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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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On tap for approval: Symphony Park's newest tenant, liquor licenses, center for blind children
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
A new tenant could be headed to downtown’s Symphony Park if the Las Vegas City Council approves a $5 million land sale Wednesday to a developer planning to build a skilled nursing and assisted living center. Downtown liquor laws also will be on the council’s agenda.
Speed limit to be lowered on MLK Blvd. after pedestrian deaths
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
Las Vegas plans to lower the speed limit and install two new flashing crosswalk signals along Martin Luther King Boulevard in an attempt to improve safety in an area where two pedestrians have been killed in recent months.
Sales tax plan, proposed recycling changes on tap for discussion Tuesday
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013
After a month's absence, the More Cops sales tax debate returns Tuesday to the Clark County Commission, although the initiative’s chances haven’t improved since commissioners voted down a pair of competing proposals in October.
How crime hits home: A breakdown of Metro calls by County Commission districts
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Nearly a year after Sheriff Doug Gillespie first pitched to the public a proposed increase in the sales tax to hire more police officers, the plan remains stalled with dim prospects of passing in the face of a deadlocked Clark County Commission.
RTC revs up projects in anticipation of fuel tax increase
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
With a 3 cents-per-gallon increase in the fuel tax set to take effect in January, the Regional Transportation Commission is hitting the gas on more than two dozen projects that will be funded by the proceeds.
Holiday happenings on Strip to include New England-style village
Temporary winter wonderland to feature sledding, ice rink and retail shops
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013
A winter wonderland featuring sledding, an ice-skating rink and motorcycle-drawn carriage rides is headed next month to the south end of the Strip. The holiday festival is being put on by 7 Wheel Wonders, the company that manufactures the motorcycle-drawn carriages.
Las Vegas recognized as bicycle-friendly city
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
The League of American Bicyclists has declared Las Vegas and three local businesses as bicycle friendly.
Las Vegas City Council puts brakes on new liquor stores for six months
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
Concerns about an overabundance of alcohol along the Fremont Street Experience prompted the Las Vegas City Council to issue a moratorium today banning any new applications for liquor stores for six months.
Councilman: Las Vegas, North Las Vegas sharing services makes sense because 'we are all one'
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
The Las Vegas City Council today signed on to an agreement with North Las Vegas meant to increase collaboration between the two cities.
County taking steps to plug financial drain at shooting complex
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013
Operations at the Clark County Shooting Complex continue to misfire, with the park losing $250,000 in the first three months of this fiscal year.
Commission decides against moving on Strip news rack ban
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
The Clark County Commission has put off a ban on news racks along the Strip and instead will work with owners of the racks to come up with a compromise that limits obstructions for pedestrians.
Commissioners create board to oversee University Medical Center
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
University Medical Center will be getting more hands-on attention from a new oversight board starting next year, after Clark County commissioners voted today to relinquish much of their authority over the public hospital.
Moratorium may put cork in plans for new liquor stores on stretch of Fremont
Easy access to alcohol brings concerns about underage drinking and a potential increase in crime in the tourist area
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013
With 21 liquor stores already operating along or near the Fremont Street Experience downtown, the Las Vegas City Council is planning to hit the brakes on further such development in the area for at least six months.
Wherever we turn — food, travel, taxes — prices likely on the rise
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
During the ongoing debate about whether to raise the county sales tax rate to hire more police officers, the effect on valley residents' pocketbooks has been a central concern for Clark County commissioners.
Proposed news rack ban on Strip scheduled for consideration Tuesday
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013
Strip sidewalks could be getting a makeover for the new year if the Clark County Commission approves a ban on news racks along parts of Las Vegas Boulevard at its Tuesday meeting.
Sheriff, commissioner ease off criticism of each other on arbitrator's award
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
Sheriff Doug Gillespie struck a conciliatory tone Monday morning during a presentation to Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee in an attempt to stamp out controversy over a recent arbitrator’s decision that will cost the department $6.9 million.
Metro, widow agree to $1.5 million settlement in 2011 shooting death of unarmed veteran
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
Metro’s Fiscal Affairs Committee has agreed to pay a $1.5 million settlement to the widow of Stanley Gibson, the unarmed Gulf War veteran shot to death by police in December 2011. The action this morning clears the way for Rondha Gibson to end a federal lawsuit.
Metro's past settlements cover gamut of officers' indiscretions
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
Cases of mistaken identity, improper arrest and police getting physical during traffic stops all have resulted in settlements in the past three years. Here’s a look at some cases that led to payouts.
As lawsuit filings against Metro Police climb, settlement costs soar
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013
Cases of excessive force by Metro Police, whether in a traffic stop gone awry or a fatal shooting, take their toll in lost lives and lingering physical and emotional trauma suffered by victims. Such instances of police misconduct also are costing taxpayers at an increasing rate in the form of expensive litigation and high-dollar settlements. Since 2011, Metro has paid out at least $5 million to settle civil rights lawsuits filed against it. That figure could grow Monday when officials consider a $1.5 million settlement with the widow of Stanley Gibson, an unarmed veteran who was shot and killed by a Metro officer in December 2011.
News rack owners gear up for battle should Strip ban win approval
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
What constitutes an obstruction on sidewalks of the Las Vegas Strip has become a topic of increased importance those who rely on news racks to make a living or distribute their publications.
Metro Police union says rules followed during pay-raise arbitration
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
Attorneys for the Metro Police union are pushing back against claims that a recent arbitration didn’t follow the rules set out in state law.
News rack owner steels for legal battle over possible Strip ban
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013
Eddie Munoz has operated news racks on the Strip since 1990 through his company Strip Advertising. He said he’d likely be put out of business should the Clark County Commission adopt a news rack ban at its Nov. 5 meeting, but he doesn’t plan to go down without a fight.
County counselor contends arbitrator didn't adhere to law in police union ruling
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
An arbitrator’s decision to award a cost-of-living raise and increase in health benefits to Metro Police officers did not meet standards required by Nevada law, according to a memo from Clark County’s in-house legal counsel. The Sept. 23 decision by Chicago-based arbitrator Robert Perkovich is at the core of an intensifying battle between Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Sheriff Doug Gillespie.
Three Las Vegas buildings strike gold with environmentally friendly designs
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Three Las Vegas building have been recognized for their energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.
LV officials eagerly clear plan for downtown shopping center
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Plans for a downtown shopping mall with a rooftop pool near the Mob Museum received enthusiastic approval from the Las Vegas City council today.
Changing lanes: Is the road you travel on turning into a one-way street?
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Motorists may want to be extra careful on two streets next week when the city makes a big change.
Nevada's projected population growth puny compared to boom years
State will add more than 500,000 residents in the next 20 years
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013
Nevada is expected to outpace national population growth by 2020 and add more than half a million new residents over the next 20 years.
Grant helps Boulder City Hospital stay afloat
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
The Boulder City Hospital received a $250,000 grant from the Clark County Commission despite hesitation from two officials.
County Commission awards $88 million contract for jail work to Nevada company
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Renovations on the Clark County Detention Center will take a year longer and cost $20 million more than original estimates, but the commission approved a contract with a Nevada company for construction.
County to take another run at 'More Cops' tax increase in November
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Clark County commissioners will take another swing at approving a sales tax increase that would benefit Metro Police and police departments in North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City.
LV council to mull lawsuit over BLM's land grab, review plans for new downtown complex
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
Las Vegas is considering filing a lawsuit against the federal government over a decision to double the amount of protected public lands in the northwest valley the city would like to see remain open for development.
Commissioners to again consider More Cops tax increase, $38 million airport lawsuit settlement
Monday, Oct. 14, 2013
A proposal to raise the sales tax to pay for Metro Police officers is returning Tuesday to Clark County commissioners for the third meeting in a row.
Shadow network of marijuana dispensaries still operate in legal gray area
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
The Legislature began the process to fix the medical marijuana system earlier this year and starting next spring patients should have a variety of licensed and legal dispensaries to shop at. For now, though, a shadow network of delivery based medical marijuana businesses have stepped in to fill the void left by the once prohibited and now soon to be legal storefront dispensaries.
Big money clamoring for a piece of Nevada's medical marijuana pie
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013
They’ve got a lot of money and a big plan to peddle marijuana throughout Clark County. But they’re not a drug cartel pushing pot on the streets. They’re high profile lawyers, consultants and investors.
Las Vegas Council considers putting more bite into city's 'party house' ordinance
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
City officials, fed up with complaints about “party houses” disrupting Las Vegas neighborhoods, want to clamp down on the irreverence. Will an outright ban do the trick?
McCarran to put off energy-saving projects to pay $38 million settlement
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
McCarran International Airport will pay $38 million to settle a 5-year-old legal dispute alleging that airspace restrictions imposed during the 1990s devalued 191 acres of property near Interstate 15 and Warm Springs Road.
Retiring SNWA chief spent career getting Nevada its fair share of water
Friday, Oct. 11, 2013
Pat Mulroy's legacy will be tied to the success of the sprawling metropolis she helped water, the billions the Southern Nevada Water Authority spent doing it and the environmental costs of a controversial grab for groundwater in rural Nevada.
To reduce costs, NLV and Las Vegas agree to share services more widely
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
North Las Vegas and Las Vegas already share a border and a jail. Now the two cities will look at other areas — from park maintenance to business licensing to animal control — where they can partner up in an attempt to cut down on costs and be more efficient.
Water Authority schedules informational meetings before rate hike takes effect
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
After the Southern Nevada Water Authority approved a rate increase last month, the agency has scheduled public workshops to reach out to residents before the hike takes effect in January.
Commissioner not giving up on tax increase for Metro
Tom Collins is drafting a third proposal for the 'More Cops' sales tax increase
Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
Despite failing to pass twice during Tuesday’s Clark County Commission meeting, one county commissioner is already working on a new version of a sales tax increase proposal to pay for more police officers that he hopes to introduce later this month.
Krave Massive, Drink & Drag clubs denied liquor license
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
The Las Vegas City Council denied a pair of tavern licenses Wednesday for the troubled nightclub Krave Massive and the Drink & Drag bar due to improper paperwork and questions about the the downtown venues’ owners.
County votes to extend repair work at detention center
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Clark County commissioners have decided to lengthen a construction project overhauling plumbing, electrical and other systems at the detention center by one year in order to cut down costs after the lowest bid came in $10 million over the initial estimate.
Commission can't muster votes to pass 'More Cops' tax increase
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
The Clark County Commission today turned back two proposals to increase sales tax rates to pay for additional police officers at Metro Police and other local departments.
Downtown casino owner pays $10 million for abandoned courthouse
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
A Las Vegas casino owner has snatched up 2.74 acres of prime downtown property for $10 million after winning a public auction today at the Clark County Commission meeting. The D Las Vegas co-owner Derek Stevens submitted the only bid for the site of the former county courthouse at Third Street and Carson Avenue, which sits diagonally across the street from his casino. Stevens said the site would give The D room to grow. “The location is great. It gives us a few options,” he said.
Revised downtown curfew proposal up for consideration Wednesday
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Las Vegas’ first attempt at imposing a downtown curfew was met with resistance and concerns that the affected area was too broad. On Wednesday, the city council will review revised boundaries for the curfew and possibly vote on the proposal.
Commission likely to decide fate of 'More Cops' sales tax Tuesday
Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
After delaying the initial vote two months, the Clark County Commission will likely decide Tuesday whether to increase the region’s sales tax in order to pay for more police officers. The commission will debate the tax proposal and discuss how to finance $80 million worth of needed repairs at the county jail when they hold their regular meeting at 9:15 a.m. at the Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.
County, cities putting off millions in maintenance as budgets stay squeezed
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Delaying maintenance projects of all sizes has become an increasingly common practice at municipalities throughout the valley in the wake of the recession. With general funds strapped by a steep drop in property tax revenue, funding for many capital projects has been virtually nonexistent in recent years.
Commissioners divided on 'More Cops' proposals
Vote on sales tax increase to be held on Tuesday
Friday, Sept. 27, 2013
After 10 months of intense lobbying and debate, the fate of the "More Cops" sales tax hike to pay for additional police officers remains up in the air as Clark County commissioners prepare to vote on the proposal Tuesday.
Emergency Lake Mead intake project gets green light
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
The Southern Nevada Water Authority board authorized an emergency $12 million construction project Thursday meant to keep a key part of the valley’s water infrastructure operating even as levels at Lake Mead continue to drop.
Water Authority OKs rate hike, raising residents' water bills
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
With an $80 million spike in its debt payment looming, the Southern Nevada Water Authority will implement a rate hike starting in January that will see residents and businesses across the valley paying more for their water.

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