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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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Man serving life sentence dies in Nevada prison
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A Las Vegas killer, serving a life term without parole, has died in prison at the age of 73. The Nevada Department of Corrections reports that...
Las Vegas real estate agent’s conviction upheld
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The conviction of former Las Vegas real estate agent Linda Kot, involved in a $10 million mortgage fraud scheme, has been upheld by ...
Bills would address e-cigarettes, young motorcycle riders
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Two bills being drafted for the next session of the Legislature would regulate electronic cigarettes the same as other tobacco products and require special training for those under 25 seeking a motorcycle license. The bill requests are listed...
Court upholds $1M judgment against firm in Wal-Mart customer’s death
Monday, July 21, 2014
On the night of June 2, 2004, Michael Born purchased a headlight from the Wal-Mart at 201 N. Nellis Blvd. He was installing it in his car in the store’s parking lot when Raymond Alton Garrett, then 37, approached Born, struck him in the head and …
Ethics panel gives approval — with caveat — to Nevada judge’s volunteer efforts
Friday, July 18, 2014
A judge, without violating the judicial conduct code, may volunteer to work at a concession booth selling food and drinks to raise money for his child’s youth sports team. That’s the advisory opinion issued Friday by the …
No one happy with minimum wage regulations at public workshop
Friday, July 18, 2014
No one is happy with Nevada’s minimum wage regulations. Or at least that was the overwhelming sentiment at today’s public workshop on the regulations hosted by State Labor Commissioner Thoran Towler.
Nevada’s jobless numbers fall to lowest level in five years
Friday, July 18, 2014
Hiring in the construction and professional services sectors fueled the increase in employment. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today there 105,400 people jobless in Nevada, a decrease of …
Court overturns North Las Vegas man’s murder conviction
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a North Las Vegas man because of improper questioning by police. The court today ordered a new trial for...
Court rejects environmental group’s lawsuit over haze
Thursday, July 17, 2014
An environmental group that claims pollution from coal-fired plants owned by NV Energy is increasing the haze over national parks in Utah and Arizona and a wilderness area in Nevada has lost a court appeal. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today...
New jobless claims climb in June
Thursday, July 17, 2014
First-time claims for jobless benefits in Nevada climbed to 14,503 in June, an increase of nearly 2,000 more than in May. But the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said today that...
O.J. Simpson’s appeal moving at a snail’s pace
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The court probably won’t hear oral arguments until late this year or in early 2015. And it could be months before a decision is published ...
Miss USA visits Nevada capital she couldn’t name
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Las Vegas, who didn’t know the capital of Nevada after winning the crown, got a tour of the capitol building in Carson City today and met briefly with...
Suit filed to invalidate petition on gun background checks
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The suit, brought by Reno lawyer Rew Goodenow, says the language in the petition is misleading. The initiative carries the word “loophole” referring to the present law, and that is inaccurate, says the suit ...
State will gather opinions about minimum wage in Friday workshop
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The session will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at 555 E. Washington Avenue, Room 2450, in Las Vegas and at the office of the state Gaming Control Board in Carson City ...
Nevada lawmakers request anti-revenge porn bill, 163 others for 2015 session
Monday, July 14, 2014
A legislative bill to ban “revenge porn” is being proposed by Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. The Nevada lawmakers have requested 164 bills to be drafted for the 2015 session.
New boss says he can turn around Nevada health insurance system
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Bruce Gilbert, selected Thursday to be executive director of the Nevada State Health Insurance Exchange, says he has read the audits and other reports that detail the problems of the system which has signed up 44,000 residents instead of ...
Low income families eligible for Nevada energy grants
Friday, July 11, 2014
The state has distributed $4.5 million to local agencies to help low income families make energy efficient improvements in their homes and save money.
Court says man cannot burglarize his own house
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that a Las Vegas man accused of killing his estranged wife and wounding her boyfriend in the suspect’s home cannot be charged with burglary. The court said...
Court says man who contracted hepatitis cannot sue Medicare insurer
Thursday, July 10, 2014
In a split decision, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that a Las Vegas man cannot sue a health maintenance organization for sending him to the clinic where there was an outbreak of hepatitis in 2008. Louis Morrison was insured through...
Proposed laws would allow dogs in bars, raise speed limit
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The Nevada Legislature doesn’t convene until February, but proposed bills are already piling up — from raising the speed limit to letting dogs in bars to repealing term limits for elected officials. As of Tuesday, there were 138 requests for...
Court allows civil rights lawsuit against police officers
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
A panel of federal judges ruled today that a civil rights lawsuit can be pursued in a case in which Metro Police officers were accused of entering a house without a warrant and handcuffing three teens.
The panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision of...
Aria agrees to $100,000 fine for preventing viewing of roulette game
Monday, June 30, 2014
The Aria on the Las Vegas Strip has agreed to pay a $100,000 fine for preventing a pair of state gaming agents from observing a high-stakes roulette game that, under state law, must remain open to the public. The law states that...
Court rejects woman’s appeal in embezzlement case
Friday, June 27, 2014
A panel of a federal appeals court has rejected the appeal of a Henderson woman who was convicted in 2012 of embezzling more than $50,000 from the Laborers’ International Union Local 872. Stacy Johnson was sentenced to...
Mormon church asks Supreme Court to rule in water-rights case
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Mormon church, which has a large ranch in White Pine County, has asked the state Supreme Court to dismiss an appeal of a ruling giving the Las Vegas area millions of gallons of water annually from...
Nevada gaming revenue up 8.1 percent on strong baccarat winnings
Friday, June 27, 2014
Nevada gaming revenue was up 8.1 percent from the same month a year ago, propelled largely by big winnings at the baccarat tables, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Casinos won $970.2 million in May, including...
Nevada Supreme Court says taxi drivers must get minimum wage
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that taxi drivers must be paid at least minimum wage. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled today in favor of...
Court reverses murder conviction in Las Vegas hammer slaying
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court today reversed the first-degree murder conviction of a death row inmate found guilty of the sexual assault and hammer slaying of a Las Vegas woman. The court sent the case...
Candidates drop recount efforts in Democratic races
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Three losing Democratic candidates have dropped their requests for a recount of primary election results after being advised of upfront ...
Nevada unemployment dips to lowest level since 2008
Friday, June 20, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate in May dipped to 7.9 percent, the lowest it’s been since September 2008. An estimated 108,000 people were...
Panel OKs $3.5 million for mental health services
Thursday, June 19, 2014
A legislative committee Thursday approved $3.5 million in emergency funds to increase services for the mentally ill in Las Vegas, but lawmakers cautioned that much more funding is ...
State warns of uninsured drivers with ride-sharing services
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The state Insurance Division is warning consumers that catching a lift with a ride-sharing service could carry dangers. Consumers should be aware they...
Angle-backed voter initiatives fall short
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The petitions to amend the Nevada Constitution to require voter registration cards and to scuttle the state’s health insurance system won’t be on the election ballot this November. Sharron Angle, who led the drive on both issues, said there were ...
Governor aims to funnel $3.5 million to mental health services
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval says he is supporting a request for an additional $3.5 million to be spent mostly in Southern Nevada to increase services to the mentally ill. The state Department of Health and Human Services is ...
Losing candidate may seek recount in governor race
Monday, June 16, 2014
A candidate who got less than 5 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary election race for lieutenant governor has contacted the Secretary of State’s Office for information about ...
Democratic candidate for governor making trip to Asia
Friday, June 13, 2014
Robert Goodman, the elusive Democratic nominee for governor, says he’s on his way to Hong Kong, China and the Philippines to drum up tourists and business for ...
Even after winning primary, Democratic candidate for governor remains a mystery
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Robert Goodman won the Democratic nomination for governor on Tuesday and the right to oppose Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval in the general election.
But Goodman remains much a mystery. He gathered...
Nevada governor names new chief of staff
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Gerald Gardner, chief of staff for Gov. Brian Sandoval, has resigned to join the company planning to build the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Sandoval said Gardner will be replaced by...
Board says doctors at ‘own peril’ in medical marijuana business
Friday, June 6, 2014
The state Board of Medical Examiners has advised doctors that they are “at their own peril” in becoming an owner or an officer in Nevada’s emerging medical marijuana business.
The board voted unanimously today to...
Director of state Board of Medical Examiners stepping down
Friday, June 6, 2014
Douglas Cooper, executive director of the state Board of Medical Examiners for 13 years, announced his resignation today for health reasons. He made the announcement at...
Court overturns $6.6 million judgment for man injured at Palms
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned a $6.6 million judgment awarded to a man whose knee was injured as souvenirs were tossed to the crowd while he was...
Former Carson City Mayor Marvin Teixeira dies at 79
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Marvin Teixeira, a three-term former mayor of Carson City, died today at his home. He was 79 and had been in failing health for a number of months. He retired...
Gaming Commission hears proposal to link video games, slots
Monday, June 2, 2014
“The market is huge,” says Christopher LaPorte, owner of Insert Coins, a video arcade in downtown Las Vegas. This would be a new way to invigorate the gaming industry. A legislative study committee recommended …
Federal funding questions prompts delay of Project Neon decision
Monday, June 2, 2014
The state Transportation Board wanted more information from its bond counsel and other data on the proposed project, which would be the biggest ever undertaken …
Court: Consumers gets benefit of doubt when insurance policies unclear
Friday, May 30, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that consumers should prevail in disputes when insurance policies are ambiguous about coverage. The court said insurance companies must clearly...
Nevada governor skeptical about betting on elections
Friday, May 30, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval isn’t sold on allowing Nevada to become the first state to permit betting on the presidential and other federal elections. “As I think through it, unless...
State sets date to start taking applications for pot dispensaries
Friday, May 30, 2014
The state has set Aug. 5 to begin accepting applications for medical marijuana businesses. The state Division of Public and Behavioral Health announced today that...
Taxable sales up 7.9 percent in Nevada
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Taxable sales, one indicator of the economy in Nevada, rose to $4.4 billion in March, a gain of 7.9 percent compared to a year ago. The state Department of Taxation reported...
Nevada gaming revenue flat in April
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Nevada casinos won $852 million in April, essentially flat from the same month a year ago Overall, gaming revenue statewide was down...
Co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner cashes 200-1 race ticket
Friday, May 23, 2014
Steve Coburn, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome, keeps getting richer. On Jan. 2, the Nevadan bet an undisclosed amount at 200-1 odds that...
Gaming Commission OKs developer of $4 billion Strip casino
Thursday, May 22, 2014
A Malaysian company received preliminary approval from the state Gaming Commission today for a $4 billion Asian-themed resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Commission members found Genting Berhad, the investment holding and management arm of Genting Group, suitable for...

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