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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.

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 […]

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Nevada’s budget got better-looking but economic recovery is still uneven

By: - May 5, 2021

There’s Nevada. Then, there’s Las Vegas. When it comes to talk of economic recovery, they are one in the same. But updated data presented to the Economic Forum on Tuesday highlights — once again — just how uneven the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been within Nevada. Although the state overall appears to be […]

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Drive-thru vaccination clinic to open at Las Vegas Convention Center

By: - May 3, 2021

Starting this week, you won’t even have to leave your car to get a covid-19 vaccine. Southern Nevada Health District and Clark County on Tuesday will open the region’s first large-scale drive-thru vaccination clinic, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The clinic will be able to administer more than 1,000 vaccines each day, according to […]

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Restaurants push for regulations on food delivery apps like Grubhub, DoorDash

By: - May 3, 2021

Throughout this pandemic, many hungry consumers have embraced food delivery services like Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates as a way to stay at home safe while still supporting their favorite local restaurants. But some restaurants say the reality is far less appetizing. Restaurateurs say these third-party food delivery companies often charge them exorbitant fees that cut […]

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Report shows how federal aid helped keep Nevadans afloat in 2020

By: - April 28, 2021

New data from the Pew Charitable Trusts highlights just how much Nevadans have relied on and benefited from federal assistance throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Earnings — that is, wages and other employee compensation — fell 3.8% in Nevada from 2019 to 2020, according to a Pew analysis updated Tuesday.  Only Hawaii and Wyoming saw larger […]

Lawmakers consider changing kindergarten eligibility

By: - April 28, 2021

Children born in August and September may have to wait longer to enroll in public kindergarten, if a new bill passes the Nevada State Legislature. Under existing law, children must be 5 years old by Sept. 30 in order to enroll in kindergarten that same calendar year. School year start dates vary by district and […]