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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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Utah Rep. Mia Love, the only Haitian-American in Congress, called on President Donald Trump to apologize after he reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa as “s***hole countries" during an Oval Office meeting. 

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And we're back! Welcome to Season 2 of 45 Days. The 2018 Utah Legislative Session is just around the corner. This week we're giving you an idea of some of the big topics lawmakers will try to tackle, some oddball bills we're kind of fond of, and our first ever installment of "Better Know a Lawmaker," featuring Rep. Robert Spendlove.

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The director of Salt Lake City’s 911 system was fired Thursday after he was arrested for drunk driving.

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Four members of the Salt Lake City Council were sworn in Tuesday, including two new faces. Incoming council members Chris Wharton and Amy Fowler replace retiring council members Stan Penfold and Lisa Adams.

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From politics to public lands, 2017 was another big year of local news. KUER reporters recap some of the top stories of the year and why they mattered. 

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Some national beer companies are considering dropping weaker brews, which means Utah beer drinkers could see fewer options at the grocery store.

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Liquor stores are anticipating record-breaking sales leading up to Christmas. There’s always a rush before a holiday, said Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman Terry Wood.

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Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold said he was inspired — or rather, disgusted — by the air pollution that hung over the Wasatch Front for most of last week. 

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Any proposed change to Utah’s liquor laws is met with scrutiny by the restaurant industry, conservatives, and drinkers alike.

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State lawmakers are busy drafting legislation for the 2018 session beginning next month.  One bill could change the state fossil.

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Earlier this year, a woman who works at the Utah Legislature was talking to a lawmaker in the hallway at the Utah State Capitol. It was a professional conversation — they were talking about a bill, when the lawmaker started fiddling with a button on his jacket. It was starting to come loose, and he hinted that he’d like her to sew it back on for him.

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Ballet west has been using the same designs in its “Nutcracker” production for nearly 30 years, according to the company’s artistic director Adam Sklute.

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The Sugar House Park fireworks show could be canceled next year if no one comes forward to sponsor it.

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The Salt Lake City Council says it’s willing to pay for 50 new police officer positions—nearly twice what Chief Mike Brown asked for earlier this month.

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Earlier this month West Jordan voters narrowly approved changing the city’s governmental structure. The city and its elected officials are in for a shakeup when it takes effect in 2020.

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Students at Brigham Young University want to see more education about sexual assault and resources available to victims, according to results from a campus survey about sexual assault released Thursday.

Four incumbent mayors in Salt Lake County will be out of the job, if unofficial election results hold. KUER spoke to two of the new mayors-elect who will replace them.

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Gov. Gary Herbert hinted support for a proposed ballot initiative on how candidates can get themselves on the ballot.

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Early voting results show that a majority of West Jordan residents voted to change their form of city government.

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In a reversal of their previous plan, Count My Vote organizers have changed their final ballot initiative to keep the caucus-convention system.

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It was a tough night for several incumbent mayors in the Salt Lake Valley.

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It's election day in Utah. More than 400 municipal races will be decided Tuesday night, in addition to ballot questions and bond referendums. 

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The criminal case against Terry Diehl, a developer and former Utah Transit Authority board member, was dismissed minutes before it was scheduled to begin Monday morning.

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It’s been nearly a month since allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood megaproducer Harvey Weinstein first surfaced. More than 60 women have now come forward to accuse him. Many of those allegations were said to have happened at film festivals — Toronto, Cannes, and even Sundance, which happens in Park City every January.

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Police are sharing more details about what happened at the University of Utah Monday night, when a student was fatally shot.

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Utahns will vote on new mayors and city council members on Nov. 7, but residents in Blanding will have another item on their ballot: allowing alcohol sales within city limits.

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Will medical marijuana become legal in Utah next year? Early polling suggests wide support for a proposed medical cannabis ballot initiative.

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As the ski season approaches, Utah’s resorts are in the middle of filling thousands of seasonal jobs. Some of those workers come from overseas on visas that are under threat by the Trump administration.

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There’s been a lot of debate about a new law that lowers the legal DUI blood alcohol limit from .08 percent to .05 percent. Now it’s looking like that law may not change much, if at all, before it goes into effect.

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Frustrations from Salt Lake County Republicans over the drawn-out investigation into former recorder Gary Ott’s aides is now turning into political back-and-forth.

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