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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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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The Wasatch Front Regional Council has adopted a plan to guide transportation investments over the next three decades.

The 2015-2040 Regional Transportation Plan is what the Utah Department of Transportation, Utah Transit Authority and cities and counties will use as a blueprint for transportation projects moving forward. 

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Two local non-profit groups that work with the homeless were awarded half a million dollars in grant money today from Wells Fargo as part of the bank’s national NeighborhoodLIFT program.

A financial audit released Tuesday shows Utah’s state-run liquor agency staff need more training in customer service and accounting.

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One of the couples who successfully challenged the state of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage got married Sunday in a public ceremony at The Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.

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This weekend marks the beginning of what the Utah Department of Transportation calls the state’s 100 Deadliest Days on Utah Roads.

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A state prison relocation open house last night in Salt Lake City drew a couple of hundred people—many of whom questioned why the Utah Prison can’t remain at its existing location in Draper. 

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The annual Living Traditions Festival is celebrating 30 years of arts and culture in Salt Lake City this weekend.

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Utah House Minority Leader Brian King says the Democratic caucus and leadership aren’t choosing sides in the dispute between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and his former campaign manager Justin Miller. Miller represents District 40 in the Utah House.

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Utah State Representative Justin Miller is being accused of embezzling money from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams campaign fund. The freshman democrat denies the accusation, calling it political retaliation for whistleblowing.

Salt Lake City is hosting the first stateside gathering of World Congress of Families. The organization says it advocates for the traditional family structure. Others say it promotes exclusion.

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Utah’s first hospice care facility for the homeless opened its doors on Monday. The INN Between is expected to provide end-of-life-care for up to 20 individuals suffering from terminal illnesses.

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A new report from Utah Foundation says the state needs a long-range education plan to prepare for population growth.

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Deer Valley Resort will take over operations at Solitude Mountain Resort starting today. The Park City company finalized the purchase yesterday.

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The public got a glimpse Wednesday night of the work Salt Lake City’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission has done so far.

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Supporters say a $75 million property tax increase will benefit Utah’s public education system and it will likely go further to increase funding in the future.

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Officials say chronic homelessness is down 91 percent in Utah since the state implemented a "housing first" model a decade ago.

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Several dry winters have prompted two local governments to offer tools to help Utahns save water.

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A new report from the office of the Utah State Auditor shows the state could improve on college graduation rates.

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Salt Lake City officials announced Tuesday the artist lineup for the 2015 Twilight Concert Series.

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Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court, arguing that if the high court recognizes same sex marriage as a right it would undermine religious liberty.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert ceremoniously signed the state’s sweeping criminal justice reforms into law on Thursday.

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A Salt Lake City School Board Member says he’s been dressing as the cartoon mascot Frito Bandito during school board meetings to make a point about the unfair treatment of minority students in the district.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker railed Tuesday morning against what he thought was a proposal to expand a halfway house on the city’s west side. But the company that owns the facility says it only wants to renew an existing contract.

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Former Republican State Representative Carl Wimmer says tension often exists between Utah lawmakers’ political ideologies and their affiliation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Many Utahns might be wondering what the latest round of statewide tax increases will mean for their wallets. The Utah Foundation says not all that much.

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Salt Lake City officials have a grand vision for a new neighborhood downtown. It’s part of Mayor Ralph Becker’s plan for a more sustainable city.

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Wednesday marks the launch of an annual campaign in Utah to change the way people respond to reports of rape and sexual assault. It calls on law enforcement, family and friends to “Start by Believing”. 

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