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December 18, 2014

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Conor Shine

Local Government Reporter

A Kansas native, Conor studied engineering at the University of Minnesota but switched to journalism because it was infinitely more fun. It was in his blood, too; he's a third-generation journalist. Conor worked for the Wichita Eagle and the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Sun in 2011.

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City Council approves funding for Las Vegas soccer stadium
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A split Las Vegas City Council approved public funding today for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium, marking a major turning point in the yearlong debate ...
Commissioners pick Glenn Trowbridge for vacant Assembly seat
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
The Clark County Commission today chose Republican Glenn Trowbridge to fill a vacant seat in the state Assembly representing the northwest valley. Trowbridge will replace ...
Did Tesla Motors open doors for Apex industrial park?
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Since opening more than 20 years ago, Apex Industrial Park has found itself stuck. Businesses are reluctant to locate there because there’s not enough water to support manufacturing and other ...
Soccer swing: How one councilman’s shift brought stadium plan back to life
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Once on life support, a proposed downtown soccer stadium now is poised to clear the Las Vegas City Council thanks to a change of heart by Councilman Bob Coffin, a consistent opponent to using public money for the stadium. The key to Coffin's shift is a new wrinkle in the plan that would guarantee about $25 million for improvements to ...
Tunnel reaches third straw at Lake Mead reservoir after seven years of digging
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced shortly after noon today that a tunnel-boring machine 600 feet below the lakebed had connected with the intake ...
Las Vegas’ latest financing plan cuts city’s share of soccer stadium’s cost
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Las Vegas released a new and likely final set of financial terms today that call for the city to commit $56.5 million toward a $200 million downtown soccer stadium ...
Water experts weigh in on surviving decade-long drought
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
The discussion stretched over two days and ranged from new water recycling technologies to modernizing outdated rules that govern water rights. Experts agreed that no single technology or policy will solve the drought and gathered in Las Vegas to share which strategies ...
Back on its feet, charity reaches for more
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
On a recent Friday morning, dozens of people browsed shelves at the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada food pantry, picking up canned food, produce and meat.
Interim CEO named at University Medical Center
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
University Medical Center’s chief operating officer, Mason VanHouweling, has been named interim CEO as the hospital searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing chief executive Lawrence Barnard. VanHouweling has served as ...
County approves sweeping regulations for slot parlors
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
The commission approved the changes in a 6 to 1 vote, with Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani in opposition. Although Giunchigliani supported most provisions in the new law, she favored a six-month grace period to allow bars to come into compliance ...
County delays decision on gaming regulations for taverns
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
There were lamentations of lost jobs, protests over the high cost of compliance and even the threat of a lawsuit, but there was no decision today on fiercely contested changes to ...
Former Gaming Control chairman appointed to state Senate
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
The Clark County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli to the vacant state Senate seat representing ...
Commissioners to decide on tighter regulations for Dotty’s, other slot parlors
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Clark County commissioners are set to decide today on changes to tavern gaming regulations meant to rein in so-called slot parlors like Dotty's. The new rules are meant to force Dotty's and other similar businesses to look and act more like traditional bars or risk losing more than half their slot machines. The changes have been in the works since March and will be ...
University Medical Center CEO stepping down
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
After less than a year as chief executive officer of University Medical Center, Lawrence Barnard is resigning to take an executive position with Dignity Health, which operates ...
Las Vegas City Council delays decision on soccer stadium
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council voted today to extend the deadline until Dec. 17 to decide on a financing plan for a proposed downtown soccer stadium. Without the extension, the council would have had to ...
What they’re thankful for: Southern Nevada leaders reflect on the holiday
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
What are Southern Nevada leaders thankful for today? The Las Vegas Sun reached out to several, and here's what they had ...
Interactive: Where voter turnout was highest (and lowest) in Clark County
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The story of the 2014 election in Nevada in many ways boils down to a single factor: voter turnout. A lack of prominent races on the ballot and growing disenchantment with President Barack Obama kept voters, especially Democrats, at home on election day. Statewide, overall voter turnout was 45 percent, the lowest since 1978. That's well below ...
Top Nevada court says Uber case should take place in Washoe County
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
A divided Nevada Supreme Court panel ruled today that the court battle between ride-company Uber and state taxi regulators should take place in Washoe County District Court. The three-member panel ruled ...
Nevada leaders weigh in on Obama’s immigration plan
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
President Obama's executive order on immigration may bypass the vote of Congress. Las Vegas democrats and republicans have lots to say about it.
Las Vegas activist Astrid Silva returns to spotlight in Obama’s immigration speech
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
President Obama's speech shone a spotlight on Las Vegas resident Astrid Silva's life when he announced a new plan for executive action to reform the country's immigration system.
One of Nevada’s 1st marijuana dispensaries prepares for grand opening
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
If everything goes according to plan, Joe Lamarca will sell the first buds of medical marijuana from his dispensary in the southwest valley on Jan. 12. But after more than a year of ...
State, county can’t agree on marijuana dispensaries
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Clark County and state health officials have chosen which businesses they think should receive one of 18 licenses to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the county’s unincorporated areas. The only problem ...
Uber court hearing delayed until Friday
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Uber was back in court briefly today, fighting to keep its ride service operating in Las Vegas. But a dispute over whether the court case should play out in Las Vegas or Reno led to ...
Uber’s legal case against Las Vegas’ uber-powerful taxicab industry
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Is Uber legal? That's the question that Judge Douglas Herndon will consider Monday in a Clark County courtroom when he referees round two of the ...
With a $10,000 cap on political contributions, how did Caesars give Gov. Brian Sandoval $215,000?
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In Nevada, the most a person or company can give to a candidate for political office is capped at $10,000. But that limit didn't stop Caesars Entertainment from giving ...
Election analysis: Republicans have power to run the state their way
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
The 2014 election was supposed to be boring. Instead, it made history. A Republican sweep gave the party power it hasn’t had in nearly a century and will reshape the political landscape on issues from public education to ...
For Democrats, money buys political ads but not elections
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Normally the amount of money a candidate raises is an easy shorthand for how they'll fare in the election. More money means more advertisements and better ...
A quick look at the money behind Brian Sandoval’s ‘New Nevada’
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
A big night at the polls has state Republicans celebrating a "New Nevada." The catchphrase was the theme of the Republican's election ...
State marijuana dispensary licensees announced, remain mostly secret
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
The state today released its long-awaited list of businesses approved to operate medical marijuana businesses in Nevada. There’s just one problem — it’s nearly impossible to tell who’s in line to receive a license ...
Law requires employees be given time to vote
Monday, Nov. 3, 2014
If you want to cast a ballot tomorrow on Election Day but are worried your work schedule will get in the way, don’t fret — state law allows you to take time off to vote. A little known section added to ...
‘If we vote, we win. If we don’t, we lose,’ Biden says in Las Vegas
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden said if Republicans win a the majority of races in this election, partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C., would continue. Biden’s appearance was an eleventh-hour effort by Democrats to drive liberal voters to the polls Tuesday and is the latest in a string of appearances by ...
Campaign finance reports show another big haul for Hutchison
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
After raising $1 million between the June primary and early October, Lieutenant Governor candidate Mark Hutchison finished the month strong by bringing in an additional $319,000, according to a campaign finance report ...
Three election takeaways on the final day of early voting
Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Boosted by a visit by former President Bill Clinton, Democrats have gained momentum in early voting turnout this week, but it still might not be enough to erase the Republican's early lead. In Clark County, Democrats turned out ...
Judge refuses to put brakes on Uber ride-sharing service
Hearing set for Nov. 14 to consider a preliminary injunction
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Uber scored an early victory in court today when a Clark County District Court judge declined to issue a temporary restraining order that would have prevented ...
Judge to hear motion about Uber ride-sharing service in Las Vegas
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Less than a week after launching in Nevada, ride-sharing company Uber finds itself in court today fighting for the right to ...
North Las Vegas looks to lure companies to industrial park
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
North Las Vegas announced today it plans to establish an economic diversification district at its Apex Industrial Center to lure businesses with the same type of tax incentives given to Tesla in Northern Nevada. Mayor John Lee said ...
Why early voting numbers may mean trouble for Democrats
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
With a week to go until Election Day, Republicans hold a commanding edge in early voting that could prove insurmountable for some Democrats. Through the first nine days of early voting ...
How one vote sent Las Vegas’ stadium deal back to square one
Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian didn’t realize she was the swing vote on the proposed $200 million downtown soccer stadium until it was too late. She listened to her colleagues lay out their positions during ...
Multiple drivers cited within hours of Uber launch
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
As of 3:30 p.m., Nevada Taxicab Authority spokeswoman Teri Williams said three Uber drivers in Las Vegas and one in Reno had been cited for illegally offering rides for hire ...
Uber arrives in Las Vegas today; battles with taxi companies loom
Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Technology company Uber has arrived in Las Vegas and plans to launch its ridesharing service today, a move that could spark an all-out battle with ...
Report: Apex Industrial Park could create 57,960 jobs
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
North Las Vegas has big plans for the 7,000 acre Apex Industrial Park north of the city that could create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact. But getting ...
Why Las Vegas chamber can give only $10K to candidate but $1M to anti-margin tax campaign
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
This inconsistency in state law has left the door open for major businesses, unions and trade associations to funnel unlimited amounts of money to groups supporting or opposing the ...
7 of Adam Laxalt’s relatives endorse his opponent for attorney general
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Seven members of Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt’s extended family have endorsed his opponent, Democrat Ross Miller. In a letter to the editor published ...
Money in politics: 6 takeaways from the latest campaign finance reports
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Updated campaign finance reports released this week shone new light on which candidates and issues money is flowing to this election season. So far, more than $30 million has ...
Mark Hutchison reports big haul in latest campaign finance disclosure
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Republican Mark Hutchison has raised more than $1 million since June in his race for lieutenant governor, according to campaign finance reports released today. The massive haul brings ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide to how Nevada politicians raise campaign money
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
Nevada voters get a new look today at who’s spending money to influence upcoming state and local elections. Candidates in the Nov. 4 election must file new campaign finance reports today. While campaigns have been at full throttle since the primary election this summer, today's report will be the first one since June 6. So far, there have been 17,597 contributions totaling nearly $24 million made to ...
What’s ailing Las Vegas’ public hospital and how it might be fixed
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Finding a prescription to make the public hospital financially viable has vexed executives and politicians for more than a decade, and over the past year, UMC’s problems have grown even more acute. The Affordable Care Act blew a $15 million hole in the hospital’s budget, and a delay in reimbursements for new Medicaid patients required UMC to borrow $45 million in emergency loans from Clark County to make payroll. The hospital, owned by Clark County, had ...
Q+A: Voters’ guide to Nevada secretary of state campaign
Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
A pair of politicians pushed out of their previous office by term limits are trading partisan jobs in a race to become Nevada's chief election officer ...
By the numbers: The business of same-sex marriage in Nevada
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
Same-sex marriage is on its way to Nevada and with it could come millions of dollars in new spending for the state’s economy. Weddings are already a $2.3 billion ...
Dotty’s owner protests proposed regulations for slot parlors
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
Dotty’s owner Craig Estey made a rare public appearance at the Clark County Commission today to protest a new law he said is meant to put his company out of business. Estey said the proposed regulations would lead to ...

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