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Nicole Nixon

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Nicole Nixon holds a communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos. 

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Mitt Romney shaking hands and holding his two-year-old grandson, Dane.
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Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is one step closer to the Senate after trouncing his Republican primary opponent Mike Kennedy Tuesday night.

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Tuesday's polls haven't even opened but early voting numbers suggest Salt Lake County could have its highest voter turnout ever in a primary.

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After Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. elections in 2016, many states — including Utah — are shoring up their systems to prevent hacking and outside interference. But Russia uses social media too, and at least one big-name political candidate in Utah appears to have drawn some unusual interest.

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Thursday that states can require internet retailers to charge a sales tax where those companies don't have a physical presence could bring a revenue windfall to Utah's coffers.

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Mitt Romney is back. After two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, the former Massachusetts governor seems to be sailing through his bid for U.S. Senate. But he still faces a primary race with Republican state lawmaker Mike Kennedy. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. 

Romney spoke with KUER's Nicole Nixon this week to discuss immigration, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Republican Mike Kennedy is a relatively unknown lawmaker and family doctor challenging Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination in the race for Utah’s Senate seat, left open by Orrin Hatch’s upcoming retirement. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November. 

KUER’s Nicole Nixon sat down with Kennedy to talk about health care, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for time and clarity.

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Updated 5:30 p.m. MT 

A pro-gun group from Utah is in Chicago to participate in a peace march held by survivors of the Parkland, Fla. shooting.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch was honored Saturday night by Utah’s business community for his decades of public service, but the outgoing senator said there are “a number of things” he’d like to see happen before he retires at the end of the year.

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As two celebrities died in apparent suicides this week, a new federal report shows suicide rates have risen dramatically across the country over the past two decades. Utah continues to have one of the nation's highest rates for such deaths.

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Cedar City officials are considering building a fiber network to provide high-speed internet as a utility to its residents.

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It’s parade season in Utah, and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is taking advantage of the summer festivities to shake every hand he can. As the underdog in the Republican primary for Utah’s open seat, he says it's a must.

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Utah exporters and business leaders worry a trade war with Mexico, Canada and Europe could harm the state's agriculture and food industries.

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Despite stalled negotiations, Rep. Chris Stewart thinks the U.S. House will take up immigration reform in the coming weeks.

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Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner for U.S. Senate, and his primary opponent Mike Kennedy debated on Tuesday at Brigham Young University in what sounded, at times, like an echo chamber.

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The Utah Debate Commission is holding debates Tuesday for all three of Utah’s contested primary races.

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President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated an anti-illegal immigration activist from Utah for a top job in the State Department.

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After the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, everything is on the table when it comes to reducing gun violence in Utah, Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is clarifying an apology he gave to a Texas pastor who has made inflammatory comments about Mormonism and other religions.

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Thousands of missing signatures for a proposed ballot initiative were found Wednesday, and now they need to be counted. It’s the latest in a wild ride attempting to get the Count My Vote initiative on the November ballot.

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After months of public pressure from state lawmakers, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes is gearing up to file a lawsuit against at least one opioid manufacturing company for its role in the country’s opioid crisis.

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Updates from the lieutenant governor’s office show that all four initiative groups trying to get on the ballot this November appear to have qualified. But nothing is set in stone yet.

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Two of the largest regional newspapers in the Mountain West are facing layoffs. It’s the latest in a years-long trend of dropping circulation and ad revenues.

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On the first day state lawmakers were able to open new bill requests for the 2019 legislative session, Utah Democrats unveiled one of their top priorities: reducing gun violence.

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Vicky Chavez is taking her story beyond the walls of Salt Lake City’s First Unitarian Church.

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County clerks are in the middle of verifying thousands of voter signatures submitted by four potential ballot initiatives. But as the May 15 deadline nears, opposition groups are asking people to remove their signatures.

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Shoppers in Salt Lake City will pay an extra half-penny per dollar in sales tax on non-food purchases beginning in October. Despite some concerns, the city council approved the tax hike Tuesday night.

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Democratic frontrunners Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson clinched the party nomination in their respective congressional races.

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Gov. Gary Herbert weighed in on a range of election issues and candidates Thursday, including all four proposed ballot initiatives and candidates seeking the GOP nomination in federal races.

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Ballot initiative groups pushing for policy changes like full Medicaid expansion and increased access to legalized medical marijuana are patiently waiting to qualify for the November ballot.

Salt Lake County Council

Salt Lake County Councilman and Utah businessman Sam Granato has died after a battle with cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 67 years old.

“Sam passed away peacefully at home this afternoon surrounded by loved ones,” his family said in a statement. “He fought an amazing battle with cancer over two years.”

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