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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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Bid approved for U.S. 95 widening in northwest valley
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
he state Transportation Department has awarded a $35 million contract to widen nearly three miles of U.S. 95 in Las Vegas where the average vehicle count is 110,000 a day. The contract goes to Las Vegas Paving, which submitted the lowest bid of three bidders, a department official said today.
Governor: No plans to fire anyone over failed Rawson-Neal inspection
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
No employee firings are planned at the state-operated Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas, where failed patient-care standards again threaten federal funding.
State OKs $100 million bond sale for I-15 widening
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
Property values are rising rapidly in Las Vegas and the state Department of Transportation needs to act now to acquire land for Project Neon to widen Interstate 15.
Firm gets $325,000 to study proposed UNLV stadium
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
The state Board of Examiners today approved a $325,000 contract for a consulting firm to study building an on-campus stadium at UNLV.
Legal costs mount for Boulder City bypass project
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
A $300,000 original contract for a retired attorney to help the state in the condemnation suits for the Boulder City bypass highway has ballooned to $1.9 million.
Bally agrees to pay $125,000 fine for failing to register workers
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
Bally Gaming Inc. has agreed to pay a $125,000 fine for failing to register at least 28 workers with the state Gaming Control Board.
Board of Transportation OKs $100 million in bonds for I-15 widening
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
The state Board of Transportation today approved the sale of $100 million in revenue bonds to buy right-of-way to widen Interstate 15 in Las Vegas.
Nevada's biggest casinos lose $1.3 billion in 2013
Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
Nevada’s major casinos reported a net loss of $1.35 billion in 2013, the fifth straight year of losses. The state Gaming Control Board released its Nevada Gaming Abstract today, detailing figures from the industry.
Call center still struggling to link Nevadans with health coverage
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
The telephone call center to help Nevadans enroll in the state health insurance system is still not working and people are waiting anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour before being answered.
Rawson-Neal fails inspection, is still out of compliance, feds say
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
The troubled Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has again been found to be out of compliance with federal regulations, threatening funding to the hospital.
Medicaid rolls in Nevada swell faster than expected under Obamacare
Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
Lower-income Nevadans who previously qualified for Medicaid signed up for the program faster than expected as the requirement kicked in to obtain health insurance under Obamacare.
Defense wants death penalty voided in Las Vegas killer's conviction
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
A defense attorney told the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday that the death penalty given Timothy Burnside should be overturned because of errors at his trial in Las Vegas.
Gibbons, Pickering file for Nevada Supreme Court re-election
Monday, Jan. 6, 2014
Chief Justice Mark Gibbons, the longest-serving member of the Nevada Supreme Court, was the first person Monday to file for re-election. And Justice Katrina Pickering was right behind him, both paying the $300 filing fee to the Secretary of State's office.
Nevada Supreme Court justices set to file for re-election
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
Chief Justice Mark Gibbons and Justice Kristina Pickering both plan to file for re-election to the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday.
Public Utilities Commission issues regulations for shutting down Reid Gardner plant
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission has issued 19 pages of proposed rules for NV Energy to follow in shutting down the coal-fired Reid Gardner plant and will seek the public's opinion on them this month.
Nude dance clubs, NV Energy's taxes and school uniforms lead off state Supreme Court cases for 2014
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court will open 2014 with appeals from Las Vegas erotic dancing clubs, a killer on death row and a dispute over school uniforms.
Traffic deaths down in state, but up 6 percent in Clark County
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
The state Department of Transportation said Thursday there were 183 deaths in Clark County with increases in the number of pedestrian, motorcycle and bike deaths.
State Supreme Court dismisses shareholders' suit against MGM Resorts
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two unhappy shareholders of MGM Resorts International — known as MGM Mirage at the time of filing — who complained that current and former officers and directors, including the late Gov. Kenny Guinn, conducted illegal insider trading.
Health exchange customers without coverage cards may need to call insurance companies
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Consumers who signed up through the state's health insurance system are being advised to contact their company if they have not received their coverage card and need to see a doctor or go to a hospital.
Gaming revenue up 11.9 percent statewide, 22.5 percent on Strip
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013
Nevada casinos reported gaming revenue of $875.9 million in November, an 11.9 percent increase over the same month a year ago.
New laws for 2014 span driver's licenses, taxes and tax credits, transportation and more
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013
People living in the United States illegally will qualify for a Nevada driver's license, filmmakers who produce in Nevada will be eligible for a tax credit, motorists in Clark County will pay an additional 3.4 cents for a gallon of gasoline, and thousands will have health insurance coverage under a new federal law managed by the state. These are only a few of the 45 laws passed by the 2013 Legislature that take effect Jan. 1.
Nearly 13,000 in Nevada signed up for health insurance through exchange
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
Nearly 13,000 Nevadans have signed up for health insurance under the state-operated Silver State Health Insurance Exchange.
Judge Steve Jones found in violation of judicial code for presiding over girlfriend's cases
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
The Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission has ruled that suspended Clark County District Judge Steven Jones violated the judicial code by sitting on cases handled by his girlfriend.
Gaming board files complaint against Bally Technologies alleging unregistered employees
Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has filed a 28-count complaint against Bally Technologies, accusing the slot machine operator of failing to register its employees with the state.
Nevada taxable sales up 6.1 percent in October
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
Taxable sales in Nevada rose 6.1 percent in October, the 40th straight month of increases.
Marijuana dispensaries not expected to open for months after law takes effect
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
A Nevada law allowing medical marijuana dispensaries takes effect April 1, but licenses to sell and grow the drug probably won’t be issued until months later, a state official said today.
Supreme Court says action against doctor not justified
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court has overturned a reprimand of a Las Vegas doctor, saying a heated argument between the physician and a patient’s family members did not harm the image of the medical profession.
Sierra Club loses appeal over waste water disposal
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court said today that the Sierra Club sued the wrong state agency in its challenge over waste water disposal at the Reid Gardner power plant in Southern Nevada.
Court rejects appeal of man convicted in deaths of prostitutes
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
A Las Vegas killer who complained he was not permitted to act as his own attorney at trial has lost his appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.
Nevada unemployment rate hits lowest level in 5 years
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Unemployment in Nevada dropped to 9 percent in November, down from 9.3 percent the previous month and its lowest since November 2008. The national unemployment rate is 7 percent.
Governor names members of board that will address mental health issues
Friday, Dec. 20, 2013
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named 18 people to a council that aims to find ways to shore up the beleaguered state mental health system.
NLV councilman awarded attorneys fees for fight against contested election
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that North Las Vegas City Councilman Dr. Wade Wagner is entitled to collect $68,955 in attorney fees for his legal fight over the disputed 2011 election.
Carson City prisoner is fifth Nevada inmate to die since November
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
A prison inmate serving time for second-degree murder has died at the Northern Nevada Correctional Center, the fifth inmate death in the Nevada Department of Corrections system since November.
Company receives $1.1 million to relocate safe business to Nevada
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
The Governor's Office of Economic Development is using $1.1 million from an economic development fund to lure a company from California to Henderson that will eventually employ 275 workers.
Man claims he was delirious when he pleaded guilty in slaying
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the appeal of a Las Vegas killer who said he was delirious when he pleaded guilty to killing a man and wounding a woman in Las Vegas in 2011.
Appeals court upholds Las Vegas judge's distribution of attorneys fees in Wal-Mart suit
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
A district court judge's decision about how out-of-state lawyers will split $28 million they were awarded in a Las Vegas lawsuit against Wal-Mart was upheld by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday.
Man says judge penalized him for ‘Pimp Daddy’ tattoo
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the appeal of a man who argued that his “Pimp Daddy” tattoo prompted a judge to slap him with more time than he deserved.
Report: State, local governments need to cooperate more to address 'inadequate' mental health care
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
A new report says funding is "woefully inadequate" for mental health in Nevada and more focus should be placed on prevention.
Prison board adopts grooming standards for correctional officers
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
The Nevada Board of State Prison Commissioners adopted new grooming standards Tuesday that require correctional officers to cover tattoos, limit fingernail polish colors, keep hair trimmed and refrain from wearing jewelry.
Report: Nevada Supreme Court, Clark County justices carry heavy caseloads
Compared with other counties and states, Nevada judges see a lot of cases
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court carry a heavier case load than many other similar states, according to a report released today.
Sandoval: Reported conduct at psychiatric hospital is ‘indefensible’
Monday, Dec. 16, 2013
Gov. Brian Sandoval is creating a council to examine the state’s mental health system after a newspaper reported that names of patients bused from a Las Vegas hospital matched those arrested in other states.
Sandoval signs tourism agreement with state of Mexico
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
Gov. Brian Sandoval and the governor of the state of Mexico have signed an agreement to promote tourism between the two governments and to join in cultural and artistic exchanges.
Doctor agrees to $5,000 settlement with Board of Medical Examiners
Friday, Dec. 13, 2013
A long-time Las Vegas doctor has agreed to pay a $5,000 fine to the state after he was accused of sexually fondling two female patients in 2008 and 2009.
Utilities commission chairwoman recommends NV Energy sale to Buffett
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
The chairwoman of the Nevada Public Utilities Commission is recommending approval of the sale of NV Energy to billionaire Warren Buffett.
Medical board revokes North Las Vegas doctor's license
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners has revoked the license of a North Las Vegas physician who prescribed controlled substances for nearly a year without federal approval.
District Court judge strikes down plan to pump water from rural counties
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Although state Engineer Jason King is disappointed, environmental groups have hailed the court ruling that blocks plans by the Southern Nevada Water Authority to pipe an estimated 84,000 acre feet of water from rural Nevada to serve Las Vegas.
Legislative committee approves $100 million bond sale for Project Neon property
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013
The Legislative Interim Finance Committee on Monday approved the sale of $100 million in bonds to buy property for Project Neon in Clark County, but many lawmakers are still raising questions about the financing.
Legislative panel OKs money for medical marijuana licensing program
Monday, Dec. 9, 2013
Despite some Republican opposition, the Legislative Interim Finance Committee agreed today to release $1.8 million to lay the groundwork for starting the expanded medical marijuana program in April.
Financial experts: Nevada's economy will continue improving in years to come
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
State financial experts say preliminary numbers show that the Nevada economy is slowly growing and will continue to do so in 2014.
Former Assemblywoman Vivian Freeman dies at 86
Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Former Nevada Assemblywoman Vivian Freeman, a Democrat who pushed women’s rights issues, died Thursday at the age of 86.

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