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Conor Shine

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A Kansas native, Conor studied engineering at the University of Minnesota but switched to journalism because it was infinitely more fun. It was in his blood, too; he's a third-generation journalist. Conor worked for the Wichita Eagle and the St. Paul Pioneer Press before joining the Sun in 2011.

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How Southern Nevada could turn water deficiency into economic boon
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Globally, water technology is a $450 billion-a-year business. And what better place to study water cleanliness and conservation than a place that, in the midst of a 14-year drought, is increasingly dependent on such technology for survival ...
Once teetering toward insolvency, North Las Vegas has a new executive who’s prepared for tough decisions
Thursday, July 24, 2014
New North Las Vegas interim City Manager Qiong Liu isn’t afraid of a challenge. Liu left behind a lucrative engineering career in the private sector to work in government because she wanted to solve problems that affect people’s daily lives. She’ll have plenty of problems to address in her new role as North Las Vegas’ top executive. Only a few months ago...
Why Uber has cracked the taxi market in 70 cities — but not Las Vegas
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Uber is a four-letter word in Las Vegas. Just a mention of the company’s name draws gasps from Las Vegas leaders and, especially, taxicab companies ...
Patient dumping, foster homes among possible topics for referral to Legislature
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Commissioners got a first look at 10 proposed bills during their meeting Tuesday. They’ll have to shrink that list to four bills by Sept. 1, the deadline for submitting bill draft requests for the legislative session that starts in February ...
Ikea announces plans to open Las Vegas-area store
Monday, July 14, 2014
Ikea will open its first store in the Las Vegas market in the summer of 2016 at Sunset Road and Durango Drive near the 215 Beltway, company officials announced today. ...
Clark County considers giving firefighters raises early
Monday, July 14, 2014
A loophole in state law is allowing a handful of elected officials to double dip by drawing on their public employee pensions while still receiving additional pay and retirement benefits.
How businesses break into Southern Nevada’s budding pot industry
Sunday, July 13, 2014
For users of medicinal marijuana, it’s going to be simple. If you suffer from one of eight conditions, you will be eligible for a medical marijuana card and can purchase your drugs same as you would at a pharmacy. For those trying to set up dispensaries or grow houses, the web of regulations is more complex.
For local government workers, it’s TGIT
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Many local government employees work four-day weeks, so if you have business to conduct with the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson or North Las Vegas, you better get it done by Thursday or else wait out the long weekend. What's the trade-off for the general public? In a word: money.
John Entsminger prepares Southern Nevada Water Authority for a post-growth era
Saturday, June 28, 2014
John Entsminger hasn’t wasted anytime getting his feet wet since taking the top job at the Southern Nevada Water Authority in January. Three months into his tenure ...
Death of festivalgoer ‘brings down the mood,’ but the show must go on
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The party raged on at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this evening as the second night of the Electric Daisy Carnival got underway. About 134,000 people packed the speedway to dance ...

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Photos: Awash in color and light, EDC revelers kick off festival
Saturday, June 22, 2013
As the sun set Friday on Las Vegas Motor Speedway, sensory overload set in as an estimated 100,000 people helped usher in the first night of the 2013 ...
Photos: McCarran's Terminal 3 opens with Las Vegas-style fanfare
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
As a Virgin Atlantic flight taxied up to Terminal 3 at McCarran Airport, the pilot came over the loudspeaker to make an announcement. “He said not to worry ...