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April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus

April Corbin Girnus is an award-winning journalist with a decade of media experience. She has been a beat writer at Las Vegas Sun, a staff writer at LEO Weekly, web editor of Las Vegas Weekly and a blogger documenting North American bike share systems’ efforts to increase ridership in underserved communities. An occasional adjunct journalism professor, April steadfastly rejects the notion that journalism is a worthless major. Amid the Great Recession, she earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. She later earned an M.A. in media studies and a graduate certificate in media management from The New School for Public Engagement. A stickler about municipal boundary lines, April enjoys teaching people about unincorporated Clark County. She grew up in Sunrise Manor and currently resides in Paradise with her husband, two children and two mutts.

Making sense of NV’s K-12 testing data and drops in math, reading proficiency

By: - September 17, 2021

Interpreting this pandemic year’s K-12 standardized test results could be an exam all on its own. The Nevada Department of Education on Thursday released the results of the 2020-21 Smarter Balanced assessments, which the state typically gives annually to students in third through eighth grades. On the surface the results found that: 26.3% of assessed […]

Nevada public sector workforce shrank during the pandemic

By: - September 14, 2021

Nevada’s non-education public sector workforce is down 5.2% compared to pre-pandemic, according to a new analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts. Comparing employment data from July 2021 with July 2019, Pew found that 14 states recorded declines of more than 5% in their state and local governments, excluding education jobs. Almost a dozen states reported larger […]

Feds approve Nevada’s $1.07 billion K-12 federal relief plan

By: - September 13, 2021

Nevada’s plan to spend $1.07 billion in covid federal relief money on its K-12 system received approval Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Nevada was allocated $1.07 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) money as part of the American Rescue Plan in March. Two-thirds of that money — $715 million […]

UNLV eyes possible Boring tunnel station as boon for Thomas & Mack, Maryland Pkwy

By: - September 13, 2021

UNLV is in preliminary talks with The Boring Company to be a part of its ambitious plan for an underground tunnel system, President Keith Whitfield told the Board of Regents Friday. The Boring Company’s Vegas Loop proposal calls for 30 miles of underground tunnels creating two 15-mile loops connecting various tourist destinations, primarily along the […]

GOP legislator wants to outlaw vaccine mandates

By: - September 9, 2021

Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R-Minden), who once said he would vote to reinstate slavery if his constituents wanted, announced Thursday he is looking into drafting legislation to protect unvaccinated individuals from workplace discrimination. The assemblyman, who is running for state Senate, said in a campaign fundraising email he has asked the Legislative Counsel Bureau to look […]

CCSD lack of transparency leaves lingering questions about COVID-19 sentiment

By: - September 9, 2021

Almost twice as many Clark County School District teachers utilized sick leave Tuesday than on the same day in 2019, but whether that jump can be attributed to an advertised “call out” in protest of covid vaccine mandates isn’t clear. And how many total district employees were out Tuesday is unknown. It’s the most recent […]

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Dormant for years, mining oversight committee is getting resurrected

By: - September 7, 2021

A dormant committee originally created to ask tough questions about Nevada’s lucrative mining industry may soon be revived. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced in a press release Tuesday that “progress has been made toward completing appointments” to the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission. The seven-member commission was created by the Nevada State Legislature in 2011, but […]

Hawthorne’s only dentist wants to retire, underscoring state’s rural health shortage

By: - September 7, 2021

For almost four decades, Dr. Bruce Dow has filled cavities, pulled teeth and provided other essential dental health care in his hometown of Hawthorne, Nevada. As his wife, Michelle Dow, describes it: “real, down-to-earth dentistry.” The Dows are now looking to retire. But they are aware the dentist’s departure is likely to leave a tremendous […]

School Board greenlights road to CCSD employee vaccine mandate

By: - September 2, 2021

The Clark County School Board took a step toward mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for its approximately 42,000 employees. But don’t ask for the details. The resolution approved by the trustees 5-1 at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday after a nearly eight-hour emergency meeting gives Clark County School District and Superintendent Jesus Jara the greenlight to draft a […]

Autonomous vehicles can deliver pizzas in TX. Will they deliver jobs to NV?

By: - August 27, 2021

An autonomous vehicle company is planning to build a manufacturing facility and test track in Southern Nevada, marking one of the latest efforts by the state to diversify the economy beyond travel and tourism. Flanked by federal and state lawmakers, the Silicon Valley-based robotics company Nuro held a press event Thursday to announce its plans […]

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Vegas restaurants launch co-op to compete with food delivery services

By: - August 24, 2021

Tired of what they describe as the predatory business practices of Silicon Valley tech giants, a group of local restaurants have banded together to launch their own co-op food delivery service. It’s called LoCo Las Vegas. “This is a local solution to a local problem,” says Kristen Corral, owner of Tacotarian, who helped found the […]

Fewer families are applying for TANF, despite being eligible

By: - August 23, 2021

While most government-run safety net programs felt the strain of increased demand during the pandemic, one program designed to help the poorest families with children shrank significantly instead. The number of people using Nevada’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program has been consistently dropping over the past year. State administrators believe the drop is […]