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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.

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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 […]

Switch to electric vehicles could save billions of dollars and hundreds of lives in Nevada, says report

By: - March 30, 2022

A widespread transition to electric vehicles could save nearly 700 lives and $7.5 billion in public health spending in Nevada between 2020 and 2050, according to a new report by the American Lung Association. The ALA report attempts to calculate the benefits of a national shift to 100% sale of zero-emission passenger cars and light-duty […]

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One-third of Nevada workers are paid less than $15 per hour

By: - March 24, 2022

More than a third of all Nevada workers are making less than $15 per hour, according to a new report by Oxfam America. The vast majority of these workers are adults, many of them are parents with children to support. The analysis, which uses U.S. Census Bureau data and advocates for raising the federal minimum […]

What role does transportation play in charter school inequity? A lot, argues one charter

By: - March 21, 2022

When David Blodgett and other founders of Nevada Prep began recruiting prospective students to their charter school, they didn’t know where exactly their physical building would be, but they made parents a promise: We will get your kids there. The charter school, which enrolls students in kindergarten through eighth grade, decided early on that it […]

Here’s what ‘a modest yet adequate standard of living’ costs in Nevada

By: - March 15, 2022

A two-parent, two-child family in the Las Vegas metropolitan area would need to bring in $81,813 a year ($6,818 per month) to sustain a “modest yet adequate standard of living,” according to an updated analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. Meanwhile, an adult with no children would need $35,367 annually ($2,947 per month) to feel […]

With voucher debate on horizon, a look at private schools in Southern Nevada

By: - March 8, 2022

The debate on educational voucher programs is poised for a comeback in Nevada this year, following the filing of two proposed ballot measures that would establish one by 2025. Those efforts are already facing legal challenges from the same opponents that successfully fought a similar voucher program passed by a Republican-controlled legislature in 2015. But […]

Report tracks ongoing surge of white supremacist propaganda in nation, Nevada

By: - March 4, 2022

Dissemination of white supremacist propaganda remained historically high nationwide in 2021, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League. In Nevada, numbers dropped from a massive spike in 2020 but remain elevated over earlier years. According to the ADL, 4,851 incidents of white supremacist propaganda dissemination were reported across the country in 2021, compared […]

Anti-abortion group looks to revive state’s defunct parental notification law

By: - March 3, 2022

Nevada has been heralded by abortion rights advocates for having enshrined state protections for abortion, but there are still ample battlegrounds available for fights over reproductive rights. Case in point: Nevada’s on-the-books but unenforceable 1985 statute regarding parental notification before a minor has an abortion, which may be revisited and decided by the state Legislature […]

State of the State: Benefitting from federal relief money, ‘holding the line’ elsewhere

By: - February 23, 2022

In a rare state of the state speech delivered during a non-legislative year, first-term Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday announced the spending of hundreds of millions of dollars, but he was quick to assure Nevadans the spending spree wouldn’t come out of their pocketbooks. Traditionally, the state of the state speech marks the release […]

State launches resource center for beleaguered child care industry

By: - February 23, 2022

For Anitra Lott, it started with her grandson. Someone needed to watch him during the day, so she stepped up, as family often does. But then friends of the family began approaching her and saying they were having trouble finding child care. They asked if she could help them out too. Lott saw the potential […]

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Nevada focuses on increasing medicated treatment of opioid addiction

By: - February 22, 2022

More than 350 Nevada Medicaid providers have been encouraged by the state to offer medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction but only a fraction are. Nevada is taking steps to increase that number as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to combat what health care professionals prefer to call “opioid use disorder” because it comes with […]

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Most Nevada charter school students administered by one Florida company

By: - February 18, 2022

More than half of Nevada’s approximately 55,000 charter school students are enrolled at schools contracted with the same private education management company, state data indicates. Lawmakers on the interim legislative committee on education received an informational presentation on Wednesday about “education management organizations,” or EMOs — the private companies that receive millions of dollars in […]