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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.

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Today is a great day to register to vote.

By: - September 28, 2021

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday backed by the country’s most prominent election officials and groups. Census data from 2020 suggests that as many as one in four eligible Americans are not registered to vote, according to organizers of National Voter Registration Day. For residents in states with more restrictive voting […]

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Legislature readies itself for redrawing of congressional, state district maps

By: - September 28, 2021

Nevada’s political districts are primed for a makeover. It’s a process called reapportionment and redistricting. It happens nationwide once every decade, after the conclusion of the “complete count” census. Some key components of Nevada’s redistricting process fell into place last week, setting the stage for what may be a highly political process that will impact […]

Municipal redistricting timelines, details begin to emerge in Nevada

By: - September 23, 2021

Several Nevada cities have announced their timeline for the redrawing of their political district maps, catching up on a process that has been delayed by the pandemic. Reapportionment and redistricting — that is, the redrawing of political districts so they ideally represent equal swaths of the total population — happens every 10 years after the […]

Survey of tipped workers finds smaller tips, more harassment

By: - September 21, 2021

Workers who rely on tips are experiencing increased rates of wage theft and continued hostile work environments during the pandemic, a newly released national survey suggests. Nevada’s tipped workers are seen as more fairly compensated than many across the country. Still, advocates say the survey results provide some insight into the reluctance many workers have […]

Making sense of NV’s K-12 testing data and drops in math, reading proficiency

By: - September 17, 2021

Interpreting this pandemic year’s K-12 standardized test results could be an exam all on its own. The Nevada Department of Education on Thursday released the results of the 2020-21 Smarter Balanced assessments, which the state typically gives annually to students in third through eighth grades. On the surface the results found that: 26.3% of assessed […]

Nevada public sector workforce shrank during the pandemic

By: - September 14, 2021

Nevada’s non-education public sector workforce is down 5.2% compared to pre-pandemic, according to a new analysis by Pew Charitable Trusts. Comparing employment data from July 2021 with July 2019, Pew found that 14 states recorded declines of more than 5% in their state and local governments, excluding education jobs. Almost a dozen states reported larger […]

Feds approve Nevada’s $1.07 billion K-12 federal relief plan

By: - September 13, 2021

Nevada’s plan to spend $1.07 billion in covid federal relief money on its K-12 system received approval Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Nevada was allocated $1.07 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) money as part of the American Rescue Plan in March. Two-thirds of that money — $715 million […]

UNLV eyes possible Boring tunnel station as boon for Thomas & Mack, Maryland Pkwy

By: - September 13, 2021

UNLV is in preliminary talks with The Boring Company to be a part of its ambitious plan for an underground tunnel system, President Keith Whitfield told the Board of Regents Friday. The Boring Company’s Vegas Loop proposal calls for 30 miles of underground tunnels creating two 15-mile loops connecting various tourist destinations, primarily along the […]

GOP legislator wants to outlaw vaccine mandates

By: - September 9, 2021

Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R-Minden), who once said he would vote to reinstate slavery if his constituents wanted, announced Thursday he is looking into drafting legislation to protect unvaccinated individuals from workplace discrimination. The assemblyman, who is running for state Senate, said in a campaign fundraising email he has asked the Legislative Counsel Bureau to look […]

CCSD lack of transparency leaves lingering questions about COVID-19 sentiment

By: - September 9, 2021

Almost twice as many Clark County School District teachers utilized sick leave Tuesday than on the same day in 2019, but whether that jump can be attributed to an advertised “call out” in protest of covid vaccine mandates isn’t clear. And how many total district employees were out Tuesday is unknown. It’s the most recent […]

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Dormant for years, mining oversight committee is getting resurrected

By: - September 7, 2021

A dormant committee originally created to ask tough questions about Nevada’s lucrative mining industry may soon be revived. Gov. Steve Sisolak announced in a press release Tuesday that “progress has been made toward completing appointments” to the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission. The seven-member commission was created by the Nevada State Legislature in 2011, but […]

Hawthorne’s only dentist wants to retire, underscoring state’s rural health shortage

By: - September 7, 2021

For almost four decades, Dr. Bruce Dow has filled cavities, pulled teeth and provided other essential dental health care in his hometown of Hawthorne, Nevada. As his wife, Michelle Dow, describes it: “real, down-to-earth dentistry.” The Dows are now looking to retire. But they are aware the dentist’s departure is likely to leave a tremendous […]