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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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Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott will resign on August 1. After that, it’s up to Salt Lake County Republicans to elect a replacement, and candidates are already coming forward. 

Late Thursday afternoon, Salt Lake County officials and court appointed guardians of Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott, reached an agreement for Ott to resign his elected office effective August 1. 

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Salt Lake City is home to two resettlement agencies that help refugees acclimate to life in the U.S. But sometimes it takes more than that for refugees to feel welcome in their new communities.

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A new political party in Utah is trying to get its candidate on the ballot in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz. On Friday morning, the United Utah Party was in court to make its case.

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After a previous nomination didn’t work out, the Salt Lake City Council approved a new leader for the city’s Redevelopment Agency Tuesday night.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced Wednesday that the 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center will be built in the northwest quadrant of the city.

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At Current Fish & Oyster in Salt Lake City, owner Joel LaSalle and general manager Andrew Cliburn could not wait to take down the frosted glass panels covering the bar.

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Since 2004 the Unified Fire Authority in Salt Lake County has been serving cities that don’t have their own fire departments. Friday, for the first time, a city ended its contract with UFA and started its own fire department.

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According to a survey commissioned by the Utah Transit Authority, its public image has improved slightly.

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The Salt Lake County Council voted on Tuesday to create a special committee to investigate the residency of embattled county recorder Gary Ott.

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Patients and advocates have demanded legalized medical marijuana for the past several years, and they say Utah lawmakers have failed to deliver. Now the Utah Patients Coalition says it’s time to bring the issue directly to Utah voters.

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The Utah Arts Festival, one of the largest annual festivals in the state, begins Thursday in Salt Lake City.

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Utah Lawmakers continued discussions Wednesday about possibly changing a new law that lowers the legal limit to .05 blood alcohol content.

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More states are turning away from requiring low-point beer—or beer with 3.2 percent alcohol by weight—in grocery and convenience stores. Lawmakers, store owners and the state’s liquor control agency are wondering what will happen to Utah’s beer market if big breweries like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors decide to end production of low-point beer because demand is shrinking.

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Democratic delegates have selected Dr. Kathie Allen as their candidate in the special election to replace Congressman Jason Chaffetz. She won the nomination with 77% of the delegate vote over progressive activist Ben Frank and environmentalist Carl Ingwell.

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Downtown Salt Lake City’s Gateway shopping center has been undergoing slow and steady adjustments since its change in ownership last year. The transformation is paying off: The Gateway is adding new tenants, including a Dave & Buster’s.

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Despite a last-minute snag, the Salt Lake City Council passed a $273 million plan for a balanced budget Tuesday night. The lean budget focuses mainly on essentials with an emphasis on infrastructure, road maintenance and homeless services.

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Earlier this month Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski nominated state Sen. Jim Dabakis (D-Salt Lake City) to represent the city on the Utah Transit Authority Board. But on Tuesday evening the city council voted down the nomination.

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State and local leaders are working on a strategic plan for developing the Point of the Mountain area in the heart of Utah’s Silicon Slopes. They're seeking input from people who live and work in the area. 

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is calling for County Recorder Gary Ott to resign his post following reports of his declining health.

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Tuesday evening was the final opportunity for the public to weigh in on Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s proposed budget. Dozens of the city’s police officers turned out to ask for a more substantial pay raise after they say negotiations with the city reached an impasse.

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A new lineup of live shows at the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City was announced on Friday.

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While members of the Utah Pride Center raised a rainbow flag in front of city hall Wednesday, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski signed a proclamation declaring this week Utah Pride Week.

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A new audit found millions of dollars in reporting errors at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The report sparked another debate over resources and oversight of the DABC.

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Beginning July 1, Salt Lake City’s public libraries will stop collecting fines for overdue materials. The City Library’s Board unanimously approved the policy this week.

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President Donald Trump’s budget team release a detailed proposal for the 2018 fiscal year which includes major cuts to public lands and social services in Utah. It also includes the complete elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).

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Regular visitors to Salt Lake City’s Downtown Farmers Market may notice something missing this summer: market organizers are banning plastic bags.

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Utah is the first state in the country to lower the blood alcohol limit from .08 to .05, so state lawmakers are wading into uncharted territory.

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Salt Lake City leaders are grappling with each other over the future of the Rose Park Golf Course and the city’s golf program.

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This month, Ballet West is hosting its first ever choreography festival. It’s bringing in renowned ballet companies from around the country to share and showcase original choreography.

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