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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.

Anti-abortion group looks to revive state’s defunct parental notification law

By: - March 3, 2022

Nevada has been heralded by abortion rights advocates for having enshrined state protections for abortion, but there are still ample battlegrounds available for fights over reproductive rights. Case in point: Nevada’s on-the-books but unenforceable 1985 statute regarding parental notification before a minor has an abortion, which may be revisited and decided by the state Legislature […]

State of the State: Benefitting from federal relief money, ‘holding the line’ elsewhere

By: - February 23, 2022

In a rare state of the state speech delivered during a non-legislative year, first-term Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday announced the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars, but he was quick to assure Nevadans the spending spree wouldn’t come out of their pocketbooks. Traditionally, the state of the state speech marks the release […]

State launches resource center for beleaguered child care industry

By: - February 23, 2022

For Anitra Lott, it started with her grandson. Someone needed to watch him during the day, so she stepped up, as family often does. But then friends of the family began approaching her and saying they were having trouble finding child care. They asked if she could help them out too. Lott saw the potential […]

Pills on pharmacy shelf

Nevada focuses on increasing medicated treatment of opioid addiction

By: - February 22, 2022

More than 350 Nevada Medicaid providers have been encouraged by the state to offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction but only a fraction are. Nevada is taking steps to increase that number as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat what health care professionals prefer to call “opioid use disorder” because it comes with […]

Academica

Most Nevada charter school students administered by one Florida company

By: - February 18, 2022

More than half of Nevada’s approximately 55,000 charter school students are enrolled at schools contracted with the same private education management company, state data indicates. Lawmakers on the interim legislative committee on education received an informational presentation on Wednesday about “education management organizations,” or EMOs — the private companies that receive millions of dollars in […]

Evictions abound, car repo’s too, and nobody has time for the health care table

By: - February 11, 2022

It’s the first of the month. The rent is due. Iris Isaacson,19, and Isaiah Isma, 25, already know there won’t be enough money to cover that plus utilities, food and his outstanding title loan, so they’re discussing their strategy. He needs to clock in at his minimum wage job, but does he have time to […]

Rosen, school districts ask for additional mental health resources

By: - February 10, 2022

A Nevada senator and school district superintendents are pushing Congress to expand mental health resources for K-12 students. Democratic Sen. Jacky Rosen of Nevada and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Thursday introduced the Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Act. The bill would allow the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration […]

State approves first in a series of grants to nonprofits for community recovery

By: - February 10, 2022

Additional mouths will be fed and butts diapered, thanks to nonprofit grants approved by state lawmakers Wednesday. The legislative Interim Finance Committee approved the first four of what will be a series of grants doled out to nonprofits. The approximately $1.9 million is part of an overall pool of $30 million set aside in December […]

Private school voucher debate poised for comeback, could be decided by voters

By: - February 2, 2022

Nevada’s never-implemented educational voucher program may be getting a second chance at life, if two newly filed ballot measures get their way. Education Freedom for Nevada, a political action committee, on Monday filed a proposed constitutional amendment and a statutory initiative with the Nevada secretary of state’s office. Together, the proposals would create an educational […]

Photo ID

Proposed ballot measures would repeal all-mail ballots, create voter ID requirement

By: - February 1, 2022

A pair of proposed ballot measures filed Friday seeks to undo voting laws implemented by Nevada Democrats in recent years. North Las Vegas resident David Gibbs has filed two proposed ballot measures with the Nevada Secretary of State. The first proposes to amend the state constitution to require photo identification at physical polling places and […]

City of Las Vegas approved to open charter school

By: - January 31, 2022

The City of Las Vegas has been given the greenlight to open its own charter school. The Nevada State Public Charter School Board on Friday voted to conditionally approve Strong Start Academy, an elementary school that will use the same name as the city’s existing subsidized preschool program. The vote was unanimous and enthusiastic, with […]

January 6 panel subpoenas Nevada fake electors McDonald, DeGraffenreid

By: and - January 28, 2022

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas Friday to 14 fake electors from seven states, including Nevada State Republican Party Michael McDonald and state party vice chairman James DeGraffenreid. The committee is seeking information “about your role and participation in the purported slate of electors casting votes […]