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Conor Shine

Local Government Reporter

A Kansas native, Conor studied engineering at the University of Minnesota but switched to journalism because it was infinitely more fun. It was in his blood, too; he's a third-generation journalist. Conor worked for the Wichita Eagle and the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Sun in 2011.

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Marijuana dispensary says business going to pot amid opening delays
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Frustrated by months of delays, a medical marijuana dispensary is requesting internal Clark County records and threatening a lawsuit to get the store open. It passed state and ...
What Clinton’s renewable-energy proposal means for Nevada
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton wants to install more than half a billion solar panels across the nation. As Nevada has seen, solar panels generate more than just electricity ...
Titus bill would safeguard animals in natural disasters
Monday, July 27, 2015
When natural disaster strikes, schools, hospitals and businesses have emergency plans to protect people and prevent the loss of life. But what about animals caught in the path of a tornado or flood?
Congresswoman Dina Titus announced ...
Several federal agencies own, oversee large parts of Nevada
Monday, July 27, 2015
This month, President Barack Obama designated 700,000 acres in southeastern Nevada as the Basin and Range National Monument, fulfilling a longtime goal of ally Sen. Harry Reid. Basin and Range is the second national monument designated in Nevada in the past year, joining the Tule Springs Fossil Bed near Las Vegas. But often lost in the debate is that multiple federal agencies own the land, and do so for different reasons. Here’s a guide to who owns what and why ...
Michele Fiore trumpets ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ car horn
Friday, July 24, 2015
Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore isn’t whistlin’ Dixie — she’s honking it. The conservative politician made good on a promise from earlier this month to ...
Mike Huckabee talks public lands, Yucca Mountain in Las Vegas visit
Friday, July 24, 2015
Proclaiming himself the only Republican presidential candidate to have taken on the Clinton political machine and lived to tell about it, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday night made the first of what he said will be many ...
Unfilled state regulatory jobs could delay medical marijuana openings in Las Vegas
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Dozens of medical marijuana businesses in Las Vegas could face delays in their opening dates. The state isn’t rethinking the law that legalized the growth and sale of cannabis for ...
Clark County Commission raises wedding fee to fund tourism campaign
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Coupled with a $3 technology surcharge effective July 27, the new cost of a marriage license will be a very lucky $77. The fee increase is expected to generate about $1.1 million per year to pay for advertisements promoting Las Vegas weddings ...
911 breakdown prompts county officials to examine proposed fix
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Over the course of an hour on the evening of Sunday, June 28, 409 people called 911 to report an emergency to Metro Police. When they did, each of the callers encountered ...
Effort afoot to remove NLV’s first female municipal judge from bench
Sunday, July 19, 2015
After four years on the bench, Catherine Ramsey could make history as the first judge in Nevada’s 150-year history to be voted out of office in a recall. Ramsey and her attorney call the recall effort a politically motivated attack on a judge who has defied city leaders ...
Las Vegas airport gets $16.3 million from feds for runway resurfacing
Friday, July 17, 2015
McCarran International Airport is getting a $16.3 million grant from the federal Department of Transportation to continue a runway resurfacing project. The money will be used to ...
Poll of Hispanic voters shows Hillary leading Jeb Bush among key demographic
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead among Hispanic registered voters in Nevada over her Republican rivals in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a poll released today by Univision. The survey ...
North Las Vegas in running for electric car factory
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The city of North Las Vegas may soon be home to an electric car manufacturing factory to rival Tesla's Gigafactory in Reno. The city is one of four finalists being considered for the factory being built by Faraday Future, an upstart ...
Las Vegas officials yank store owner’s business license after synthetic-drug arrest
Thursday, July 16, 2015
By the time Metro Police visited Thamer Jarjees's 702 Mart on East Charleston Boulevard in early February, Las Vegas business licensing officers had already ...
Las Vegas raising $26 million for parks, community centers
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council today started the process to issue $26 million in bonds to pay for construction and rehabilitation of parks and community centers. The money to pay off the bonds was initially earmarked for ...
County hopes to increase Japanese investment, involvement
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
A visit by the Japanese consul general today injected a bit of foreign diplomacy into the normal mix of business at the Clark County Government Center and opened the door for a possible ongoing relationship. Consul General of Japan Jun Yamada spent half an hour this morning ...
Weddings in Las Vegas have dropped 37 percent in last 10 years
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Wedding bells have been ringing less often in Las Vegas recently — nearly 47,000 fewer couples were married here in 2014 than were a decade ago, even though record numbers of tourists have flocked to the city. In 2004 the number of weddings performed in Clark County peaked at 128,000. Last year, only 81,000 took place ...
Longtime Henderson employee Murnane tabbed for city manager job
Monday, July 13, 2015
Henderson spent several months and $30,000 scouring the country to find the best city manager possible. But after two days of interviews ...
Las Vegas economy lags behind neighboring metros in first quarter
Monday, July 13, 2015
Southern Nevada's economic recovery progressed "relatively meekly" in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report released today by Brookings Mountain West.
Clark County union impasse nearing end; sticking point is money
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Over the past two years, the union and county management have worked to find common ground on almost every issue but money. While the size of annual pay raises and the length of a new contract were major points of ...
Campaigning in Las Vegas, Trump doubles down on immigration stance
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Donald Trump brought his controversial presidential campaign to Las Vegas today, doubling down on inflammatory immigration rhetoric that has generated headlines since ...
Marco Rubio touches on his Las Vegas roots, why American Dream increasingly elusive
Friday, July 10, 2015
Decades ago, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's father would spend his nights tending bar in the back of Las Vegas casino banquet halls, similar to the one his son stood at the front of ...
Basin and Range monument encompasses more than political controversy
Friday, July 10, 2015
Nine hours after President Barack Obama designated 700,000 acres in central Nevada for protection as a national monument under the Antiquities Act, Rep. Cresent Hardy ...
Henderson council to mull city manager pick over weekend
Thursday, July 9, 2015
The Henderson City Council is taking the weekend to digest two days worth of presentations and interviews with six candidates vying to be the next city manager. It will ...
EPA plan to relocate Las Vegas radiation detection lab draws concerns
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Nuclear safety advocates are sounding the alarm about the risks of a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle a mobile radiation detection laboratory stationed in Las Vegas and move it to ...
City attorney seeks NLV Municipal Court judgeship in recall election
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan is jumping into the race to unseat embattled North Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Catherine Ramsey in a recall election.
The news initially ...
Vetting of Henderson city manager finalists gets underway
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Henderson City Council has named the six candidates who are vying to be its next city manager. The vetting process starts today at 1:15 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 240 S. Water St., when each candidate will have a half-hour to present their respective vision for the city and plans for the first 100 days in office. That will ...
Sammy Davis Jr. reunites with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin — or at least their roads do
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The Rat Pack is getting back together. In a reunion that harkens back to the early days of the Las Vegas Strip, Clark County Commissioners today approved changing the street name on ...
Ride-hailing companies recruiting drivers in Las Vegas
Monday, July 6, 2015
Disruptors, start your engines: Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are recruiting drivers in Las Vegas in anticipation of their launch later this summer. Lyft has blanketed social media and ...
Culinary Union comes out swinging against planned fountain at UFC headquarters
Friday, July 3, 2015
A long-running and bitter feud between two of the valley's most politically powerful entities has resurfaced in efforts to halt a proposed water fountain at ...
Las Vegas still wrestling with rules for tavern gaming
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council decided today to tackle a technically complicated and politically charged issue that has vexed state and local officials in Nevada for years — how to regulate slot machine gaming in bars. The decision arose ...
Six finalists named for Henderson city manager
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Henderson announced six finalists today in its search for a new city manager, including two city employees, two Las Vegas municipal employees and two candidates from ...
Holy smokes: Cigarette tax about to go up $1 a pack
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em, because starting Wednesday the tax on a pack of cigarettes in Nevada will be going up by $1. The price bump comes by way of a tax increase passed by the Legislature that will take the excise tariff on each pack of cigarettes from 80 cents to $1.80. The cigarette tax is expected to generate an additional $192 million in revenue over two years as part of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s recently approved $1.1 billion tax package to increase K-12 education funding. The tax hike ...
As ‘green pools’ decrease, officials urge vigilance against mosquito breeding grounds
Monday, June 29, 2015
In an unlikely indicator of the valley's continued economic rebound, the number of stagnant, mosquito-infested green pools around Clark County has dropped significantly for the second year in a row, according to numbers released today ...
Piecemeal approach to flood control leaves parts of the valley vulnerable
Monday, June 29, 2015
During intense storms, there still are parts of town where floods submerge streets. Clark County Regional Flood Control District has spent $1.7 billion building a ...
Ride-hailing services revving up again in Nevada
Uber has regulatory hurdles to clear before it can go full throttle in Las Vegas
Sunday, June 28, 2015
After a thwarted launch last year and four months of intense lobbying at the Nevada Legislature, Uber now can legally operate its ride-hailing service in Nevada, thanks to a pair of laws signed last month ...
Stay out of floodwaters or risk life, big fine
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
With monsoon season starting next week, local leaders have a simple message for residents: If you see floodwaters, stay away. “Each one of us and you, too, need to think and act responsibly,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. “It’s up to each one of us that ...
Two years after getting green light, why hasn’t marijuana industry sparked to life?
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Not a single gram of marijuana has been sold by any Nevada dispensary, despite it being two years since the Legislature approved a system of growing facilities and ...
North Las Vegas to taggers: Clean up your act
Monday, June 22, 2015
A new $6 annual fee approved by the North Las Vegas City Council and added to residents’ water bills aims to raise nearly half a million dollars a year to pay for four new graffiti abatement staffers and upgraded equipment. The investment is worth it, Blackburn said, as the estimated 18,000 graffiti reports the city receives each year cause more than $2 million in property damage ...
Exclusive: Mayor John Lee says child porn allegations are ‘hack job’
Thursday, June 18, 2015
North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee emphatically denied viewing child pornography on his iPad and said he was trying to catch a "bad person" when he turned the device over to police for investigation last fall. "I just want to ...
Commissioners eye tougher rules on neighborhood soliciting, dumpsters
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Clark County commissioners are considering new rules meant to curb a pair of neighborhood nuisances — door-to-door solicitors and garbage dumpsters in streets ...
A wet May brings rare good news for Lake Mead water projections
Monday, June 15, 2015
An exceptionally rainy month in Colorado that's been hailed by some as a "Miracle May" is providing a much-needed boost to the drought-stricken ...
5 bills that passed in the Legislature that will affect local governments
Monday, June 15, 2015
With the 2015 Legislature in the books, local governments and agencies are beginning to take stock of how they’ll be affected by new laws. Here’s a look at several issues local governments say ...
New rules aim to stimulate Nevada’s nascent medical marijuana market
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It's been two years since the Legislature approved a new law establishing a system of dispensaries and growing facilities to make medical marijuana more ...
Region in jeopardy: How we might beat Western drought
Monday, June 8, 2015
The history of the western United States during the 20th century was written with an abundance of water, as torrential flows poured down ...
Las Vegas puts moratorium on new package liquor stores
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council is temporarily putting a hold on new package liquor licenses while it studies whether parts of the city are oversaturated with alcohol retailers. The number of licenses for package stores has been ...
Clinton to address Latino leaders at Las Vegas conference
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Las Vegas later this month to discuss Latino issues at a national conference for elected and ...
Third straw at plunging Lake Mead nearly complete
Monday, June 1, 2015
Six hundred feet down an elevator shaft near the shore of Lake Mead, the weight of Las Vegas’ future rests on a 19,000-pound plug at the mouth of a three-mile tunnel. The plug ...
City officials considering ‘performance zones’ to corral street entertainers on Fremont Street
Monday, June 1, 2015
As part of a continued effort to clean up Fremont Street that already has included a ban on glass containers and restrictions on package liquor sales, Las Vegas now is turning ...
Taxis on Strip go idle in protest of Uber
Friday, May 29, 2015
Dozens of taxi drivers parked their cabs and instead took to the Las Vegas Strip sidewalk today to protest the arrival of Uber and the disastrous effect drivers said it would have on their livelihoods. The demonstration ...

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