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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New evidence suggests Darrien Hunt’s mother, Susan Hunt, did agree to a settlement with the city of Saratoga Springs over the September 2014 shooting death of her son by police officers. 

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Former West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is on a mission to ensure the Utah House District where he lives remains in Republican control. His plan: oust the GOP incumbent.

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Utah political leaders are condemning President Barack Obama’s executive action on gun safety. The President outlined the details Tuesday. 

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A new Salt Lake City mayor was sworn in to office today. Former Utah State Representative Jackie Biskupski joined her fiancée Betty Iverson and their son’s Jack and Archie as she took the oath of office to be the next mayor of Salt Lake City. With a thick haze in the air, she promised to combat pollution and improve mobility by completing a city-wide transit master plan.

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In the last eight years, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has led the charge for a more sustainable, livable capital city. He helped pass a non-discrimination ordinance in Salt Lake City, the first of its kind in the state. And his leadership in eliminating chronic veteran homelessness and putting streetcars back in operation has garnered national attention.  KUER's Whittney Evans spoke to Becker one last time before he leaves office on January 4th. 

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Utah Transit Authority is prepared to run more buses on cleaner fuels with its brand new compressed natural gas fueling station.

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A recent spike in car thefts has Salt Lake City police saying to residents: “don’t give your car away”. They say many of the thefts could have easily been prevented.  

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Utah companies can’t find enough qualified workers to fill the ranks according to a new report from the non-partisan research group Utah Foundation.

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Salt Lake City Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski has encountered a few obstacles and she prepares to be sworn in next month. But some say that’s to be expected considering the unique circumstances surrounding her victory. 

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Salt Lake City Mayor-Elect Jackie Biskupski has made her first major appointment since being elected in November. She’s selected Salt Lake County Township Executive Patrick Leary to be her Chief of Staff.

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In a surprise double reversal, the Salt Lake City Council voted not to pay for Mayor-elect Jacki Biskupski’s transition into the mayor’s office. 

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Utah High School graduation rates continue to rise. Last spring, 84 percent of Utah high school students earned a diploma. That’s up one percent from 2014.

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The state school board has approved a new set of science standards for Utah middle-schoolers. They emphasize engineering and reflect the latest research on climate change.

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The Bush administration’s widely unpopular education law, No Child Left Behind, may soon be struck from the books. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to replace it.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s state budget office has made a list of recommendations to shape up the state’s liquor agency. The recommendations are intended to deal with declining employee morale and poor management of inventory and distribution in Utah liquor stores.

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The Salt Lake City Council might pay for Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski’s transition into the mayor’s office after all. They previously denied her request for funding.

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The Salt Lake County jail was on lockdown over Thanksgiving weekend after an inmate assaulted an officer.

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This week, the Salt Lake County Council gave preliminary approval for the $1.1 billion-dollar, 2016, county budget. It includes Salt Lake County Mayor McAdams plan to improve the criminal justice system.

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As Salt Lake City and County officials move forward with a plan to spread out homeless services, one historic restaurant owner in downtown Salt Lake City says he’s finally getting a break.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams are asking the Utah Legislature for $27 million dollars to reconfigure homeless services in the region.   

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The commission tasked with recommending where emergency services for the homeless should go gave the public a glimpse of three possible scenarios last night.  Members of the commission say there’s interest in spreading some services out and away from the beleaguered Depot District corridor.

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Jackie Biskupski has garnered national attention for being elected Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor. But here at home, Biskupski and her supporters are downplaying the historic nature of this election.

Former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski is officially the mayor-elect of Utah’s capital city. The Salt Lake City board of canvassers released the final results Tuesday of the Mayor’s race and for three city council races.

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Two activist groups want Carbon County Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen to be punished for his decision to remove a baby from the custody of a same-sex couple because the couple is gay.

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A Carbon County Judge has ordered the Utah Department of Child and Family Services to remove a one-year-old baby girl from the home of her lesbian foster parents.

Salt Lake County democratic delegates elected Lynn Hemingway Wednesday night to return to the Utah House of Representatives. He will finish out the term of embattled former State Representative Justin Miller, who resigned last month after pleading guilty to communications fraud. Hemingway says he hopes his re-election to the seat will allow his district to move forward.

“It’s been a rough, rough year and one of the reasons that drove me to run is I felt like District 40 wasn’t represented at all in the past year,” Hemingway says.

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Salt Lake County Democrats will decide tonight who will replace former Utah State Representative Justin Miller.

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Former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank is determined to erode systematic biases in the nation’s justice system and policing policies he says are ineffective. Burbank has taken a job with the national Center for Policing Equity as Director of Law Enforcement Engagement. He’ll be responsible for leading ongoing research that’s made possible with the newly created National Justice Database. It’s the first effort track police stops and use of force.

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Following Tuesday’s election, Millcreek is on a path to becoming a city. Meanwhile five other unincorporated communities will become so-called “Metro Townships”.

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Jackie Biskupski is leading the race for Salt Lake City Mayor, but it may take a couple more weeks to determine a clear winner.

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