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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Salt Lake County officials on Tuesday unveiled long-awaited improvements to its 911 emergency response systems. They say the upgrades will save lives and money.

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State officials have narrowed down the specific parcel of land where Utah’s new state prison will be built. But some environmentalists say they need more information to feel comfortable with that decision.

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A judge has sentenced internet entrepreneur Jeremy Johnson to 11 years in federal prison.  A Jury convicted Johnson in March of providing false information to a bank in connection with his online marketing company in St. George.

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A Judge has dismissed the corruption case against former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff. The case against Shurtleff’s successor, former Utah Attorney General John Swallow will continue.

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The Utah State Board of Education is considering a new path to getting a teaching license in Utah. But some lawmakers and education groups aren’t ready to support the plan.

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, is perhaps the only Utahn to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this week. She told the crowd America’s educators are with Hillary Clinton. 

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Utah State Senator Mark Madsen is no longer a member of the Republican Party. Madsen announced during a press conference Monday, he has joined the Libertarian Party and endorsed Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson.

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Law enforcement officials in Salt Lake County got a private screening Thursday of a new documentary that looks at what happens to police officers in the aftermath of a shooting.  

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Democratic State Senator Jim Dabakis says if Utah lawmakers don’t take action this year to loosen up liquor laws, he’s going to launch a ballot initiative to privatize liquor sales in the state.

Officials with the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind want to see a former employee accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the schools’ accounts prosecuted and the money restored.

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A Unified Police K9 who was shot and killed in the line of duty was honored Monday with a portrait presented by the sister of the man who killed him.

Law enforcement officials across the country are preparing for a series of nationwide rallies held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement called “Day of Rage”. One of those rallies is planned tonight at the Salt Lake Community College Redwood Road campus.

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Utah Lawmakers approved a bill that gives fire regulators the right to disable drones flying over wildland firefighting operations. 

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Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove has a plan to ease traffic congestion in the Cottonwood Canyons. He gauged the council’s interest Tuesday with mixed results.

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Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is introducing a bill in Congress today that offers a possible solution for years of conflict over sustainable use in the Central Wasatch Mountains.

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More people turned out for anti-police-brutality rallies in Salt Lake City over the weekend. Hundreds gathered at police headquarters twice on Saturday to vent their frustration over last week’s violence in Baton Rouge, St. Paul and Dallas. 

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Zika virus contributed to the death of a Salt Lake County resident last month. County health officials say it’s the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S.

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Conservative Utah Activist Gayle Ruzicka has asked Utah delegates to vote their conscience at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland later this month. That runs contrary to rules that Republicans in Utah have set.

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Thousands of Salt Lake area businesses and residents will pay higher water rates beginning today. One of the largest water providers in the state approved a rate increase this spring.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined President Obama’s senior advisor on a media call Thursday to unveil the White House’ new initiative aimed at disrupting the cycle of incarceration.

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Two state school board incumbents, including a school board chair, were likely eliminated in Tuesday’s primary election.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert was the clear winner in Tuesday’s primary election against Republican challenger Jonathan Johnson. As of late Tuesday night, Herbert led Johnson by more than 40 percentage points.

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Nine candidates are vying to become the first mayor of the newly incorporated Millcreek City. That pool will be whittled down to two after Tuesday night’s primary election.

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The Utah State Board of Education deliberated for about two hours Thursday night before voting unanimously to select Sydnee Dickson as Utah’s Superintendent of public schools. Dickson had been filling in as interim superintendent following the resignation of Brad Smith.

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Jonathan Johnson, Republican Challenger to Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced Thursday the actions he plans to take in his first 100 days in office should he be elected governor.

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Salt Lake City business owner Dave Robinson says he would do a better job of running Salt Lake County Government than current Democratic Mayor Ben McAdams. 

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet spoke at a sold out audience today  at the Huntsman Center on the campus of the University of Utah. He urged listeners to practice compassion and take action to curb violence.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah is suing the state for failing to provide adequate indigent defense services to the public…a requirement under the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

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The last of four community workshops where the public can weigh in on the creation of two new homeless shelters in Salt Lake City is Monday night at the Marmalade Branch Library.

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Utah education officials will convene this summer to take a deeper look at why the state is having trouble recruiting and keeping teachers in the classroom.

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