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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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Clark County still examining tighter gaming rules for Dotty’s
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Clark County commissioners announced they’ll take another month to work out changes to rules covering slot machines at bars while they ...
NLV, Henderson take a hit as county commission reallocates medical marijuana dispensary licenses
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Clark County Commission voted today to increase the number of medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in the unincorporated county from 10 to 18. The decision drew protests from …
Clark County considers removing Strip news racks to make way for its own
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
County commissioners are considering a new ordinance this month that would force private owners of the news racks to rip out their boxes. In their place, the county would install and maintain news racks of its own. The county-owned boxes would then be rented to private companies who would stock them with advertisements and magazines. The move would allow the county to ...
Judge, casino moguls among those seeking marijuana business licenses
Monday, May 5, 2014
Clark County revealed today the names of hundreds of people looking to get into the region’s budding medical marijuana industry. The list of applicants includes doctors, lawyers, real estate brokers, political power players and gaming moguls. Included are...
Clark County Commission takes on new slot machine rules, medical marijuana licenses
Monday, May 5, 2014
The Clark County Commission will decide whether to change the rules governing slot machines at bars during its meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Commissioners also will discuss whether to increase the number of medical marijuana dispensary licenses ...
Medical marijuana takes root; now what?
Sunday, May 4, 2014
It’s been a long and winding road for marijuana in this country over the past century. It’s legal in Nevada for medicinal purposes, and the rush is on to start businesses. Even our boss, Brian Greenspun, is applying for a license. We examine the process and the history of legalization ...
Dotty vs. Goliath: Can the little slot tavern win a fight with Big Gaming?
Sunday, May 4, 2014
The little slot tavern has been the source of some big complaints from major casinos who claim the company earns too much of its revenue from gaming and not enough from food and beverage. Clark County Commissioners, who have received big campaign contributions from the big casinos, will try to sort it out.
Cliven Bundy’s family calls for gathering Friday at Metro Police
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Cliven Bundy’s family is urging his supporters to gather at Metro Police’s downtown headquarters at 10 a.m. Friday to file criminal complaints against ...
North Las Vegas fire union approves deal to help fix city budget
Thursday, May 1, 2014
North Las Vegas firefighters “overwhelmingly” approved a deal to give up millions of dollars in back pay owed to them by the city in exchange for helping fix the city’s troubled finances.
Southern Nevada Health District nears deal to buy building for new headquarters
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Southern Nevada Health District is close to a deal to buy a building for its permanent headquarters that could save the financially challenged public agency $2.5 million annually. Chief Health Officer Joseph Iser presented ...
Q+A: North Las Vegas fire union president on the city’s financial crisis and his role in solving it
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
North Las Vegas firefighters vote this week on a city settlement that would pay them pennies on the dollar for lost wages. If workers approve the settlement ...
Clark County receives more than 200 applications for medical pot businesses
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Southern Nevada’s green rush is on as more than 100 businesses hurried to file medical marijuana license applications with Clark County before today’s deadline to stake out a claim in what’s expected to be ...
Developers moving forward on huge North Las Vegas master plan community
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Developers planning to build 15,000 homes in North Las Vegas told the city council today they hope to have shovels in the ground before the end of the year on one of the...
Board member discusses University Medical Center’s cash crunch, new CEO and future plans
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The new University Medical Center board of directors is in triage mode. The board took on the public hospital’s oversight from ...
Director: Brookings Institution happy to welcome Mulroy, a ‘national leader’ on water issues
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The managing director of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., said today that his organization is “delighted” to add former Southern Nevada water chief Pat Mulroy to its roster of experts tackling climate change. “We now have someone whose principal focus is ...
Apologetic Collins denies calling Utahns ‘inbred,’ tells fellow commissioners he’ll treat them better
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins today denied making widely reported inflammatory remarks regarding Utahns supporting Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy. "I in no way ever insulted …"
LV City Council considers horse-drawn carriages, new downtown grocery store
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Horse-drawn carriages could soon be circulating through downtown Las Vegas if the City Council signs off on proposed routes at its meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The council will also ...
Water expert Mulroy to join Brookings Mountain West, Desert Research Institute
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Recently retired water czar Pat Mulroy is bringing her expertise and reputation as an international leader on water issues to a pair of institutions with a connection to UNLV. She will take on dual roles with ...
Clark County considers University Medical Center loan, new slot parlors rules
Monday, April 14, 2014
UMC seeks a $25 million loan to offset delays in state Medicaid reimbursements and the commission considers new rules on tavern gaming. The meeting will be ...
Labor deals pull North Las Vegas from 'brink of despair'
Thursday, April 10, 2014
North Las Vegas has reached agreements with the last of its employee unions today that will help the city balance its budget and avoid a takeover by ...
Amid Sandoval's intervention, NLV reaches deal with 2 unions
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has stepped into contentious negotiations between North Las Vegas and its employee unions, and apparently he's had an effect. Two of the city’s four unions have ...
State of Nevada website gets D- for transparency
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Nevada is among the least transparent states in the country when it comes to disclosing how taxpayer dollars are spent. The report graded states based on ...
NLV struggling to seal a deal with unions, setting back its fiscal goals
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The city had hoped to reach a deal with its unions to close an $18 million deficit before it submitted its tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the state on ...
Commissioner floats idea to rein in slot parlors: allow fewer slot machines
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Currently, a tavern or bar is allowed to have up to 15 machines under state law, so long as the revenue from gaming is “incidental” to the primary business of ...
The nation’s most endangered waterway is in our backyard
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Water is more valuable than gold when you live in the desert. And the water level at Lake Mead is being taxed more than ever. So how much more water loss can Las Vegas take?
Commissioners to take another shot at slot regulations
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Clark County commissioners will continue wrestling with how available to make slot machines at bars, convenience stores and other locations in neighborhoods throughout the valley when they meet Tuesday. Commissioners will also vote to appoint a new member of …
County commission to consider slot-gaming locations — again
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Clark County commissioners will continue wrestling with how available to make slot machines at bars, convenience stores and other locations in neighborhoods in valley when they meet Tuesday. Specifically, they'll discuss licensing of locations that have ...
Despite good snowpack in Rockies, Lake Mead level still expected to drop
Sunday, March 30, 2014
How long, at the rate we use water in the valley, will it be before Lake Mead — the largest reservoir in the country — is drained and arid?
North Las Vegas still hopes unions will help bail city out of fiscal crisis
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Despite talk of severe layoffs and cuts to services, North Las Vegas officials insisted today a financial calamity still could be averted if a deal was struck with the city’s employee unions. But the window to reach agreements...
County projects $66 million surplus, but most already spoken for
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
After years of drowning in red ink, Clark County has a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that projects a $66 million surplus, although needs at its jail, hospital and police department will...
Las Vegas to allow marijuana dispensaries; county advances pot biz process
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
A push to increase patient access to medical marijuana took a step forward today as two local governments voted to allow dispensaries and related businesses in their jurisdictions. In Clark County, commissioners...
Clark County considers additional curbs for thriving slot parlors
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
When Clark County commissioners set new regulations meant to rein in the rapidly growing slot parlor industry in 2011, they neglected to draw up specific definitions on ...
County OKs settlement to end two lawsuits by Health District
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The first lawsuit stems from the Health District’s claim that the county was thwarting its attempt to acquire property for a new building to replace its outdated space on Shadow Lane, which was closed in 2012. The second lawsuit involved a claim by the Health District that it was …
County drops idea of banning Strip news racks, looks to take ownership of them
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Clark County could soon find itself the owner of hundreds of news racks that line Strip sidewalks under a new ordinance ...
LV council to decide on pot businesses, horse-drawn carriages downtown
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
With state regulations for medical marijuana businesses nearing completion, the Las Vegas City Council will have to decide soon whether it wants to allow dispensaries within ...
Talks with unions a crucial piece of North Las Vegas’ financial puzzle
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
With only a month left before North Las Vegas must submit to the state its tentative budget, the city is struggling to find practical ways to avoid a ...
Construction starts on $6.8 million flood-control project
Monday, March 17, 2014
Construction started today on flood-control improvements along Grand Teton Drive to prevent flash flooding. A gap in the drainage system along...
What if Clark County owned all those news racks on the Strip?
Monday, March 17, 2014
Clark County commissioners have wrestled for months over plans to clean up the Strip by removing the hundreds of news racks that impede pedestrian traffic. The commission will consider a new idea...
The Sunday: What we make: How does your income stack up to others in Nevada?
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Ever look around at the signs of recovery here — the construction and rebound in travel and tourism — and wonder why it doesn’t feel like the recession has ended for you? There’s a reason: It hasn’t in terms of wages. If you’re a financial manager, a food server, a machinist, an engineer or a therapist, congratulations for picking a great time to be working in Las Vegas. The average Las Vegan makes about...
Races set for June's primary elections; Sandoval skates with no big-name foe
Local, statewide and federal contests will be decided in November
Friday, March 14, 2014
The field for June’s primary election is set after the close of candidate filing at 5 p.m. today. Of the more than 100 races that will be on the ballot, at least two are expected to be highly competitive ...
New customs agents at McCarran to cut wait times for international travelers
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tourism officials are excited about the prospect of incoming foreign visitors spending less time in customs lines at McCarran and more time spending on Las Vegas offerings. Thanks to a budget increase...
North Las Vegas mayor asks for more time to fix city’s finances
Friday, March 7, 2014
Appearing before the Committee on Local Government Finance, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee asked for more time to produce more revenue and blamed the city’s problems on...
Company pulls plug on gasification plant in NLV
Thursday, March 6, 2014
The company behind a proposed gasification plant that would turn waste into electricity in North Las Vegas has withdrawn its application from the city due to concerns from residents who live near the proposed site.
Chief outlines changes made in ambulance transport procedures to wary Las Vegas council
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Filling vacant positions, changing deployment strategies and increasing the number of ambulance transports are among the changes being made to increase efficiency at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Chief William McDonald told the City Council today.
Commissioners get 1st look at proposed medical marijuana regulations
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Dispensaries and other medical marijuana businesses could begin applying for licenses to set up shop in unincorporated Clark County next month, under regulations introduced to the county commission today.
Group warns of funding threat to 25 transportation projects essential to Nevada
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Improvements to Interstate 15, the 215 Beltway, Maryland Parkway and other road projects across the valley could be delayed due to cuts in federal highway funds, a national transportation organization said today.
Shelter to raffle puppies rescued from pet shop fire
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Twenty-seven puppies rescued from a burning pet store in January will get new homes later this month. Clark County commissioners approved a plan to adopt them out through...
LV City Council to mull pot shop moratorium, fire department changes
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council will get an update Wednesday on changes being made to the city’s fire department meant to save money and improve efficiency.
Candidates turn out as filing period opens for 2014 elections
Monday, March 3, 2014
Campaign season officially kicked off today with the opening of the filing period for nonjudicial candidates in November’s upcoming election. By midday, dozens of candidates had filed to run for a variety of offices , including the county commission, state Senate, state Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives and the governor’s office.
Commission to examine proposed rules for marijuana shops
Monday, March 3, 2014
Clark County commissioners will take their first look at proposed zoning regulations for medical marijuana businesses. If they like what they see, a formal vote could take place ...

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