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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, three children and one mutt.

Medical school, researchers call attention to NV’s shortage of doctor residency programs

By: - February 3, 2023

Back in October, the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV officially opened its first dedicated building, on its 9-acre campus on Shadow Lane in central Las Vegas. It was heralded as the beginning of a new era, the opening of a state-of-the art facility that will allow the medical school to eventually double the […]

Democrats propose $250 million plan to leverage raises for teachers

By: - February 3, 2023

Democratic legislators on Friday proposed a new $250 million fund designed to incentivize local school districts into providing “significant raises” for teachers and other staff. Under the proposal, any school district that allocates a portion of their budget to raises could apply for matching funds from the state, up to a certain percentage. The districts […]

Here are the Nevada businesses with the most employees enrolled in Medicaid

By: - February 1, 2023

The Las Vegas Strip’s newest resort is one of the largest employers of Medicaid recipients in the state, according to a new report from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Amazon, Walmart, Clark County School District and Smith’s top the list of employers with the most full-time employees eligible for Nevada Medicaid. All […]

As Tesla factory expands, so too could Nevada’s massive tax abatements

By: - January 30, 2023

Tesla’s expansion of its Nevada factory appears poised to trigger an entirely new package of tax abatements worth hundreds of millions of dollars, all of it authorized by the original sweetheart deal Legislators approved in 2014. Tesla last week announced a $3.6 billion, 4-million-square-foot expansion of its Giga Nevada campus in Northern Nevada. The project, […]

Treasurer’s office to allow employees to bring babies to work

By: - January 26, 2023

Soon every day may be ‘Bring Your Child To Work Day’ at the Nevada State Treasurer’s Office. Democratic Treasurer Zach Conine on Thursday announced a pilot program that will allow his employees to bring with them to work infants who are 6 months or younger. According to the press release, employees who want to participate […]

Lombardo calls for gas tax holiday, raises for state employees, and lots of saving for a rainy day

By: - January 24, 2023

In his first state of the state speech, Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo on Monday made the case that Nevada “has more money than we can responsibly spend” and suggested that for every $1 in new general fund spending the state should squirrel away $1 into various savings accounts. Lombardo is inheriting a healthy revenue forecast […]

Democratic leaders: ‘No room for compromise’ with Lombardo on election reform, other issues

By: - January 24, 2023

Several legislative proposals championed by Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo during his state of the state speech Monday have already been declared dead on arrival by Democratic legislative leaders. “That’s a non-starter,” Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager said of the governor’s desire to undo the move to universal mail ballots, which Democrats passed in the 2021 legislative […]

Ending remote work is no way to fix state government workforce vacancy problem, AFSCME warns

By: - January 17, 2023

Gov. Joe Lombardo’s executive order instructing state agencies to return to in-person offices by July 1 is receiving pushback from at least one union representing those public workers. Lombardo in his first week in office issued an executive order directing the state workforce to return “to pre-pandemic, normal and customary office conditions” by July 1. […]

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Cardinal Amodei? NV Republican may be tapped for appropriations subcommittee chair

By: - January 13, 2023

Update: Amodei’s appointment to chair the legislative branch subcommittee was made official January 16. Nevada’s Rep. Mark Amodei is expected to be recommended as chair of the legislative branch subcommittee of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, according to Politico. House Appropriations Committee Chair Kay Granger (R-Texas) is expected to finalize and submit recommendations for 12 […]

NDOC fails to address use of force issues, new director promises to prioritize

By: - January 13, 2023

The Nevada Department of Corrections has failed to make significant progress toward addressing use of force issues identified more than six months ago, according to state auditors. Representatives from NDOC say staff shortages are to blame, and the department’s newly seated director is vowing to make the issue “a high priority.” In March 2022, state […]

Nevada Legislature earns ‘A’ for election reforms, but path forward less clear

By: - January 12, 2023

A new report praises the Nevada State Legislature for expanding voter access and improving its election system, saying that in 2021 the state “managed to pass nearly every pro-voter improvement it could have.” The Institute for Responsive Government in a report released Wednesday analyzed legislative efforts over the past two years to determine which states […]

Ford quieter than AG peers on possibility of charges against Nevada’s 2020 fake electors

By: - January 6, 2023

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford continues to decline to comment on the possibility of an investigation into the illegitimate election certificate submitted by a group of Republicans following the 2020 presidential election, even as his AG peers in other states acknowledge their own investigations and as the public digests the trove of evidence released to […]