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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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Guidelines being developed for private school subsidies
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
State Treasurer Dan Schwartz said he is taking an “expansive” approach to allow as many parents as possible to receive state aid to send their children to private or religious schools. Initial guidelines were released today for ...
Audit: Dentist overbills Nevada Medicaid $285,000
Monday, June 29, 2015
An unidentified dentist overbilled Nevada’s Medicaid program by more than $285,000 in fiscal 2012 and 2013, according to an audit reviewed last week by the Legislative Commission. Laurie Squartsoff, administrator of Medicaid for Nevada, said the dentist has ...
More than 230 new laws take effect Wednesday
Monday, June 29, 2015
Part of the so-called “New Nevada” will be born Wednesday when laws affecting education and veterans — as well as provisions that will pump an estimated $18 billion into state agencies during the next two fiscal years — become effective.
Las Vegas strip club fined $25,000, gives up gaming license
Saturday, June 27, 2015
An adult entertainment club in Las Vegas has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine and give up its state gaming licenses after a number of incidents including shootings and brawls.
Nevada taxable sales up again in April
Friday, June 26, 2015
Nevada’s taxable sales in April rose 5.5 percent, with strong sales of cars, furniture, food and beverages. It was the 57th straight month of increases in taxable sales, the state Department of Taxation reported today. Statewide sales ...
Court denies man’s appeal in Las Vegas slaying
Friday, June 26, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Jesus M. Jaramillo, convicted of the fatal shooting of a man in Las Vegas in December 2008. The court, in a decision Thursday, said the evidence against ...
Court rules against company in Project Neon condemnation case
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected the claim of a company that wanted compensation from the state in connection with the construction of Project Neon, the widening of Interstate 15 in Las Vegas. The court said ...
Court rejects death row inmate’s petition
Thursday, June 25, 2015
In a split decision, the Nevada Supreme Court today rejected a petition by death row inmate Kevin James Lisle, who maintains he is innocent in the drive-by shooting of another man in 1994 in Clark County. Lisle, through his attorneys, said ...
Court upholds firing of North Las Vegas police officer
Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld North Las Vegas' decision to fire police officer Lazario Ruiz for making false statements about his brother being involved in a robbery case ...
Man seeking to create political party in Nevada mispronounces state’s name
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
An Illinois man, who failed to correctly pronounce Nevada, wants to form a political party in this state and be its presidential candidate. Dennis Andrew Ball said ...
Southwest Gas plans work on aging natural gas lines
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Southwest Gas Co. is planned to replace more than 100 miles of underground natural gas lines and the average residential customer in Clark County would pay an initial cost of 20 cents a month to ...
Public hearing scheduled for Thursday on proposed Uber regulations
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
he Nevada Transportation Authority will hold a public hearing Thursday in Las Vegas and Reno to discuss the proposed rules that would allow ride-hailing companies such as ...
Clark County unemployment hits lowest level since 2008
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday that there were an estimated 68,862 jobless people compared with 73,600 in April, when the rate was 7.2 percent ...
Audit finds some insurance complaints linger in system
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Some consumer complaints with the state Division of Insurance are not being promptly addressed, with some cases more than five years old, an audit says. In a report issued Monday, the state Division of Internal Audits said ...
Hearing set for Thursday on ride-hailing regulations
Monday, June 22, 2015
The Nevada Transportation Authority has set a hearing for Thursday on emergency regulations to allow ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to submit applications to operate beginning July 1. The authority says ...
Laid-off NLV employees lose state Supreme Court case
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court rejected Friday the appeal of 19 North Las Vegas city employees who were laid off when the city decided to ...
Court upholds death penalty for man in killing of ex-girlfriend
Friday, June 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty for James Chappell, who was mistakenly released from prison in Las Vegas and then raped and stabbed to death his ex-girlfriend, who was ...
Court denies new trial for man in fatal shooting
Thursday, June 18, 2015
A federal appeals court has denied the petition of a Las Vegas killer who maintains his attorney should have called him to testify at the District Court trial. Mark Pray was sentenced to ...
Slew of new Nevada taxes and fees to take effect July 1
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s record $1.1 billion tax increase takes effect July 1, but there are many other fees and taxes that will hit Nevadans on that date or later. They range from levies on taxi rides to divorce actions. And local governments are ...
Electric car charging stations to link Las Vegas and Reno
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
U.S. 95 will be called the “Electric Highway,” said Gov. Brian Sandoval in his announcement that Nevada will join NV Energy to install charging stations for electric cars between Las Vegas and Reno ...
Sandoval names domestic violence ombudsman
Monday, June 15, 2015
Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt has named Joelle Gutman of Reno as domestic violence ombudsman to work with and advocate in behalf of victims of ...
Nevada insurance commissioner announces resignation
Thursday, June 11, 2015
State Commissioner of Insurance Scott Kipper has resigned effective July 2. Kipper served as head of the Nevada Division of Insurance starting in 2008 and ...
Regulators give preliminary OK to solar plant
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The state Public Utilities Commission today gave preliminary approval to a company to build a 200-megawatt solar generating facility 15 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The approval was granted on the condition that ...
Board OKs $1.4 million to promote Nevada tourism abroad
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The state Board of Examiners today approved a contract to draw more international visitors to Nevada. The state Commission on Tourism plans to spend $1.4 million to employ firms in ...
Board OKs $20 million in bonds for low-income apartments
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
The state Board of Finance today approved issuing $20 million in revenue bonds to build 168 apartment units for low-income families in Las Vegas.
David Paull, director of ...
Sandoval says he won’t run for U.S. Senate
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he will not run for the U.S. Senate next year. Sandoval issued a four-paragraph statement saying he loves his job as governor. “My heart ...
Court says Nevada 1973 wiretap law applies to cell phones
Monday, June 8, 2015
Nevada’s 1973 wiretap law allows the interception of cell phone calls and text messages, the Nevada Supreme Court has ruled. Congress in 1986 updated ...
Sandoval names Teach for America official to education board
Friday, June 5, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval today named Victor Wakefield to the Nevada State Board of Education, representing District 1 in Las Vegas. Wakefield, executive director ...
Average bill would go up $1.86 under proposed NV Energy rate hike
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
The state Public Utilities Commission has set June 9 for a public hearing in Las Vegas on the application of NV Energy to raise its rates. The utility says ...
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 ...

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