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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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Updated 8/16/18 4:22 pm

An anti-marijuana group said it is not party to a lawsuit filed this week to stop a medical marijuana ballot initiative. A spokesperson for Drug Safe Utah said they didn't agree to be named plaintiffs in the suit.

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Tuesday morning, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy McKenzie is making his rounds through the Rio Grande neighborhood. He surveys the streets for criminal activity and people who need help. Last year it was a lot easier to spot someone smoking spice or injecting heroin on the sidewalk. It's still a rough neighborhood, he says, but it's much safer now.

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Every weekday, 49-year-old Fabian Yazzie wakes up at 3:30 a.m., hops on his bicycle, boards a train traveling to the opposite end of the valley and clocks into work at exactly 5:20 a.m. It's a long haul, but the formerly homeless Yazzie says it doesn't bother him.

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Coming soon to the Salt Lake real estate market: 83 affordable studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, like new, used once or twice, imported from China. Previous tenant: dry goods.

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Something reeks in West Valley City. City officials there are poking their noses into who is making that stink.

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Utah has not stood in the way of a Texas company's effort to release blueprints for a 3D printed gun that a federal judge in Washington state has blocked.

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Salt Lake County's Unified Police Department needs to be more transparent and does not give cities that contract with the force enough information about the services they pay for, making it difficult to hold its managers accountable, according to a state audit released Monday.

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Salt Lake police have opened a temporary precinct west of downtown to address an uptick in crime in the North Temple corridor, police said Tuesday.

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If a budget catastrophe, mixed with competing law enforcements' interests and federal healthcare law, could blow up a county jail, inmate Gerardo Valerio Romero represents the detonator.

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An inmate at the Utah County Jail is racking up almost $1 million dollars in medical bills, more than half the jail’s annual medical budget. Utah County Commissioners say they have enough to cover the outstanding bills but  will need a long-term solution if the county is going to continue to care for the inmate.

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Opponents of an initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Utah have dropped a lawsuit intended to block the measure. But they may still sue to overturn the law if voters approve it.

 

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Angelica Alvarez still can’t believe how she came to live in a peaceful West Jordan home, after her already scorched life went up in flames.

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State Agriculture Department officials say that they may not have regulations ready in time to roll out a broad medical marijuana initiative if Utah voters approve it this November. Without governing rules in place, qualifying patients still could use medical pot, but they would have to get it out of state.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams vetoed on Friday the County Council’s recent vote to approve a controversial housing development in the southwest corner of the valley.

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Utah’s state prison population of serious criminals has mostly dropped over the last two decades. But a new report released this week shows the number of offenders housed in jails actually rose at the same time.

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A new study shows Utahns have to make about $37,000 a year to afford a two-bedroom apartment without breaking the bank.

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Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams said he sees a compromise on the horizon for a controversial housing development in the southwest corner of the valley that has become a political campaign issue.

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The Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday plans to vote on next year’s budget, which includes funding for about half of the new police officers the council wants. But not all are in support of more police.

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Officials at a county jail in Utah have said they won’t disclose records to the public, in part because the information is stored on a remote server linked to the internet that only certain employees can access. But in a recently filed lawsuit, the ACLU of Utah and the Disability Law Center claim the government can’t hide behind technology, not even the "cloud."

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The Utah Legislature passed a law this year letting residents grow hemp and sell byproducts from the plant. Now some eager Utahns are lining up to take advantage of the budding industry. 

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Utah Police announced today that they believe they have solved a 39-year-old murder. They are looking for two men who are suspects in the shooting death of a 54-year-old paraplegic man.

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There might be such a thing as a Herriman Police Department by the end of this summer. The Herriman City Council voted Wednesday to cut ties with the Unified Police Department.

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A legislative audit shows drug use and other safety issues continue to be a problem inside three facilities owned by The Road Home, months after state and local officials launched a law enforcement crackdown in the neighborhood. 

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Marijuana advocates are pleading with voters to disregard a campaign to thwart their ballot initiative. Leaders of the group TRUCE or Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education joined Epilepsy Utah and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill for a press conference on Tuesday.

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The Utah Medical Association denies it hired a canvasser who was recorded misleading a voter about a medical marijuana ballot initiative. The pro-medical marijuana group TRUCE posted a video on Monday that shows an unidentified canvasser at a woman’s doorstep, encouraging her to rescind her support for the initiative.

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Officials will break ground Monday on the first of three new homeless shelters in Salt Lake County. 

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Local and state officials are working to open three new homeless shelters to replace some of the beds that will be lost when The Road Home Shelter downtown closes next summer.

 

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Warning: the video in this story is graphic. 

Salt Lake City Police released body camera footage Wednesday of a lethal standoff in Sugar House last month. The domestic violence call ended with police shooting and killing a 32-year-old man.

US Bail Reform Exposing the Dangers of Bail Reform

New Mexico’s governor is warning Utah courts against implementing new bail reforms next month.  Governor Susana Martinez says the changes will put public safety at risk. But a Utah Court spokesman says Martinez message is ill-informed.

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The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food took comments from the public on Thursday over how to implement the state’s new medical marijuana and hemp laws. Many of the people who came were interested in going into business with the state. One Utah man said he wants to move his Colorado hemp oil company across state lines.

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