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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 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...
Wanna bet on who’s going to be president? You might get your chance at a Nevada casino
Thursday, May 22, 2014
What are the odds of Hillary Clinton being elected as the next president? Nevadans may get a chance to bet on who will be president and other federal elections under ...
Rural Housing Authority gets new chief
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
CJ Manthe, an executive with the Nevada Rural Housing Authority for 10 years, has been named chief of the state Housing Division. She succeeds...
Gangster’s death prompts consideration of removal from Nevada’s ‘Black Book’
Monday, May 19, 2014
The “Black Book” said Louis Tom Dragna was considered to be a boss of the Los Angeles organized crime family and
130 prospective lawyers pass Nevada bar exam
Monday, May 19, 2014
Of the 130, 51 list an out-of-state address, most from California but one from …
Couple charged with murder fight for parental rights
Monday, May 19, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered more hearings in a legal battle by a couple accused of murder in Las Vegas who want to retain parental rights of their young daughter. The Supreme Court has directed...
Nevada unemployment lowest in more than 5 years
Friday, May 16, 2014
Nevada’s unemployment rate fell to 8 percent in April, the lowest it’s been since October 2008, when unemployment was at 7.6 percent. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation said
Court upholds decision against former adult club owner
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A federal appeals court panel has ruled that former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo fraudulently hid large sums of money in an account to avoid paying ...
Court rejects appeal in Las Vegas slaying
Thursday, May 15, 2014
A panel of the Nevada Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by Herbie F. Moore, who was convicted of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in the shooting death of another man and the wounding two women in Las Vegas in June 2010. The court denied...
Sue Lowden stepping down from Board of Medical Examiners
Thursday, May 15, 2014
ue Lowden, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, has informed Gov. Brian Sandoval she does not want to be reappointed to the state Board of Medical Examiners when her term expires June 30. The governor said...
Nevadans seeking unemployment benefits down 15 percent in April
Thursday, May 15, 2014
The number of Nevadans filing first claims for unemployment benefits in April fell 15 percent from the same period of a year ago. But the number of people seeking benefits was...
Nevada voter ID initiative revised, refiled
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
An initiative petition requiring voter identification, declared invalid by a district judge last week, has been corrected and was refiled with ...
Cost up to $1.1 million to defend lawsuit over alleged patient dumping
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
It is costing the state $1.1 million to defend a lawsuit alleging mentally ill patients from a Las Vegas psychiatric hospital were “dumped” in San Francisco and other California cities.
The state Board of Examiners on Tuesday approved...
Study OK’d to relieve traffic congestion in area near I-15, Tropicana
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
he contract calls for a feasibility study of the Tropicana interchange at I-15 plus the area bounded by Las Vegas Boulevard South, South Valley View Boulevard, Harmon Avenue and Hacienda Avenue. Several major hotel-casinos, including Mandalay Bay, Tropicana, Excalibur, New York-New York, MGM Grand, are situated within …
Board alerts congressional delegation to ramifications of highway funding loss
Monday, May 12, 2014
ith a summer deadline looming for congressional action to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund and the prospect of a stalemate growing, the state transportation board also began work on …
Pahrump Town Board loses appeal over 2012 vote to abolish it
Friday, May 9, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a public vote that the Pahrump Town Board be eliminated and its assets and liabilities transferred to …
Lawyers can give medical pot advice, top Nevada court rules
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
In a quick turnaround, the Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday said lawyers can advise their clients on the state’s medical marijuana law without facing sanctions. The court issued ...
Court upholds nearly $60,000 judgement against poker player
Monday, May 5, 2014
A panel of a federal appeals court has upheld a judgment of nearly $60,000 against poker player Russell “Dutch” Boyd for infringing on the trademark of a Henderson company that produces books and videos about poker and gambling. The three-judge panel...
NV Energy rate proposal would cost average customer $2.82 a month
Friday, May 2, 2014
NV Energy is asking the state to OK a rate increase that would bump the average residential power bill by $2.82 a month and bring the utility an additional $20.8 million a year. The company also wants to raise...
Sex assault and incest convictions upheld against Las Vegas man
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court Thursday upheld the sexual assault and incest convictions of a Las Vegas man who had sex with his daughter when she was 12 and later when she was ...
Metro officer killed in helicopter rescue added to memorial
Thursday, May 1, 2014
The name of Metro Police Officer David Vanbuskirk, who died during the aerial rescue of a stranded hiker on Mount Charleston last year, was added today to Nevada’s Law Enforcement Memorial.
Addressing several hundred people...
Report: Juvenile facility hired workers with criminal backgrounds
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A juvenile center that treats young men for drug abuse problems has failed to check employees for past criminal offenses. The assessment, released earlier this week, says the Westcare Harris Springs Ranch ...
Courts overturn two second-degree murder convictions
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The convictions of two Las Vegas men on second-degree murder charges have been overturned because of faulty jury instructions by Clark County District Court judges. The U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals today reversed...
Nevada taxable sales up 4.6 percent in February
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Car sales and business in bars and restaurants sparked a statewide increase of 4.6 percent in taxable sales in February compared to the same month a year ago, according to a state report released today. The state Department of Taxation reported...
Nevada casino revenue jumps 7.6 percent in March
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
After two down months, Nevada casino revenue rebounded in March to $982.1 million, up 7.6 percent from the same period last year. The state Gaming Control Board said it was the biggest win...
Audit: Lax security in Nevada prison computer system
Monday, April 28, 2014
A quarter of the desktop computers used by the Nevada Department of Corrections are susceptible to unauthorized access by hackers, according to ...
Audit critical of Nevada tourism contracts
Monday, April 28, 2014
A legislative audit says that millions of dollars in contracts that were awarded by the state Division of Tourism didn’t follow the law. The audit released today found that ...
Minden assemblyman out of hospital after angioplasty
Monday, April 28, 2014
Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler of Minden was released from the hospital today after undergoing an angioplasty procedure Saturday. Doctors told him to take it easy for...
Court rejects death row inmate’s appeal for new trial
Friday, April 25, 2014
A death row inmate convicted of killing a 20-year-old woman in Clark County in 1994 has lost his latest appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court for a new trial. In his appeal, Sterling Atkins argued...
NLV staves off financial calamity, still faces challenges
Friday, April 25, 2014
North Las Vegas has averted financial calamity for the next fiscal year but still faces money troubles in the future, a state oversight committee said. The city today submitted its tentative budget for...
Interim director named for Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Friday, April 25, 2014
Deputy Director Dennis Perea has been appointed interim director of the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, succeeding Frank Woodbeck, who resigned. Perea has been supervising...
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 …

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