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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.

By this time next year, you could be getting high in a pot lounge

By: - August 19, 2021

Nevada expects its first cannabis consumption lounges — and a wide array of weed-adjacent businesses — to open in “the first half” of 2022. When that happens, it will end a cannabis catch-22 that has existed since Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016. Purchasing marijuana is legal in the state but consumption is currently […]

Census data shows communities of color are the new Nevada

By: - August 16, 2021

Demographic changes in Nevada reflect larger national trends in the United States, newly released data from the Census Bureau shows. Chief among those trends is a diversifying of the population, including a surge in the number of people identifying as multiracial. Nationally, the percentage of the population that identifies as white dropped 8.6% between 2010 […]

Blockchains zone will be biggest thing in NV since legalized gambling, lobbyist says

By: - August 13, 2021

The team behind Blockchain LLC’s audacious plan to transform an undeveloped part of Storey County into a tech utopia made their first public pitch to lawmakers Thursday, saying their “innovation zone” would be the most significant driver of economic development in Nevada since the legalization of gambling. “It’s that big,” said Pete Ernaut, a partner […]

Nevada families received $143 million in child tax credit money last month

By: - August 12, 2021

More than 560,000 children in Nevada benefited from expanded child tax credit payments in July, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service. Almost $15 billion in advance child tax credit money was distributed nationwide last month. In Nevada, $143.3 million was distributed to qualified families, representing 330,000 families and 560,000 […]

RTC expands service area, launches microtransit program for locals

By: - August 9, 2021

Beginning Monday, public transit options have been extended to an additional 185,000 Southern Nevadans, in what local transportation officials are calling the region’s largest expansion in recent history. Much of the expansion restores and reconfigures routes that were cut during the pandemic last year. But changes also include two new bus routes and the introduction […]

V is for vaccine, D is for delta: Back-to-school is a lesson in uncertainty

By: - August 6, 2021

A national survey commissioned by the National Education Association found that, in late May, 86% of members had received at least one dose of a vaccine. But local data on the vaccination rate of teachers and other education staff has not yet been made available by Clark County School District. It’s one of many unknowns […]

Vaccination photo disappears from Lombardo’s campaign Flickr

By: - July 30, 2021

As the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sheriff Joe Lombardo isn’t an anti-vaxxer. But as a gubernatorial candidate, he might not mind if you think he is. Lombardo’s official campaign Flickr page originally included a photo that appears to show him receiving a vaccination against COVID-19 at University Medical Center, the Current […]

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Public health officials urge people missing 2nd dose of vaccine to catch up

By: - July 26, 2021

New state data reveals that 12.2% of people who received the first dose of a covid-19 vaccine in Nevada are overdue for their second, with more than two-thirds six or more weeks overdue. It’s a worrisome component of the state’s overall vaccination effort, which has slowed over time despite rising case numbers and the emergence […]

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Nevada awarded $441k by CDC to study maternal mortality

By: - July 22, 2021

Nevada’s maternal mortality review committee will receive more than $441,000 over the next three years to improve birth outcomes among pregnant women. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced the award Thursday. The funds are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE […]

Vegas rideshare strike doesn’t yet have momentum, but driver frustrations are real

By: - July 22, 2021

Rideshare driver Hope Nicole Marion is fed up. She started driving for Uber in 2015 when the San Francisco-based company first launched in Las Vegas. Back then, the money was good. The ride-hailing platform was being touted as a much-needed disruptor to the powerful taxicab industry and a way to “be your own boss.” Marion […]

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DACA ruling scrambles Dreamers’ plans — yet again

By: - July 21, 2021

Following a favorable Supreme Court ruling last year, undocumented immigrants rushed to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which protects from deportation people who arrived in the United States as minors. They were met with monthslong agency delays and backlogs, all happening amid a pandemic. And now their applications are indefinitely […]

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State resumes weekly briefings as cases rise and feds send help to boost vaccinations

By: - July 8, 2021

Additional federal resources to boost Nevada’s vaccination rates and reverse a surge in covid-19 cases will arrive next week, according to state officials. The announcement was made Thursday as Nevada Health Response, the group set up by the governor to coordinate and disseminate information on covid mitigation efforts, resumed weekly calls to provide the public […]