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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.

School Board president faces challenge from community organizer in District D

By: - October 11, 2022

The Clark County School Board trustee once seen as the swing vote between two deeply divided factions faces her first reelection attempt this November. Incumbent Irene Cepeda is being challenged by Brenda Zamora, a mother of three with a background in community organizing and civic engagement. Cepeda is probably best known as the trustee who […]

Cortez Masto slams Laxalt for inspiring Jan. 6: ‘It is unforgivable’

By: - October 7, 2022

With poll after poll showing her in a dead heat with Republican Adam Laxalt, Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto went on the offensive Thursday, holding a campaign event to highlight her challenger’s connection to election denialism and the Jan. 6 insurrection that resulted in the deaths of five police officers. “(Laxalt) has an extreme agenda […]

Sisolak, Lombardo trade barbs over abortion rights and who loves Nevada businesses more

By: - October 3, 2022

At what is likely to be the only gubernatorial debate, Republican Joe Lombardo on Sunday stumbled to clarify his seemingly in-conflict positions on abortion rights, saying they are not at risk in Nevada but expressing support for certain restrictions that do not currently exist. The outgoing Clark County sheriff, who is challenging first-term Democratic Gov. […]

What Nevada’s Question 2 means for the state’s minimum wage

By: - September 28, 2022

Nevadans this November will have the opportunity to establish a $12 per hour minimum wage for almost all employees in the state. Currently, Nevada has a two-tiered minimum wage system: The minimum wage allowed for employees who are offered qualifying health insurance is $1 less per hour than the minimum wage rate allowed for employees […]

Groups shift to registering, turning out young voters through issues like climate crisis

By: - September 22, 2022

While polls show economic issues and particularly inflation are top of mind for likely voters, some groups are hopeful that political messaging focused on climate issues will help drive first-time voters — especially young ones – to the polls. On Tuesday, as part of National Voter Registration Day, the Nevada Conservation League and Chispa held […]

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Nevada test scores show some recovery from pandemic losses, but still lag

By: - September 20, 2022

New standardized test results suggest Nevada students are rebounding from learning losses acquired at the onset of the pandemic, but proficiency is still well below pre-pandemic levels. The Nevada Department of Education on Monday released the 2021-22 performance results for the Smarter Balanced assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. These tests are given […]

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U.S. Supreme Court ruling on public money for private schools prompts cheers, jeers in NV

By: - June 22, 2022

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Tuesday on using public funds for private religious schools is expected to have nationwide ramifications, including potentially some within Nevada. A decision by the high court’s 6-3 conservative majority ruled that if the State of Maine allows for taxpayer money to pay for tuition at nonreligious private schools, it must […]

Crowded field of 10 vie to represent Clark County School Board District F

By: - June 2, 2022

The Current interviewed eight of the 10 candidates running to represent District F on the Clark County School Board. We asked them about their backgrounds and their inspiration for running. We also asked for their opinions on Superintendent Jesus Jara, the school choice movement, and what the top priorities would be as a trustee. The […]

Social issues divide and drive candidates in Clark County School Board District G

By: - May 31, 2022

One of the things Clark County School Board Trustee Linda Cavazos says she is proudest of as a board member is the passage of a gender-identity policy in 2018 that gave principals guidelines for addressing issues like bathroom and locker room usage for trans and other gender diverse students. Cavazos, who represents District G, also […]

Adam Laxalt peddles ‘great replacement theory’ on GOP campaign trail

By: - May 26, 2022

The mass shooting at a grocery store in a predominantly Black community in Buffalo earlier this month has drawn national attention to the mainstreaming of a racist conspiracy known as “the great replacement theory” by Republicans. And the man most likely to appear at the top of Nevada’s GOP ticket this fall is clearly on […]

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Board of Regents races in Clark County bring both newcomers and familiar faces

By: - May 24, 2022

The Board of Regents is a 13-member elected board that sets policies and approves budgets for the Nevada System of Higher Education, which is comprised of four community colleges (College of Southern Nevada, Truckee Meadows Community College, Great Basin College, Western Nevada College), one state college (Nevada State College), two universities (University of Nevada Las […]

7 Republican lawmakers in Nevada have joined far-right Facebook groups, says report

By: and - May 20, 2022

Seven Nevada Republican lawmakers are members of at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new national report. Five of the seven are running for new elected positions this year. The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, a think tank that defends democracy and human rights, identified 875 lawmakers nationwide who have […]