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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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Petition drive to get stadium funding initiative on ballot falls short
Friday, Jan. 30, 2015
An initiative to put the issue of public funding for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium on the June ballot failed to get enough signatures to ...
Henderson mayor says health care industry a key economic driver
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
After his 1-year-old granddaughter fell suddenly ill and nearly died last year, Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen says he has a new perspective on the importance of having quality health care in the city.
“The year has given me a lot of ...
With a more upbeat outlook, NLV mayor touts ‘strong plan to repair our city’
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
A year ago, Mayor John Lee delivered his first State of the City address as North Las Vegas teetered on the brink of financial disaster, faced with a long-term deficit of $152 million. On Tuesday, Lee made his second-annual State of the City speech with North Las Vegas facing ...
Anthony seeks to unseat Las Vegas mayor over stadium deal
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony launched his bid today to unseat Mayor Carolyn Goodman over her support for a publicly funded downtown soccer ...
Lois Tarkanian seeking another term on Las Vegas City Council
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian announced today she’s running for re-election to a third full term in this year’s municipal election. Tarkanian represents Ward 1, which covers ...
Beers submits signatures in fight against downtown soccer stadium
Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
Opponents of a $200 million downtown soccer stadium turned in 8,400 signatures to the Las Vegas city clerk late Friday, which should be enough to ...
Petition deadline moved up for opponents of publicly funding stadium
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Opponents of a publicly funded downtown soccer stadium have one less day to gather the 8,000-plus signatures they’ll need to put the issue on the ballot. The Las Vegas city attorney said ...
Why did Nevada candidates keep getting donations after election?
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Election season ended Nov. 4 with an unprecedented Republican surge. But for candidates, both winning and losing, the campaign money kept coming. Nevada candidates brought in ...
County commissioners rip plan to use tax money for downtown parking garage
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Clark County commissioners blasted a proposal presented that would divert sales tax dollars to pay for a parking garage that's a key part of larger plans for a $200 million stadium ...
Fueled by opposition to stadium project, Stavros Anthony to run for Las Vegas mayor
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has met her first challenger in her bid for re-election this June: City Councilman Stavros Anthony, who wants to leverage his opposition to ...
Cannabis comes to Las Vegas: Answering your burning questions about medical marijuana
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
In the coming weeks, the first crops of cannabis will begin blooming in warehouses across the valley, the most tangible sign yet that medical marijuana is headed to ...
Campaign finance filings: Who’s running and who raised the most?
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
With the 2014 election in the books, politicians at the state and county levels will get to take some time away from the campaign trail. But for candidates running in the upcoming municipal elections ...
As recession fades, pay increases materialize for government employees
Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
In the depths of the recession, local governments around the Las Vegas Valley turned to personnel cuts to stay afloat. Those days seem to be over as salaries for public employees begin to ...
Clark County brings its wish list to Carson City
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015
Among requests for state lawmakers is action against private hospitals’ transferring of patients ...
In address, Goodman lays out strategy to ‘survive as a city’
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
After a 2014 that saw the continued recovery of Las Vegas' economy following the recession, plus the completion of several major infrastructure projects ...
Does Southern Nevada need a milk commission? County commissioners to decide
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Amid a debate over the safety of raw milk, Clark County commissioners are set to decide whether to create a dairy commission to oversee the product and ensure that ...
Council rejects advisory referendum on stadium funding
Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
The Las Vegas City Council voted down a proposal today to ask voters in the June election if they support a publicly funded downtown soccer stadium. A divided council approved plans last month for a $200 million stadium that ...
Metro Police helicopter crashes near downtown Las Vegas
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
The helicopter appeared to only narrowly avoid hitting a house before skidding to a stop on the road and hitting a dumpster, Kelley said ...
Is Las Vegas ready for New Year’s Eve snow?
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
The Nevada Department of Transportation has six snowplows in the Las Vegas area ready to go if snow starts falling this week, plus another 12 machines scattered throughout nearby counties that can be called in if needed. The department also has ...
Clark County rejects marijuana applications, setting up battle with state
Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
The Clark County Commission denied 58 applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries today, continuing a back-and-forth battle with the state over which businesses will be allowed to open starting ...
Fixing a rotating door of CEOs at UMC
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014
In 2014, the city’s public hospital changed top executives twice. Lawrence Barnard announced this month he would leave the hospital’s top job. His predecessor, Brian Brannman, left UMC in January. Will the third CEO be the charm? ...
Ice, ice, baby: Where to skate in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
Ice isn't just for cocktails in Las Vegas. During the holidays, skating rinks have popped up in several places in the city, including ...
When will local government offices be open during holidays? Here’s a roundup
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
Local government offices will be closed at various times next week and the week after for the holidays. The schedule looks like ...
City Council approves funding for Las Vegas soccer stadium
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A split Las Vegas City Council approved public funding today for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium, marking a major turning point in the yearlong debate ...
Commissioners pick Glenn Trowbridge for vacant Assembly seat
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
The Clark County Commission today chose Republican Glenn Trowbridge to fill a vacant seat in the state Assembly representing the northwest valley. Trowbridge will replace ...
Did Tesla Motors open doors for Apex industrial park?
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Since opening more than 20 years ago, Apex Industrial Park has found itself stuck. Businesses are reluctant to locate there because there’s not enough water to support manufacturing and other ...
Soccer swing: How one councilman’s shift brought stadium plan back to life
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Once on life support, a proposed downtown soccer stadium now is poised to clear the Las Vegas City Council thanks to a change of heart by Councilman Bob Coffin, a consistent opponent to using public money for the stadium. The key to Coffin's shift is a new wrinkle in the plan that would guarantee about $25 million for improvements to ...
Tunnel reaches third straw at Lake Mead reservoir after seven years of digging
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced shortly after noon today that a tunnel-boring machine 600 feet below the lakebed had connected with the intake ...
Las Vegas’ latest financing plan cuts city’s share of soccer stadium’s cost
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Las Vegas released a new and likely final set of financial terms today that call for the city to commit $56.5 million toward a $200 million downtown soccer stadium ...
Water experts weigh in on surviving decade-long drought
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
The discussion stretched over two days and ranged from new water recycling technologies to modernizing outdated rules that govern water rights. Experts agreed that no single technology or policy will solve the drought and gathered in Las Vegas to share which strategies ...
Back on its feet, charity reaches for more
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
On a recent Friday morning, dozens of people browsed shelves at the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada food pantry, picking up canned food, produce and meat.
Interim CEO named at University Medical Center
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
University Medical Center’s chief operating officer, Mason VanHouweling, has been named interim CEO as the hospital searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing chief executive Lawrence Barnard. VanHouweling has served as ...
County approves sweeping regulations for slot parlors
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
The commission approved the changes in a 6 to 1 vote, with Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani in opposition. Although Giunchigliani supported most provisions in the new law, she favored a six-month grace period to allow bars to come into compliance ...
County delays decision on gaming regulations for taverns
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
There were lamentations of lost jobs, protests over the high cost of compliance and even the threat of a lawsuit, but there was no decision today on fiercely contested changes to ...
Former Gaming Control chairman appointed to state Senate
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
The Clark County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli to the vacant state Senate seat representing ...
Commissioners to decide on tighter regulations for Dotty’s, other slot parlors
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Clark County commissioners are set to decide today on changes to tavern gaming regulations meant to rein in so-called slot parlors like Dotty's. The new rules are meant to force Dotty's and other similar businesses to look and act more like traditional bars or risk losing more than half their slot machines. The changes have been in the works since March and will be ...
University Medical Center CEO stepping down
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
After less than a year as chief executive officer of University Medical Center, Lawrence Barnard is resigning to take an executive position with Dignity Health, which operates ...
Las Vegas City Council delays decision on soccer stadium
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
The Las Vegas City Council voted today to extend the deadline until Dec. 17 to decide on a financing plan for a proposed downtown soccer stadium. Without the extension, the council would have had to ...
What they’re thankful for: Southern Nevada leaders reflect on the holiday
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
What are Southern Nevada leaders thankful for today? The Las Vegas Sun reached out to several, and here's what they had ...
Interactive: Where voter turnout was highest (and lowest) in Clark County
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014
The story of the 2014 election in Nevada in many ways boils down to a single factor: voter turnout. A lack of prominent races on the ballot and growing disenchantment with President Barack Obama kept voters, especially Democrats, at home on election day. Statewide, overall voter turnout was 45 percent, the lowest since 1978. That's well below ...
Top Nevada court says Uber case should take place in Washoe County
Monday, Nov. 24, 2014
A divided Nevada Supreme Court panel ruled today that the court battle between ride-company Uber and state taxi regulators should take place in Washoe County District Court. The three-member panel ruled ...
Nevada leaders weigh in on Obama’s immigration plan
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
President Obama's executive order on immigration may bypass the vote of Congress. Las Vegas democrats and republicans have lots to say about it.
Las Vegas activist Astrid Silva returns to spotlight in Obama’s immigration speech
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
President Obama's speech shone a spotlight on Las Vegas resident Astrid Silva's life when he announced a new plan for executive action to reform the country's immigration system.
One of Nevada’s 1st marijuana dispensaries prepares for grand opening
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
If everything goes according to plan, Joe Lamarca will sell the first buds of medical marijuana from his dispensary in the southwest valley on Jan. 12. But after more than a year of ...
State, county can’t agree on marijuana dispensaries
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Clark County and state health officials have chosen which businesses they think should receive one of 18 licenses to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in the county’s unincorporated areas. The only problem ...
Uber court hearing delayed until Friday
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
Uber was back in court briefly today, fighting to keep its ride service operating in Las Vegas. But a dispute over whether the court case should play out in Las Vegas or Reno led to ...
Uber’s legal case against Las Vegas’ uber-powerful taxicab industry
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Is Uber legal? That's the question that Judge Douglas Herndon will consider Monday in a Clark County courtroom when he referees round two of the ...
With a $10,000 cap on political contributions, how did Caesars give Gov. Brian Sandoval $215,000?
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
In Nevada, the most a person or company can give to a candidate for political office is capped at $10,000. But that limit didn't stop Caesars Entertainment from giving ...
Election analysis: Republicans have power to run the state their way
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
The 2014 election was supposed to be boring. Instead, it made history. A Republican sweep gave the party power it hasn’t had in nearly a century and will reshape the political landscape on issues from public education to ...
For Democrats, money buys political ads but not elections
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
Normally the amount of money a candidate raises is an easy shorthand for how they'll fare in the election. More money means more advertisements and better ...

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