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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.

1 in 10 Southern Nevada renter households received federal help

By: - December 3, 2021

The scope of the impact of the federal pandemic rental assistance program in Nevada is beginning to emerge. According to data compiled by the Nevada Housing Division, approximately 43,800 households across the state have received rental assistance funded through federal coronavirus relief packages. Nevada has 1.43 million households, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The […]

Charter schools turning to weighted lotteries to attract low-income students

By: - December 1, 2021

Often criticized for a lack of racial and socioeconomic diversity, Nevada charter schools are starting to embrace weighted lotteries as a way to increase enrollment of under-resourced students. Coral Academy, which operates seven schools across Southern Nevada, announced this week they are accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year, and that low-income students will have […]

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New group targets Nevada with election reform initiative

By: - November 29, 2021

Nevadans next year will have the opportunity to vote on open primaries and ranked-choice voting, if a newly formed statewide coalition has its way. A proposed initiative petition was filed with the Secretary of State’s office on Nov. 12 by a newly formed political action committee called Nevada Voters First. The proposal would reform how […]

NV senators push for student loan forgiveness for military members

By: - November 23, 2021

With the end of federal student loan forbearance just under 10 weeks away, a group of U.S. senators led by Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto are urging the Biden administration to implement loan forgiveness for military service members. Cortez Masto’s was the lead signature on a letter by 14 senators to Department of Education Secretary […]

Thoughts turn to lawsuits, redistricting reform after Democrats’ unpopular maps approved

By: - November 17, 2021

The Nevada State Legislature on Tuesday concluded its once-a-decade responsibility of redrawing political boundaries. But the issue is far from over, as legal challenges are likely and frustrations are deep after a divisive special session where Democrats found themselves with virtually no supporters. The Assembly passed Senate Bill 1, which contained the redrawn congressional and […]

With no support but their own, Dems clear path for final passage of maps

By: - November 16, 2021

Democrats’ proposed congressional and legislative maps are poised for final passage by the Nevada State Legislature on Tuesday. After clearing the full Senate on a party line vote Sunday, Senate Bill 1 containing the proposed maps was heard in an Assembly committee Monday and swiftly passed out, also on party lines. The bill is scheduled […]

Democrats advance maps, but more changes are expected

By: - November 15, 2021

The Nevada State Senate on Sunday approved a bill containing the congressional and legislative maps they hope to use for the next decade, but they prefaced the vote by noting that adjustments are expected to be introduced in the Assembly. The Senate vote on Senate Bill 1 fell on party lines, with all nine Republicans […]

Strange bedfellows emerge in opposition to Democrats’ redistricting scheme

By: - November 14, 2021

Opposition to Nevada Democrats’ proposed congressional and state legislative district boundary lines came on strong Saturday as lawmakers held the first public hearing and received direct input on the political maps that could be used in elections for the next decade. The proposed congressional and state legislature maps were heard in a joint committee hearing […]

Legislators begin special session to redraw political maps

By: - November 13, 2021

The first day of the long awaited special session on redistricting began Friday, setting in motion the approval process for the political maps Nevada will use for its next decade of elections. Gov. Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation early Friday and the session officially began that afternoon. The proclamation set the topics that can […]

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State looks to DMV, DHHS for help with anti-prison gerrymandering

By: - November 11, 2021

In an eleventh hour attempt to pull the state into compliance with a 2019 anti-prison gerrymandering law, the Nevada Departments of Motor Vehicles and Health and Human Services are trying to identify the last known addresses of thousands of inmates. Duane Young, the policy director at the governor’s office, detailed the effort in a response […]

Democrats look to improve position in congressional swing districts

By: - November 10, 2021

In proposed maps for redrawing congressional districts, Nevada’s majority party wants to loosen its grip on a stronghold in hopes of strengthening their political advantage in the state’s two congressional swing districts. In advance of an expected special legislative session later this week, Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday released proposed political maps for Nevada’s four U.S. […]

State board denies City of Las Vegas charter school application, for now

By: - November 9, 2021

A charter school proposed by the City of Las Vegas was denied approval Friday by the state Charter School Board. The proposed elementary school is expected to revisit its application and reapply in upcoming months. Strong Start Academy, as it will be known, wants to open for the 2022-23 school year. The City of Las […]