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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State School Superintendent Brad Smith resigned yesterday from the Utah State Office of Education. In a letter to state school board chair David Crandall, Smith said he has regrettably come to the conclusion that he is no longer able to make a positive contribution as state superintendent.

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The Utah House passed a bill on Wednesday that could help crack down on the spread of child pornography.

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Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch visited the Utah State Capitol on Tuesday. He told lawmakers and reporters that the U.S. Senate should wait until after the 2016 presidential election to confirm a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

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Police in Utah are increasing efforts to deal with a growing number of parole violators committing violent crimes in Salt Lake County. In the meantime, the department of corrections has accepted the resignations of two division of Adult Probation and Parole officials.

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A proposal to eliminate sales tax on personal hygiene products like diapers and tampons was rejected Wednesday in a House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

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A bill that gives teachers more money to work in regions of the state where there are a lot of Native American students is headed to the Utah House Floor. It already passed the full Senate.

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Governor Gary Herbert and homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson are urging Utahns to set a few dollars aside for the homeless when filing tax returns this year.

The Utah Senate gave initial approval today to a stopgap measure that would make Utah’s State School Board election process legal. A judge ruled in 2014 that the process was unconstitutional.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams says the county is making progress on building a healthy community by setting specific and measurable goals. This strategy was the focus of his 2016 State of the County Address today.  

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s pick for director of public utilities has decided to withdraw from consideration for the vacant position.

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Each year, homeless service providers and volunteers in Utah rise early to comb local communities to get a sense of how many people are homeless. It’s part of Utah’s annual point-in-time count.

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A bill to teach kids in school to stay away from guns got early approval in a Senate Committee Wednesday.

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In her first State of the City address, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski laid out a wide range of objectives she hopes to achieve over the next four years.

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Unified Police Officer Douglas Barney was honored today for laying down his life in the line of duty. The funeral was held at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

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Salt Lake County is expanding its Vehicle Repair Assistance Program, which helps qualified residents improve their cars and the air along the Wasatch Front.

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Republican Utah Senator Todd Weiler is sponsoring legislation that would improve working conditions for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. But he says Utah will probably not lead out on the issue of paid parental leave.

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Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis says it’s time to make Kindergarten through 12th grade public education the sole beneficiary of state income tax revenues. That will require an amendment to the Utah Constitution.

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U.S. District Court Judge Tena Campbell heard arguments today concerning whether Darrien Hunt’s mother Susan Hunt agreed to a settlement with the city of Saratoga Springs. Police there shot and killed her 22-year-old son in 2014.

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The Utah Food Bank celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by organizing volunteers to fill food boxes for delivery.

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Teachers at six preschool programs in Utah are being trained in how to be more comfortable and confident teaching kids with developmental delays. It’s a pilot program born out of a partnership between the state office of education and the national Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.  

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Low-income and homeless patients at Volunteers of America’s Cornerstone Counseling Center can now access primary care in the same facility they go to get help for substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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Salt Lake County officials rolled up their sleeves and got specific this week about how to implement criminal justice reforms. 

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says a newly released cell phone video of the January 2015 shooting death of James Barker by a Salt Lake City police officer, does not change the outcome of his original ruling:  that the shooting was justified.

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A Utah Republican Senator is working on a bill to back out of a deal that would allow Salt Lake City to increase the sales tax. The agreement was a consolation for the city in which the new prison would be relocated.

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A judge has ordered former Democratic State Representative Justin Miller to 18 months of probation and 250 hours of community service for communications fraud.

The Utah School Board voted Thursday to finalize the 2017 public education budget proposal they’ll ask the state legislature to consider later this month. Board Chair Dave Crandall says they’re asking the legislature to fully fund the arrival of new students and increase per-pupil spending, or Weighted Pupil Unit by 3.5 percent, about $90 million. 

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Democratic State Representative Patrice Arent says Utah should get rid of the straight-party-ticket box, Utah voters can check when they go to the polls.

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New evidence suggests Darrien Hunt’s mother, Susan Hunt, did agree to a settlement with the city of Saratoga Springs over the September 2014 shooting death of her son by police officers. 

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Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.

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Utah political leaders are condemning President Barack Obama’s executive action on gun safety. The President outlined the details Tuesday. 

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