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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 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...
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...

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