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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.

Is Nevada’s labor shortage actually just a wage shortage?

By: - July 8, 2021

It’s long been said that good workers are hard to find. But some business owners are reporting it’s difficult to find any workers right now. An apparent worker shortage is happening across the state, forcing some businesses to reduce operating hours as a result. In May, in Carson City, Mom and Pop’s Diner, located directly […]

‘Pedestrian Safety Zones’ could become Nevada’s next school zones

By: - July 2, 2021

Every year, dozens of people are killed trying to cross Nevada roadways. A new concept hopes to reduce those numbers. It’s called a pedestrian safety zone. They are designed to reduce driving speeds and raise driver awareness in areas where people are at a higher risk of being struck and killed in collisions with motor […]

More mortgage assistance on the way — eventually

By: - June 23, 2021

Mortgage assistance may be coming soon for Nevada homeowners who have been impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. Nevada is set to receive $121 million in Homeowner Assistance Funds, approved as part of the American Rescue Plan. On Tuesday, the state Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee accepted the first 10% of those funds. Lawmakers welcomed the additional […]

Child tax credit cash for Nevada families starts in July

By: - June 22, 2021

Nevada families should start receiving monthly payments in mid-July, part of a federal economic recovery plan that is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of children across the state. The Child Tax Credit is normally a $2,000 tax credit applied on parents’ or qualified caregivers’ annual income tax return. But as part of the American […]

City of Las Vegas enters school choice debate with plan to open charter

By: - June 18, 2021

The City of Las Vegas wants to open a charter school. And with it may come with an ask for $900,000 in federal covid relief funding. If approved, CLV Strong Start Academy would be the first city-run charter school in Nevada, say officials. The school could also draw national attention from the so-called school choice […]

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New mining tax approved, revenue will fund schools

By: - June 1, 2021

Nevada lawmakers on the final day of the 81st Legislative Session set in motion a significant shift in tax policy toward an industry that has long been scrutinized for having a unique constitutional carveout protecting it from tax hikes. Assembly Bill 495 was a bipartisan compromise forced by multiple proposed ballot questions aimed at some […]

Lawmakers scrambling to pass mining tax deal on session’s last day

By: - May 31, 2021

A parade of strange political bedfellows in support. One lone native tribe in opposition. And a notable lack of questions from lawmakers. The optics during the first — and quite likely the only — public hearing on a long-awaited mining tax compromise deal alluded to just how orchestrated efforts have been behind the scenes in […]

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With constitutional amendments scuttled, mining agrees to tax deal

By: - May 30, 2021

A long-awaited compromise deal to raise taxes on the mining industry was introduced into the Nevada State Legislature late Saturday, leaving just 48 hours for it to get across the finish line before the session ends. The bill’s potential passage will likely determine the fate of five potential ballot questions and would bring millions to […]

Praise for K12 budget matched only by confusion over what it does

By: - May 28, 2021

Education advocates suspect another bait-and-switch. The K-12 education budget bill, Senate Bill 458 passed unanimously in both chambers of the Nevada State Legislature on Wednesday and is now headed to Gov. Steve Sisolak for signing. It has been cheered as “historic” by legislators, but questions linger among education advocates who say the available data from […]

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Labeled ‘stop and frisk’ by critics, MGM’s gun bill squeaks past Senate

By: - May 27, 2021

An MGM-backed bill to strengthen enforcement of gun bans in casinos narrowly passed the Senate on Wednesday and faces an uncertain future in the Assembly. Senate Bill 452, an emergency bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, would make it a misdemeanor to carry or possess a firearm on casino properties that have chosen […]

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Pushing New Hampshire aside tops a quartet of Nevada election bills

By: - May 26, 2021

A spate of election bills are moving through the legislative session in its last week. Chief among them is an attempt to make Nevada the first state to hold a presidential primary. The others would make permanent the all-mail ballot system used during elections last year, create a “top-down” centralized voter database, and require ballots […]

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Charter schools will be required to report amounts paid to private management firms

By: - May 24, 2021

The national private companies that receive millions of dollars in public money to set up and manage charter schools in Nevada have received relatively little scrutiny from state lawmakers or the general public. But starting next year, charter schools will have to report the amount they pay to these education management organizations. Senate Bill 363, […]