Whittney Evans

Reporter

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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Education
5:18 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

U.S. Education Secretary Spotlights Salt Lake City Middle School

US Department of Education via Creative Commons

The country’s top education boss was in Utah today to praise and learn from one of Salt Lake City’s highest-achieving Title 1 schools.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Northwest Middle School to talk about gains the school has made with the help of a federal school improvement grant.

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Education
3:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

New GED Tests Focus on College, Career Readiness

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Next year, thousands of Americans will take the GED test and obtain a certificate that’s equal to a high school diploma.  But come January 1st the test will be a much different experience. The GED Testing Service has announced a new exam for 2014 that focuses more on college and career readiness and less on high school completion. 

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Education
4:49 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Spanish Fork PE Teacher Charged With Misdemeanor

The Spanish Fork City attorney’s office filed a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct against a Spanish Fork Junior High School teacher accused of kicking one of his students. Meanwhile Utah State School Board members are considering beefing up teacher discipline standards. 

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Business & Labor
3:25 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

McAdams Urges Residents to Shop Local This Season

Many Utah residents have already wrapped up their Black Friday shopping today. But for those who are still on the hunt for holiday gifts, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is making a call to shift some of that spending to locally-owned businesses.

At The Old Flamingo, an art boutique in Millcreek, McAdams joined shop owner Shauna Barrett and Nan Seymour with the non-profit organization Local First Utah to stress the benefits of shopping at neighborhood stores like these.

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Education
8:14 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Utah Names Highest Performing Title 1 Schools

Utah education officials unveiled a  list of the state’s highest performing Title 1 schools based on end of year exams. Schools in Utah classified as Title 1 often serve students facing poverty.

Ann White is the State Coordinator of Title 1 Improvement.  She says Title 1 schools have a number of unique challenges beyond having a large population of low-income students.

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Local Government
3:29 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Aimee Winder Newton to Run for Salt Lake County Council

Taylorsville City Spokeswoman Aimee Winder Newton has announced her candidacy for Salt Lake County Council District 3.

Republican David Wilde plans to vacate the seat in January to go to work for Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gil.

Newton, who’s the sister of West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is a life-long Salt Lake County resident who has served as a GOP delegate for the state and Salt Lake County. She also served eight years on the Taylorsville Planning Commission.

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Education
1:37 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Snow College President to Lead Southern Utah University

Snow College

Members of the Utah State Board of Regents announced last week that Snow College President Scott L. Wyatt will be the new president of Southern Utah University.

Wyatt will succeed SUU President Michael Benson who stepped down last spring to accept the top job at Eastern Kentucky University. A 21-member committee conducted a nationwide search and considered nearly 70 candidates for the job.

At Friday’s announcement in Cedar City, State Board of Regents Chair Bonnie Jean Beesley praised Wyatt’s work at Snow College.

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Education
3:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Partnership to Bring More Chinese Students to U of U Campus

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A new University of Utah program will allow students who attend Nankai University in China to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree by attending both schools. The new partnership was announced Thursday.

Robert Newman is Dean of the College of Humanities. He says the U of U’s 3+X program is a flexible agreement. Hence the name, Chinese students who are admitted to the program have three options.

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Education
4:11 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tooele County Receives Federal Grant for New School

http://tooeleschools.org/schools/secondaryschools/dhs/Pages/default.aspx

The United States Department of Defense announced today it is providing a $13 million grant to the Tooele County School District for a new high school.

The federal Public Schools on Military Installations Program provides funding for schools most seriously in need of new facilities. In addition to the federal grant, Tooele County School district has set aside about $2.7 million in matching funds for the new school, which did not require a tax increase or bond measure. Principal Robin Nielson says the benefits are two-fold.

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Business & Labor
5:47 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Avenues Bistro Petitioning to Get Its Outdoor Patio Back

Avenues Bistro in Salt Lake City has started a petition to get its outdoor patio back open and the owner has enlisted the help Salt Lake City Attorney Pat Shea. Back in October, the restaurant was ordered to close the space because it violated a Salt Lake City Zoning ordinance.

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Education
11:37 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

State Superintendent Calls Utah Schools Effective, Efficient

Superintendent Martel Menlove

State School Superintendent Martel Menlove describes the current state of education in Utah as amazingly successful, but with ever-present needs for improvement.  Menlove delivered his State of Education Address last night at M. Lynn Bennion Elementary School in Salt Lake City.

Menlove calls public education in Utah the most effective and efficient system in the world.  Public Schools in Utah operate with the lowest funding per student in the nation.

Menlove says Utah education continues to be a success story and these are some reasons why…

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Education
3:14 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Guadalupe School Expansion Underway

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Guadalupe School is $1.5 million away from fully funding its new 50,000 square feet learning center on Salt Lake City’s west side.  The school provides education and support for underserved infants, children, and adults, largely through donations.

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Education
4:21 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Huftalin Named Interim President of Salt Lake Community College

http://www.slcc.edu/ssvp/contact-us.aspx

The State Board of Regents has appointed Doctor Deneece Huftalin as interim president of Salt Lake Community College. 

Huftalin will fill the post that’s soon-to-be vacated by President Cynthia Bioteau. Bioteau has accepted a job as the president of Florida State College in Jacksonville.  Huftalin has been with SLCC for 21 years as director of academic advising, dean of students and currently as vice president of student services. She says President Bioteau has situated the school to be an amazing force in the higher education fabric of Utah.

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Education
7:36 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Box Elder Schools Move Closer to Permitting Gay-Straight Alliance

http://www.behs.besd.net/

 The Box Elder School Board voted 5 to 1 Wednesday night to allow non-curriculum-related student clubs. That’s good news for a group seeking approval for a Gay-Straight Alliance at Box Elder High School. But the group has one last hurdle to cross.

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Education
3:06 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

New Media Center Gives SLCC Students Hands On Experience

Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College students, studying to be the next great cartoonist, radio reporter or graphic designer now have the opportunity to get a more real-world; hands-on education at SLCC’s new building for the School of Arts, Communication & New Media,   The state of the art facility opened this fall on the South City Campus. 

In the new media center, students taking an advanced audio course are learning how to superimpose sounds like doors closing or floors creaking onto a film that’s already been made.

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Education
5:16 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Jordan School District Says Bond Failed Because of Misinformation, Low Turnout

The $495 million Jordan School District Bond failed to get the support of voters in Tuesday’s election.  District officials say lower-than-expected voter turnout and misinformation killed it. 

The latest tallies show only about 32 percent of voters favored the bond. The growing district is calling for eight new elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Steven Dunham is a spokesperson for the Jordan School District.

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Local Government
5:48 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

McAdams Joins Advocates in Promoting County Autism Benefits Expansion

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams told members of the press today, if the county expands employee health insurance benefits to include autism coverage, it will save taxpayer dollars in the long run and create a more productive workforce.

Last week McAdams presented his 2014 county budget proposal to the council, which includes an expansion of employee health packages to include autism coverage.

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Local Government
3:55 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Salt Lake City Mayor Appointed to White House Task Force on Climate Change

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is among 26 local, state and tribal officials nationwide chosen to advise the Obama Administration on issues related to climate change. The announcement came earlier today, just as a new report was released detailing the effects of climate change on the city’s water supply.

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Local Government
6:27 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Moderate, Libertarian Face Off in Salt Lake City's District 7 Race

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Next Tuesday, voters in the Sugar House region of Salt Lake City will choose someone new to represent them on the Salt Lake City Council. Incumbent Soren Simonsen is vacating the post after two full terms. Vying for the rare open seat are mechanical engineer, Kevin Paulson, and Attorney Lisa Ramsey Adams. 

Maggie Shaw chairs the Sugar House Community Council. She lives just above 1100 east in Sugar House, where Salt Lake City plans to route the second leg of the new Sugar House Streetcar. That’s the issue she says has her neighborhood polarized.

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Education
5:24 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Voters Decide Fate of Jordan District Bond Next Week

Next Tuesday, voters in Jordan School District will choose to support or deny one of the largest bond measures in Utah history. Critics say it’s too much too soon. But a spokeswoman for the school district says the measure is nearly too little, too late.

Earlier this week, mayors in South Jordan, Riverton and Bluffdale published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune condemning the size of the $495 million bond. And the Utah Taxpayers Association accused the district of refusing to commit to lower-cost construction.

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Local Government
2:40 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

McAdams' Budget Restores Benefits, Raises Salaries

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams laid out his 2014 budget proposal today, which he describes as structurally balanced and fiscally conservative. The $870 million budget includes funding for a handful of new initiatives and a pay increase for county employees. 

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Public Safety
4:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Many High School Athletes Not Reporting Brain Injuries

Tsutomu Takasu

New data from the Utah Department of Health show more than a third of high school students who played all kinds of high school sports, including football, say they had symptoms of a concussion and didn’t report the injury.

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Education
2:22 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Kids Enroll in Preschool With Help From Salt Lake County, Goldman Sachs Partnership

About 600 at-risk kids in are in Granite School District are enrolled in preschool this year because of a new program made possible with money from Salt Lake County, Goldman Sachs and Chicago investor J.B Pritzker. 

At Wright Elementary School in West Valley City, first-year teacher Lindsay Shackelford says her students are learning about shapes, the alphabet and addition.

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Local Government
4:57 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

PETA Files Complaint Against Horse-Drawn Carriage Company

http://www.carriageforhire.net/

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint with Salt Lake County Animal Services on Tuesday calling for an investigation into embattled horse-drawn carriage company Carriage for Hire. PETA says Salt Lake City should revoke the company’s license for failing to report a number of accidents involving horse carriages. But, improper reporting may not be enough to force horse carriages off the streets. Jeremy Beckham is a research project manager at PETA who lives in Salt Lake City.

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Education
2:55 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Colleges Push Students to Take 15 Credit Hours

Utah’s higher education officials launched a campaign today to encourage students to enroll in at least 15 credit hours a semester. The message of the campaign: “time is the enemy” when it comes to college completion. 

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Public Safety
4:05 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

UPD Investigates Jordan Valley School Principal

Unified Police are investigating complaints involving the principal of a school for special needs students in Midvale. Multiple police reports have been filed against Jordan Valley School Principal Mark Donnelly. But an internal investigation by the Canyons School District has already cleared Donnelly of wrongdoing.  

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Politics
3:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Greg Bell to Head Utah Hospital Association

Former Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell will now lead Utah’s medical industry lobby as President and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association. The UHA board of Trustees announced the decision today, a month after Bell resigned from Governor Gary Herbert’s office.

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LGBT Rights
2:32 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Gay Marriage Tax Rule Will Make Life Difficult for Accountants

Last week, the Utah Tax Commission announced that legally married gay couples who live in Utah will still have to file their state taxes separately, even though they can file joint returns on their federal taxes. 

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Politics
9:32 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Spencer Cox Becomes Utah's Lieutenant Governor

Thirty-eight-year-old State Representative Spencer Cox was officially sworn in Wednesday as Utah’s new Lieutenant Governor. The Sanpete County native will replace outgoing Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. 

Cox has only served in the legislature for one session, but he says in that time he’s learned the importance of public service.

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Local Government
4:46 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Salt Lake City Winter Farmers Market Opens this November

Downtown farmer’s market enthusiasts won’t have to fret when the summer market ends this later this month. The winter market will open for business November 9th.

At the winter market patrons can grab a bite to eat from a food truck and do a little shopping for things like produce, meat and breads from more than 50 local vendors from across the state.

The market will be open every other Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at the Rio Grande Depot.

Julie Clifford of Clifford Family Farm says it will make her life a little easier.

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