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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A civil rights group is filing a complaint against a Utah County Judge who called a convicted sex offender an “extraordinarily good man” at his sentencing hearing. The group wants the complaint to be a teaching moment for the criminal justice system.  

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a resolution Monday that reaffirms state leader’s resolve to guard the civil liberties and freedoms of all Americans, including legal immigrants and refugees.

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Salt Lake City Public Library administrators are asking for a property tax increase in their 2018 budget proposal.  It would be the system’s first property tax hike in 13 years.

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Reporting led by journalists at The Salt Lake Tribune helped spur major reforms at Utah colleges and universities this past year. Administrators and policy makers are now rethinking how allegations of sexual assault are handled on college campuses.

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A state audit has uncovered some problems with the Utah Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment Program. The review found that inefficiencies and outdated programming have led to delayed paroles and an increase in costs to the state.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has selected a property in South Salt Lake to build a new homeless shelter. South Salt Lake Mayor Cheri Wood calls it a lethal blow to her city.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has met with the county Site Evaluation Committee to sift through the pros and cons of nine potential locations for a new homeless shelter in Salt Lake County. He plans to announce his recommendation early Friday.

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Draper Mayor Troy Walker rescinded his offer to host a homeless shelter in his city Wednesday night after more than 800 Draper and Bluffdale residents threatened to impeach him, sue the city and even oppose him in his potential November re-election.  

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Draper City Mayor Troy Walker has offered up two potential locations in his city for a third homeless shelter/resource center. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams must select a final location by Thursday. He now has nine sites to choose from.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams confirmed Wednesday he’s added one more site to the list of potential locations for a new homeless shelter with a capacity of 300 beds. This brings the list of potential sites to seven, including three in West Valley City and four in South Salt Lake. Mayors in both of those cities say they do not support a shelter in their communities.

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South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood and West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow spoke against a potential homeless shelter in their cities over the weekend. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is in charge of selecting a third site for a new shelter. Five potential locations have been identified. Three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake. Bigelow says the locations are fraught with problems.

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Provo police chief John King resigned earlier this week amid allegations of sexual assault. No charges have been filed, but Provo Mayor John Curtis says the circumstances have cast a shadow on the department. 

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Federal prosecutors in Utah announced a new initiative Friday to crack down on gang violence. The move comes after recent remarks by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding a spike in violent crime nationwide.

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The Utah House of Representatives approved changes Thursday to the state's stand-your-ground law. The bill would clarify that someone doesn’t have to try to run away before using deadly force against an attacker, even if there is a safe way to escape.

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A bill to reform Utah’s Juvenile Justice system is marching forward in the Utah Legislature after hitting a few roadblocks in the House.  

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Clean-air advocates called on Utah Governor Gary Herbert Monday to veto two bills they say would negatively impact air quality in the state.

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Salt Lake City has scrapped plans to build four new homeless shelters in favor of two and a hard deadline is set for closing The Road Home.

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Utah Lawmakers are talking about restoring the sales tax on food this legislative session to deal with declining revenues. Advocates for low-income Utahns oppose the idea. They accuse the state of balancing the budget on the backs of poor people.

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Community leaders on both sides of the aisle came together Tuesday morning to stress the positive impact immigrants have on Utah’s economy. The press conference came hours after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security laid out policies the Trump administration is implementing to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants.

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Two years after Utah’s criminal justice system overhaul, a state lawmaker is pushing for major reforms at the juvenile level.

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A bill that would require all sexual assault kits in the state be tested passed unanimously Friday in the Utah House of Representatives. 

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Moab officials say they have taken a major step toward creating a more sustainable city. 

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The Utah House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would ban cities from rewarding landlords who refuse to rent to people newly released from prison or jail.

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A bill to phase out the state’s tax credit for residential solar panel installations passed the Utah House on Monday.

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Utah lawmakers approved a bill Friday to lower Utah’s legal blood alcohol content level to curb drunk driving.

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Administrators who run The INN Between were at the state Capitol this week asking lawmakers for money to expand its operations. The hospice provides end-of-life care for homeless individuals who might otherwise be in the shelter or on the streets.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski has a plan for growing the city’s supply of affordable housing. She unveiled some of the details at a press conference today.  

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The Salt Lake County Council passed a resolution Tuesday condemning President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entering the U.S. and halting travel to the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority nations.

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Utah’s Republican-controlled House voted to fast-track two resolutions Monday that ask President Donald Trump to rescind one national monument designation and shrink the size of another.

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Salt Lake City officials will not enforce new federal immigration policies. Mayor Jackie Biskupski said Thursday, confusion is no way to govern and fear is no way to police. And she says that’s exactly what President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration will do.

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