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Cy Ryan

Carson City Bureau Chief

Cy has been a reporter at the state capitol in Carson City for a half-century. He has reported on nine governors. He has worked for the Sun 21 years.

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First-time unemployment claims down 14 percent in March
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits in March totaled 13,267, down 14 percent from the same month a year ago, state officials reported today. The number compares with an average...
Nevada unemployment rate holds at 8.5 percent in March
Friday, April 18, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady in March at 8.5 percent, the same as the previous month.
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported
Court overturns conviction of man who threatened former NLV police chief
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A federal appeals court panel Thursday reversed the conviction of a man who sent emails threatening former North Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph ...
Henderson casino settles complaint over cash shortfall
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The state Gaming Commission today approved an agreement to settle a complaint that the Klondike Sunset Casino in Henderson repeatedly failed to keep enough cash on hand. The casino at 444 West Sunset Road could suffer...
NV Energy asks for OK to join California power sharing system
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
NV Energy is proposing to join a California system that will allow it to share power with ...
Head of Division of Parole and Probation retiring
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Bernie Curtis, chief of the state Division of Parole and Probation, is retiring after six years on the job.
His retirement is effective...
Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Joe Dini dies at 85
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Joe Dini, who served as speaker of the Nevada Assembly for eight sessions, has died at the age of 85 after a long illness. His death was announced...
Report finds Nevada has most children without insurance
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Nevada had the highest rate of uninsured children among the 50 states in 2012, according to a national study by the University of Minnesota. The study, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that...
60,000 Nevadans waiting for Medicaid coverage
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
There’s a backlog in Nevada of 60,000 applications for Medicaid, the program that provides medical care for low-income people, state officials said. State Sen. Justin Jones, chairman of a Legislative Committee on Health Care, said...
Miller satisfied with $40,000 settlement after first seeking $15 million
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Ross Miller characterizes himself as one of the most aggressive secretaries of state in the nation in pursuing those who violate political campaign laws. He boasts that a $40,000 fine recently imposed on a Virginia company is ...
Troubleshooting Nevada health exchange delayed by missing documents
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
An analysis of problems with Nevada’s health exchange is behind schedule because operator Xerox has failed to turn over documents to a company...
Committee pushing green energy learns solar system down on its garage
Monday, April 7, 2014
A Nevada legislative committee promoting the use of more green energy found out today that a solar system atop its own garage has been shut down for the last four months with a mechanical problem. It was revealed today...
Officials announce $1.1 billion for cleanup of contaminated Henderson industrial site
Thursday, April 3, 2014
More than $1 billion will be paid to a trust responsible for cleaning up a former chemical manufacturing site in Henderson that has led to contamination in Lake Mead. The money is part of a $5.15 billion settlement involving …
Despite late surge, Nevada health exchange falls short of goal
Thursday, April 3, 2014
On Monday’s final day to enroll in the Nevada health exchange, some 7,000 people filed applications, bringing the total to more than 41,000 but...
State’s employment director resigning
Thursday, April 3, 2014
rank R. Woodbeck, director of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation since 2011, has resigned to take a post in the Nevada System of Higher Education. Gov. Brian Sandoval said Thursday that Woodbeck had been appointed executive director of the …
Conviction overturned, new trial ordered for suspect in 2009 death of Henderson baby
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of Rayshaun Coleman and ordered a new trial for him in the death of a 42-day-old boy in Henderson in March 2009. The court said Clark County District Judge Michael Villani was wrong in not allowing the defense to …
Internet poker revenues outgaining only bingo, Nevada regulators report
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Internet poker hasn’t proved so far to be the bonanza some had hoped for. The first monthly report on online poker gaming win showed it exceeded only bingo compared to other casino games, slot machines and …
Candidate for state controller says he’ll fight to stay on ballot
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael Schaefer, a Democratic candidate for state controller, says he’s going to fight the state’s suit to remove him from the ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office says Schaefer …
No increase coming in Nevada minimum wage
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Nevada’s minimum wage will remain the same for the coming year. Although President Barack Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour, Gov. Brian Sandoval has said...
Gaming regulators say Henderson casino was short of cash
Monday, March 31, 2014
The state Gaming Control Board has filed an eight-count complaint against a Henderson casino that failed to keep enough money on hand to pay off potential winnings by customers. The Klondike Sunset Casino was cited for...
Nevada OKs regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries
Friday, March 28, 2014
Regulations for setting up medical marijuana clinics cleared their final hurdle Friday, about a week before the law allowing the dispensaries takes effect. The Legislative Commission, without discussion...
$9 million judgment against former Crazy Horse Too owner upheld
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $9 million judgment against former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo in a case where a customer was...
Clark County ranks in middle of Nevada’s healthiest counties
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Storey County is ranked the healthiest county in Nevada, while Clark County falls somewhere in the middle of the pack, according to a national report. Nye County, meanwhile, found itself...
Republican group agrees to $40,000 fine
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
A group that ran hundreds of television advertisements supporting Brian Sandoval for governor in 2010 has agreed to a $40,000 fine for failure to...
Common Core testing is underway in Nevada schools
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The state Department of Education says field testing of Common Core standards kicked off Monday in 234 Nevada schools in grades three to 11 in English and mathematics. The transition is to assess how students do in...
Jury rejects inmate’s claim of excessive force
Friday, March 21, 2014
federal court jury has rejected the claim of an inmate at the state prison in Ely that guards used excessive force in removing him from his cell.
Harrah’s to get $4.4 million tax refund on planes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that Harrah’s Operating Co. is entitled to a $4.4 million refund on the use tax paid on two planes purchased out of state. The gaming company had sought...
State hires consulting firm to help fix health insurance exchange
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval pressed for and got assurances that Xerox could open its books, files and other items to allow Deloitte to assess the failures and ...
Sandoval names Teska as director of Department of Administration
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named an analyst experienced in public school financing as state director of the Department of Administration who will prepare ...
Ex-husband must pay child support to former Sen. Halseth
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Daniel Halseth, who said he earns only $1,716 a month in unemployment benefits, siding with a district judge who ruled the ex-husband was ...
Administrator who advised governor on budget resigns
Friday, March 14, 2014
Jeff Mohlenkamp, director of the state Department of Administration and who prepares the budget for the governor, is resigning after 27 years in state government.
Nevada board delays vote on health insurance enrollment
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The board overseeing Nevada's troubled health insurance exchange board has delayed a vote on whether to give people stuck in the system more time to...
M Resort's Marnell named to Nevada Athletic Commission
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Las Vegas gaming executive Anthony Marnell III to the state Athletic Commission that regulates boxing and other unarmed combat events.
Mandalay Bay agrees to settle prostitution, drug allegations
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Mandalay Bay has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to settle a complaint that employees at the House of Blues Foundation Room provided drugs and prostitutes to undercover agents in 2012. A five-count complaint by the state Gaming Control Board, released Tuesday, said at least 10 employees and at least five non-employees provided drugs and prostitutes and set up an area for sexual activity to take place. The alleged activity took place over a two-month period and involved...
Arizona company can use Bank of Nevada name, board rules
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The state Board of Finance has ruled the Bank of Nevada may retain its name even though it is run by an Arizona banking company.
Bond sales to finance $1 million in preservation projects across Nevada
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The state Board of Finance approved the sale of $1 million in bonds to preserve historic buildings in Nevada, with a small share going to Clark County. There were 15 requests to the commission asking for a combined $2.1 million, but the commission was limited to allocating $1 million.
Sandoval names new press secretary
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has a new press secretary succeeding Mary-Sarah Kinner who moved to Sacramento to take a new job.
Deadline to get insurance through Nevada exchange may be extended
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval said he is leaning toward supporting an extension of the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the state exchange, which has been plagued with technical problems.
Boulder City bypass project hits snag with naturally occurring asbestos discovery
Monday, March 10, 2014
Discovery of naturally occurring asbestos in the soils in a section of the proposed Boulder City bypass will cause a delay in the project as the state conducts a more comprehensive study.
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...
Sandoval says he plans to stay 4 years if re-elected
Friday, March 7, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval today filed for re-election to a second term and said he intends to serve a full four years. Political observers have speculated that Sandoval might cut his term short to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2016.
Survey reveals student behavior regarding sex, pot, alcohol
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
How many high school students in Nevada have had sex or consumed alcohol or smoked marijuana or cigarettes? A statewide survey released today reveals that and more.
Nevada taxable sales inch up in December
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Christmas sales in December inched up to $4.4 billion, an anemic 1.7 percent increase over the same month in 2012, the state Taxation Department reported Wednesday.
State announces sale of bonds for Project Neon property purchases
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
inancing to allow the state to buy property for the giant Project Neon road expansion project in Las Vegas has been arranged, the state Treasurer’s Office said today.
Report coming soon on suspicious student test scores
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
What started with raised eyebrows over student test scores at one elementary school mushroomed into the most comprehensive investigation of its kind by state education officials.
With Metro void, agency advises motorists in Las Vegas accidents
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
After Metro Police announced that officers will no longer respond to minor traffic accidents, a state agency is advising motorists how to become their own crash investigators.
Caesars Palace prevails in court battle over live entertainment tax
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that Caesars Palace does not have to pay an additional $797,790 on its live entertainment tax on shows at the Colosseum on the Las Vegas Strip.
‘Mall Cop’ sequel seeks $4.3 million in tax credits
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
A quick decision is expected on a $4.3 million tax break for Columbia Pictures to film “Mall Cop: Blart 2” in Las Vegas. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development conducted a public hearing today on the first application from a 2013 law setting aside $20 million a year for tax credits to lure filmmakers to Nevada.
Ruling favors Hughes Corp. in Summerlin land valuation dispute
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
The Howard Hughes Corp. has won a preliminary court victory Friday in its efforts to reduce the taxable valuable on its Summerlin West property in Las Vegas by $50 million.
State to pay $99,999 over Capitol Police sexual harassment suit
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
The state has agreed to pay $99,999 to a female state capitol police officer who said she was the victim of sexual and age discrimination.

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