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October 22, 2018

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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 National Guard shows off new search-and-rescue helicopters
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
As recently as this decade, a search-and-rescue mission aided by the Nevada National Guard would look something like this: a clunky Vietnam War-era OH-58 Kiowa chopper, capable of ...
Las Vegas pot advocacy group urges U.S. to follow Canada’s legalization lead
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
A mega marijuana bud prop dropped in Toronto Wednesday morning as a symbolic start to federal recreational marijuana legalization in Canada. In other parts of the country, eager weed buyers lined up by the hundreds outside the now-legal pot stores to ...
Culinary workers urge protection for immigrants under federal programs
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
With the future of immigrants under two federal relief programs in limbo, about 200 union workers in Las Vegas met today with Democratic political candidates and federal lawmakers, urging them to ...
Marijuana advocates want changes to Nevada employment, DUI laws
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Marijuana advocates want to see Nevada laws changed to prevent employers from firing workers for smoking pot and to raise the amount of ...
Tribal mega-dispensary in Las Vegas celebrates anniversary with fanfare, vendors
Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
The one-year anniversary celebration of the valley’s largest cannabis dispensary had the qualities of ...
Desert Pines grinds out pivotal win over Legacy, 15-8
Friday, Oct. 12, 2018
A high-stakes game with 4A Northeast division implications was for the first three quarters controlled by the Legacy Longhorns on their homecoming night ...
Inaugural UNLV fundraiser seeks more alumni donations
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
More alumni donors would help improve UNLV’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s list of best universities, an Alumni Association executive said today. Standing among about 100 people gathered for a rally launching UNLV’s inaugural #RebelsGive fundraiser, UNLV Alumni Association Senior Vice President Chad Warren said the percentage of alumni who donate is indicated as “alumni satisfaction” in the ...
MedMen opens new dispensary, releases Nevada-specific line of products
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
MedMen opened its second Las Vegas marijuana dispensary October 6.
Las Vegas Paiutes to open second marijuana dispensary with drive-thru
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018
A second Nevada tribal marijuana dispensary will soon be operating in the northwest valley, expected to open by early next year. The second Nuwu Cannabis Marketplace, owned ...
Entrepreneurs work to expand marijuana industry workforce
Monday, Oct. 8, 2018
It’s a Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, and while many in the Valley are watching the second week of the NFL season or spending time with their families, dozens of locals are tucked away in a warehouse learning how to sell legal marijuana.

'I’d lose everything': Immigrants in Las Vegas unite to preserve protected status
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
Pablo Deras escaped natural disaster and poverty in his home country of El Salvador nearly two decades ago to make his American dream come true in Las Vegas. A janitor at the Wynn, Deras, 38, worked up to three jobs to provide for his wife and now 13-year-old son since moving to the United States in 2001. Thanks to ...
How to protect yourself from hackers and email phishers
Friday, Oct. 5, 2018
As technology improves, hackers have become smarter and their techniques more advanced. The personal information of innocent and unknowing victims, many of whom live in Las Vegas, is out there for the taking. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission estimates an average of 12 million Americans have their identities compromised each year in the form of their driver’s license, Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers, resulting in more than ...
Festival survivors find healing at memorial blood drive
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018
Talking about her stageside experience at last year’s country music festival still brings Las Vegan Lisa Donahue to tears. Donahue thinks about her 13-year-old daughter, who was at her side listening to Jason Aldean before ...
Revival reminds that Las Vegas shines in face of Oct. 1 tragedy
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
Tony and Linda Blache of Las Vegas wore matching black T-shirts with Route 91 printed on them — a reference to the music festival that turned tragic last year when a gunman opened fire on ...
Scholarship fund will help children of those killed in Oct. 1 shooting
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
After losing their daughter in the Oct. 1 Strip shooting, Debbie and Chris Davis found themselves thrust into a virtual role they hadn’t played in many years — parents. Neysa Tonks, a single mother, left behind ...
Las Vegas faith leaders unite for emotional Oct. 1 service on the Strip
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
“This past year has been a time of unthinkable pain and raw emotion for the Las Vegas community,” Bishop George Leo Thomas told the crowd. “But it has also been a time when Las Vegas has revealed the best the human family has to offer, the resilience of the human spirit in the face of incalculable odds.”
'We’ve become stronger': Victims’ families talk resiliency at Oct. 1 art exhibit
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
But between the tears, hugs and countless words of encouragement, many of the dozens in attendance for an art exhibit highlighting the 58 casualties ...
'The first of its kind': Mega entertainment venue behind Venetian breaks ground
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
With a height rivaling that of the Strip casinos a block away, a proposed 18,000-seat globe-shaped facility with a 160,000-square-foot LED screen will be a gigantic ...
Key figure behind Oct. 1 memorial events touts resilience of Las Vegas community
Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
A year after tragedy, Las Vegas is stronger than ever. That’s according to the man behind the valley’s many community events to mark the nation’s deadliest mass shooting ...
Medical marijuana patient involved in fatal crash gets probation
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
A Las Vegas medical marijuana patient charged in the reckless driving death of a valley resident was issued a significantly lesser-than-expected sentence ...
'We all came together': Museum exhibit details grieving, recovery after last year's mass shooting
Monday, Sept. 24, 2018
The “How We Mourned” exhibit aims to educate future generations on how Las Vegas and its millions of tourists reacted to the largest mass shooting in modern American history ...
In Las Vegas, supporters say those who dislike Trump 'just don’t get it'
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
Trump’s detractors, many of whom were vocal in their displeasure outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, have repeatedly said he’s unfit for office. They say ...
Nevada Resort Association urges delay on marijuana lounges
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
Nevada’s leading gaming and resort advocacy group is urging Las Vegas officials to hold off on a proposed ordinance to allow marijuana consumption lounges. Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine said the proposed hookah-style lounges ...
Q+A: Related CEO bullish on Las Vegas economy, upscale rental projects
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018
The Miami-based luxury home rental company plans to have as many as three projects costing an estimated $300 million in the valley by the end of 2019 ...
Myriad acts of courage under duress highlighted by Metro in emotional ceremony
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
Officers Patrick Burke and Michael Tran were among over 150 Metro officials awarded for their heroism in the Oct. 1 mass shooting. Burke, who was stationed stageside during Jason Aldean’s performance before shots started raining down, was presented with ...
'We charge way too much': Why Nevada's pot prices are expected to drop
Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
Nevada’s comparatively high pot prices are due to costs paid by dispensaries to state-mandated testing labs and a tax on the plant as high as 38 percent in some cities by ...
Metal detectors considered after rash of school gun incidents
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018
With seven gun-related incidents on school grounds this year, including the fatal shooting of a high school student Tuesday in North Las Vegas, officials are considering additional safety measures such as ...
Henderson Police: Woman in wheelchair killed by passing car
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
A woman is dead after Henderson Police say a truck crashed into her electric wheelchair Sunday night ...
Las Vegas teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
A former Clark County School District teacher was arrested Sunday on sexual misconduct charges for actions with an underage student ...
Community remembers 8-year-old crash victim with candles, prayer
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
Levi Echenique’s favorite book was the Bible, his favorite places church and the baseball diamond. The 8-year-old whose life was cut short in an Aug. 31 car crash was remembered by ...
Tax incentives for businesses that invest in underserved areas
Monday, Sept. 10, 2018
One of the big changes resulting from last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will soon reach lower-income Nevada communities. The Opportunity Zone program offers significant federal income tax incentives for investors who put their money in communities deemed most in need by ...
Marijuana industry prepares for release of new dispensary licenses
Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018
Dozens of new state licenses for recreational marijuana facilities will be issued during the next few months to a limited number of applicants, reshaping the landscape of Nevada’s marijuana industry. Per the voter-approved Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Question 2 on the November 2016 ballot, only current state pot license holders—including cultivators and ...
Athletes tout medical benefits of pot as physicians warn of overuse
Monday, Sept. 3, 2018
If 18-year NBA veteran Cliff Robinson had been as transparent about his marijuana usage decades ago as he is now, his career may not have been the same ...
'I'm alive again': Las Vegas marijuana patients celebrate plant’s life-changing role
Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018
Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after waking up during a botched surgery, Las Vegas native Kara Sharpe reached a point of taking three opiate painkillers a day ...
Pot-infused beer debuts at Las Vegas dispensary
Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Marijuana users in Nevada can now ingest cannabis in the form of an ice cold brew. Two Roots Brewing Co. debuted its new line of marijuana beers at ...
'The evidence is there': Medical professionals say pot an expanding part of children’s medicine
Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
“Cannabis is safe, especially under medical supervision. People worry that using cannabis would make kids worse, but we’re finding the exact opposite is true.”
Nevada marijuana industry collects 140 percent of initial tax projections in first year
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
“Nevada’s first year with a legal adult-use market has not only exceeded revenue expectations but proven to be a largely successful one from a regulatory standpoint.”
Las Vegas could see first marijuana lounges open by end of year
Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Las Vegas officials are working to open the state’s first marijuana consumption lounges by the end of the year. The proposal calls for hookah-style lounges, where legal quantities of pot can be consumed by ...
Anatomy of a thunderstorm
Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
Knee-deep in monsoon season, the Las Vegas Valley is trending slightly above average for precipitation during the desert’s wettest time of the year. With clouds and precipitation come thunderstorms, to which the valley has not been a stranger this summer ...
Five reasons to consider investing in a medical marijuana card
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
While the number of medical marijuana cardholders in the state has slipped from its May 2017 high of 28,000, investing in a card still has its perks ...
Nevada's pot industry struggling to overtake black market, advocate says
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
One year into the legalization of recreational marijuana in Nevada, more than half the state’s pot sales are still taking place on the illegal market, said the president of the state’s leading cannabis advocacy association. Andrew Jolley, head of the Nevada Dispensary Association and owner of The+Source dispensaries, said ...
Water authority ups bounty for removing grass
Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Landscaper Dane Keiser is bracing for a surge in business after the Southern Nevada Water Authority upped its bounty for removing grass to conserve water. Instead of paying $2 per square foot of grass exchanged for ...
'Priceless': Young Las Vegan’s dream comes true with Chainsmokers at the Wynn
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018
Sarah Hodge grew up wanting to be like everyone else but faced limits because of dealing with cystic fibrosis. On Friday night, she experienced something that few of her peers could ever dream of. Hodge, 18, spent her Friday night as a special guest at ...
Home means Nevada (for Californians, Utahans and Arizonans, too)
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018
While the addition of more than 100,000 residents since 2016 and three professional sports teams has certainly had a positive role in helping the market, those in the industry claim our local growth is thanks to Vegas’ booming economy ...
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 ...
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 ...

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