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J.D. Morris


After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014, J.D. moved to Nevada to be a reporter for the Sun. Previously, he spent four years working for Berkeley's student newspaper, The Daily Californian, where he was the managing editor his final year. He has also reported for The Orange County Register as an intern. He grew up in Salinas and Bakersfield, Calif.

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Eastside Cannery gets new general manager
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
The Eastside Cannery, a locals-oriented casino in the southeast valley, announced a new general manager today. Cannery Casino Resorts, which owns the property on Boulder Highway, said ...
6 places where Las Vegas casino companies want to expand
Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
Wynn Resorts is far from the only major Las Vegas-based casino company seeking to expand its territory in the United States. New casino projects are popping up throughout the Northeast, for example, fueling an expansion of gaming in that region that is ...
How UNLV got one of the most powerful computers on the planet
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
About two months after UNLV acting President Don Snyder assumed his position in February, he met with a university task force on information technology. The group wanted ...
Chief operating officer leaving Boyd Gaming, won’t be replaced
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
A top executive at Boyd Gaming is leaving the casino company and will not immediately be replaced. Boyd, based in Las Vegas, announced today the departure of ...
Wild Vegas: Hundreds of animal species call Southern Nevada home
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
Experts warn that how long they last may largely be up to us.
Longtime gay rights activist Cleve Jones on LGBT movement in Las Vegas, progress at Culinary
Friday, Sept. 12, 2014
On the eve of the weekend’s Pride festivities, four days before lawyers spoke before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a small crowd gathered for a panel in Las Vegas about the case. One of the audience members there was Cleve Jones ...
Gaming Control OKs license for Irish-themed taverns
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Golden Gaming cleared a regulatory hurdle today on its way toward operating four more taverns in the valley. The Gaming Control Board approved ...
Riviera could be in line for a $100 million facelift
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The Riviera, one of the oldest resorts in Las Vegas, is due for a substantial facelift. An executive from the company that operates the Riviera told state regulators ...
Company takes data-rich approach to helping hotels set room rates
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
Two former Wynn executives and a San Francisco technology industry leader are using big data to try to change the way hotels ...
Global Cash Access buys Multimedia Games in third slot machine merger in two months
Monday, Sept. 8, 2014
Global Cash Access is paying $36.50 per share, a 31 percent premium over Multimedia Games’ closing stock price on Friday, according to a company statement ...
MGM sells historic Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
MGM has entered into an agreement to sell the Railroad Pass Hotel & Casino, an 83 year-old property in southeast Henderson, to a commercial real estate firm. In a statement announcing the sale Friday afternoon ...
Couples challenging Nevada’s gay marriage ban ready for court
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
When Sara Geiger gave birth to her daughter five years ago, she and her partner couldn’t avoid being reminded that they did not enjoy the same legal rights as other parents ...
How much has leisure and hospitality employment grown in Nevada? Check these charts
Friday, Sept. 5, 2014
Next year, the number of people employed in Nevada’s leisure and hospitality sector could return to the highest level it had reached before the recession hit. Since falling to a low point of slightly fewer than 304,000 employees in November 2009, the state’s leisure and hospitality labor ...
Excalibur buffet closes for remodeling
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
MGM Resorts International, which owns the Excalibur, announced today that the Medieval-themed hotel and casino’s buffet is closed for remodeling, effective immediately. It’s scheduled to re-open in January 2015 ...
Here we grow again: PT’s parent company acquires four more taverns
Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
Golden Gaming, which owns PT’s Entertainment Group, plans to expand by adding four Irish-themed taverns in the Las Vegas Valley. They are ...
1,500 rally in latest Culinary effort to pressure Station
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Las Vegas casino workers, faith leaders and others marched to a rally at Boulder Station today in protest of what they described as unfair labor practices from Station Casinos. The demonstrators called on Station to ...
Nevada casino revenue up slightly in July
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Nevada casino revenue increased less than 1 percent in July from the same month last year, partly due to continued gains on the Las Vegas Strip. The state Gaming Control Board reported today that ...
Former Caesars exec named CEO of Affinity Gaming
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Affinity Gaming, a Las Vegas-based casino company with properties in Nevada, Colorado and the Midwest, announced today that it hired a Caesars Entertainment veteran as its new CEO. Michael Silberling is succeeding David Ross ...
Only one sure way off the black book
Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
John Mealey Jr. wasn’t around to celebrate his recent removal from Nevada’s “black book.” Mealey, who was convicted of cheating at slot machines and card games, was taken off the List of Excluded Persons on July 25 only because he died almost a full year earlier. His case is ...
With its small casino floor, is SLS offering a look at the future of Las Vegas?
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
At about 60,000 square feet, the casino floor at SLS Las Vegas is smaller than many on the Strip. But the new resort's operators say they're confident that ...
Just in time: SLS Las Vegas gets gaming license
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
State regulators today gave final approval of a gaming license for SLS Las Vegas, two days before the new resort and casino opens on ...
SLS signals better times for Las Vegas Strip, broker says
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
The opening of SLS Las Vegas this weekend signals better prospects for development on the Strip, although it probably won’t usher in a pre-recession craze. That was one message delivered Wednesday by ...
Three things we learned about Las Vegas and the gaming industry in the second quarter
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Though casinos did mostly well in Las Vegas during the second quarter this year, it wasn’t because of any nationwide gambling surge. In fact, it was in spite of ...
Cosmopolitan benefits from gaming revenue boost
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
The company that operates the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas saw year-over-year increases in casino, hotel, entertainment and food and beverage revenues ...
Stratosphere revenue up thanks to hotel increases
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014
American Casino & Entertainment, the Las Vegas company that owns the Stratosphere, Arizona Charlie’s and the Aquarius in Laughlin, announced its second quarter earnings today.
CG Technology’s sports-betting app gets an upgrade
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
CG Technology already gets most of its wagers from a mobile sports betting application, and it hopes a new version will bring in ...
Station Casinos earnings rise dramatically
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014
Station Casinos, a Las Vegas locals-oriented gaming company whose properties include Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort, announced its second-quarter earnings today.
Caesars earnings suffer big-time despite Linq boost
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Caesars Entertainment, the Las Vegas-based casino and resort giant, announced its second-quarter earnings today. In prepared remarks to shareholders, CEO Gary Loveman said Las Vegas spending ...
New boss talks education at Nellis, air show, budget and fighter jet safety
Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
The commander and former Thunderbirds pilot talks about charter schools, air shows and more ...
Spending war over online gaming rages among Nevada casino companies
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
Online gaming remains a divisive issue for Nevada casino companies, which are pouring money into lobbying on the issue while they joust over a potential ban. The proposed ban, contained in a measure championed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has helped trigger hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending from the gaming industry. One side, led by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, is...
Caesars Entertainment, creditors trade lawsuits
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
Caesars Entertainment’s ongoing financial troubles escalated this week with two lawsuits, one from the casino company alleging that some creditors are trying to force a default and another from creditors alleging Caesars transferred assets fraudulently. The first lawsuit was filed Monday by...
MGM Resorts returns to profit in 2nd quarter
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
MGM Resorts International, the owner of such iconic Strip properties as the MGM Grand, Bellagio and New York-New York, announced its second-quarter earnings today. The company also has
Bally move makes it one of two industry ‘behemoths,’ analyst says
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
A $3.3 billion merger between Scientific Games and Bally Technologies will make the newly combined gambling equipment company one of two giants in its industry. It comes on the heels of ...
How popular has soccer become in the U.S.? Check out Nevada’s betting revenue
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014
In another sign that the American public is embracing soccer more than ever, the Nevada gaming industry appears to have cashed in on this year's World Cup at a record level. Silver State sports books raked in ...
Boyd Gaming sees slight dip in quarterly revenue
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming, whose local properties include Main Street Station, Gold Coast and the Orleans, announced its second quarter earnings ...
Las Vegas Strip’s first bitcoin ATM becomes operational
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
For those willing to take a chance on the digital currency bitcoin, there's a new way to get cash on the Strip. As with a regular ATM, people who use this ...
Worker killed in accident at Ocean Spray facility in Henderson
Monday, July 28, 2014
An Ocean Spray worker died from injuries he suffered in an accident at the company’s Henderson distribution center on Saturday. Ocean Spray confirmed in a statement that...
Driver killed after being ejected from SUV in rollover crash
Monday, July 28, 2014
A man was ejected from a sport utility vehicle and killed when it rolled over on U.S. 95 this morning, authorities said. The Nevada Highway Patrol responded...
Bellagio robber spent stolen cash on prostitutes, hotel room, police say
Monday, July 28, 2014
Metro Police said the suspect they arrested in Friday’s robbery at the Bellagio scored up to $45,000 in cash and proceeded to celebrate with a...
Motorcyclist crashes, hit by truck in North Las Vegas
Monday, July 28, 2014
A motorcyclist was killed after he crashed and was hit by a truck in North Las Vegas this morning, police said. The motorcyclist was traveling...
Flooding does significant damage to homes on Mount Charleston
Monday, July 28, 2014
Eight homes in the Rainbow Canyon area of Mount Charleston sustained significant damage from flooding today, officials said. Rainbow Canyon Boulevard became...
Police: Man fatally shot at house party in northwest valley
Monday, July 28, 2014
A 20-year-old man was shot and killed early today at a house party in the in the northwest Las Vegas Valley, Metro Police reported. The shooting occurred...
Wet ’n’ mild: Your guide to Southern Nevada splash pads
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Southern Nevada is dotted with them — miniature water parks that make playing in the outdoors tolerable for children during the summer months. How do they work? Where are they? And how clean is that water your kid might be drinking? ...
Potential for renewable energy soaring at Nellis Air Force Base
Sunday, July 27, 2014
A second solar plant would give it the ability to produce 42 percent of its energy cleanly ...
For those who think of pets as their children, end-of-life care could include hospice
Sunday, July 13, 2014
A veterinarian in Southern Nevada has devoted his entire practice to "the human treatment" of pets.
Climate change skeptics: Global warming exists, but we didn’t cause it
Thursday, July 10, 2014
To anyone who believes that human-caused global warming is seriously damaging the planet, Mandalay Bay was an alternate universe this week. There, at the ninth International Conference on Climate Change...
Ethiopian man sharing his love of the American flag with others
Local business owner will clean your flag for free
Friday, July 4, 2014
Since Flag Day last month, business owner and Ethiopian immigrant Mahamed Youssouf has distributed a free flag to any customer who will take one. So far, he has given away more than 300. He bought 500 and will keep handing them out until ...
Local Mormon church has fun with musical
Sunday, June 29, 2014
It even bought advertising in the playbill for "The Book of Mormon" at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ...
Knowledge isn’t always enough with ‘Jeopardy!’
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Smarts, personality and luck are needed for anyone hoping to land a spot on the long-running quiz show.
Drivers nabbed talking on phone get chance to avoid tickets
Friday, June 27, 2014
Starting on Monday, Las Vegas motorists pulled over by the Nevada Highway Patrol for using their cellphones while driving could have citations dismissed by participating in...

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