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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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Court denies petition of Las Vegas telemarketing scammer
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
A federal appeals court has denied the petition of a Las Vegas man, described as the mastermind of a $29 million Internet scam involving thousands of ...
Nevada jobless rate steady at 7.7 percent in July
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Unemployment in Nevada held steady at 7.7 percent in July, but the jobless rate was down 2.2 percent from July 2013. The national rate was 6.2 percent. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation today reported...
Nevada prison wrong to deny inmate cataract surgery, court rules
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
A federal appeals court has ruled that Nevada prison officials may have shown “deliberate indifference” in refusing to allow cataract surgery to an inmate who was functioning with ...
First-time unemployment claims in July down from previous year
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
The number of people submitting first-time claims for unemployment benefits rose in July compared to the previous month but was down compared to the same period a year ago. First-time claims were down...
Board OKs bond sale to renovate UNLV basketball arena
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
The state Board of Finance today approved the sale of an $85 million bond, with most of the money going to renovate the Thomas & Mack Center. The issuance was approved by ...
Governor: No special session planned to consider Tesla plant incentives
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he has no plans call a special session of the Legislature to consider millions of dollars worth of incentives to help lure a Tesla battery plant to Northern Nevada. Sandoval said no one has...
Supreme Court says Las Vegas Sands can face sanctions in document dispute
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp. can face sanctions for failing to turn over documents in a suit filed by Steven Jacobs, who argues that he was improperly fired as head of casino operations in Macau. But the court in a separate decision...
SLS Las Vegas gets preliminary OK for gaming license
Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014
The Nevada Gaming Control Board today gave preliminary approval for a gaming license for SLS Las Vegas, which is set to open later this month on ...
State starts accepting applications for medical marijuana licenses
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
The state began accepting applications today from people who want to be in the medical marijuana business. Before the application process closes in 10 days, an estimated...
NV Energy wins $500,000 refund from state Tax Commission
Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
The utility overpaid the tax on machinery it had purchased and sought the refund. Chris Nielsen, Nevada Department of Taxation executive director, told the commission Monday he had informed Alaina Burtenshaw, who chairs the Nevada Public Utilities Commission, about the refund. Nielsen said it could have an impact on …
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval turning 51 years old
Monday, Aug. 4, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval celebrates his 51st birthday Tuesday. A spokesman for the governor said he...
Gun control advocates win court victory
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
Backers of an initiative petition requiring background checks for gun purchases in Nevada won a court victory Friday and a spokesman said the group is ready to ...
Supreme Court orders hearing on sanity of slaying suspect
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered another hearing on the sanity of a deaf mute man from Las Vegas accused of fatally stabbing his wife in front of their four children in November 2009. The court on Thursday overturned a ruling by...
Nevada Supreme Court rejects appeals in 3 death-penalty cases
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Three killers on death row, two from Clark County, have lost their appeals to the Nevada Supreme Court. The court, in a 5-2 decision by Chief Justice Mark Gibbons, rejected...
Sandoval proud of wife after she lashed out at school board
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval said Wednesday he “fully supports” his wife, Kathleen, in her comments criticizing the Washoe County School Board over its firing of ...
Nevada taxable sales up 8 percent in May
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Taxable sales, one indicator of the economy, rose by 8 percent in May compared to the same month a year ago, spurred by business in Clark and Washoe counties. The state Department of Taxation reported...
Nevada casino revenue hits $11.2 billion for fiscal year
Friday, July 25, 2014
Nevada casinos reported revenues of $11.2 billion last fiscal year, up 2.9 percent from the prior year. The increase was due mainly to baccarat. Casinos won $1.6 billion on ...
MGM Resorts fined $100,000 over gaming complaint at Aria
Thursday, July 24, 2014
The Nevada Gaming Commission fined MGM Resorts International $100,000 in connection with a complaint that gaming agents were blocked from observing ...
Nevada Capitol evacuated after false fire alarm
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
More than 100 state workers were evacuated from the Nevada Capitol when a fire alarm sounded this afternoon. The Carson City Fire Department...
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...

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