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January 28, 2015

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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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100 land parcels still must be acquired for interstate-widening Project Neon, official says
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
The headache that Las Vegas motorists will have to endure during construction of the Interstate 15 widening project will be painful but worth it ...
Officials hope to add execution chamber at Nevada prison
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Nevada hasn’t executed a prisoner since 2006 and none are currently scheduled, but the Ely State Prison wants ...
Nevada unemployment rate dips to 6.8 percent in December
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Nevada’s unemployment rate last month dropped to 6.8 percent, its lowest since June 2008 and down from 9 percent in December 2013. The rate was also down from ...
Nevada getting $600 million to clean up industrial sites
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
The state Environmental Protection Division said today it will receive more than $600 million as part of a court settlement to prevent pollution of the Colorado River and Lake Mead. A $5 billion nationwide settlement ...
Nevada AG fighting new trial in slaying of FBI agent
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt said today his office has filed an appeal to stop the release of death row inmate Jose Echavarria, convicted of the 1990 murder of an FBI agent during a bank robbery in Las Vegas . U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du has ordered ...
Higher-ed official seeks money for low-income students
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The legislative budget committees were told Thursday that an estimated 20 percent of students from low-income families cannot afford the cost of ...
Consultants hired to develop freight-friendly plan for Nevada highways
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The state Transportation Department is going to spend up to $1.2 million to hire consultants to develop plans for future freight movements on the roads and promote economic development.
AG Laxalt tabs Cafferata for communications director
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Former state Treasurer Patty Cafferata has been named communications director for Attorney General Adam Laxalt ...
First-time jobless claims up slightly in December
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The number of Nevadans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits ticked up 1.1 percent last month compared to December 2013. A total of 18,222 people filed claims ...
Sandoval: Despite improved economy, more poor people in Nevada
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval says the economy is getting better but his budget predicts there will be more poor people needing state help to cover medical bills, get food for their family and qualify for welfare payments.
Nevada Court of Appeals issues its first ruling
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Nevada’s new Court of Appeals has issued its first decision, officials announced today. The new court's three judges were sworn into office Jan. 6, and the Nevada Supreme Court ...
New details emerge about governor’s tax proposal
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval is putting the finishing touches on his estimated $570 million tax-increase package that would hit cigarette smokers, slot route operators and ...
Court overturns judgment in Las Vegas telemarketing case
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a Las Vegas company can be sued over allegations of violating a law against unwanted telemarketing calls, even if it did not make the calls itself. The court said Paul D.S. Edwards should ...
Program will help low-income families buy homes
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The state Board of Finance today approved the sale of $40 million in bonds to help low- and middle-income families buy their first homes. CJ Manthe, administrator of the state Housing Division, said the program ...
Will Sandoval embrace Obama’s free tuition proposal?
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The governor wants his administration to study the plan, called "America's College Promise," before opting in. The biggest hang-up might be ...
Departing Krolicki, driven by ‘public service gene,’ eyes Reid’s Senate seat
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015
After 24 years in state government, including eight years each as treasurer and lieutenant governor, Brian Krolicki is leaving office. But that doesn’t mean ...
Nevada attorney general convening law enforcement summit
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Newly elected Attorney General Adam Laxalt is calling a law enforcement summit to lean how his office can better assist fighting crime in Nevada. Laxalt has invited sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys to ...
Applications being accepted for District Court vacancies
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
Attorneys can start applying for appointment to replace three District Court judges who were elevated to the new Nevada Court of Appeals. The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection said today ...
Traffic deaths drop in Clark County but rise statewide
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Nevada’s traffic deaths rose nearly 7 percent to 284 fatalities in 2014, but the number dropped in Clark County compared with ...
Trio of judges sworn in for new Nevada appeals court
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
A trio of judges was sworn in today for the state's newly formed appellate court. Jerome Tao, Michael Gibbons and Abbi Silver took the oath of office ...
Nevada makes up difference in Medicaid payments to doctors under Obamacare
Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Nevada’s primary care physicians are safe, at least for the time beings, from a 38 percent cut in fees collected for treating Medicaid patients. Under the Affordable Care Act, federal payments in ...
Inmate wins case in prison diet inspections
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Robert al. Stockmeier, housed the Lovelock Correctional Center, filed suit against state Chief Medical Officer Tracey Green, claiming she does not conduct the periodic diets at the various prisons and does not file her reports as required with the state Prison Board.
Nevada Supreme Court rules cities have right to lay off employees because of lack of money
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
Reno lost a continuing federal grant and notified 32 firefighters they would be laid off. The International Association of Firefighters Local 731 filed suit to stop the layoffs and to submit the issue to ...
Court rules in favor of couple potentially exposed to hepatitis in Las Vegas outbreak
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
The Sadlers maintain that PacifiCare was negligent in failing to start a quality assurance program to oversee the medical providers in its group.
Nevada taxable sales up again in November
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
Taxable sales in Nevada, an indicator of the economy, rose 4.9 percent in October, the 51st increase in a year-to-year comparison of months. The state Department of Taxation reported today sales reached ...
Students caught skipping school face driver's license suspension starting Jan. 1
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
Aiming to lower truancy rates and boost high graduation levels, a new law that suspends the driver's licenses of students who skip school becomes effective in Nevada ...
Supreme Court to hear appeal against Catholic Church for molestation case
Friday, Dec. 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court opens hearings in the new year with an appeal by the Catholic Church of a $500,000 judgment involving a priest who sexually molested a 13-year-old Las Vegas boy ...
Cegavske evaluating whether to keep Reno office
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014
Barbara Cegavske, who takes office next month as Nevada secretary of state, said she is evaluating all her divisions and is considering closing the agency’s Reno branch office. Cegavske, who has served in the Assembly and state Senate, said ...
Still no penalties over stormwater runoff
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
A meeting was held between state and federal officials last week, but it’s still up in the air whether the Environmental Protection Agency will penalize Nevada for water pollution violations. Suzanne Skadowski, a spokeswoman for ...
Cost of legislative session estimated at $18 million
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
The first bill to be presented and approved by the 2015 Legislature calls for $18 million to pay for the 120-day session. Senate Bill 1 will cover ...
Former newspaper publisher named to Elko County Commission
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014
The governor said Monday that Steninger, 59, was the highest ranking finalist recommended by the commission.
Nevada park passport program unveiled
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
The Division of State Parks has unveiled a passport program to encourage visits to 15 Nevada parks. Visitors can ...
Nevada unemployment rate falls below 7 percent
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Nevada’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in November, the first time it has been below 7 percent since June 2008. The state Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation reported ...
Las Vegas’ Stein Hospital appears safe from budget cuts
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
The Stein Hospital in Las Vegas is not on the chopping block as the state struggles to find enough money to pay for its government programs during the next biennium ...
First-time unemployment claims up in November
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
First-time claims for unemployment benefits in November were up 12 percent from the same month last year, marking the third consecutive month of increases. The 16,289 claims ...
State officials deciding whether to lease or build
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
Faced with a shortage of money for maintenance, the state is looking at leasing private space rather than constructing new public buildings. The state owns 2,847 buildings, some ...
High court dismisses case against state Sen. Denis
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed against past Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, accused of violating the Constitution by ...
Court orders murder charge reinstated in Las Vegas case
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered a murder charge be reinstated against a Las Vegas man who claimed his defense was hurt by the destruction of handwritten notes taken by a police detective. The court overturned the ruling of ...
Former Sandoval staffer named CEO of builders group
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Stewart “Mac” Bybee, a former director of public relations and community affairs for Gov. Brian Sandoval, has been named president and chief executive officer of ...
Sandoval names 3 judges to new Court of Appeals
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval today named three Nevada judges to sit on the newly created Court of Appeals. The governor selected ...
Hundreds of millions needed to fix decaying Nevada roads, official says
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
An estimated $661 million is needed to fix Nevada’s decaying road system, much of it in rural Nevada ...
Nevada employment climbing toward 2007 peak
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
In 2016, Nevada employment will surpass its peak year of 2007, a jobs expert predicted Tuesday. After 2007, the recession hit and 175,000 jobs were lost. Since then ...
New Nevada labor commissioner named
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Shannon Chambers was named to the post Monday by Bruce Breslow, director of the State of Nevada Department of Business and Finance ...
EPA weighs enforcement action over water pollution
Monday, Dec. 15, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval scolded the state Department of Transportation today for failing to take prompt action to permanently stop polluted runoff from flowing into Nevada waterways.
He said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may now
Ventura County fire chief named Nevada’s next fire marshal
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Bob Roper, fire chief for Ventura County, Calif. for 15 years, has been named state fire marshal for Nevada.
Report: State could save money treating juvenile offenders
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
The state could save $563,000 a year by placing low-risk juvenile offenders at the Caliente Youth Center instead of at a Las Vegas facility with more serious offenders, according to an audit report.
The state Division of Internal Audits said ...
Adult club fined $25,000 by state gaming regulators
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
An adult entertainment club in Las Vegas has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to state gaming regulators for violations involving catering to gang members, shootings inside and outside the business and numerous Clark County violations.
Nevada justices uphold death penalty for Las Vegas killer
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court Wednesday rejected the petition of death-row killer James Ray Walker who claimed his attorney was incompetent ...
Nevada Supreme Court rejects bid to remove Henderson mayor
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed petitions seeking the removal of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen over term limits. The court unanimously ruled that Rick Workman, who ran against Hafen, had no standing to ...
Nevada taxable sales climb about 4 percent in September
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
Nevada taxable sales rose about 4 percent in September compared to the same month a year ago, the 49th consecutive month of increases. The Nevada Taxation Department reported ...

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