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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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Police: Former CCSD teacher assistant battered two elementary school students
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
Authorities arrested and charged a 61-year-old former Clark County School District employee today with two counts of felony child abuse after an internal investigation ...
‘Vegas Strong will run rampant:' Marathon runners take to the Strip in wake of mass shooting
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Reincke, 60, like many others scattered within the estimated 40,000 runners at this weekend’s annual marathon, will face a range of unforeseen emotions during the ...
Las Vegas gets a marijuana drive-thru, touted as first of its kind in the country
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Marijuana shoppers in the Las Vegas Valley will now be able to order their weed like they do fast food, thanks to Nevada's first pot drive-thru set to open today. Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, located on tribal land on ...
Nevada execution postponed over dispute about paralytic drug
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Nevada's first inmate execution in 11 years was postponed Thursday after a state court judge ordered a paralytic drug removed from a never-before-used lethal ...
Henderson schools to get share of money from recreational pot license fees
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Public schools in Henderson will get financial boosts totaling about $300,000 next year from money raised by city business license fees for recreational marijuana, thanks to ...
Bundy trial delayed over surveillance video dispute
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
A dispute over whether federal agents recorded video of embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s home before an April 2014 standoff has delayed a federal court trial for ...
Why Cliven Bundy tried to pay grazing fees to Clark County, not BLM
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Documents show rancher Cliven Bundy tried to pay his accrued grazing-fee debt — at least once. He just sent the check to the wrong government agency ...
Farm program lets students learn hands-on from animals
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
Life sciences teacher Kimberly Law helped start an animal program more than 10 years ago with a couple of snakes, which were offered as a way for students to gain a hands-on, real-life study of the subject. Her class, which she began teaching full-time in 2012, has since expanded to include an “animal lab” classroom with exotic birds, reptiles and rodents, as well as a farm outside with desert tortoises, ducks, chickens and other animals. ...
Political group catering to Asian, Pacific Islander population launches in Las Vegas
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
As one of Las Vegas’ fastest growing minority demographics, the Asian and Pacific Islander population has stronger potential than ever in affecting positive change in government, speakers from a national organization said Saturday. ...
Outside complaint led to ban of School Board member, Skorkowsky says
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Clark County School Board member Kevin Child was the subject of a complaint from an outside government agency for his behavior on a campus ...
Jury selected to hear arguments in Bundy standoff trial
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
A 28-year-old Las Vegas mother, a real estate salesman and a dog-walking small-business owner will be among the 12 jurors who will decide the fate of embattled ...
Mass shooting, gun rights take center stage on first day of Bundy trial jury selection
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
Potential jurors tasked with helping determine the fate of embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy faced hours of questions Monday about their emotional reaction to ...
Experts, attorney offer keys and what to watch for in Bundy trial
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
The Bundys believe they’re presenting a legitimate legal case and they’ve thrived on jury sympathy and the ability to speak rationally about their make extremist ideals to win over such juries. While such arguments ...
Experts address the North Korean threat
Where nuclear fears meet deterrence policies and geopolitical realities
Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has been filled with aggressive rhetoric, some of it pushing the U.S. closer to nuclear war than it has been in a generation ...
In Las Vegas, son of former Soviet leader Khrushchev says Russian rule of law in doubt
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Rule of law in Russia under President Vladimir Putin is an in-doubt as it has been since the dissolution of the Soviet Union over 25 years ago, said the son of one of the Soviet Union's most powerful and influential former leaders Saturday in Las Vegas. ...
Slain Las Vegas city employee remembered as 'warm, loving and beautiful' in downtown ceremony
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Cameron Robinson was quiet and a bit uneasy around people as he met them for the first time. But once he got to know someone, the man described as fun-loving, resourceful and innovative ...
Two students hospitalized after bus rolls over in northwest Las Vegas
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
Four people, including two elementary school students, were hospitalized this afternoon after a sedan crashed into a Clark County School District bus in the northwest valley ...
School Board member Kevin Child banned from CCSD property
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Clark County School Board member Kevin Child has been banned from School District property, Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said today. Skorkowsky, citing student and ...
Nevada's pot tax revenue jumps to nearly $5 million in August
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Nevada tax officials say the second month of legal sales of recreational marijuana brought in just under $5 million in tax revenue, up from $3.7 million in its first month. A Nevada Tax Department spokeswoman said the numbers are on pace to meet the state’s expectation of $120 million in state taxes over ...
Holding the house accountable: Veteran lawyer represents gamblers in the casino town
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
On Twitter, he goes by “Casino Nemesis.” But Bob Nersesian insists he’s just a normal lawyer, looking out for people who feel they’ve been cheated by the house. Known in professional circles as a go-to attorney for gamblers, Nersesian has operated a family law firm for nearly 25 years in downtown Las Vegas. Representing mostly car dealerships and auto salespeople, he and his wife, Thea, initially saw Las Vegas as ...
'Great big hearts': Country music stars bring healing to Las Vegas with free concert
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
Less than three weeks after the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place at a packed Las Vegas country music festival, another valley country show with thousands of attendees on Thursday worked to find healing. "You've shown that there are people ...
How one high school's all-male honors class is introducing students to government
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
But with the new boys-only class both Nighswonger and his students report a more relaxed learning environment, including the ...
Henderson dispensaries get green light to start selling recreational pot
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
Months after recreational marijuana sales began across Nevada, Henderson officials approved applications for its five dispensaries to join the flourishing industry ...
School District graduation rate hits a record 82.7 percent
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
The Clark County School District is graduating high school students at a record rate, according to data released today. A total of 82.7 percent of seniors — 20,030 across the district’s four dozen-plus high schools — earned diplomas in ...
'Years in the making': Tribal pot store near downtown to open Monday
Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017
About 200 tribal leaders and families celebrated the announcement with industry members and elected officials in a private gathering Saturday inside the new 15,500 square-foot Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace. ...
Sheriff again adjusts timeline of Strip shooting
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo today again adjusted the timeline of events surrounding the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, now saying a Mandalay Bay security guard was shot close to the same time the gunman opened fire on a festival crowd, not ...
'Definition of a hero': Slain security staffer remembered as humble, loving
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
“He was always breath of fresh air coming through that door,” said CSC office manager Gina Argento with tears streaming down her face as she spoke to the crowd. “From open to close at the office, from start to finish at the events, we counted on him, and he never let us down.”
'A moment we’ve been waiting for': Golden Knights fans turn out in droves for home opener
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Jose Carranza walked through The Park up to the doors of T-Mobile Arena and grabbed the bottom of his Vegas Golden Knights jersey with his thumb and index finger, clutching ...
Gun-control group sues 'bump stock' maker
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
A national gun control advocacy group is partnering with a Las Vegas law firm in a class-action lawsuit against a leading bump stock producer over what they called negligent production and marketing of the products that ...
Mass killings have wide reach, even for those who weren’t there
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
The impact radius of the Las Vegas massacre can’t be measured. One person took dozens of lives and directly shook many thousands more, and the pain, fear and sense of loss inescapably ripple to ...
'We will not let this break us:' Vigil honors victims in Strip shooting
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
Attendees held lit candles and signs, sang songs, and repeated “Vegas Strong” after Sanders during the hour-long vigil, which marked the one-week anniversary of ...
Officials begin allowing crowd at mass shooting to collect belongings
Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
One week after the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history occurred along the Las Vegas Strip, some of those who left their personal belongings behind as they fled the scene can begin collecting them. Officials announced today that ...
Dealers: L.V. gunman Paddock would spend long hours playing tables at downtown casino
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
When Natalia Cruz first saw Stephen Paddock’s picture on television last week, she thought it was Paddock that had been shot — not the other way around. Upon later finding out Paddock was responsible ...
'A beautiful place to reflect': Memorial garden springs up downtown to honor victims
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
A small lot in downtown Las Vegas’ Arts District was nothing more than a barren patch of dirt just five days ago. By Friday, the half-acre plot on 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd. was a flourishing floral masterpiece ...
Coalition raising money to help hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Six local Spanish-speaking organizations will raise money this weekend for Puerto Rico after two hurricanes devastated the island last month. The Las Vegas 4 Puerto Rico coalition, a group led by ...
Before help arrived on the Strip, festival security aided victims
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
While Las Vegas emergency crews and law enforcement agencies have been praised across the world for their heroic and life-saving efforts during Sunday’s horrific mass shooting, one group of ...
Police: Student in custody after school threat
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
An 18-year-old high school student has been arrested after sending text messages to classmates threatening to “shoot up the school,” according to Clark County School District Police. The messages later made their ...
Las Vegas has brought in millions in donations. But where will they go?
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
When tragedy struck Las Vegas on Sunday, community members, elected officials and corporations alike stepped up not only with their hearts and labor, but their pocketbooks ...
Las Vegans' quick thinking, generous blood donations saved lives
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
Standing in line at a United Blood Services location in Henderson, Bryce Jordan quietly mourned the loss of his cousin, 20-year-old Quintin Robbins. Holding back tears as he remembered Robbins, Jordan called donating blood “a small way” to help ...
List of fatalities: Sunrise Hospital official says patient in critical condition has died
Off-duty Metro officer is among the deceased in mass shooting
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Friends of Charleston Hartfield, a military veteran, Metro Police officer and newly published author of “Memoirs of a Public Servant,” in which he touted his victories, and highlighted his struggles as a police officer, identified him as one of Sunday night’s fatal victims. One of his last Facebook postings ...
Evolution on marijuana alters focus for crime fighters
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
The top prosecutor in Nevada’s largest county sat down with The Sunday recently to discuss his latest marijuana case, how the DA’s office is interpreting new pot laws and how users can stay out of court.
Poker legend Phil Hellmuth says game due for ‘sonic boom’
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
When Phil Hellmuth speaks, those in the poker industry tend to listen, given they’re not a target of his infamous tirades. In Las Vegas for the Poker Masters tournament at the Aria last week, the “Poker Brat,” whose 14 World Series of Poker tournament wins and 126 in-the-money finishes rank first all-time, said that while ...
Man seen ramming cars near Las Vegas school says he wasn't trying to kill anyone
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Green attempted to explain his side of the story Monday from the Clark County Detention Center, saying he was merely trying to keep track of the three acquaintances ...
Sister of murder victim hit by car outside Las Vegas courthouse
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
The sister of a murder victim was hit by a car Monday on a sidewalk outside the Las Vegas courthouse where the man charged in the killing is standing trial and she is ...
OSHA investigating deadly worker fall at construction site
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating after a worker fell to his death this morning at a construction site in the south valley, authorities said. The Clark County Fire Department ...
10 takeaways from Las Vegas’ star-studded iHeartRadio Festival
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
Pink delivered the weekend's most memorable stunt, but Coldplay's Chris Martin stole the show.
A ‘delicate search’ will be needed to find new schools superintendent
Replacement for retiring Skorkowsky will inherit a legacy of nuanced problems
Monday, Sept. 25, 2017
For an annual salary near $265,000 and a benefits package boosting that value to about $375,000, leading CCSD’s 322,000 students and 16,000 teachers isn’t a task for the thin-skinned or impatient. The historically high district deficit and tensions between some of its most powerful leaders won’t make it any easier.
Henderson breakfast joint, with roots in Reno, makes glorious debut
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
People in Las Vegas who say there’s nothing redeeming about Reno probably haven’t tried Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs. Founded there in 1999, the restaurant known for its huevos rancheros and Hawaiian dishes among other massive breakfast plates, opened its first valley location in Henderson on Sept. 12. “Las Vegas is one of our ...
Southern Nevada moving toward 24-hour pot dispensaries
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
The Las Vegas City Council and Clark County Commission have been refining the window in which marijuana dispensaries can operate, with a lot of support behind a ...
CCSD officials call for more state funding, say more cuts coming to combat budget deficit
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017
Clark County School District officials say local tax dollars are unfairly distributed to fund schools across Nevada, one of many reasons it has found itself facing an estimated ...

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