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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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Is Nevada a natural fit for emerging water market?
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Officials hope to launch a homegrown industry around water technology to pump millions of dollars into the economy.
County grants 18 permits for marijuana dispensaries
Friday, June 6, 2014
The Clark County Commission chose 18 businesses today to receive coveted permits to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in the unincorporated county. The commission spent three days this week reviewing...
Commissioners finish Day 1 considering marijuana dispensary applications
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Reefer madness was in full effect at the Clark County Government Center, as county commissioners at noon kicked off three days of hearings to select licensees for...
While seeking the votes, medical marijuana investors give campaign cash
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
On March 5, Clark County Commissioners signaled for the first time that they would allow medical marijuana businesses. Over the next eight days ...
County nixes asking voters to OK more taxes for hospital
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
County commissioners shot down a proposal today to put a question on the November ballot asking voters if they would be willing to pay more to support operations at University Medical Center. The county’s current subsidy to UMC will...
Clark County commissioners to spend 3 days talking medical marijuana
Monday, June 2, 2014
Clark County commissioners will spend three days this week talking about pot. Commissioners plan to weed through ...
Interim North Las Vegas city manager to leave post
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
North Las Vegas is launching a national search to find a permanent chief executive after interim City Manager Jeff Buchanan announced today he will leave the job next month. Buchanan’s last day as interim city manager is ...
Henderson now ‘a lot smarter’ after era of toxic production
Sunday, May 25, 2014
With its carefully manicured neighborhoods and sprawling office parks, Henderson has outgrown its roots as a magnesium producer for the country’s military ...
Surge in Medicaid patients swamps state, puts UMC in a bind
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Nevada’s largest public hospital has borrowed $45 million in emergency loans in recent months just to make payroll ...
Response to Henderson land sale: Not interested
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
A land sale that could have netted Henderson upwards of $33 million fizzled tonight when no bidders emerged during an auction at the city council meeting. Three of the choicest pieces of city real estate were ...
Henderson OKs $483 million annual budget
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Henderson City Council tonight approved a $483 million budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 that includes a $4.6 million transfer to cover an operating fund deficit. The city hopes to close ...
County maneuvers for final say on marijuana dispensary licenses
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Clark County Commission signaled today it would ignore a recommendation by the state and continue with its medical marijuana application process unchanged. Commissioners said during a meeting today that...
‘Eyesore’ news racks along Strip to be replaced by county-owned, uniform racks
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The decision affects 288 news rack locations on the Strip. Commissioners have called the racks eyesores that clog sidewalks. Many of the current racks display adult-themed publications that feature …
Clark County to vote on 2015 budget, news rack takeover on Strip
Monday, May 19, 2014
Clark County Commissioners will decide whether to take over hundreds of news racks that line the sidewalks of the Las Vegas Strip during its meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The commission ...
Crunch time for Henderson budget
Sunday, May 18, 2014
City will make cuts to reduce expenses, but there won’t be enough money to cover maintenance of streets and more.
There’s little the county can do to clean up eyesores left by recession
Sunday, May 18, 2014
Why are the development scars of the Great Recession allowed to stand, haunting the valley like ghosts of a bygone era of decadence ...
Henderson plant fined record $13.75 million over chemical disposal
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today a record $13.75 million fine against a Henderson titanium processing plant accused of improperly disposing a dangerous chemical.
The fine against Philadelphia-based Titanium Metals Corp. is...
Q+A: Michael Gallis on the future of cars, traffic and rail on the Las Vegas Strip
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Las Vegas Boulevard, the artery that sustains the region’s economy, is clogged and needs help. That’s the message ...
Safer bus shelter planned at site of deadly crash
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Regional Transportation Commission announced today it plans to install a new bus shelter along Spring Mountain Road where a vehicle crashed into a bus stop, killing four people nearly two years ago. The new shelter will be...
North Las Vegas is ready to proceed on its own medical marijuana regs
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
North Las Vegas is joining the medical marijuana game after its city council signaled Wednesday it would welcome dispensaries and grow facilities. The council directed staff to ...
North Las Vegas OKs union concessions; Police Supervisors holding out
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The North Las Vegas City Council approved concessions deals today with three of its four employee unions meant to stave off a financial crisis. But the mood at the council meeting was soured by ...
North Las Vegas to approve $625,000 grant for Nicholas & Co. food distribution center
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The North Las Vegas City Council will sign off on an agreement tonight approving a $625,000 grant that helped lure a Utah food distributor to expand to the city. Nicholas & Co. plans to ...
Budget-strapped Henderson to cut hours of operation at recreation centers
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Henderson City Council late Tuesday approved fee increases and fewer hours of operation at its recreation centers to help shrink a multimillion-dollar budget deficit it faces in the fiscal year starting July 1. The moves, along with other changes to its parks and recreation offerings, are expected to net the city about $2 million in savings and increased revenues. That won’t be enough to close the $5 million operating shortfall the city faces in the upcoming budget year. The city is also grappling with how to pay for $17 million in...
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 …
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?

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