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 City and the University of Utah are partnering to offer consumer discounts on electric vehicles. Together, they’ve negotiated prices with area car dealerships in an effort to get cleaner cars on the road.

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Utah teachers aren’t required to teach students about the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001. But at least one school, South Jordan Middle School makes it a priority.

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University of Utah researchers are working on a treatment for people who may suffer from depression caused in part by high altitude. Some say this helps explain why states like Utah have some of the highest suicide rates in the country.

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Members of the Salt Lake City Council have doubts about a plan to build two new homeless shelters that sleep 250 people each. They say more shelters with fewer beds would better serve the homeless and the communities where they’re built. 

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Salt Lake City maintains a significant affordable housing shortage. While incomes have risen overall, they’re not keeping up with the cost of living.

California Congresswoman Barbara Lee was in Salt Lake City Friday hosting a campaign event for Hilary Clinton. She told those attending that she believes Utah is ready to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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Indiana Governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence stumped for his running mate, Donald Trump while in Salt Lake City Thursday.  Utah Senator Mike Lee invited Pence to speak at his annual Utah Solutions Summit.

Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee has not endorsed Donald Trump for president, but he has invited Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence to speak at his 3rd annual Utah Solutions Summit in Salt Lake City Thursday. Utah Democrats criticized Lee’s decision, saying it gives the appearance that Lee supports the Republican presidential nominee.

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Utah doesn’t have any private prisons, but it is home to a company that manages them. As the U.S. Justice Department begins phasing out contracts with private prisons, Management and Training Corporation is preparing for possible cutbacks.

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Governor Gary Herbert may call a special session of the legislature to change the way revenue from the state’s gasoline tax is dispersed to local governments.  After last year’s gas tax increase, some cities and counties were shortchanged.

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State officials are reviewing all of Utah’s public schools to see how they’d hold up in a major earthquake. Previous studies show more than half of schools may need seismic upgrades.

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Salt Lake City will decide where to put two new homeless shelters by November.  This week, the city’s Homeless Services Site Evaluation Commission presented a timeline for the process.

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It’s been one year since The INN Between, a hospice center for the homeless opened its doors to the dying and medically fragile.

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The Utah State School Board held off on a decision today to approve a tax deal that would bring a Facebook data center to West Jordan. The school board is one of five taxing authorities that have to sign off on the deal.

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Former President Bill Clinton was at a private event in Park City Thursday campaigning for his wife and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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The federal government is investigating Brigham Young University for potentially violating federal equity laws related to sexual assault reporting. Meanwhile, another alleged sexual assault victim has withdrawn from the school.

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Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced Monday his office has deemed the February shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed by two Salt Lake City Police officers justified. Gill’s office is also pursuing charges against the teenager, who survived the gunshot wounds. 

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Democratic State Representative Brian King is working on a string of bills to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence abusers. And he’s got support from gun right’s activists.

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Salt Lake County insurance plans now cover the specific healthcare needs of transgender employees and employee dependents.

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Plans are underway to build two new homeless shelters in Salt Lake County. But Mayor Ben McAdams says the goal is divert people into housing and toward services rather than keep pace with a growing demand for shelter beds.

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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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