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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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Nevada not setting limit on number of marijuana growers
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Nevada isn’t setting a limit for now on the number of people who can be licensed to grow medical marijuana for sale at dispensaries authorized last year under state law.
Reid says Democrats will field a 'respectable' candidate to battle Sandoval
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Democrats will field a "respectable" candidate to oppose Gov. Brian Sandoval but he won't reveal any names.
Deadline extended to submit claims for extended unemployment
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
Some 17,000 to 18,000 Nevadans who were receiving extended unemployment benefits before Congress failed to continue funding can continue to submit claims until March 1.
Squabbling breaks out in group studying sage grouse issue
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Infighting on a panel appointed to head off protections for the sage grouse erupted Thursday after the Nevada Department of Wildlife suggested restricting livestock grazing in the bird’s habitat.
Appeals court sends school uniform lawsuit back to lower court for additional review
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
A suit by a Reno couple challenging a student uniform rule is returning to federal district court after an appellate court decision.
Legislative study of death penalty doesn't negate capital-punishment cases, justices rule
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied the petitions of two Las Vegas men who want their death penalty trials stopped because of a legislative study on the cost of capital punishment. The court said nothing in the legislative bill “expressly or implicitly precludes the state from seeking the death penalty or the court imposing the death penalty in capital cases commenced before or after the bill's effective date.”
Court upholds murder conviction in Las Vegas shooting
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of Kevin A. Banks in the shooting death of a 63-year-old man in Las Vegas in December 2011.
NV Energy to outline plans for closing coal-fired plant
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
The state Public Utilities Commission has directed NV Energy to submit a plan by May 1 for the phased closure of the coal-fired Reid Gardner Generating Station and disclose the expected cost to ratepayers.
Peppermill faces $1M fine for slot machine spying
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
A $1 million fine is being levied on Peppermill Casinos Inc. that owns operation in Reno, Sparks, Henderson and Wendover for sending out an employee to illegally gather information on the slot machine win percentages of its competitors.
Consumer group protests planned closing of utility's NLV walk-in office
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
The state Bureau of Consumer Protection wants utilities regulators to stop Nevada Power Co. from a proposal to close its walk-in service center in North Las Vegas on April 1. The North Las Vegas location is the last walk-in center operated by Nevada Power and its sister Sierra Pacific Power Co. of Reno.
Court upholds conviction of retired FBI agent in hammer slaying
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a retired FBI agent in the 2008 hammer slaying of his son’s girlfriend in Las Vegas.
Ethics panel rules no willful violation by CCSD officials
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
The state Ethics Commission has ruled there were non-willful violations by members of the Clark County School Board in using school facilities to promote passage of a property tax issue.
Two federal lawsuits target SNWA's plans to pipe water from Northern Nevada
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Two federal lawsuits filed today in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seek to stop plans by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pump millions of gallons of water each year from rural Nevada to Las Vegas.
State expediting crosswalks, signals on Blue Diamond Road
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
The Nevada Department of Transportation is speeding up a safety project on Blue Diamond Road, where there have been a number of accidents.
Court clears swindler of $56,000 in restitution owed
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
A federal appeals court has ruled that a man convicted of swindling airlines and Las Vegas travel agencies out of $1.4 million in a ticket selling scam does not owe an additional $65,000 in restitution.
Gaming agents say they were blocked from observing game at Aria
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
Two gaming agents were observing play on a roulette table in a high-limit room when they were approached by an Aria casino supervisor who said they were no longer welcome. The state Gaming Control Board has asked that a fine and action be taken against the license of MGM Resorts, which owns and controls the Aria.
No money, but state still taking applications for extended unemployment benefits
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014
The state Employment Security Division is continuing to accept applications for extended unemployment benefits, despite a deadlock in Congress over funding the extension.
Budget shift to bolster staffing at Rawson-Neal
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
The legislative Interim Finance Committee Thursday approved shifting more than $4 million in the budget of the troubled plagued Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital to hire private psychiatrists, nurses and social workers.
State health exchange lowers enrollment expectations
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
The goal of enrolling 118,000 people in the state-operated health insurance plan won't be reached, and now the target is getting 50,000 signed up by the end of March.
NV Politics: Sandoval's communications director announces resignation
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Mary-Sarah Kinner, the public information officer for Gov. Brian Sandoval during his election campaign and in his administration, is quitting to accept another job.
Design contract awarded for UNLV Hotel College
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
A $2.7 million contract has been awarded to a Las Vegas architectural firm for design of the academic building of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV.
Board OKs $339,000 to defend lawsuit over alleged patient dumping
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
The state Board of Examiners agreed today to spend an additional $339,000 to hire a private law firm to defend a lawsuit alleging that patients from the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas were bused to California without adequate treatment plans.
State settles with former inmate chained before, after giving birth
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
The state Board of Examiners today approved a $130,000 settlement with a former female inmate who was chained before and after giving birth to a baby in October 2011.
Panel reviews need for a Nevada Commission on Women
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
There hasn't been a meeting of the state Commission on Women since June 1996 and there are no current members.
Beleaguered Clark County judge draws three-month suspension
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
A state panel suspended Clark County District Judge Steven Jones for three months without pay for sitting on cases in which his girlfriend-attorney represented the county.
Medical board suspends LV doctor's license, says he used dead man's identity for prescription drugs
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
The Nevada State Medical Board has suspended the license of a Las Vegas doctor accused of forging prescriptions to gain controlled substances for himself. The board set a March 5 hearing for Dr. Kent A. Swaine.
Court upholds conviction of man who ran over wife
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the petition of Albert Cota, convicted of running over his 78-year-old wife twice at a Las Vegas car wash and then speeding away.
Supreme Court to hear appeal of death-row inmate
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
The appeal of a death row inmate comes before the Nevada Supreme Court Wednesday in a case that was solved 22 years after the Las Vegas killing through the emergence of DNA testing.
Utility ordered to lower service charge, so it hikes usage fee
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
A vote lowering the basic service charge for NV Energy customers in Northern Nevada turned out to be a hollow victory after the utility said it would raise its fee for electricity to make up the difference.
Nevada casinos won $11.1 billion last year, best since 2008
Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
Nevada casinos ended 2013 with a strong win of $1 billion in December, up 9.6 percent from the same month in 2012.
ACLU sides with conservative think tank in bid to access teacher emails
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union has joined the fight to release the email addresses of school teachers in Clark County.
Nevada Supreme Court lets lawsuit continue over failed Fontainebleau
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has allowed 47 offshore hedge funds to continue a lawsuit in Clark County seeking an estimated $375 million lost investing in the failed Fontainebleau Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Justices urge lawmakers to embrace changes in Nevada's juvenile justice system
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
A Nevada Supreme Court justice says there aren’t enough mental-health treatment programs in the state for juvenile delinquents who now must be sent out of state for counseling. Justice James Hardesty said he hoped the 2015 Legislature would make it a priority to establish these treatment programs in Nevada as a less-expensive alternative to transferring the juveniles out of state.
NV Energy customers in Northern Nevada get break on service charge increase
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
NV Energy customers in 210,000 single-family homes in Northern Nevada won a small victory today with a reduction in their monthly electric service charge.
Court suspends license of Las Vegas lawyer convicted of mortgage fraud scheme
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has suspended the law license of Las Vegas Attorney Gerry Zobrist, convicted in a scheme to defraud banks.
Nevada taxable sales continue to climb in November
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Taxable sales in Nevada, one indicator of the economy, inched up 2.1 percent in November to $3.7 billion, compared to the same month a year ago.
Supreme Court says Boulder City cannot sue citizens over ballot initiatives
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court on Monday ruled that six citizens who filed three ballot initiative petitions in 2010 cannot be sued by Boulder City, which challenged the validity of the issues.
Clark, Washoe counties taking steps to allow medical marijuana dispensaries under new state law
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
yon County, which licenses houses of prostitution, doesn’t plan to allow any medical marijuana dispensaries. But Clark and Washoe counties – where prostitution is illegal – are drawing up some ordinances to permit the cultivation, production, inspection of medical marijuana and dispensaries for its sale.
Nevada unemployment rate dips to lowest level since late 2008
December rate climbs slightly in Clark County to 8.9 percent
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate dipped to 8.8 percent in December, down from 9 percent in November and its lowest since November 2008. But it was still higher than the national average of 6.7 percent.
Longtime voice of state transportation department retiring
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
Scott McGruder has been the voice of the state Transportation Department for 26 years, handling calls from irate motorists, unhappy politicians and impatient reporters.
Invoices for Nevada exchange policies are sent out late
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
There's another foul-up in the state's health insurance program and the $75 million private contractor that designed and set up Nevada's online insurance portal is being blamed for it.
Rule change allows banks to do business with marijuana dispensaries
Friday, Jan. 24, 2014
A shift in federal policy to allow banks to service state-sanctioned marijuana businesses will “make a huge difference” in establishing dispensaries in Nevada, the father of the state’s medical marijuana law said.
Former development official to run for lieutenant governor
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Bob Goodman, who served for seven years as state economic development director, is making another run for lieutenant governor.
Utilities, strip clubs fighting for tax refunds in court
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
The Nevada Treasury is facing some big hits in cases winding their way through the courts.
Supreme Court hears term-limit arguments in Reno mayoral race
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court will determine whether a provision in the state constitution prohibiting “career politicians” bars two term-limited Reno City Council members from running for mayor.
Nevada Supreme Court's Gibbons, Pickering to run unopposed for re-election
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Chief Justice Mark Gibbons and Justice Katrina Pickering will each win re-election to the Nevada Supreme Court since no one had submitted candidacy to oppose either justice by the filing deadline of 5 p.m. Friday.
State pension system reports 12.4 percent rate of return on investments in FY 2012
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
he state pension system that covers government workers and police and firefighters is continuing to show strong investment earnings. Tina Leiss, executive officer of the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada, told a legislative committee Thursday the $28.7 billion in assets earned a 12.4 percent return on its investments in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012.
No money allocated in spending bill for Yucca Mountain
Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
This year’s federal spending bill includes no money for licensing a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, “maintaining the project’s status as terminated,” U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said.
Tests: White powder sent to Nevada Supreme Court not hazardous
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Preliminary tests indicate a white powdery substance sent to the Nevada Supreme Court is not hazardous.
Assemblyman settles complaints over residency, financial disclosure forms
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
The furor surrounding Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler’s residency and financial disclosure statements is going to end without a penalty being imposed. A complaint was filed in November with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office and with the Assembly Select Committee on Ethics that Wheeler’s financial disclosure forms failed to list his debts and that he wasn’t living in his district.

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