on paid administrative leave with injuries after an altercation Thursday. Police say 42-year-old James Barker attacked the police officer with a snow shovel and was then shot and killed by officer.

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