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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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Board approves $7 million for victims of Las Vegas shooting
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
The state Board of Examiners today approved releasing $6.8 million for victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas to cover such costs as medical bills, funeral expenses, counseling and ...
Nevada Supreme Court rules in dispute over wages
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court has opened the door for workers to bring suit if they believe they have been underpaid. The court ruled that the state labor commissioner does not have the exclusive power to ...
Board OKs $2.7 million for testing in sexual assault cases
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017
The state Board of Examiners today approved $2.7 million for Metro Police to relieve a backlog in testing sexual assault kits. Attorney General Adam Laxalt said the money will be used to hire ...
Tom Skancke exits transportation board, to leave Southern Nevada
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
Tom Skancke completed his final meeting on the state Transportation Board Monday, saying he is moving to Southern California for another job ...
AARP urges consumer protection in competitive energy market
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
If Nevadans vote next year to allow competition in supplying electricity, the state must ensure consumers are protected, the AARP says. The organization, which claims 337,000 members in Nevada, said there ...
Nevada taxable sales up 4 percent in September
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Taxable sales, one indicator of the economy, rose by 4 percent in September compared to the same month last year, with good growth in the furniture, bar and restaurant businesses.
The Nevada Department of Taxation reported today that ...
Top Nevada court rejects appeal of man who fatally shot son
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court Monday rejected the appeal of Jerry Pough Sr. who was sentenced to life with parole for the 2009 fatal shooting of his son in an apparent argument in a car in Las Vegas ...
AAA in Carson City to offer DMV services
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Motorists have long voiced complaints about long waits to conduct business with the state Department of Motor Vehicles in Carson City. AAA is launching a pilot program Monday to ...
Nevada Highway Patrol gets new chief
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
John O’Rourke, who has worked in the state Department of Public Safety since 1995, has been named chief of the Nevada Highway Patrol. O’Rourke has been acting chief since the retirement of ...
Assemblywoman Amber Joiner won’t seek re-election
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Assemblywoman Amber Joiner, a two-term Democrat from Reno, has decided not to run for re-election next year. “I will serve out the remainder of ...
Commission reviewing inequities in sentencing criminals
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
A commission started a review today on inequities in sentencing of criminals in Nevada. The 25-member Commission on the Administration of Justice, created by the 2017 Legislature, includes ...
Court rejects appeal in Las Vegas slaying case
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the appeal of Lesean T. Collins, convicted in the slaying of a drug dealer whose body was found in the desert in ...
Nevada unemployment rate inches up to 5 percent in October
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Unemployment in Nevada inched up to 5 percent in October from 4.9 percent the previous month, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today.
“Job levels were at a record high, the ...
Report says Nevada could see rise in alcohol, drug and suicide deaths
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Nevada ranked 11th in the nation in alcohol and drug deaths and suicides in 2015, according to a national study by a nonprofit organization ...
DMV braces for ‘Black Monday’ rush after Thanksgiving
Monday, Nov. 20, 2017
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles says the Monday after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the agency that registers autos and grants driver’s licenses. The day has been dubbed “Black Monday,” and the ...
Nevada unemployment inches up to 5 percent in October
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
Unemployment in Nevada inched up to 5 percent in October from the previous month, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today. The unemployment rate in ...
State spending $2.2 million to compile data on juvenile offenders
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
The state is hiring a California firm to develop a uniform data system to track juvenile offenders to determine such things as whether they commit later offenses and ...
Court overturns man’s death sentence, orders new hearing
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court has admitted it made a mistake in a previous decision and ruled that a Las Vegas man convicted in a 1990 slaying is not eligible for ...
Nevada death row inmate placed on suicide watch
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
Scott Raymond Dozier, who wants to be executed for a Las Vegas murder, has threatened to kill himself if the state does not carry out his death sentence, Gov. Brian Sandoval said today.
Sandoval said Dozier has ...
Board approves $64 million road project in Clark County
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
The state Transportation Board today approved a $64.6 million project to widen and improve U.S. 95, build an interchange and ...
Death penalty again appealed for Las Vegas killer
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Three separate juries have sentenced Randolph Moore to death for the 1984 killing of an elderly couple at their home in Las Vegas over part of an inheritance.
The case has bounced back and forth between the Nevada Supreme Court and ...
Court asked to decide status of Clark County deputy marshals
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court was asked today to decide whether the deputy marshals and bailiffs were employees of the District Court in Clark County or employees of the county.
At issue is an appeal by the Clark County Deputy Marshals Association, which ...
Las Vegas businessman loses gun appeal
Monday, Nov. 6, 2017
A Las Vegas businessman, convicted some 20 years ago of a securities and tax violation, has lost an appeal challenging a law that bars ex-felons from getting ...
Nevada taxable sales up 3.3 percent in August
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Nevada saw an increase of 3.3 percent in taxable sales in August, but tax collections for the first two months of the fiscal year are below projections. The state Department of Taxation reported today that taxable sales ...
Nevada official says Yucca bill not likely to pass Senate
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
A bill to restart licensing of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository may pass the U.S. House but will probably die in the Senate, a state official said Wednesday. Robert Halstead, director of the ...
Court rejects man’s appeal in slaying of sister, grandparents
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
A federal appeals court has denied the petition of Las Vegas killer who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murders of ...
Long battle between Boulder City and resident back in court
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today ordered the federal District Court in Las Vegas to take another look at a long battle between ...
Federal court upholds ecstasy drug conviction
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
A federal appeals court today rejected the petition of Micah Joel Ahkeem Iverson Kelly, convicted of possessing and selling 446 grams of .../
Las Vegas jobless rate holds at 5.2 percent in September
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Unemployment was 5.2 percent in the Las Vegas area in September, the same as the previous month, according to ...
State Supreme Court upholds death sentence
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for Gregory N. Leonard, convicted of the strangling death of ...
First-time unemployment claims lowest since 1998
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
The number of Nevadans filing first-time claims for unemployment benefits in September fell to its lowest since August 1998. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today that ...
Nevada governor returns from trade mission to Poland
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval has returned from a weeklong trade mission to Poland, saying the relationship with that country “will pay real economic and cultural benefits for all of our people.”
But Sandoval did not say whether he got any commitments from ...
Nevada tourism director leaving for job in California
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Claudia Vecchio, director of the Nevada Tourism and Cultural Affairs Department, has resigned to take a job in Sonoma, Calif. Vecchio has been director since 2011 and oversees ...
Court upholds $17.3 million penalty in sweepstakes case
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
A federal appeals court today upheld a $17.3 million penalty imposed in Las Vegas against a man accused of running a mail-order sweepstakes scheme that ...
Acting president named for Western Nevada College
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
P. Mark Ghan, who has been vice president and general counsel for Western Nevada College has been named acting president of the school with ...
Committee releases $25 million for UNLV medical school building
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
UNLV President Len Jessup told a legislative committee today there are three to four potential prospects to donate $25 million or more to ...
Health exchange open enrollment starts Nov. 1
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Open enrollment for the Nevada State Health Insurance Exchange begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15. There will be a kickoff event from noon to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the ...
Committee OKs almost $2 million for opioid program
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
A legislative committee today approved a request from Attorney General Adam Laxalt to spend nearly $2 million to fight the opioid problem facing Nevada.
The money comes from an unrelated $5.3 million settlement, and ...
Nevada unemployment rate holds steady at 4.9 percent in September
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
Nevada’s unemployment rate held at 4.9 percent in September, the same as in August, the state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported today. The jobless rate is still higher than ...
Governor signs trade and education agreements with Poland
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
On a trade mission to Poland, Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed agreements on education and technological innovation, according to ...
Insurance program for low-income Nevadans facing cutbacks
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
The state exchange that helps 89,000 low income Nevadans obtain health insurance is being hit with federal cutback that could hurt the program ...
Southwest Gas cutting rates by more than $23 million
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Customers of Southwest Gas will see a reduction in their monthly bills averaging from 4 percent to 8 percent. The state Public Utilities Commission today approved a plan to ...
Inmate who walked away is back in custody
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
A prison inmate from Clark County didn’t enjoy much freedom after walking away from a conservation camp in Pioche.
Claude Laska was captured Tuesday, a day after ...
Board OKs $14.4 million for design of UNLV medical school building
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
The state Board of Examiners today approved a $14.4 million contract for design and construction administration for the UNLV medical school. The school’s ...
Nevada sending 200 inmates to private prison
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
The state Department of Corrections is going to send 200 of its most dangerous and disruptive inmates to a private prison in Arizona to ease ...
Governor says repealing commerce tax would devastate education
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval said today that Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s proposal to repeal the commerce tax would be devastating to education. He said it would hurt ...
Department of Transportation already planning for Raider stadium
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
The bonds haven’t been sold yet to finance construction of the Raiders football stadium, but the state Department of Transportation is already planning for ...
Inmate wins good-time credit ruling
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Jessica Williams, sentenced to prison for running over and killing six teenagers in Las Vegas, has won a legal battle that may help other prisoners reduce ...
Court rejects appeal in Las Vegas murder case
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court today rejected the petition of Donte Johnson, sentenced to death for the 1998 execution-style killing of four men at ...
Nevada governor urges Congress to fund children’s health program
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval today urged Congress to continue sending money to Nevada for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which serves ...

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