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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.

Yang Gang

Universal basic income, robots, and Yang

By: - April 25, 2019

Andrew Yang is worried about robot bartenders, self-driving freight trucks, and “worship of the almighty dollar.” With the field of Democratic presidential candidates nearing two dozen people, the New York entrepreneur is attempting to set himself apart with a decidedly different platform: one that focuses on apprehensions about tech automation and an economic overhaul usually […]

hot hot hot

Las Vegas is getting hotter faster than any other city in country

By: - April 23, 2019

Las Vegas is the fastest-warming city in the country, according to the research group Climate Central. According to the new report, released Monday on Earth Day, Las Vegas has warmed 5.8 degrees Fahrenheit since 1970. That’s more than any other city in the United States. Rounding out the top five fastest-warming cities were El Paso […]

Pinecrest school choice

Charter school moratorium axed; debate over online schools rages on

By: - April 16, 2019

A proposed moratorium got the moratorium part amended out. But changes to the oversight of charter schools are still under consideration at the Nevada Legislature. AB 462 originally called for a moratorium on the approval or opening of new charter schools until 2021, but after an icy reception from legislators in the Assembly Education Committee […]

stay home if you're sick

Amended paid sick leave bill results in more hours, more exemptions

By: - April 12, 2019

When Sen. Pat Spearman asked attendees at the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor meeting Thursday if anyone wanted to speak in opposition to the paid sick leave bill, she was met with silence in both Carson City and Las Vegas. Spearman, who chairs the committee, joked with noticeable relief: “And the heavens opened up…” […]

RTC BRT

Light rail proposal derailed: RTC opts to support rapid bus instead

By: - April 11, 2019

Turned off by its $1 billion price tag and inflexibility, the Regional Transportation Commission board on Thursday voted unanimously to support a rapid-transit bus system on Maryland Parkway instead of a light rail system. Referred to as “bus rapid transit,” the infrastructure improvement project will add dedicated bus lanes to Maryland Parkway between Russell Road […]

the economy is dumb

Nevada may finally confront mislabeling of employees as contractors

By: - April 10, 2019

Hiring people as independent contractors instead of employees is one strategy commonly used by businesses to their reduce expenses and maximize their profits. But there are some problems with that. For one thing, it may be illegal. This practice, whether intentional or unintentional, is called employee misclassification. Some Nevada legislators believe it costs the state […]

rooftop solar

How legislators plan to make solar an option for renters, the poor

By: - April 10, 2019

With its positive impact on air quality and the environment, solar energy is touted as a benefit for everyone. However, the financial benefits of going green — the reduced or eliminated monthly energy bills, the incentivizing tax credits or government rebates — are typically accessible to a much smaller percentage of the population. Rooftop solar […]

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Achievement District executive appointed to lead charter school authority

By: - April 9, 2019

Gov. Steve Sisolak has appointed Achievement School District Acting Director Rebecca Feiden as executive director of the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority. Feiden is currently the acting director of the Achievement School District, a Nevada Department of Education initiative that takes low-performing schools within traditional public school districts and converts them into charter schools. […]

coffee klatch

Cortez Masto, Rosen call for release of detained pregnant immigrants

By: - April 8, 2019

Prompted by the recent revelation that as many as 28 women in the past two years have miscarried while in immigration detention, Senate Democrats are demanding additional details on pregnant detainees. Sixteen senators, led by Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, issued an April 8 letter to the acting director and commissioner of Immigration and Customs […]

Signature Preparatory Charter School

Charter school moratorium rebranded as a ‘pause’

By: - April 5, 2019

The State Public Charter School Authority’s backlog on school evaluations — and their outdated criteria for evaluations — may be catching up with it. The authority found itself in hot water with the Interim Finance Committee last year over their failure to complete evaluative site visits on the dozens of schools they oversee. Now, with […]

parked cars

The case for taxing vehicles based on the miles they travel

By: - April 3, 2019

Drivers of electric and hybrid cars would pay more at the DMV, if a bill to increase funding of the State Highway Fund is passed by the Nevada Legislature. Critics worry the bill would disincentivize consumers from buying clean-energy vehicles, but backers say the bill provides an equitable solution to a critical funding problem. The […]

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Affordable housing bill clarifies local government’s role in crisis

By: - April 2, 2019

It’s the classic case of he said, she said. On one side: legal counsel for the State of Nevada, whose position is that existing law allows cities and counties to pass affordable housing policies such as inclusionary zoning and rent control without approval from the state. On the other side: legal counsel for various cities […]