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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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State ordered to reconsider jobless benefits for teacher in marijuana case
Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has ordered the state to reconsider its decision to deny unemployment payments to a school teacher who pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana.
Clinton Hohenstein was a teacher in ...
Sandoval makes appointments to fill two vacant judgeships
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval has named a private attorney from Boulder City and an assistant U.S. attorney to the two vacant judgeships in Clark County. The governor selected ...
Senate passes bill to raise Nevada speed limit
Thursday, April 2, 2015
By a 16-4 vote, the state Senate today approved a bill to allow the maximum speed limit in Nevada to be raised from 75 to 80 mph. Sen. Don Gustavson, R-Sparks, said ...
Senate bill aims to open sports betting to out-of-state gamblers
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
SB-443 would allow for the creation of companies that connect out-of-state bettors with Nevada managers who could make wagers for them.
Sandoval’s tax plan clears first hurdle
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The governor's proposal would restructure the state's flat business license fee into a tiered system with rates ranging from $400 to $4 million annually. Sandoval said the plan would raise around $437 million over two years to help fund K-12 education ...
GOP budget plan would cut funds to fight Yucca Mountain
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A group of Republican Assembly members who unveiled a no-new-tax budget wants Nevada to stop fighting a high-level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The group is calling for some major cuts to ...
Assembly committee approves experimental-drug bill
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Terminally ill patients would be allowed to try drugs not fully approved by the Federal Drug Administration under a bill approved today by the Assembly Health and Human Service Committee.
Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, D-Las Vegas, the author of the bill, said ...
Minor traffic infractions no longer criminal under proposed bill
Monday, March 30, 2015
Drivers who violate minor traffic laws should be issued a civil citation and not charged with a criminal offense, state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, said today. Charging people criminally with ...
Republicans unveil no-new-taxes Nevada budget plan
Monday, March 30, 2015
A proposed no-new-taxes state budget plan was outlined today by a group of Republicans who called it a “living-within-our-means proposal.” The plan calls for spending ...
Official: State failing to meet cash reserve requirement
Friday, March 27, 2015
Gov. Brian Sandoval’s administration might in danger of not meeting the requirement that the state must have a cash reserve in the treasury of a 5 percent balance ...
Nevada taxable sales see rise in January
Friday, March 27, 2015
Taxable sales in Nevada rose 8.3 percent in January, the 54th consecutive month of an increase when comparing the same month of a year ago.
Committee delays vote on Sandoval tax bill
Friday, March 27, 2015
A scheduled vote by the Senate Finance Committee on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s plan to raise taxes by $483 million during the next two years has been delayed.
New trial ordered for man convicted of killing toddler
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A man convicted of killing a 2-year-old boy 17 years ago in Las Vegas must get a new trial or be set free, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. Kevin Camp is serving a life term for ...
Bill would ban smoking in cars with children present
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A coalition of heath organizations offered its support today to a bill that would make it illegal for adults to smoke tobacco in a car with children present. Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle said his bill ...
Court won’t reduce sentence for man in $15 million mortgage fraud scheme
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The mastermind of a $15 million mortgage fraud scheme in Las Vegas has lost his appeal to a federal court to reduce ...
Bill would impose privacy restrictions on drones in Nevada
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
A bill to regulate the emerging drone industry and protect people’s privacy was endorsed today by law enforcement officials. But at a meeting of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, those involved in ...
Nevada Senate OKs bill barring gun permits for domestic abusers
Monday, March 23, 2015
A bill barring people convicted of domestic violence from obtaining a gun permit cleared the Nevada Senate today on a 14-5 vote. The law would also allow people with ...
New Nevada deputy for elections named
Monday, March 23, 2015
Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske today named Richard Hy as the new deputy for elections to succeed Scott Gilles, who resigned last month. Hy, an attorney, was previously ...
Committee approves small accounts in Sandoval budget plan
Monday, March 23, 2015
The Senate Finance Committee today began the process of approving 439 budget accounts in Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $7.5 billion, two-year spending program. The action came mostly on ...
Court won’t allow killer to withdraw guilty plea
Friday, March 20, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has refused to allow killer Charles Garner III to withdraw his guilty plea to first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting death of another man outside a North Las Vegas bar in 2008. Garner was sentenced to ...
Court clears way for second trial in child-killing case
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court has cleared the way for a second trial for Cheryl Botzet, accused in the death of her 11-year-old daughter 11 years ago in ...
DMV in ‘crisis management mode’ over long wait times
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The state Department of Motor Vehicles is in “crisis management mode” in dealing with hours-long wait times for service at some ...
Finalists named for Nevada district judge vacancies
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
State officials today released the names of six lawyers to fill the two judgeships in Clark County that were made vacant when District Judges Abbi Silver and Jerome Tao were named to ...
Nevada Senate OKs posting tax rolls on Internet
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Without dissent, the state Senate today approved a bill that would allow county assessors to post annual property tax rolls on the Internet instead of ...
Committee passes bill allowing guns on college campuses
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Despite opposition from Democrats, the Assembly Judiciary Committee today passed three gun bills, including one allowing people with ...
Incline Village man named to Board of Regents
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Robert Davidson of Incline Village has been named to the Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Davidson, who ...
State plans to reopen Las Vegas juvenile detention center
Friday, March 13, 2015
The state is planning to reopen a maximum security juvenile detention center in Clark County that was previously operated by a private contractor. Mike Willden, chief of staff to Gov. Brian Sandoval, said ...
Complaint: Gentlemen’s club plagued by shootings, gang activity
Friday, March 13, 2015
The four count complaint says owners John James Herda and Nicholas Herda ran “an unsuitable method of operation” at the business, which has a restricted license for 15 slot machines or less ...
Nevada unemployment climbs as more seek jobs, officials say
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Nevada’s unemployment rate rose to 7.1 percent in January from the previous month, but the increase is indicative of ...
Committee sidesteps decision on controversial retirement plan
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Assembly Government Affairs Committee today sidestepped taking a stand on a controversial bill to launch a slimmed-down retirement system for future ...
Inmate gets $305,000 settlement in prison shooting
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The state Board of Examiners today approved a $305,000 settlement for an inmate who was wounded with birdshot by a correctional officer at ...
State board endorses charter school bond
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
A first charter school bond has been endorsed by the Nevada Board of Finance. The Somerset School wants $47 million to buy property and buildings it is ...
Voter petitions on recreational pot, gun checks passed to Assembly
Monday, March 9, 2015
Voter petitions that would allow recreational marijuana use and expand background checks on gun purchases cleared the Assembly Judiciary Committee without recommendation today. Committee Chairman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, said the petitions will ...
Court to decide casino’s responsibility in aiding heart attack victim
Friday, March 6, 2015
The actions taken by a Las Vegas casino during a medical emergency will be the focus of the Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday. Lawyers for Larry Stephens and ...
Bill would let terminally ill people try experimental drugs
Friday, March 6, 2015
Terminally ill patients would be able to try experimental drugs not fully approved by the Federal Drug Administration, under a bill that had ...
Court says Metro must turn over inmate phone records
Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that the state’s public records law applies to telephone calls made by jail inmates in Las Vegas. The court said Metro Police must ...
Bill suspending prevailing wage headed to governor’s desk
Thursday, March 5, 2015
A bill that would allow school districts to build or repair buildings without paying construction workers the prevailing wage is on its way to Gov. Brian Sandoval for consideration ...
Two Republican assemblymen make up after altercation
Thursday, March 5, 2015
A Las Vegas assemblyman who accused a fellow Republican of trying to intimidate him after he voted against a controversial education bill says the pair ...
Sandoval signs emergency school construction bill
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Within hours of the state Assembly passing an emergency bill to permit the construction of more schools, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed the measure into law ...
Court rejects claims of sleeping juror, upholds conviction
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The Nevada Supreme Court upheld the second-degree murder conviction of a North Las Vegas woman who claimed a juror was sleeping during her trial. Rosemary Vandecar was found guilty of ...
Committee set to hear Sandoval tax proposals
Monday, March 2, 2015
A Senate committee is expected to begin hearings March 10 on Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget plan that includes $1.1 billion in new and extended taxes. Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, D-Las Vegas, said ...
Nevada attorney general wants to reduce use of private lawyers
Monday, March 2, 2015
Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt said today he plans to cut spending on hiring private lawyers to represent the state. He also wants to set up an office to help an ...
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 ...

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