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.

‘Someone is going to die:’ Workers at county children’s shelter warn of dire conditions

By: - October 21, 2021

One employee was thrown through a glass window. Another was bitten so hard it drew blood. She took a photo and texted it to her union steward: “Typical Friday.” A third worker retired earlier than planned out of fear the repeated kicks to her legs would eventually impede her own ability to walk. One by […]

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CCSD to continue providing free meals for students through 2025

By: - October 12, 2021

Clark County School District on Thursday announced it will continue providing free meals to all of its students through the 2024-25 school year. CCSD is already offering free breakfast and lunch to all students this current school year, thanks to federal nutrition programs that were temporarily expanded by pandemic relief legislation. Thursday’s announcement essentially means […]

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Accidental drug overdose deaths spiked 55% in 2020, state says

By: - October 12, 2021

The opioid epidemic continues to impact Nevada, underscoring the need for an updated state response that will be funded by settlement money from the pharmaceutical companies that started the public health crisis. Accidental drug overdose deaths spiked 55% last year, according to the Nevada State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). In 2019, 510 people […]

Congressional, state redistricting gets underway. Sort of.

By: - October 8, 2021

A legislative committee focused on political redistricting convened for the first time Thursday in what is expected to be the first of several public meetings where the public is invited to learn about and weigh in on the process. Democratic Assemblywoman Brittney Miller was selected to chair the six-member interim committee. She said the committee […]

Nevada to create labor board to address issues within home care industry

By: - October 6, 2021

A booming industry infamous for paying workers low wages may soon answer to a new labor board — one that may have actual teeth behind it. On Tuesday, a few dozen home care workers represented by SEIU Local 1107 gathered at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services office to hand deliver a petition […]

Nevada partners with nonprofit to dole out $8 million for school supplies, projects

By: - October 1, 2021

The Nevada Department of Education this week announced it is partnering with a national crowdfunding website to distribute $8 million in COVID-19 relief funds to teachers for school supplies and classroom projects. It’s being called the first partnership of this type in the country. It’s also likely needed more than ever by educators who over […]

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Today is a great day to register to vote.

By: - September 28, 2021

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday backed by the country’s most prominent election officials and groups. Census data from 2020 suggests that as many as one in four eligible Americans are not registered to vote, according to organizers of National Voter Registration Day. For residents in states with more restrictive voting […]

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Legislature readies itself for redrawing of congressional, state district maps

By: - September 28, 2021

Nevada’s political districts are primed for a makeover. It’s a process called reapportionment and redistricting. It happens nationwide once every decade, after the conclusion of the “complete count” census. Some key components of Nevada’s redistricting process fell into place last week, setting the stage for what may be a highly political process that will impact […]

Municipal redistricting timelines, details begin to emerge in Nevada

By: - September 23, 2021

Several Nevada cities have announced their timeline for the redrawing of their political district maps, catching up on a process that has been delayed by the pandemic. Reapportionment and redistricting — that is, the redrawing of political districts so they ideally represent equal swaths of the total population — happens every 10 years after the […]

Survey of tipped workers finds smaller tips, more harassment

By: - September 21, 2021

Workers who rely on tips are experiencing increased rates of wage theft and continued hostile work environments during the pandemic, a newly released national survey suggests. Nevada’s tipped workers are seen as more fairly compensated than many across the country. Still, advocates say the survey results provide some insight into the reluctance many workers have […]

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 […]