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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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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, […]

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How Nevada’s tax structure compares to other states

By: - May 21, 2021

Nevada runs on sales tax. In Nevada, 58% of tax revenue came from general sales tax, 24.4% from selective sales tax, 6.7% from licenses, 3.7% from property tax, 1.3% from severance and 7.9% from other tax sources. That breakdown comes from Pew Charitable Trusts, which this month published a comparison of the sources of each […]

Did half a billion over two years settle the education budget? Not exactly.

By: - May 20, 2021

Education advocates applauded lawmakers for approving $502 million over two years in funding for the long-awaited new K-12 funding formula, but the head of the state’s largest teachers union says the fight over revenue is far from over. “What you saw today is part of it,” said Clark County Education Association Executive Director John Vellardita […]

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Nevada looks to birth centers, midwives as alternatives to hospitals

By: - May 17, 2021

The first baby born at Serenity Birth Center was named Hope. It seemed an apt name. Not just for the 7 lbs, 13 ounce newborn girl. But for Serenity, which became Nevada’s only freestanding birth center when it opened its doors last month. Freestanding birth centers are facilities where midwives provide maternity care and birthing […]

Foiled again by Gibbons rule, Dems show little appetite for trying to change it

By: and - May 14, 2021

Nevada Democratic legislative leaders said Thursday they were “disheartened” by a state Supreme Court ruling that a pair of tax measures legislators passed in 2019 were unconstitutional because they did not pass by a two-thirds majority. And in a joint statement, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson complained the Supreme Court’s […]

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Nevada Supreme Court to Democrats: The constitution says what it says

By: - May 13, 2021

The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that two bills passed by Senate Democrats during the 2019 Legislative Session were unconstitutional because they did not pass by a two-thirds majority. The dispute, filed by Senate Republicans after the last session, involved the state’s modified business tax, which was set to be reduced on July 1, […]

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Charter school teacher license bill advances, but nobody seems happy with it

By: - May 13, 2021

A watered-down bill aimed at reducing the number of unlicensed teachers employed by Nevada charter schools passed another legislative step Wednesday, but even the lawmakers in support of the bill seem unenthused. Assembly Bill 109 passed the Senate Education Committee on a party line vote. The bill originally would have required charter schools to only […]

Blockchains idea finally makes legislative debut

By: - May 12, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak’s proposal to create a committee to study the concept of ‘innovation zones’ received its first hearing Tuesday. The five-member Senate committee on legislative operations and elections gave little indication of their feelings about the underlying concept of allowing private companies to establish a new form of government in undeveloped areas of Nevada, […]

At one Nevada charter school, more than 40% of teachers are substitutes

By: - May 10, 2021

Elementary school students at Mater Academy’s Bonanza campus have a 50-50 chance of having a teacher who is properly licensed as an educator. For first graders, there is no chance. That’s because none of the four first grade teachers employed by the school are fully licensed by the state to teach. All four are licensed […]

Senate committee sponsors Sisolak’s Blockchains study bill

By: - May 6, 2021

Painted Rock Smart City will just be Painted Rock Smart Study, for now. A Senate committee on Thursday introduced a resolution to create a joint special committee to analyze and explore the concept of allowing private companies to establish a new form of government in undeveloped areas of Nevada. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak introduced the […]

Governor on budget: ‘We need to bring our state back to baseline’

By: - May 5, 2021

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday said he is “committed to changing systemic issues that make Nevada the hardest hit state in the nation when there’s an economic downturn.” The first-term Democratic governor’s comments came via a live-streamed address on YouTube the day after the Economic Forum updated the state’s official budget forecast to include $586 […]