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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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Average wage in Nevada grows but lags behind price increases
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The average weekly wage in Nevada in 2014 was $860, a gain of 1.3 percent from the prior year but that didn’t keep pace with the increases in prices ...
Governor assesses legislative session, has high hopes for education plans
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said Tuesday his goal is to have a 100 percent high school graduation rate and every child reading by third grade with the millions of dollars poured into ...
NV Supreme Court rejects murder appeal by inmate who robbed and shot friend
Monday, June 1, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Patrick Edward Wilcock, found guilty of the murder of James "Jimmy" LaCella, his friend of more than 10 years ...
Senate approves portion of budget supporting schools
Sunday, May 31, 2015
A portion of Gov. Brian Sandoval's $7.4 billion budget was approved Sunday by the Senate Finance Committee and later the Senate, sending money to public schools, universities and general government. The committee passed Senate Bill 514, which ...
Sandoval proposes state worker cost-of-living raises
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval is proposing to give state workers a 3 percent cost-of-living raise over the next two years.
Sandoval tweaks tax plan in hopes of passage in Assembly
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lawmakers had a final presentation on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s tax plan Saturday, vetting an amendment that sets the stage for a critical vote in the Assembly that likely will determine the fate of the tax and the looming questions about a special session.
Assembly approves mandatory 8-year license plate renewal
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Nevada Assembly members have approved a measure requiring car owners obtain reissued license plates every eight-year period.
Major education initiatives head to Sandoval for his signature
Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Senate has approved a new concept that would turn control of low-performing public schools over to charter school management teams.
‘There is no appetite to hear it’: Nevada’s campus-carry bill dead
Saturday, May 30, 2015
A bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on Nevada university and community college campuses has died. The Assembly on Friday approved the “campus carry” bill 26-16, with Democrats opposed. However, Sen. Greg Brower, R-Reno, said Saturday that ...
Governor signs experimental-drug bill, scores of others
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed bills to accelerate movement toward a high-speed train between Southern California and Las Vegas and to give hope to terminally ill patients. The governor announced today ...
Court throws out $500,000 judgment over alleged touching by priest
Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court today overturned a $500,000 judgment against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin in a case in which a priest in Las Vegas was accused of ...
Senate approves bonuses, scholarships to attract teachers
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A plan to create a scholarship program and a series of bonuses to tackle Nevada's severe teacher shortage cleared its first hurdles Wednesday. The Senate voted to approve SB511, a $15 million bill that Gov. Brian Sandoval introduced last week just days before the legislative session ends ...
Nevada governor signs more than 50 bills
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed more than 50 bills into law Monday, including ones regarding police cameras, a winery in ...
Unemployment rate in Las Vegas sees drop in April
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Unemployment in the Las Vegas area inched down to 7.1 percent in April, with an estimated 73,600 out of work ...
Taxable sales up 2.6 percent in March
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Bars and restaurants in Nevada had a bad month in March and the state’s taxable sales rose only 2.6 percent, the smallest increase since
Nevada lags in obtaining federal grant funds
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Nevada ranks near or at the bottom in getting federal grants per capita in comparison to other states. Nevada is shortchanged anywhere ...
Committee approves bill to reimburse teachers for school supplies
Monday, May 25, 2015
SB-133 allocates $2.5 million each year of the coming biennium to allow up to $250 for a full time teacher who buys items needed to perform their work. No money can go to administrators or part-time teachers ...
Committee approves new home for Supreme Court in Las Vegas
Monday, May 25, 2015
More than 60 percent of appeals to the court come from Las Vegas and justices want to hold additional oral arguments in Southern Nevada ...
Bill advances to eliminate state worker longevity pay
Thursday, May 21, 2015
An Assembly committee voted today to strip state workers of longevity pay, but members talked about providing cost-of-living raises for employees. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee ...
Bill sets up Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority
Thursday, May 21, 2015
A bill aimed at accelerating the process of establishing a high-speed train between Las Vegas and Southern California is on its way to the desk of Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The Assembly voted ...
Governor signs anti-bullying bill
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval today signed an anti-bullying bill that carries a price tag of more than $17 million over the next two years.
It requires that parents be notified of ...
Nevada Senate passes experimental-drug bill
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The Nevada Senate voted 20-0 today for a bill giving terminally ill patients the option of trying experimental drugs to prolong their lives or possibly cure them.
The bill gives a patient the right to ...
Guards at Nevada prison to be issued rubber shotgun rounds
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Officers at High Desert State Prison will be armed with guns that fire rubber pellets to break up disturbances before resorting to firing more dangerous birdshot, a prison official said.
The state Department of Corrections outlined the new security measure today to ...
Number of first-time unemployment claims hits 7-month low
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The number of people in Nevada filing initial claims for unemployment benefits fell in April to its lowest point in seven months. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported ...
Legislature approves bill to preserve historic Nevada State Prison
Monday, May 18, 2015
A bill to preserve the historic Nevada State Prison in Carson City and turn it into a tourist attraction is on its way to Gov. Brian Sandoval.
The Senate on Sunday approved ...
Committee OKs funding for building at UNLV, replacing DMV office
Monday, May 18, 2015
A joint budget subcommittee today approved a state construction program of more than $234 million that includes funding for a new hotel college building at UNLV and replacing ...
Nevada Senate passes police camera bill
Legislation now goes to governor for his signature
Sunday, May 17, 2015
By unanimous vote, the Senate passed a bill Sunday permitting law enforcement agencies to require their uniformed officers to wear a camera in encounters with the public.
Court overturns death sentence in Las Vegas slaying
Friday, May 15, 2015
A federal appeals court has overturned the death penalty for Billy Ray Riley, convicted in Las Vegas of the shotgun killing of a reputed drug dealer.
But Riley is not getting ...
Committees pass big part of governor’s $7.4 billion budget
Friday, May 15, 2015
A big part of Gov. Brian’s Sandoval’s $7.4 billion budget was approved by Legislative money committees today, including two-year spending programs for the Nevada System for Higher Education, Medicaid, welfare, prisons, and ...
Nevada Senate passes reading, language bills
Thursday, May 14, 2015
he state Senate today approved bills requiring children to be able to read by third grade and putting more money into schools with large populations of students who speak limited English.
Both bills are part of ...
Nevada lawmakers OK skill-based casino video games
Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Nevada Assembly today gave final legislative passage to a bill aimed at improving the sluggish slot machine industry. The bill, approved by a 41-0 vote, allows state gaming regulators to ...
Committees OK more workers to reduce lines at DMV offices
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Nearly 60 new workers would be hired by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to alleviate long lines and wait times under a plan approved today. “We need to get bodies behind the desks ...
Treasurer seeks to increase yield on investments
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Seeking to yield more interest on a nearly $1 billion in state investments, Treasurer Dan Schwartz is moving to hire private companies to handle ...
Sandoval not planning disciplinary action for spokeswoman arrested on DUI count
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Mari St. Martin was picked up by sheriff’s deputies for going the wrong way on a one-way street. She was released from jail Saturday ...
Court overturns teen’s murder conviction
Monday, May 11, 2015
The first-degree murder conviction of a 14-year-old Nevada boy has been overturned by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a killing nearly 20 years ago. The court, in a 2-1 decision, said ...
Carson City highway bypass contract awarded
Monday, May 11, 2015
The board of the Nevada Department of Transportation today awarded a $42.2 million contract to ...
Court finds schools can’t force students to agree to locker searches
Friday, May 8, 2015
The court said a 17-year old student did not waive his constitutional right to an illegal search even though he signed an agreement to be subject to random searches by school administrators in order to get into the school ...
Bill to allow video game-style gambling passes committee
Friday, May 8, 2015
It has the support of companies that hope to manufacture the games and the state Gaming Control Board, which argues Nevada should lead in the development of new attractions.
Budget subcommittee votes to end foreclosure mediation program
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
A legislative budget subcommittee voted Wednesday to eliminate the Foreclosure Mediation Program in the next two years because of its declining use ...
Committee OKs extra officers at youth correctional center
Thursday, April 30, 2015
A joint budget subcommittee voted today to add six officers to the staff when the Summit View Youth Correctional Center in Las Vegas reopens in September. Nevada Assembly Minority Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick said ...
Committee OKs more lawyers for highway project
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
An Assembly committee agreed today to a request by Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt to spend more than $900,000 to hire additional lawyers to handle legal cases involving Project Neon, the widening of ...
Court rejects appeal in strangling death of woman
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Nevada’s Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a Las Vegas man convicted in the death of woman who was handcuffed and strangled with a dog leash. Nicholas A. Navarrette was sentenced to ...
Nevada taxable sales up 9.1 percent in February
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Taxable sales in Nevada jumped 9.1 percent in February, with strong performances in car and electronics sales, the Nevada Department of Taxation reported Tuesday. Total sales reached ...
Hotel college building at UNLV inches forward
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
A new hotel college building at UNLV, first conceived in 2009, is inching toward approval of a financing proposal in the Nevada Legislature. Under a plan submitted to ...
Bill would set stage for skill-based gaming machines
Monday, April 27, 2015
Nevada needs to attract younger gamblers and installing video game-like gambling devices may be the answer, the Assembly Judiciary Committee was told today. Samuel McMullen, representing ...
Court upholds sentence in child-pornography case
Monday, April 27, 2015
A federal appeals court has upheld the 14-year prison term handed down to a 69-year-old Las Vegas man convicted in 2013 of possessing 1,400 images of child pornography on his home computer. Steven Byington was convicted of ...
Official: Nevada mental health system crisis has faded
Thursday, April 23, 2015
A crisis that plagued the state’s mental health system in Las Vegas two years ago has faded, as more private hospitals are ...
Governor’s breakfast program for low-income students moves forward
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s plan to provide school breakfast to more students of low-income families was approved today by the Senate Finance Committee.
The committee already approved ...
Las Vegas jobless rate in March unchanged from previous month
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The Las Vegas jobless rate in March remained stable at 7.2 percent compared to the previous month, with an estimated 73,800 people out of work, the state reported today.
But the rate was 1.2 percent lower than ...
Senate passes bill to change public employee pension plan
Monday, April 20, 2015
A proposed pension plan that would trim benefits for those who become government workers after July 1 was approved today by the Senate 19-0. Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, said ...

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