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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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Crossroads Urban Center is calling for the creation of more shelter and housing options for homeless families in Salt Lake County. They’re releasing a Wednesday that shows the county’s existing services for homeless families are struggling to keep up with demand.

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Data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows, in addition to a slight uptick in homelessness this year, more homeless people are going unsheltered. That means they’re sleeping in camps or on the streets.

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The Salt Lake County Council was set to finalize the 2018 budget Tuesday, but they’ve pushed the vote to next week. 

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Tensions are high in Utah County right now as a county commissioner faces allegations of sexual harassment and bullying.

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The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development show this is the first time homelessness has gone up in Utah in six years.

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The Salt Lake City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency decided where to put $17.6 million dollars that was set aside for affordable housing.

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Utah’s had a rash of inmate deaths lately. In fact, the state has had more inmates per capita die this past few years than any other state in the nation.

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Utah House Minority Leader Brian King got broad support for a bill last session that makes it harder for people with domestic violence backgrounds to buy a gun. Now that it’s law, he’s planning another bill to strengthen it.

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County officials and trash collectors disagree over a plan to shutter a local waste transfer station. That’s where garbage trucks go so they don’t have to drive to the landfill. The county thinks the closure could save taxpayers money.

Some of the quote “biggest losers” in the proposed GOP tax plan gathered in Salt Lake City to rally against the bill. Large families, college students and disabled vets say they’ll bear the brunt of the cuts.

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Richard Mauro has been a public defender for nearly three decades, representing people who can’t afford an attorney. So he knows, if you can’t make bail, it can really screw you over.

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A new mobile food pantry will help ensure kids in the Granite School District have enough to eat. The Granite Education Foundation, the district’s non-profit arm unveiled a new truck today that will bring groceries to kids to take home.

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Leaders say the long-term crime and drug crackdown in Salt Lake, Operation Rio Grande, is moving into a new phase. The focus now is getting people to work.

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The special election to replace former Congressman Jason Chaffetz is in the rear-view mirror. Now state lawmakers are looking ahead to making changes to the way special races are conducted in the future… should another vacancy occur.

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A Justice Department program that tackles heroin, prescription drug abuse and violent crime is coming to Utah.

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Utah Congressman Rob Bishop says more federal oversight may be necessary to aid Puerto Rican recovery efforts. The Puerto Rican Financial Oversight and Management Board was set up last year to help deal with the U.S. Territory’s decades of mismanagement and debt.

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A former sheriff’s deputy will spend four months in jail for his role in abusing inmates at the Daggett County Jail. Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Cox admitted to Tasing inmates in exchange for soda.

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In a tape from August of this year, Salt Lake City police stop a 50-year-old black man named Patrick Harmon. He was riding his bicycle without a taillight and swerving into multiple lanes of traffic. When police discover he has warrants and try to arrest him, Harmon bolts and threatens them with a knife.

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Nine people are on death row in Utah right now. And they could be the last if Republican opposition to the death penalty continues to grow, as a new study finds.

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Salt Lake County wants the public’s help deciding where to build new dog parks. They’re hosting open houses beginning Tuesday.

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Homeless people in Salt Lake City will be able to access emergency shelter, meals and other services at The Road Home this winter, even if they don’t sign up for the state’s new homeless identification card.

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Homeless people poured into the Salt Palace Convention Center early Friday morning to get a whole range of services from haircuts to family planning as part of the city’s first annual Project Homeless Connect.

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Every city has boards and commissions that residents can volunteer to sit on. They don’t usually pay and most of them don’t require any expertise. They might seem dull or insignificant. But there are real consequences when those seats are empty.

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Salt Lake’s needle exchange program has a new home, at least temporarily. 

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Two public open houses are scheduled this week to give Salt Lake City residents a peek at what the city’s two new homeless shelters will look like.

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A Utah nurse is charged with negligent homicide in the death of a 21-year-old inmate at the Duchesne County Jail. 

The president of the Salt Lake Police Association is accusing Salt Lake City’s mayor and police chief of tainting an investigation into University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels’ arrest. 

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Utah lawmakers have unanimously approved a funding bill to keep Salt Lake’s downtown crime sweep, dubbed Operation Rio Grande, going through the end of the year. Lawmakers met during a special session of the legislature Wednesday to hammer out the details of the bill.

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Native American activists and their supporters will gather outside Wellsville City Hall on Wednesday to rally against the city’s controversial Founder’s Day “Sham Battle” between Mormon settlers and a Native American tribe. 

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Jail records show few arrests in the Rio Grande neighborhood have been for violent, high-level offenses.

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