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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Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law today that expands Medicaid coverage to the poorest among Utah’s population. 

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The latest numbers show Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders eclipsed Hillary Clinton in Utah’s Democratic Presidential Caucus with almost 80 percent of the vote.  The party saw record turnout despite hiccups at the polls.

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A local non-profit that works to revitalize neighborhoods and help families purchase homes says Salt Lake City has too many low-income housing units on the city’s west side.  

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders drew thousands of supporters to West High School Monday for his second campaign stop in Utah.  He’s trying to pick up as many delegates as possible during Utah Caucuses Tuesday night.

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Thousands of Utahns welcomed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to Salt Lake City Friday.

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The Salt lake City School District and the Salt Lake City Police Department have reached a settlement in a lawsuit stemming from a 2010 gang sweep at West High School.

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Salt Lake City’s Twilight summer concert series is 30 years old this summer and the Salt Lake City Council wants to know if it’s still a good idea.

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Utahns concerned about citizens being killed or injured by police spoke up at Tuesday night’s Salt Lake City Council meeting. They’re asking for more accountability from law enforcement.

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Homeless service providers are looking forward to more shelter options, likely outside the overburdened Rio Grande Corridor in Salt Lake City.  Utah lawmakers set aside money this year to move forward with that plan.

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In 2018, Utah voters will notice a D or an R next to names of candidates running for the state school board. The Utah legislature passed a bill Thursday that will make school board races partisan after the 2016 election.

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New legislation that could disrupt Utah’s so-called school-to-prison pipeline got final approval from the House of Representatives Monday. Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are hoping there’s enough time for the Senate to consider the bill before the session ends Thursday. 

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A bill that would ban teachers from using physical force to stop a student from damaging school property passed out of a house committee Monday. But the legislation may not make it to the Senate before the session ends on Thursday.

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Utahns are getting robocalls from a white supremacist asking voters to support Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. The caller also chides Mitt Romney for his speech at the University of Utah this week, in which he called Trump a “phony” and a danger to America.   

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The Salt Lake City Council unanimously approved three of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s latest cabinet appointments Tuesday night, but not before a rigorous interview process earlier in the evening.

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Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown met with reporters Monday to discuss a shooting that took place over the weekend in which a 17-year-old black male was shot by police.

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The Utah House passed a bill today that would allow victims of sexual abuse to bring civil action against alleged perpetrators, even after the statute of limitations has expired.

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A Democratic state representative’s attempt to change language regarding adoption and foster parenting laws failed to pass out of committee on Wednesday.

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A bill that could limit public access to police body-camera footage is moving forward in the Utah Legislature.

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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