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Chris Kudialis


Chris Kudialis started at the Las Vegas Sun in 2015 after a year with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chris speaks three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and Brazil's Rio Times, among other metropolitan dailies. He was an international news intern at Mundo Cristiano in Madrid, Spain, and covered the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Before journalism, Chris worked as a translator and interpreter.

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Las Vegas rally for minimum wage hike part of nationwide protest
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would allow working families to afford rent and basic amenities and stimulate the economy, demonstrators outside ...
'Remember their names': Fallen officers honored at annual police ceremony
Friday, May 19, 2017
Bagpipes sounded, officers saluted and guns fired in salute as about 50 fallen Southern Nevada law enforcement officers dating back as far as 1866 were honored Thursday night in the northeast valley ...
'Stay on a good path': Journey members encourage students at Las Vegas Academy
Thursday, May 18, 2017
An auditorium full of music students at Las Vegas Academy sat in awe as band members from legendary group Journey answered their questions about music, life and ...
Funding to regulate recreational marijuana passes subcommittee
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
A subcommittee of 10 Nevada legislators unanimously voted today in favor of nearly $14 million in funding for 16 new state positions to help regulate the ...
'We will solve this case': Vigil honors beloved Las Vegas teen slain a year ago
Monday, May 15, 2017
With their hands held high, about 70 marchers took to a central valley neighborhood’s streets Monday evening, offering prayers, support and a promise to the family of a slain Las Vegas teen that his killer would soon be found. On May 11, 2016, police say the young man was ...
Committee OKs bill to crack down on short-term rentals in Las Vegas
Monday, May 15, 2017
A three-member committee today approved a bill to tighten restrictions on short-term home rentals in Las Vegas made popular by websites such as Airbnb. The bill would place restrictions on hundreds of ...
What to know about working in marijuana
Monday, May 15, 2017
Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry is expected to bring $1.1 billion in revenue and up to 40,000 jobs over the next eight years, per a 2016 study from Las Vegas-based RCG Economics. While regulations are still being hashed out by the Legislature and Department of Taxation, marijuana businesses foresee potential employees flocking. Four local marijuana business owners were surveyed, saying that while the new recreational industry will bring more jobs, demand for those openings at dispensaries, production facilities and ...
Weed consultants offer cost-saving tips for pot growers
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Marijuana cultivators across Las Vegas and the 28 states where pot is legal could save money and reduce their carbon footprint by investing in more energy-efficient, eco-friendly growing systems and ...
'Early start' program for recreational marijuana sales OK'd
Monday, May 8, 2017
The proposal for temporary “early start” recreational licenses was approved early Monday afternoon by the Nevada Tax Commission with all but one commissioner voting in favor of the program.
Takeaways from Carlos Vives’ Pearl at the Palms concert May 5
Monday, May 8, 2017
Exuding an unwavering vibrancy from the second he walked on the Pearl at the Palms stage last Friday, the 55-year-old vallenato singer had the sold-out crowd of 2,000 on its feet in his first Vegas show since last November at T-Mobile Arena ...
CCSD bus driver involved in deadly crash 'cared for students like her own'
Friday, May 5, 2017
School officials praised local authorities, the students and bus driver for their “phenomenal” actions during the incident, and thanked local business Lowe’s for their support of those gathered at the corner of Nellis and Carey after the crash. Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky also expressed condolences to ...
15 students injured when school bus overturns; driver of car killed in crash
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Students described a terrifying scene of children and backpacks being tossed about as a school bus overturned Thursday morning in a crash that authorities said left the driver of a car dead and a passenger critically injured. At least 15 students on the bus ...
Medical pot operations well-positioned for July 1 recreational weed launch
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Licensed Nevada medical marijuana facilities in good standing with state agencies will be allowed to start selling recreational marijuana on July 1 if the industry’s new state regulating body has its way ...
Police: Man shoots woman, kills himself at northwest valley apartment
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
A man shot and killed a woman this morning at a northwest valley apartment, reported it to authorities and then turned the weapon on himself, according to Metro Police.
The man shot the woman shortly before ...
Metro Police officer injured in crash
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
A Metro Police officer was hospitalized this morning after being T-boned while driving through an intersection in the northeast valley, police said.
The police car had its lights and ...
Commissioners mixed over recommendations on recreational marijuana
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Clark County commissioners had mixed reactions to an advisory panel’s recommendations today for overseeing recreational marijuana businesses. The recommendations from the Clark County Green Ribbon Marijuana Advisory Panel are ...
Immigrants, union members take to the Strip for May Day rally
Monday, May 1, 2017
Nearly 2,000 Las Vegan union workers and local residents, many of them first-generation migrants to the United States, took to the Strip Monday afternoon to promote a variety of political causes, including immigrant rights, minimum wage laws and ...
Q + A: Nevada’s esteemed former Sen. Harry Reid talks retirement
Monday, May 1, 2017
After bidding farewell to the U.S. Senate in December, Harry Reid has — perhaps surprisingly — had no trouble moving on from life in elected office. Reid, whose 34-year legacy on Capitol Hill was highlighted by eight years as Senate majority leader from 2007 to 2015, was introduced this month as ...
'Refusing to back down': Power of Love gala raises money, honors Agassi
Friday, April 28, 2017
With nearly one in four U.S. adults suffering from some form of brain damage or neurological disorder, funding for research to cure such illnesses is needed more than ever ...
Photos: Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers selling Vegas mansion
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Do you want to live in Brandon Flowers’ mansion, once also owned by Andre Agassi and Howard Hughes among other Las Vegas celebrities? Flowers’ 8,300-square-foot estate, 2981 Pinto Lane near Rancho and Alta drives, is for sale ...
Record number of tourists came to Las Vegas in March, officials say
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
With over 3.7 million visitors last month, the Las Vegas Valley welcomed a record number of tourists for the month of March ...
‘Academy Awards’ of Las Vegas education to honor CCSD impact-makers
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The annual observance rewards Clark County School District teachers with lavish gifts, prize money and an elegant ceremony for their hard work positively affecting students’ lives.
Sanders speaks to packed crowd at Cox Pavilion Saturday
Saturday, April 22, 2017
On Saturday, the Vermont senator returned to Las Vegas, urging his supporters to fight back against the policies of President Donald Trump through grassroots campaigning, phone calls and knocking on doors of potential voters in the 2018 election. ...
'A beacon in politics': Harry Reid introduced as UNLV law school fellow
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Harry Reid spent his adult life impacting Nevadans through national politics. The former Senate majority leader will now spend part of his post-retirement time ...
Cortez Masto talks Trump budget, immigration reform and labor unions at L.V. town hall
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto fielded questions from dozens of Nevada residents Tuesday night at Las Vegas City Hall, touching on topics of immigration, organized labor and ...
Student PSA urges people to call 911 for emergencies only
Monday, April 17, 2017
In the wake of a record number of emergency calls last year, the Clark County Fire Department announced the winners of its annual public service announcement contest today at Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy. The winning 30-second video implores ...
Five thoughts: Bastille at the Chelsea (April 14)
Monday, April 17, 2017
"This is probably the happiest-sounding song you’ll ever hear about death," frontman Dan Smith joked.
Small donations, big difference: Allies of those with autism speak to the power of community support
Monday, April 17, 2017
On Aug. 25, just after midnight, the Peoples Autism Foundation’s 20,000-square-foot warehouse near the Strip was set ablaze by sparks from an exhaust fan. The flames caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage, destroying the facility and all its contents. “I was in complete shock,” Zamora said. “Everything was gone.”
KLAS cameraman arrested at Trump protest on Strip Saturday
Saturday, April 15, 2017
A cameraman for Las Vegas CBS’ affiliate KLAS-TV was arrested and faces misdemeanor charges of trespassing and obstructing an officer during what police called a peaceful protest outside the Trump International Hotel on Saturday afternoon. ...
Friday's Golden Nugget fire was second casino blaze in 24 hours
Saturday, April 15, 2017
A small fire at a downtown casino on Friday night represented the second fire on the property of a Las Vegas casino in less than 24 hours. ...
Men caught on camera breaking into central valley home
Friday, April 14, 2017
Metro Police are seeking the public’s help identifying and locating two suspects in a central valley home burglary. Security cameras captured clear video of two men and ...
Las Vegas police searching for missing teen sisters
Friday, April 14, 2017
Metro Police are asking for the public’s help locating two missing Las Vegas teen sisters. Hennessey Love, 12 and Zamia Wilson, 10, were last seen about ...
Group wants emissions settlement to pay for clean-energy school buses
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
A Nevada trust fund whose money was born from an automaker’s cheating on emissions tests should be used to buy clean-energy school buses, a local ...
Hakkasan celebrates fourth anniversary in style
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Talk about hospitality. Hakkasan celebrated its fourth birthday this past weekend in a fashion only one of the world's leading nightclub groups could ...
Former Raider welcomes team to his hometown after fighting stadium deal
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Before Las Vegas native Frank Hawkins served on the Las Vegas City Council, founded a nonprofit affordable house-building company, became the president of the city’s NAACP chapter and opened a medical marijuana dispensary, he was punishing defenders ...
Pollo Campero fanatics flock to first Las Vegas location
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The line at this new chicken restaurant in North Las Vegas wrapped out the front door and around the side of the building. The wait in the drive-thru was more than ...
Oscar Goodman joins Mob Museum panel to talk media vs. mobsters
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
In the same room former Tennessee Sen. Estes Kefauver heard qualms against corrupt local businessmen and the mob back in the 1950s, some of Las Vegas’ most recognizable mob-era figures gathered ...
Takeaways from the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards show
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Thomas Rhett steals the show, and UNLV's marching band gets into the act.
Marijuana panel talks advertising, airport and weed transportation in latest meeting
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Educational materials on how to purchase and use the plant responsibly should be readily available for tourists when they arrive at McCarran International Airport ...
Attendees at Las Vegas Hemp Festival celebrate marijuana legalization
Sunday, April 2, 2017
"Everybody smokes at our event," said Las Vegas Hemp Festival event organizer Mike 'Chili' Houlihan, backstage at the Craig Ranch Regional Park amphitheater. "Anybody who wants to use cannabis here does so, and we're happy to make that happen." ...
Arrest in stolen SUV case shuts down freeway in Henderson
Friday, March 31, 2017
Part of the westbound 215 Beltway in Henderson was closed for nearly an hour this morning as police arrested a man accused of stealing an SUV, authorities said.
Metro Police received a report ...
Measures aim to further Nevada's transition to recreational pot sales
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Four bills discussed in a Senate committee on Tuesday proposed advanced framework for the voter-approved recreational marijuana program in Nevada ...
Citizenship a question for pig-mask suspect in heist at Bellagio
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Authorities say they're not sure of the background or citizenship of a 20-year-old man accused of wearing a pig mask during a weekend smash-and-grab burglary at ...
Man accused of shooting tourists in Las Vegas bus gets public defender
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A man accused of a shooting in Las Vegas that fatally wounded a tourist on a public bus was assigned ...

Las Vegas nightclub conventioneers tout security in wake of Cincinnati, Orlando shootings
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Las Vegas nightclubs have avoided casualties like last weekend in Cincinnati when a gunman killed one and injured 17, or last year’s shooting in Orlando where ...
Marijuana panel tackles Nevada transition to recreational pot, talks casinos' role
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Nevada marijuana industry representatives were adamant that the state should “do anything we can” to maintain a robust program for medical marijuana ...
Fans celebrate Raiders move under iconic Las Vegas welcome sign
Monday, March 27, 2017
Wearing a Raiders jersey and cap, Caleb Baker of Las Vegas reflected today on the reality of soon having his favorite NFL team playing in his hometown. “I’ve always wanted to go to a game,” Baker said as he stood in front of Las Vegas welcome sign minutes after ...
Strip reopens after lengthy standoff with 'delusional' gunman on bus
Police ID suspect as 55-year-old Rolando Cardenas
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Parts of the Las Vegas Strip were closed for more than four hours Saturday as Metro Police negotiated with a “delusional” man they said killed one person and wounded another in a shooting on a double-decker bus ...
Bill would allow recreational marijuana sales starting in July
Friday, March 24, 2017
Waiting a year after voters OK’d recreational marijuana to start selling it would continue to prop up the black market and cost the state millions of dollars in tax revenue, according to backers of a state Senate bill that would ...
Bill would create code of conduct for Nevada teachers
Thursday, March 23, 2017
A Las Vegas lawmaker is proposing a bill to create a professional code of conduct for Nevada public school teachers. Under the bill sponsored by ...

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