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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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Proposed bill would abolish death penalty in Nevada
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
There hasn’t been a state execution in Nevada for more than a decade, and two Las Vegas legislators want to abolish the death penalty. Las Vegas Assemblyman James Ohrenschall and ...
Lawmakers question creation of cybersecurity office
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval wants to create a $3.5 million office of cybersecurity, but some legislators are worried it would duplicate systems in place to ...
Audit finds lengthy times to complete securities investigations
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
The Secretary of State’s Office takes a long time to complete investigations of securities fraud, but that may be due to a lack of money, according to an executive audit.
The state Division of Internal Audit, at the request of ...
Nevada facing increased costs for administration of Obamacare
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
The federal government wants to saddle Nevada with more costs to run the Obamacare insurance system, which has 89,061 enrollees in the state.
Heather Korbulic, executive director of ...
Meth, heroin smuggler busted at Nevada prison in Ely
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
The Nevada Department of Corrections said Tuesday that Yazmin Santoya-Mora, 38, was booked on several charges February 16 and bail has been set at $200,000.
Nevada lawmakers ask questions about railroad safety
Monday, Feb. 20, 2017
n view of recent flooding, the safety of Nevada's railroad tracks is a concern for members of the Legislature.
Many of the tracks in Northern Nevada were under water, and the ...
Court rules against man accused in slaying of 15-year-old girl
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled today that Javier Righetti should stand trial for the torture slaying of a 15-year-old girl in Las Vegas and that the ...
Automatic voter registration initiative clears Assembly committee
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
An initiative petition to install an automatic voter registration system was approved Thursday by an Assembly committee on a party-line vote, with Democrats ...
State official doesn’t think recreational pot will hurt medical marijuana sales
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
A state official projected today that there shouldn’t be any decline in the number of people in the Nevada medical marijuana program once recreational sales begin.
“The sky is not falling in on medical marijuana,” said Joe Pollock, a deputy administrator in ...
American flag over state Capitol missing
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
The American flag that flies over the state Capitol has been missing for close to three weeks. High winds broke a cable on the flag pole, and snow, rain and wind have prevented ...
Board closes $5 million deal for Las Vegas freeway widening
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
The Nevada Board of Examiners today closed a deal for the state to pay $5.8 million for 1.5 acres along Interstate 15 for construction of ...
Governor asks for federal aid for storm damage
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval says there was $14.8 million in flood damage in Northern Nevada in early January and is asking President Donald Trump to declare the region a major disaster area.
The governor wants federal money to help with repairs, not including ...
Assemblyman wants answers about staff of attorney general
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
The chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee wants to know why two top members of the staff of Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt are not admitted to practice law in Nevada.
Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, said taxpayers have ...
As legislators start work, new leader calls for a spirit of civility
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Small hints of the political battles to come and the different approaches of legislative leaders provided minor drama Monday during the first day of the 79th session of the Nevada Legislature ...
Health insurance enrolls 1,000 more
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017
The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange reported Friday an estimated 89,062 signed up by the deadline for the health coverage this year. That is about 1,000 more than in 2016. ...
Legal opinion sets standards for sex offenders under lifetime supervision
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
The state Parole and Probation Division can restrict where sex offenders under lifetime supervision may live, but it needs a warrant to enter their homes, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Also, alcohol testing is not permitted, according to ...
Nevada lawmaker waiting to see impact of Trump administration on state budget
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, head of the Ways and Means Committee, said she is waiting to see what the Trumps administration does that ...
Study suggests changes to reduce school construction
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
To avoid the cost of building new schools, districts should consider 12-month school years or double sessions, an efficiency study proposes.
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development also should consider the ...
Inmate granted trial in hepatitis C case
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
A federal appeals court, in a 2-1 decision, has ruled that a Las Vegas killer should have the right to a trial to show he suffered from hepatitis C but did not get treatment in prison.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday held that ...
Lawmaker calls for state constitutional amendment on gay marriage
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, D-Las Vegas, is proposing a constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage in Nevada. Araujo made the announcement at a news conference following President Donald Trump’s nomination of ...
Retirement Board to appeal ruling over releasing names
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
The Nevada Public Employees Retirement Board has decided to appeal a ruling that it must release the names of its more than 57,000 pensioners. Board Chairman Mark Vincent said the board ...
Nevada prison chief outlines $405.6 million budget
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017
There are going to be big changes for Nevada prison inmates in the next two years. “We have to change the agenda for these offenders,” said James Dzurenda, hired last year as director of ...
Pahrump water rate hike requested
Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
The Great Basin Water Co. is asking the state Public Utilities Commission for permission to raise water rates for homeowners in the Pahrump area by more than 36 percent. The utility says it needs extra money to cover the increased cost of ...
Deadline set for applications for Las Vegas judgeships
Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
Attorneys have until Feb. 24 to submit their applications for one of the two open District Court judgeships in Clark Country. The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection said today that ...
Court revives inmate lawsuit alleging beating by guards
Monday, Jan. 30, 2017
A federal appeals court has revived a claim by a Las Vegas man that guards at the state prison in Ely “punched, kicked and stomped” while he ...
Survey finds Nevada topped nation in job growth
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
Nevada led the nation in job growth last year, according to a newly released national survey. The Gallup 2016 Job Creation Index gave Nevada a top score of ...
Court upholds man’s conviction in slaying of mother
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Richard J. Kravetz, who was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of his mother in Henderson in 2009.
The court rejected claims by attorneys for ...
No evidence of criminal activity from stolen marijuana registry information
Friday, Jan. 27, 2017
State officials say they have not identified any criminal activity resulting from the hacking of 40,000 personal accounts in Nevada’s medical marijuana program.
Hacked information included the ...
UNLV medical school to begin classes this summer
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
The first class of 60 students will begin instruction at UNLV’s new medical school on July 1, a legislative budget committee was told today.
The school has received 900 student applications, with ...
Hundreds rally in support of school voucher program
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
More than 200 people rallied Wednesday in support of a school voucher program to be considered by the Nevada Legislature. They wore yellow scarves and ...
Sandoval says Trump should consult with governors on policy changes
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said today that President Donald Trump should talk with governors before taking action on such issues as health reform, road construction and tax reform.
Sandoval was speaking at the ...
Judge orders agency to release Nevada pension data
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
A district judge has ordered the state Public Employees' Retirement System to release the names and other personal data of the more than 57,000 recipients of pension benefits ...
Lawmakers question projected revenue from recreational marijuana
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Gov. Brian’s Sandoval’s $8.1 billion budget was outlined to state legislators today, and some lawmakers are already questioning the projected $100 million in revenue from ...
Las Vegas area unemployment rate inches down in December
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017
Unemployment in the Las Vegas area fell to 5 percent in December, it’s lowest in more than three years, the state reported today. There were an estimated 52,900 people ...
Sandoval speaking at National Governors Association meeting
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval is in Washington, D.C., this week to attend a meeting of the National Governors Association.
Sandoval and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will deliver ...
Committee meetings on Nevada budget delayed because of snow
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
The first review of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $8.1 billion budget by legislative money committees today has been canceled because of snow. Rick Combs, director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau, said the session was ...
2 Nevada prison inmates die at hospitals
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
John Moxley, serving a prison term of 30 years to life in the death of his 2-year-old son, has died at a Las Vegas hospital, according to the state Department of Corrections.
Moxley, 53, had been imprisoned at the High Desert State Prison until his ...
Lawmakers to start going over governor’s education plan
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval is setting a goal that by 2025 all third-graders will be able to read proficiently. And by 2020, he wants the state’s high school graduation rate to ...
Nevada medical marijuana website back up after attack
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
The website for Nevada’s medical marijuana program, which was shut down in December after a cyberattack, is back up running. The state Division of Public Behavioral Health said ...
Democrats to Sandoval: School voucher program is 'wrong priority'
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford agreed with Gov. Brian Sandoval that the state's education system needs help but said a $60 million school voucher program ...
Prison inmate, 81, dies at hospital in Carson City
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
An 81-year-old inmate who served 30 years in state prison for sexual assault of a child under 16 in Clark County died Saturday at ...
Governor mum about upcoming Nevada budget
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval is putting the finishing touches on his State of the State address to the Legislature on Tuesday, but he’s mum on any details. Asked if he was going to propose new taxes or give ...
Nevada first-time unemployment claims fall in December
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
First-time claims for unemployment benefits in Nevada totaled 13,061 in December, the lowest of any December since 1994. The number was down 10 percent from ...
Metro Police cleared to hire more officers
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
Metro Police have been granted a waiver by a state budget committee to allow the department to go forward with hiring 133 officers. Police Director Chuck Callaway said the Local Government Finance Committee today ...
Board asked to OK funding for state trooper body cameras
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
The state Board of Examiners will be asked Tuesday to approve a $1.2 million contract with Taser International of Scottsdale, Ariz., to supply body cameras for Highway Patrol troopers over ...
Nevada ranks last for quality education, new report says
Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017
Nevada’s public schools rank last in the nation, according to a new report, despite hundreds of millions of dollars poured into the system by the state Legislature in 2015.
The research center at Education Week today ...
Nevada Public Works administrator retiring in August
Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017
The man who has overseen billions of dollars of state construction projects during the past decade is retiring this year. Gus Nunez, administrator of the Nevada Public Works Division, plans to ...
Sandoval prepares State of the State address; Legislature gearing up for 700 bills
Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017
A month ahead of the Nevada Legislature's first day back in session, lawmakers are preparing for Nevada's political season ...
Attorney General's Office: Government can't charge for copies of minutes
Monday, Jan. 2, 2017
Governments can't charge the public for copies of minutes and audio recordings of meetings, the state Attorney General’s Office says ...
Grant paying to test drinking water at Nevada schools
Friday, Dec. 30, 2016
The state Division of Environmental Protection has started testing the drinking water in 408 public schools to check for lead levels. The division received a federal grant of nearly ...

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