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Chris Kudialis

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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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Video: Metro officer shoots knife-wielding suspect after interrupting stabbing attack
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018
Watching a man use a butcher knife to stab a woman’s neck at her east valley apartment complex, a 911 caller’s voice grows frantic as she describes the horrific scene to a dispatch agent. “He’s in the house cutting her up!”
Las Vegas engineering firm takes top honors in workplace awards
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
An engineering firm based in Las Vegas was recently named the best place to work by an international consulting and ranking outlet ...
20 ways to reduce plastic use at home
Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
Plastic is a key component of everyday life for billions of people around the world. But while the material has made life convenient for humans, it’s wreaked havoc on marine life.
Popular Laughlin river event resurfaces, aiming to leave a tidy wake
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
Heaps of garbage floating in and around the Colorado River — littered plastic bottles, cans, life jackets, flip-flops and more — provided plenty of cringeworthy images for officials after the 2016 Laughlin River Regatta. The mess from the record crowd ...
Companies revamping office atmospheres to accommodate new age of workers
Friday, Aug. 3, 2018
The days of high cubicle walls, cramped quarters and private offices are on their way out, as millennials are demanding inviting, fun places to spend their workdays and find ...
Ban on smoking in public housing could be felt by Las Vegas residents
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Interviewed Southern Nevada public housing residents expressed concern over the ban’s impact on disabled and handicapped residents ...
Report: Nevada is top state for identity theft
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Nevada is the top state for people to become the victims of identity theft, according to a report released this week. Using FBI and Federal Trade Commission data from 2017, personal security website ASecureLife ranked ...
Marijuana beer to hit Las Vegas dispensaries, minus the alcohol
Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018
The latest marijuana-infused beverage — a nonalcoholic beer — could soon hit the shelves at Nevada dispensaries. California-based Two Roots Brewing Co. is producing ...
iBuyers offer another option to quickly sell homes in Las Vegas
Monday, July 30, 2018
Instead of selling their homes through traditional real estate agents, some Las Vegans are opting to sell directly to so-called iBuyers such as Opendoor. San Francisco-based Opendoor has operated in the Las Vegas Valley for ...
Tax revenue from Nevada marijuana sales set new high in May
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Revenue from the wholesale tax is allocated to fund state and local government regulation of the industry, and what’s left is deposited ...
Poker’s Chris Moorman says move to Las Vegas good for his game
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Chris Moorman, a native of England, cut his poker teeth on the online sites Poker Stars, Full Tilt and 888poker before competing in the World Series of Poker. With more than $15 million in online earnings, he holds the record for ...
Size and sizzle: Planet 13 aims to open largest dispensary in Nevada
Friday, July 20, 2018
A proposed marijuana mega-dispensary just a block off the Strip will also feature an entertainment experience with typical Las Vegas flair, its CEO said Thursday. Planet ...
New downtown pot dispensary 'shatters all stereotypes'
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Known for its Apple store-like approach to selling weed, MedMen offers its customers touchscreen stations where the components ...
Panic button maker displays devices that protect hotel workers
Thursday, July 19, 2018
When a housekeeper at many Las Vegas hotels feels their well-being is threatened or comes across a guest having a medical emergency, the solution to a fast response is closer than ever ...
Popular Las Vegas marijuana dispensary The+Source part of $56 million sale
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Nevada Organic Remedies, which owns and operates The+Source dispensaries in Las Vegas and Henderson, two cultivation facilities and a 2,500 square foot production facility ...
'Something needs to change': Parkland, Las Vegas survivors bond over gun debate
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Before the group of 15 students, most of whom were part of the Florida massacre in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, made a pair of appearances here, they visited survivors of last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas Strip ...
Las Vegans aim to bridge video broadcasting gap with new social app
Monday, July 16, 2018
Teachers, speakers and presenters will soon be able to charge consumers directly for their live videos if a group of Las Vegas tech gurus and celebrity investors have their way.
MGM Resorts says eliminating straws has caused little stir
Monday, July 16, 2018
MGM Resorts recently announced its intention to cut back on straw usage to reduce plastic waste and help protect the environment ...
Execution blocked after judge rules for drug company
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Nevada’s first state execution in 12 years was blocked today after a judge sided with a pharmaceutical company that objected to its drug being used in the lethal injection. Clark County District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez ruled in favor of drugmaker Alvogen, which sought an injunction to stop the state from using its sedative in the execution of ...
Protesters: Trump’s Supreme Court pick threatens women’s reproductive rights
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The appointment of President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court could slowly chip away at women’s reproductive rights in Nevada and across the country, a group of protesters and ...
Ely mayor: Execution a ‘reality’ of hosting a maximum-security prison
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
As Nevada prepares to carry out its first execution in more than a decade, the small, isolated town of Ely is indirectly drawing attention. Ely has about 4,000 residents and was founded in east-central Nevada in the 1870s as a trading post. The Ely State Prison, a maximum-security facility that is home to ...
Southern Nevada housing prices take rare monthly dip
Friday, July 6, 2018
The median home price in Southern Nevada was valued at a solid $290,000 in June, up 12.7 percent from last year's median price, according to a housing market report released this morning. The Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors reported June's median price was up 12.7 percent from the June 2017 median price of $257,373, but down 1.7 percent from May's median price of $295,000. GVLAR President Chris Bishop said the ...
Valley officials say reduction in illegal fireworks 'starts with culture'
Thursday, July 5, 2018
In response to record reports to local law enforcement and all-time-high amounts of illegal fireworks seized for the July Fourth holiday, valley officials Thursday urged local residents to consider the risks of ...
An Eldorado grad and a former UNLV student are turning Las Vegas into a salsa dancing hub
Thursday, July 5, 2018
New megastudio Rhythms Dance Studio and Event Center has 22 employees, 37 weekly classes and a Saturday social featuring DJs and performers from around the world.
July Fourth freebie: County offers free entry to swimming pools for holiday
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Clark County officials announced Tuesday its nine public water parks and pools will be offering free admission for Wednesday's Independence Day holiday ...
Nevada to use different drugs in upcoming execution
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
A Nevada death row inmate sentenced to be executed on July 11 will be put to death with two drugs never before used in a Nevada execution as part of a three-drug cocktail, the Nevada ...
Industry marks one year of legal recreational sales with fireworks, specials
Sunday, July 1, 2018
The line at Reef Dispensary didn’t stretch around the perimeter of the building Sunday morning like it did a year ago for the launch of recreational marijuana sales in Nevada. But a crowd of …
Las Vegas marijuana dispensary shutters after robbery
Saturday, June 30, 2018
A marijuana dispensary in the central valley closed its doors just one day before the one-year anniversary of recreational marijuana sales in Nevada after police say three thieves looted it ...
Marijuana for your health: Understand the chemical compounds in cannabis
Friday, June 29, 2018
Tony Candelaria, a budtender at the Exhale Nevada marijuana dispensary, spent his early career educating people about nutrition and fitness as a personal trainer and smoothie ...
Have a blast: Where to see Fourth of July fireworks
Friday, June 29, 2018
There will be plenty of opportunities to see fireworks shows this year — and not just on the Fourth of July. The professional aerial displays will start as early as Saturday and continue ...
Nevada marijuana tax revenue blows past 12-month projections
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Tax revenue from marijuana sales in Nevada surpassed official projections for the first year of recreational sales in just 10 months. Authorities said $6.55 million in state marijuana tax was raised in April, putting Nevada at $55.53 million in total tax collections since ...
Legal weed celebrates first year in Nevada
Sales have reached $305 million so far, but the new industry's success has not been without growing pains
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Preliminary economic analyses of the Silver State’s fastest-growing industry estimate that legal recreational cannabis raked in about $305 million in sales from July 2017 to March and could contribute more than ...
Las Vegas officials discuss possibility of marijuana lounges
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Las Vegas city officials on Wednesday discussed a proposed ordinance to allow licensed marijuana establishment operators to open lounges where adults could consume the plant ...
Las Vegas seeks public input on marijuana lounges
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Less than four months after Las Vegas said it wouldn’t consider allowing public marijuana consumption lounges until at least 2019, city officials are again entertaining the idea ...
24 hours no more: Some Las Vegas stores closing early
Monday, June 25, 2018
Las Vegas has always been considered a quintessential 24-hour city, a place where anything done at 3 p.m. can also be done at 3 a.m. But in recent years, some round-the-clock discount stores, supermarkets and pharmacies have been cutting back their hours and ...
Trump goes on the attack for Heller, Laxalt in Las Vegas speech
Saturday, June 23, 2018
President Donald Trump today made the first of what is expected to be several campaign stops in Las Vegas this election season in support of Nevada’s leading ...
Henderson keeps up pressure on pot dispensaries to find banks
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but officials in Henderson are still urging the city’s five dispensaries to find financial institutions to deposit their cash as soon as possible ...
Vaping industry credits economy, lower taxes for its migration to Las Vegas
Monday, June 18, 2018
When they were first mass produced, e-cigarettes and vaping products formed an industry widely considered to be a dud in the United States. But in recent years, the battery-powered vaporizer industry has taken off.
Heller, Rosen win primaries, setting up high-stakes Senate showdown
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The only surprise in Tuesday’s primary elections for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat might have been that the race wasn't called even sooner. Incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democrat Jacky Rosen were declared the winners within about an hour of the polls closing ...
Combating the fire hazard of indoor marijuana farms
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Owners of marijuana cultivation facilities are encouraged to remain in communication with fire officials, who say knowing the chemicals used on weed plants in advance of an emergency can save lives and pot crops ...
Voting in the elections? Here’s what to expect at polling locations
Friday, June 8, 2018
Several rules apply for candidates, staffers and poll volunteers to ensure that all voters have a fair and unbiased experience and Nevada polling places don’t turn into campaign rallies ...
Student robotics teams from Southern Nevada shine at world championships
Saturday, June 2, 2018
A group of elementary and middle school students from Southern Nevada competed late last month at the world championships for robotics design ...
'It’s in nobody’s interest': Scholars say impact of a strike would bleed into local economy
Thursday, May 31, 2018
If 50,000 Culinary Union workers in Las Vegas follow through on a proposed strike starting Friday, the economic impact would extend far beyond the 34 affected Strip and downtown resorts, scholars said Wednesday. UNLV’s Stephen Miller, director of the school’s Center for Business and Economic Research, said ...
Las Vegas pot dispensary to reopen after six-day suspension
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
The first marijuana dispensary to have its license suspended by the Nevada Department of Taxation had that ban lifted Wednesday afternoon and was prepared to reopen ...
Union: Strike would cost casinos over $300 million in first month
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
A threatened strike by 50,000 members of the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas starting Friday would cost 34 casinos on the Strip and downtown more than $300 million in ...
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 ...

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