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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.

Legislators begin special session to redraw political maps

By: - November 13, 2021

The first day of the long awaited special session on redistricting began Friday, setting in motion the approval process for the political maps Nevada will use for its next decade of elections. Gov. Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation early Friday and the session officially began that afternoon. The proclamation set the topics that can […]

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State looks to DMV, DHHS for help with anti-prison gerrymandering

By: - November 11, 2021

In an eleventh hour attempt to pull the state into compliance with a 2019 anti-prison gerrymandering law, the Nevada Departments of Motor Vehicles and Health and Human Services are trying to identify the last known addresses of thousands of inmates. Duane Young, the policy director at the governor’s office, detailed the effort in a response […]

Democrats look to improve position in congressional swing districts

By: - November 10, 2021

In proposed maps for redrawing congressional districts, Nevada’s majority party wants to loosen its grip on a stronghold in hopes of strengthening their political advantage in the state’s two congressional swing districts. In advance of an expected special legislative session later this week, Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday released proposed political maps for Nevada’s four U.S. […]

State board denies City of Las Vegas charter school application, for now

By: - November 9, 2021

A charter school proposed by the City of Las Vegas was denied approval Friday by the state Charter School Board. The proposed elementary school is expected to revisit its application and reapply in upcoming months. Strong Start Academy, as it will be known, wants to open for the 2022-23 school year. The City of Las […]

Adam Laxalt, Trumpism and the Big Lie: A chronology

By: - November 8, 2021

There are policy disagreements. There are campaign talking points. Then, there’s the Big Lie. Republicans have long pushed voter restriction laws and made dubious claims about voter fraud, but in the Trump era those flirtations escalated into the full-on conspiracy known as the Big Lie: the baseless allegation that widespread voter fraud has occurred in […]

Clark County approves new political maps, including 2nd Hispanic majority district

By: - November 3, 2021

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday approved updated political boundary lines for its seven districts, completing the once-a-decade process known as redistricting. Two of the county’s seven districts now have Hispanic majorities. The populations of District D and District E are now both 50.01% Hispanic. Previously, only District D was majority Hispanic. Dave Heller, the […]

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Resurrected mining oversight commission meets, promises ‘meaty’ discussions

By: - October 28, 2021

A commission originally intended to scrutinize Nevada’s lucrative mining industry held its first meeting in nearly six years Thursday, and its newly appointed chair promised robust discussions beginning next year. Originally created by the Nevada State Legislature in 2011, the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission was designed to provide oversight of mining compliance with laws […]

NDOC runs into problems implementing prison gerrymandering reform bill

By: - October 28, 2021

One-third of state prison inmates have no last known residence on record, which puts the Nevada Department of Corrections in conflict with a 2019 state law requiring it to adjust population data based on that information. According to the Nevada law, prison inmates should be reallocated in census data so they are counted as residents […]

National school boards group apologizes for requesting probe of threats against local officials

By: and - October 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — The National School Boards Association is walking back its letter to President Joe Biden asking for federal help for school board members who have been harassed and threatened over masking requirements and discussions of race in public schools. The shift came after Republican members of Congress led by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley raised […]

‘Someone is going to die:’ Workers at county children’s shelter warn of dire conditions

By: - October 21, 2021

One employee was thrown through a glass window. Another was bitten so hard it drew blood. She took a photo and texted it to her union steward: “Typical Friday.” A third worker retired earlier than planned out of fear the repeated kicks to her legs would eventually impede her own ability to walk. One by […]

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CCSD to continue providing free meals for students through 2025

By: - October 12, 2021

Clark County School District on Thursday announced it will continue providing free meals to all of its students through the 2024-25 school year. CCSD is already offering free breakfast and lunch to all students this current school year, thanks to federal nutrition programs that were temporarily expanded by pandemic relief legislation. Thursday’s announcement essentially means […]

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Accidental drug overdose deaths spiked 55% in 2020, state says

By: - October 12, 2021

The opioid epidemic continues to impact Nevada, underscoring the need for an updated state response that will be funded by settlement money from the pharmaceutical companies that started the public health crisis. Accidental drug overdose deaths spiked 55% last year, according to the Nevada State Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS). In 2019, 510 people […]