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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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Nevada rakes in record $7 million in marijuana taxes in March
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tax revenue from marijuana sales in Nevada continues to climb, setting a new high of more than $7 million in March, the ninth month of legal ...
More than 400,000 attended Electric Daisy Carnival
Monday, May 21, 2018
Metro Police say they made a couple dozen drug-related arrests the final night of the Electric Daisy Carnival, which drew more than 135,000 people Sunday to the ...
North Las Vegas’ improved credit rating opens more doors to the future
Monday, May 21, 2018
An independent analysis of North Las Vegas’ finances resulted in a two-spot increase in its credit rating, paving the way for the city to potentially collect millions in annual investments and tax cuts, city officials said.
Scholars: Vote to strike by Culinary Union doesn’t mean stoppage is imminent
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Culinary Union this week will conduct its first citywide strike vote in more than 15 years, but a vote to strike by a majority of 50,000 hospitality workers doesn’t necessarily mean a crippling walkout is imminent at dozens of Las Vegas casinos and hotels.
‘This is unreal’: EDC first-timer marvels at festival’s allure
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Locals and tourists alike danced the night away, wearing costumes ranging from unicorns and fairies to Pokemon characters and gladiators. Some dressed in as little as ...
Police: 33 arrests on first day of EDC in Las Vegas
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Metro said there were 29 felony narcotics arrests and three misdemeanor arrests of the estimated 137,500 attendees. One driver was arrested for ...
Authorities seize $300,000 of marijuana products in Henderson
Friday, May 18, 2018
Authorities seized nearly $300,000 worth of illegal marijuana products from a Henderson man’s vehicle and home as part of an investigation into ...
‘Courage to step up’: How Carlos Santana, labor icon joined forces on new documentary
Friday, May 18, 2018
Dolores Huerta was never into publicizing her achievements until she was approached by Las Vegas House of Blues resident Carlos Santana, who pitched the idea of making a ...
Nevada AG’s office suing drugmaker over opioid claims
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
One of the country’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers knowingly exaggerated claims about the effectiveness of its drugs to mislead Nevada doctors to prescribe more ...
Holocaust survivor, former French spy to speak in Las Vegas
Monday, May 14, 2018
A Holocaust survivor and former French spy during World War II will share her stories of survival and espionage on May 23 in Las Vegas. Marthe Cohn, 98, who acted as ...
Navigating parking fees on the Las Vegas Strip
Friday, May 11, 2018
The days of the Las Vegas Strip offering free parking are in the past for most resorts. Here’s a list of where to park based on your activity for the day, where to park for free and ...
Advanced Tech, West Tech rise to top of annual review of schools
Friday, May 11, 2018
An annual review of public high schools across the country listed Advanced Technologies Academy and West Career and Technical Academy as the top high schools in Nevada ...
The Strip might use less water than you think
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Las Vegas Strip only consumes about 1 percent of all water allocated to the state from the Colorado River ...
Careful planning, conservation helps L.V. delay critical water shortages suffered elsewhere
Thursday, May 10, 2018
In the Las Vegas desert, experts don’t believe our local situation will mirror the crisis experienced by Cape Town anytime soon. The valley’s consistent water supply can be attributed to conservation strategies that ...
Has Trump's presidency affected Las Vegas’ water resources?
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Very little has been done on the federal level to affect water here in Nevada during President Donald Trump’s 16 months in office ...
Las Vegas mother relieved after first immigration check-in
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
The first time Cecilia Gomez walked into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown Las Vegas, she was arrested, allegedly roughed up and sent on a bus headed for ...
Clark County GOP invites ‘freethinker’ Kanye West to speak
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Rapper Kanye West, a supporter of President Donald Trump, has been invited to speak at the Clark County Republican Party’s biennial convention in ...
Florida educator named superintendent for Clark County schools
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Jesus F. Jara, a deputy superintendent from Orlando, Fla., has been chosen to lead the Clark County School District. Jara was named today to replace CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, who ...
CCSD wants marijuana money to help pay for teacher raises
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Leaders in the Clark County School District are calling for millions of dollars in anticipated teacher raises to be paid for by higher-than-expected tax revenue from the state’s legal recreational marijuana program ...
High schoolers tackle Raiders stadium parking problem
Friday, April 27, 2018
It’s a puzzle that government officials and professionals in the architecture and engineering fields are trying to solve: gameday parking at the future site of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium.
Local high schoolers may have the solution.
One high-production edibles facility supplies nearly all of Nevada’s 62 cannabis dispensaries
Thursday, April 26, 2018
All edibles in Evergreen Organix undergo three state laboratory tests before they’re packaged and sold to dispensaries.

Woman detained by immigration officials threatens lawsuit
Thursday, April 26, 2018
A Las Vegas mother who spent 10 days in federal custody after being detained by immigration authorities is planning to sue the U.S. government, her ...
Long lines, big purchases mark first pot holiday with legal sales in Las Vegas
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Friday’s 420 holiday brought out scores of marijuana shoppers to dispensaries. Some dispensaries reported lines of up to 50 customers waiting for ...
Report: Bigger purchases, more people skipping work on pot holiday
Friday, April 20, 2018
The 420 marijuana holiday today will feature more money spent at pot dispensaries and a higher number of the plant’s users missing work ...
20 ways legal marijuana has affected Nevada
Thursday, April 19, 2018
With more than 45 dispensaries in the Las Vegas Valley and 62 statewide expecting increased sales for the unofficial pot holiday, here’s a look at 20 ways that legal weed has affected our state:
Las Vegas dispensaries expecting big crowds for 420 marijuana celebration
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Long lines are expected at Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries on Friday, the first 420 marijuana holiday in Nevada since recreational sales became legal. Roy Bingham, CEO of the ...
New cultivation facility near Reno to ship marijuana to Las Vegas
Monday, April 16, 2018
A massive, 45,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation and production facility in Northern Nevada plans to supply most of its weed products in ...
Players free to smoke weed as dispensary sponsors Las Vegas soccer team
Friday, April 13, 2018
A downtown Las Vegas marijuana dispensary has entered into a six-figure deal to sponsor the Las Vegas Lights, and the fledgling soccer team’s owner says players are free to ...
Las Vegas mother ‘inspired and motivated’ after deportation scare
Monday, April 9, 2018
With her sons by her side Monday, Cecilia Gomez sobbed as she described the surprise of being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers during ...
Notary scams a grave danger for undocumented immigrant community
Monday, April 9, 2018
They pose as the cost-effective and more intimate alternative to pricey attorneys for undocumented immigrants looking to establish U.S. residency. Usually Spanish-speaking, they’re familiar with the immigration process — and how to ...
Report: Las Vegans still struggling with debt, money management
Monday, April 9, 2018
In a recent look at Southern Nevadans’ finances, Las Vegas Valley residents have some of the worst credit scores, debt ratios and money management habits in the nation ...
Las Vegas mother’s arrest sends chill through immigrant community
Saturday, April 7, 2018
A Las Vegas immigrant we will call “Miguel” already had fears about meeting with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials because of worries of being detained ...
Las Vegas mother detained on immigration warrant is released
Friday, April 6, 2018
A Las Vegas mother jailed for over a week and nearly deported following an appointment with U.S. immigration authorities in the valley returned to her family on Friday ...
Amy Purdy's 'incredible journey' has become part of Las Vegas lore
Friday, April 6, 2018
Amy Purdy’s life changed when a meningitis infection almost 20 years ago left her in septic shock, resulting in the amputation of both of her legs. But she never stopped dreaming. The Cimarron-Memorial High alum, who graduated in 1998, traveled the world, started a foundation, performed on "Dancing With the Stars" and became a Paralympic Winter Games medalist. “It’s been an ...
Las Vegas family hoping for release of detained immigrant mom
Thursday, April 5, 2018
The family of a woman detained by immigration agents during an interview last week called on authorities to release her ...
Red Cross to honor Oct. 1 heroes at annual awards ceremony
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Shawn Eckert was enjoying the evening of Oct. 1 as much as any of the other 22,000 country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival. Eckert, 43, was with his wife listening to Jason Aldean, one of his ...
‘He’s watching over us’: Slain staffer’s legacy motivates security company
Monday, April 2, 2018
A framed photo of Erick Silva greets visitors at a private security training facility not far from where he was killed in the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Dressed in his bright yellow Contemporary Services Corp. shirt, Silva has his head raised in the photo, looking ...
Man arrested in shooting of co-workers at Henderson gas station
Friday, March 30, 2018
One person is dead, two are hospitalized and a 22-year-old convenience store employee is in custody after a shooting at a gas station near a busy crossroads in Henderson ...
Five thoughts: Chris Stapleton at MGM Grand Garden (March 23)
Friday, March 30, 2018
The breakout country star galvanizes 16,000 of his fans--and reaffirms his love for Las Vegas--at the MGM arena.
How has security in Las Vegas changed since Oct. 1?
Friday, March 30, 2018
The largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history led to one of the largest security overhauls for Las Vegas’ police force ...
Police: Officers responding to domestic call shoot man armed with knife
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A man was shot dead by a Metro Police officer at an extended stay hotel today after the man advanced on officers with a knife, authorities said. Metro responded to a report of ...
Survivors, heroes of tragedy leave lasting legacies
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Gina Argento hired Erick Silva at Contemporary Services Corp. back in 2014, opening the doors for where Silva would spend up to 20 hours a day for the next three years working ...
How much is too much with marijuana edibles? Nevada industry shares secrets to customer safety
Monday, March 26, 2018
Marijuana edibles have quickly become a hot seller in the first seven months of legalized pot in Nevada, with as much as 45 percent of all weed sales being edibles. The ...
Heller's influence in spending bill seen as boost to small companies
Friday, March 23, 2018
The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill signed into law Friday included language inserted on behalf of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller that should provide Nevada businesses easier access to loans ...
'It’s a really big honor': 40 Under 40 standouts lauded at event
Friday, March 23, 2018
It wasn’t Calvin Harris, but two tuxedo-clad DJs spinning music Thursday amid dimmed ballroom lighting, hors d’oeuvres and an outdoor pool for VEGAS INC’s annual 40 Under 40 awards celebrated ...
Superintendent says goodbye in final State of the Schools address
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Today’s prop- and joke-filled State of the Schools address wasn’t typical for what has become as a more solemn annual event. But neither are the circumstances surrounding outgoing Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky, who ...
Commissioner: Pot businesses must not neglect medical-card holders
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
All marijuana businesses operating in Clark County will have to obtain both medical and recreational licenses if a Clark County commissioner has her way ...
Nevada marijuana tax revenue $5.54 million in January
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The state collected $5.54 million in taxes in January from legal marijuana, continuing to outpace projections, according to the Nevada Department of Taxation. That’s near a record.
Former Barlow assistant among candidates vying for Ward 5 seat
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Joe Mitchell for more than four years was former Las Vegas Councilman Ricki Barlow’s right-hand man, working full-time as Barlow’s personal liaison and also serving on ...
Regent who wants Jessup gone says raising money is not board's concern
Saturday, March 17, 2018
One of two regents pushing most vigorously for UNLV President Len Jessup’s ouster brushed off the notion that the board should be concerned about fundraising ...

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