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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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Proposal seeks to close ‘ghost gun’ loophole, criminalize guns on private property

By: - March 18, 2021

Hoping to send a message to the world that Las Vegas is safe, one of the biggest players in the resort industry is asking lawmakers to strengthen existing laws surrounding private businesses that choose to ban firearms on their premises. Assembly Bill 286 received its first hearing in the Assembly Judiciary committee Wednesday. The bill […]

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Not fazed by legislative inaction, CCEA head predicts revenue talk still coming

By: - March 12, 2021

Voters next year may get the opportunity to raise the state’s gaming and sales taxes to support K-12 education, after the deadline for legislative action on the proposals came and went Friday. The Nevada State Legislature had the first 40 days of the current session to approve two initiative petitions spearheaded by the Clark County […]

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Charter schools cite special topics, flexibility as reasons they hire unlicensed teachers

By: - March 12, 2021

Several charter school leaders are publicly opposing a proposed bill to require charter schools to hire only licensed educators, but they suggested they could support the bill if amended to provide some flexibility. Assembly Bill 109, which received its first hearing Thursday in the Assembly Committee on Education, would end charter schools’ ability to hire […]

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Organ donor bill prompts Republican to warn gov’t will ‘make choices over our bodies’

By: - March 10, 2021

A heart transplant recipient is asking state lawmakers to reconsider its approach to organ donation. If her proposal is embraced, Nevada would become the first state in the country where most people who register at the Department of Motor Vehicles would be automatically considered organ donors unless they formally indicate that they do not want […]

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Lawmakers seek expanded study of maternal mortality

By: - March 9, 2021

A committee tasked with exploring the reasons why some women are less likely to survive pregnancy has released its initial reports, and data confirms some expected disparities. Among racial and ethnic groups, Black women had the highest likelihood of a pregnancy-related death, with a ratio of 63 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to 2016-2017 […]

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Who’s teaching at Nevada charter schools?

By: - March 4, 2021

A bill to remove a teacher licensure exemption available to charter schools has been quietly introduced into the Nevada State Legislature, but the extent to which the exemption is being used isn’t known — even to top education officials. Assembly Bill 109 would require Nevada charter schools to follow the same teacher licensure requirements school […]

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Sisolak: “It’s not a ‘company town'”

By: - February 26, 2021

Nevada may redefine what it means to be a company town. As part of a promise to diversify the state’s one trick pony economy, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is pushing the state legislature to pass legislation allowing tech companies to create a new form of local government, complete with the authority to establish taxes and […]

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Officials say proposal protects species, critics say it shields projects from scrutiny

By: - February 26, 2021

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and environmental groups are on opposite sides of a proposed bill related to sensitive data about at-risk plant and animal species within the state. State officials contend they are trying to protect species. Environmental groups fear the state is aiming to protect proposed industrial developments from public […]

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Coalition pushes lawmakers to find new money for K-12 … somewhere

By: - February 24, 2021

A new billboard greets drivers headed southbound on I-580 from Reno to Carson City. It’s got a Nevada-blue background with yellow and white words atop reading: Education Feeds Minds. Why is Nevada starving its students? Meant as a message to state lawmakers, the billboard is the effort of a newly launched statewide coalition of education, […]

don't get sick tho

Medicaid reaches record enrollment in Nevada

By: - February 23, 2021

One in four Nevadans is now enrolled in a public health insurance program. More than 810,000 Nevadans are now enrolled in Medicaid or Nevada Check Up, the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday. The record enrollment is an expected result of the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn. In January 2020, 671,979 Nevadans […]

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Bill would expand Medicaid to cover donor breast milk for premature babies

By: - February 22, 2021

Breast milk is sometimes referred to as “liquid gold.” The nickname typically refers to the nutritional benefits of breast milk, but it’s also a fitting nickname economically. In modern-day currency, breast milk can cost hospitals or families upward of $4.50 per ounce. If not covered by insurance, that can add up to thousands of dollars […]

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GOED report inventories state’s job training efforts

By: - February 19, 2021

Consultants commissioned by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development have detailed a vision for Nevada of “a diverse, innovative and sustainable economy” in a new 93-page ‘Recovery & Resilience’ plan. The state plan lays out various strategies for manifesting that vision, among them is a focus on strengthening the available workforce. Job training — and […]