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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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Candidate for state controller says he’ll fight to stay on ballot
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Michael Schaefer, a Democratic candidate for state controller, says he’s going to fight the state’s suit to remove him from the ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office says Schaefer …
No increase coming in Nevada minimum wage
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Nevada’s minimum wage will remain the same for the coming year. Although President Barack Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour, Gov. Brian Sandoval has said...
Gaming regulators say Henderson casino was short of cash
Monday, March 31, 2014
The state Gaming Control Board has filed an eight-count complaint against a Henderson casino that failed to keep enough money on hand to pay off potential winnings by customers. The Klondike Sunset Casino was cited for...
Nevada OKs regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries
Friday, March 28, 2014
Regulations for setting up medical marijuana clinics cleared their final hurdle Friday, about a week before the law allowing the dispensaries takes effect. The Legislative Commission, without discussion...
$9 million judgment against former Crazy Horse Too owner upheld
Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld a $9 million judgment against former Las Vegas strip club owner Rick Rizzolo in a case where a customer was...
Clark County ranks in middle of Nevada’s healthiest counties
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Storey County is ranked the healthiest county in Nevada, while Clark County falls somewhere in the middle of the pack, according to a national report. Nye County, meanwhile, found itself...
Republican group agrees to $40,000 fine
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
A group that ran hundreds of television advertisements supporting Brian Sandoval for governor in 2010 has agreed to a $40,000 fine for failure to...
Common Core testing is underway in Nevada schools
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The state Department of Education says field testing of Common Core standards kicked off Monday in 234 Nevada schools in grades three to 11 in English and mathematics. The transition is to assess how students do in...
Jury rejects inmate’s claim of excessive force
Friday, March 21, 2014
federal court jury has rejected the claim of an inmate at the state prison in Ely that guards used excessive force in removing him from his cell.
Harrah’s to get $4.4 million tax refund on planes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that Harrah’s Operating Co. is entitled to a $4.4 million refund on the use tax paid on two planes purchased out of state. The gaming company had sought...
State hires consulting firm to help fix health insurance exchange
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval pressed for and got assurances that Xerox could open its books, files and other items to allow Deloitte to assess the failures and ...
Sandoval names Teska as director of Department of Administration
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named an analyst experienced in public school financing as state director of the Department of Administration who will prepare ...
Ex-husband must pay child support to former Sen. Halseth
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Daniel Halseth, who said he earns only $1,716 a month in unemployment benefits, siding with a district judge who ruled the ex-husband was ...
Administrator who advised governor on budget resigns
Friday, March 14, 2014
Jeff Mohlenkamp, director of the state Department of Administration and who prepares the budget for the governor, is resigning after 27 years in state government.
Nevada board delays vote on health insurance enrollment
Thursday, March 13, 2014
The board overseeing Nevada's troubled health insurance exchange board has delayed a vote on whether to give people stuck in the system more time to...
M Resort's Marnell named to Nevada Athletic Commission
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Las Vegas gaming executive Anthony Marnell III to the state Athletic Commission that regulates boxing and other unarmed combat events.
Mandalay Bay agrees to settle prostitution, drug allegations
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Mandalay Bay has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine to settle a complaint that employees at the House of Blues Foundation Room provided drugs and prostitutes to undercover agents in 2012. A five-count complaint by the state Gaming Control Board, released Tuesday, said at least 10 employees and at least five non-employees provided drugs and prostitutes and set up an area for sexual activity to take place. The alleged activity took place over a two-month period and involved...
Arizona company can use Bank of Nevada name, board rules
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The state Board of Finance has ruled the Bank of Nevada may retain its name even though it is run by an Arizona banking company.
Bond sales to finance $1 million in preservation projects across Nevada
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The state Board of Finance approved the sale of $1 million in bonds to preserve historic buildings in Nevada, with a small share going to Clark County. There were 15 requests to the commission asking for a combined $2.1 million, but the commission was limited to allocating $1 million.
Sandoval names new press secretary
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval has a new press secretary succeeding Mary-Sarah Kinner who moved to Sacramento to take a new job.
Deadline to get insurance through Nevada exchange may be extended
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval said he is leaning toward supporting an extension of the deadline to sign up for health insurance through the state exchange, which has been plagued with technical problems.
Boulder City bypass project hits snag with naturally occurring asbestos discovery
Monday, March 10, 2014
Discovery of naturally occurring asbestos in the soils in a section of the proposed Boulder City bypass will cause a delay in the project as the state conducts a more comprehensive study.
North Las Vegas mayor asks for more time to fix city’s finances
Friday, March 7, 2014
Appearing before the Committee on Local Government Finance, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee asked for more time to produce more revenue and blamed the city’s problems on...
Sandoval says he plans to stay 4 years if re-elected
Friday, March 7, 2014
Gov. Brian Sandoval today filed for re-election to a second term and said he intends to serve a full four years. Political observers have speculated that Sandoval might cut his term short to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2016.
Survey reveals student behavior regarding sex, pot, alcohol
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
How many high school students in Nevada have had sex or consumed alcohol or smoked marijuana or cigarettes? A statewide survey released today reveals that and more.
Nevada taxable sales inch up in December
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Christmas sales in December inched up to $4.4 billion, an anemic 1.7 percent increase over the same month in 2012, the state Taxation Department reported Wednesday.
State announces sale of bonds for Project Neon property purchases
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
inancing to allow the state to buy property for the giant Project Neon road expansion project in Las Vegas has been arranged, the state Treasurer’s Office said today.
Report coming soon on suspicious student test scores
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
What started with raised eyebrows over student test scores at one elementary school mushroomed into the most comprehensive investigation of its kind by state education officials.
With Metro void, agency advises motorists in Las Vegas accidents
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
After Metro Police announced that officers will no longer respond to minor traffic accidents, a state agency is advising motorists how to become their own crash investigators.
Caesars Palace prevails in court battle over live entertainment tax
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that Caesars Palace does not have to pay an additional $797,790 on its live entertainment tax on shows at the Colosseum on the Las Vegas Strip.
‘Mall Cop’ sequel seeks $4.3 million in tax credits
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
A quick decision is expected on a $4.3 million tax break for Columbia Pictures to film “Mall Cop: Blart 2” in Las Vegas. The Governor’s Office of Economic Development conducted a public hearing today on the first application from a 2013 law setting aside $20 million a year for tax credits to lure filmmakers to Nevada.
Ruling favors Hughes Corp. in Summerlin land valuation dispute
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
The Howard Hughes Corp. has won a preliminary court victory Friday in its efforts to reduce the taxable valuable on its Summerlin West property in Las Vegas by $50 million.
State to pay $99,999 over Capitol Police sexual harassment suit
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
The state has agreed to pay $99,999 to a female state capitol police officer who said she was the victim of sexual and age discrimination.
Court: Mayor part of council; term limits apply
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
The Nevada Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision, ruled that two Reno City Council members barred by term limits from running again also are not eligible to run for mayor.
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.

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