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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.

Nine candidates vie for two open Board of Regents seats in Districts 8, 11

By: - May 17, 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 […]

Election reform initiative creeps toward ballot qualification, opponents become vocal

By: - May 10, 2022

The election reform group attempting to bring open primaries and ranked-choice voting to Nevada says it will be ready to submit the signatures required to qualify their proposal for this year’s general election ballot at least 10 days before the June 29 deadline. And their opponents are beginning to publicize their disapproval. On Monday, the […]

Lawmakers earmark $30m for child care, approve $5m in technology and staff at state agencies

By: - May 5, 2022

Nevada’s plan to boost its beleaguered child care industry took another step forward Thursday as state lawmakers officially set aside $30 million for grant funding to support the expansion or building of new licensed child care facilities across the state. The Interim Finance Committee, which approves major state spending when the full Legislature is not […]

Clark County School Board president to defend seat, voting history against four challengers

By: - May 5, 2022

Clark County School Board Trustee Irene Cepeda cast the deciding vote in a 4-3 decision last October to fire the district’s superintendent. Then, less than a month later, she voted to rescind the vote, reinstating Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara until his contract ends early next year. The about-face thrust Cepeda, who was […]

Some not-so-fun facts about Nevada, from a national analysis of health data

By: - May 2, 2022

A new analysis of health factors and outcomes by county has put some numbers to Nevada’s health care provider shortage. Nevada has fewer primary care physicians, dentists and mental health providers per capita than the United States overall. Clark County, which contains approximately three-fourths of the state’s population, has one primary care physician for every […]

Private school voucher group loses second legal challenge

By: - April 26, 2022

Education Freedom for Nevada, a political action committee attempting to establish a private school voucher system, was dealt another legal blow Monday, as a district court judge ruled their proposed statutory initiative petition cannot move forward. Judge Charles McGee found that Education Freedom’s statutory initiative contained “an insufficient explanation of the affect of the initiative […]

$715 million: LVMPD to request 8% increase in budget, but no new officers

By: - April 26, 2022

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is requesting more than $715 million for its operating budget next year — an 8.17% increase over its current budget. In a letter accompanying the budget request, Sheriff Joe Lombardo acknowledged that the request is “considerably larger than recent years.” The outgoing sheriff, who is now running for governor […]

Lack of mental health resources increases demand on NV’s child welfare system, say administrators

By: - April 25, 2022

Nevada’s shortage of mental health providers is putting additional stress on the state’s child welfare systems, county administrators told lawmakers last week. New data presented to an interim legislative committee on health and human services last week suggests what child and family welfare program administrators have long said: that some children are finding themselves in […]

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GOP primary for secretary of state highlights increasing partisanship of a once moderate office

By: - April 13, 2022

Once seen as a mostly non-partisan position despite its partisan election process, the perception of the position of secretary of state is changing. For proof, look no further than this year’s GOP primary. In Nevada, as in most other states, the secretary of state is the top elections official. The elected official is tasked with […]

Concerns about oversight cloud enthusiasm for $250M investment in affordable housing

By: - April 8, 2022

Lawmakers on the Interim Finance Committee on Thursday universally acknowledged the need to address Nevada’s affordable housing shortage, but several committee members, from both sides of the aisle, expressed concerns that a $250 million investment will not have legislative oversight. Nevertheless, the committee, which approves state spending when the full Legislature is not in regular […]

Thanks, Tesla? Nevada praised for transparency of economic development programs

By: - April 6, 2022

A nonpartisan watchdog group is praising Nevada in a new report for increasing transparency around its economic development programs but notes that “there is still a lot of room to grow.” Good Jobs First on Tuesday released a ‘report card’ grading how transparent states’ public subsidy programs are. They considered variables such as whether economic […]

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Creating new voter database system, state aims to ‘do it right,’ not cheaply

By: - April 4, 2022

Nevada’s plan to implement a top-down voter registration system is not on track to meet its January 2024 deadline, a top elections official suggested Friday. In 2021, state legislators passed a bill requiring the Secretary of State to establish and maintain a centralized database for voter registration information. Currently, voter information is collected and maintained […]