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March 1, 2015

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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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Court rejects appeal in Las Vegas slaying case
Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of Marcus Washington, convicted in the shooting death of another man in Las Vegas in June 2011. Washington is ...
Sierra Club plans rally in fight against land-transfer legislation
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
A rally organized by the Sierra Club is scheduled for Monday to protest a measure in the Nevada Senate calling for the federal government to turn over certain lands to ...
Court rejects appeal of high roller in casino marker case
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the appeal of a high-rolling gambler who was accused of passing $384,000 in bad checks to four Las Vegas casinos. Harel Zahavi was convicted in ...
Nevada taxable sales up 10.2 percent in December
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Taxable sales in December were strong in Nevada, up 10.2 percent compared to the same month in 2013. The state Department of Taxation reported ...
Bonds sold for upgrades at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
The Nevada Treasurer’s Office has sold $78.3 million in bonds, with most of the money earmarked for improvements at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The winning bidder ...
Committee rejects bill to restructure public employee retirement board
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
The Assembly Government Affairs Committee today rejected a bill to change the governing board of the state Public Employees’ Retirement System. The bill was strongly opposed by ...
Smog check bill runs into opposition
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
A bill to require vehicle smog checks every two years instead of annually in Clark and Washoe counties ran into a road block staffed by air pollution officials and ...
Bill would address equal pay for women in Nevada
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Sen. Pat Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, is sponsoring a bill to strengthen the law regarding equal pay for women. “This bill is about equal pay for equal work,” she said. “It speaks to ...
Lawmakers review bill to crack down on unauthorized hires
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
A proposal to crack down on contractors who knowingly hire people living in the country illegally is likely to be reduced to a symbolic measure ...
Bill would reform Nevada’s government pension system
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
A bill creating a new government pension system for future state and local government workers was introduced in the Assembly today. Assemblyman Randall Kirner, R-Reno, said the new retirement system ...
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal from Las Vegas strip clubs
Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from seven topless or nude clubs in Las Vegas that sought the return of more than $100 million paid for Nevada’s live entertainment tax. The court on Friday refused to ...
Court upholds judgement in lawsuit over use of Bob Marley images
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015
A federal appeals court today upheld a $1 million judgment for the children of the late singer-songwriter Bob Marley in a lawsuit over the sale of T-shirts and other merchandise depicting their father. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed ...
Las Vegas killer appealing death penalty
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
A Las Vegas killer is asking the Nevada Supreme Court to overturn his death sentence, alleging his lawyer was ineffective during the penalty hearing.
Nevada retains strong bond rating, officials say
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Nevada has retained a strong rating for the sale of bonds to finance construction projects, officials said today. “We will continue to borrow at ...
Slot machine biz needs rebirth in Nevada, regulator says
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
A top gaming regulator is on board with ushering in video game technology to revitalize the moribund slot machine business in Nevada ...
Assembly OKs bill to rein in construction-defect lawsuits
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
The state Assembly approved a bill today to curb lawyers from filing frivolous construction-defect lawsuits and collecting excessive fees. The vote on AB-125, which now goes to the Senate, passed ...
Bill requiring police to wear video devices could be costly
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
A bill has been introduced by Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford to require police and others to wear a video recording device to monitor the conduct of officers in incidents involving minorities ...
Senate OKs bill to suspend wage rules for school construction
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Republican Senators pushed through a bill today that would exempt school districts from having to pay prevailing wages to construction workers on school construction projects. After an hour of debate, the Senate approved ...
Wages up slightly in Nevada for 3rd quarter of 2014
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today that the average weekly wage in Nevada was ...
Committee passes bill to curb construction defect lawsuits
Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Republican Assembly members pushed forward a bill today to further protect contractors and subcontractors from construction defect lawsuits by homeowners. The Assembly Judiciary Committee ...
Nevada treasurer blasted by own party for submitting alternative budget
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
Nevada Treasurer Dan Schwartz ran into a barrage of criticism today from his own party, including Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval’s administration, for submitting an alternative ...
Court files wrong decision in campaign donation case
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court made an error in filing a decision finding that the conservative group Citizen Outreach violated Nevada’s campaign contribution law. “A mistake was made in ...
Legislators have no plans to consider marijuana, gun control initiatives
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015
The Nevada Legislature apparently won’t consider initiative petitions to allow the sale of recreational marijuana and to require background checks for some gun sales ...
Ohio firm gets $20 million contract to promote Nevada tourism
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
An Ohio firm has been awarded a $20 million contract to promote tourism in Nevada. The state Board of Examiners today approved the contract with ...
Contract approved for work on Boulder bypass project
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Sen. Joe Hardy has worked on getting a bypass roadway around Boulder City since 2003, and his goal is now being realized. Work on the project is soon to begin ...
Transportation Board OKs $10 million for pedestrian safety projects
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said he was “sick to my stomach” when he learned the state Department of Transportation did not do anything for 15 years to correct a dangerous intersection in Reno where several pedestrians have been killed. His comments came ...
Department of Transportation going slow on bill to raise speed limit
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
The state Department of Transportation is going slow in deciding whether to endorse a bill to raise the speed limit to 85 mph on some stretches of rural Nevada interstate. “We will be very cautious in ...
Teska resigns as head of Nevada Department of Administration
Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Julia Teska, director of the Nevada Department of Administration, the agency that prepares the state budget, is resigning. She is the third executive to leave ...
Nevada program will provide free legal advice to troops
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt will announce a program next week to provide free legal advice to active-duty military members and veterans, he told the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.
Laxalt, a former Navy officer, said he wants to ...
Union rep says state workers deserve a raise
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
A union representative complained to the Senate Finance Committee today that state workers are being shortchanged and asked lawmakers to consider a raise of up to 5 percent. Kevin Ranft, regional vice president of the ...
Low bid of $82.9 million submitted for Boulder City bypass work
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
A North Dakota firm has submitted the apparent low bid of $82.9 million to build 2.5 miles in the first phase of the Boulder City bypass. Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. of Dickerson, N.D., was the ...
Appeals court rules in favor of BLM in mining dispute
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Bureau of Land Management had a right to eject three operators of a mining site south of Mesquite.
Court upholds conviction in slaying of Olympic boxer
Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Roger Randolph, who shot a former Olympic champion boxer in Las Vegas after an argument over gambling. The court Friday rejected ...
Nude photo bill among many ready for legislators to review right out of gate
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Curbing Internet pornography, allowing guns on school campuses and raising the tax on sheep are but three of than 190 bills ready for introduction on the opening day of ...
Taxable sales in Nevada up 6.9 percent in November
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Taxable sales in November, one indicator of the economy, rose 6.9 percent from November 2013, the 52nd straight month of increases. The state Department of Taxation reported ...
Education chief touts value of school choice
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
he head of Nevada’s K-12 education system says he believes in school choice and that Gov. Brian Sandoval has provided money for ...
100 land parcels still must be acquired for interstate-widening Project Neon, official says
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
The headache that Las Vegas motorists will have to endure during construction of the Interstate 15 widening project will be painful but worth it ...
Officials hope to add execution chamber at Nevada prison
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Nevada hasn’t executed a prisoner since 2006 and none are currently scheduled, but the Ely State Prison wants ...
Nevada unemployment rate dips to 6.8 percent in December
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
Nevada’s unemployment rate last month dropped to 6.8 percent, its lowest since June 2008 and down from 9 percent in December 2013. The rate was also down from ...
Nevada getting $600 million to clean up industrial sites
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
The state Environmental Protection Division said today it will receive more than $600 million as part of a court settlement to prevent pollution of the Colorado River and Lake Mead. A $5 billion nationwide settlement ...
Nevada AG fighting new trial in slaying of FBI agent
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt said today his office has filed an appeal to stop the release of death row inmate Jose Echavarria, convicted of the 1990 murder of an FBI agent during a bank robbery in Las Vegas . U.S. District Court Judge Miranda Du has ordered ...
Higher-ed official seeks money for low-income students
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The legislative budget committees were told Thursday that an estimated 20 percent of students from low-income families cannot afford the cost of ...
Consultants hired to develop freight-friendly plan for Nevada highways
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The state Transportation Department is going to spend up to $1.2 million to hire consultants to develop plans for future freight movements on the roads and promote economic development.
AG Laxalt tabs Cafferata for communications director
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Former state Treasurer Patty Cafferata has been named communications director for Attorney General Adam Laxalt ...
First-time jobless claims up slightly in December
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
The number of Nevadans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits ticked up 1.1 percent last month compared to December 2013. A total of 18,222 people filed claims ...
Sandoval: Despite improved economy, more poor people in Nevada
Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval says the economy is getting better but his budget predicts there will be more poor people needing state help to cover medical bills, get food for their family and qualify for welfare payments.
Nevada Court of Appeals issues its first ruling
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Nevada’s new Court of Appeals has issued its first decision, officials announced today. The new court's three judges were sworn into office Jan. 6, and the Nevada Supreme Court ...
New details emerge about governor’s tax proposal
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval is putting the finishing touches on his estimated $570 million tax-increase package that would hit cigarette smokers, slot route operators and ...
Court overturns judgment in Las Vegas telemarketing case
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled that a Las Vegas company can be sued over allegations of violating a law against unwanted telemarketing calls, even if it did not make the calls itself. The court said Paul D.S. Edwards should ...
Program will help low-income families buy homes
Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
The state Board of Finance today approved the sale of $40 million in bonds to help low- and middle-income families buy their first homes. CJ Manthe, administrator of the state Housing Division, said the program ...

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