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July 27, 2017

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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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Judge won’t let family members visit man shot by police
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A man accused of leading a Metro Police officer on a chase through the parking lot of a northwest valley shopping mall before grabbing a gun and moving to point it at the officer had his ...
Preliminary hearing set for man accused of fatal stabbing
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
A man arrested in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man last week near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo Road made his first appearance in court today and was given a preliminary hearing date for ...
Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry ramping up delivery services to meet demand
Monday, July 24, 2017
The front door to a house in a Summerlin subdivision opens, and Marie Shannon smiles and welcomes Quan Chanthavong into her home. The 34-year-old delivery man ...
Vehicle fire creates smoke column visible across valley
Thursday, July 20, 2017
A vehicle caught fire today near the Las Vegas airport, sending a dark plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen across the valley. The Clark County Fire Department responded ...
Arraignment delayed for suspect in killings in rental car
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A man accused of fatally shooting two people inside a rental car last month and critically wounding a third with a bullet to the head had his arraignment delayed until Friday after telling a ...
Man accused of DUI in fatal crash gets new hearing date
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A judge reset a preliminary hearing today for a man facing DUI counts in a crash that left two Las Vegas teens dead.
Las Vegas Justice Court Judge Suzan Baucum rescheduled the hearing for ...
Nevada adopts emergency rules to combat weed bottleneck
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Distributors previously operating in Nevada’s medical marijuana program may soon enter the recreational marijuana market after the Nevada Tax Commission today approved emergency regulations to reopen distribution licensing. The Nevada Tax Commission voted to let the Department of Taxation again ...
Why marijuana dispensaries now need to focus on gaining market share
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Most marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas reported similar results during the first week of legal recreation sales: Long lines of eager customers and strong revenue. That was ...
Nevada’s recreational marijuana industry has powerful momentum
Monday, July 10, 2017
Through the first four days of legalization, starting July 1, the new industry made $3 million in sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association (NDA). That breaks down to $750,000 per day, and about $125,000 in taxes.
Static electricity blamed for small fire at marijuana dispensary
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Static electricity was blamed for a small fire Wednesday night that briefly closed a marijuana dispensary and cultivation facility near the Las Vegas Strip and caused about ...
First days of recreational marijuana sales generate about $500,000 in taxes
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
The first four days of legal recreational marijuana sales generated $3 million in sales revenue and about $500,000 in tax revenue, putting Nevada on pace to achieve an estimated $30 million in sales revenue over the next six months of recreational sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association. The sales figure was ...
Recreation sales bring record business to Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Decades of what those in the marijuana industry called prohibition of the plant paid off handily for Las Vegas dispensaries on the first day of legal recreational sales in Nevada ...
'Here for the history': Recreational marijuana sales get underway in Las Vegas
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Playing cellphone games and making small talk with her boyfriend to pass the time, Destiny Diaz stood in line for nearly three hours at the Jardin Premium Cannabis dispensary in central Las Vegas to celebrate what some were calling the end of marijuana prohibition in Nevada. “It’s a great day ...
Las Vegas marijuana laws: Your guide to buying and using weed
Friday, June 30, 2017
Nevada is one of eight states allowing recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over, and on Saturday will become the first of four states that legalized recreational sales in last November’s election to open its recreational dispensaries for business. Nevada adults ...
Quick resolution predicted in marijuana distribution fight
Thursday, June 29, 2017
A legal skirmish over recreational marijuana distribution rights will be resolved quickly, as sales get ready to kick off this weekend, the head of a dispensary group ...
Where to buy recreational marijuana in Las Vegas
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Where can I buy marijuana in Las Vegas? There are three dozen recreational dispensaries for your Las Vegas weed needs ...
‘Amsterdam on steroids’: Las Vegas dispensaries brace for Saturday start of recreational sales
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Farma was one of more than 100 dispensaries across Oregon to start recreational sales that day, the majority of which loaded up on staffers and inventory to handle lines with ...
Sudden blow: Despite major wind events, speeds down on average this year
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
March through June is the Las Vegas Valley’s windiest period of the year, as the desert moves from its mildly chilly winter weather into its blistering hot summer climate, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. If the valley feels especially windy, that’s just because we are winding down the naturally windiest time of the year here. On average, this year is no windier than any other year. ...
Mexican restaurant Casa Don Juan to open Henderson location
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
One of the valley’s favorite Mexican restaurants is opening a location in Henderson next month. Casa Don Juan, a Michoacán-influenced restaurant that has operated in downtown Las Vegas since the mid-1990s and ...
Five thoughts: Mumford and Sons at the Joint (June 24)
Monday, June 26, 2017
Not all shows need an encore, though Saturday’s deserved one.
Medical pot dealers cleared for recreational sales in Clark County, Las Vegas
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Officials in Clark County and Las Vegas approved a combined 37 dual-use permits Wednesday for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling recreational marijuana ...
After court ruling, what’s next for recreational marijuana in Nevada?
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
With Tuesday’s ruling temporarily eliminating 88 marijuana distributors from Nevada’s new recreational marijuana program, industry leaders say they are scrambling to make ...
After judge's ruling, July 1 early start date for recreational marijuana in jeopardy
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
A Nevada judge granted a preliminary injunction today to liquor distributors for the state’s new recreational marijuana program to put a ...
Judge mulling Nevada bid for recreational pot sales July 1
Monday, June 19, 2017
The fate of the Nevada marijuana industry’s July 1 start date for recreational sales will wait at least one more day, as a judge in Carson City did not rule Monday on whether to ...
‘Now is our time to enjoy‘: EDC attendees come from far and wide
Monday, June 19, 2017
Revelers from all over the globe converge at one of biggest events in electronic dance music.
Man dies at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas
Monday, June 19, 2017
Morse is the first reported death at the music festival in 2017. His cause and manner of death are still pending ...
About 400,000 attend three days of EDC in Las Vegas
Monday, June 19, 2017
Police made 38 felony arrests — all but four of which were narcotics-related — in the late hours of Sunday night and early hours of Monday morning ...
EDC Night 2: Another 135,000 attendees, arrests down from last year
Sunday, June 18, 2017
More than 135,000 people attended Night 2 of the Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the number of felony arrests made by Metro Police dipped slightly from last year’s record totals ...
Overheard on Electric Daisy Carnival Night 2
Sunday, June 18, 2017
"f I can’t get in, I’ll just get a taco and rave outside."
Police: EDC begins with 'normal' number of arrests, large number of medical calls
Saturday, June 17, 2017
An estimated 136,000 festivalgoers attended the first day of the 2017 Electric Daisy Carnival at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Friday, and a minimal percentage of them found themselves in trouble with the law.
Electric Daisy Carnival opens in Las Vegas with nearly 140,000 attendees
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Locals and tourists alike danced the night away, sporting a wide range of costumes from surfers in board shorts to showgirls in pasties and even full body paint. Many exchanged “kandi” rave beads and were dressed in as little as legally allowed to ...
New hospitals aimed at 'unserved and underserved communities'
Friday, June 16, 2017
Four new Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican hospitals are slated to open this year in the valley, with an innovative model and a goal of enriching the local landscape of health care.
Marijuana is legal in Nevada, but not at Electric Daisy Carnival
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Pack your patience and leave your weed behind for this weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival. Illegal drugs and blistering temperatures mix poorly, local authorities warned in advance of the festival. Representatives from Metro Police, Nevada Highway Patrol and organizing group Insomniac Events urged ...
How a tourist destination can maintain its appeal in an era of crisis events
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Security experts from across the world discussed the components of a robust tourism industry, including safety, health and enjoyment Tuesday at ...
'We will continue to fight hate': Local LGBT community honors Pulse victims
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Members of the Las Vegas gay and lesbian communities shared hugs, tears and some isolated moments of joy on Monday as rainbow-colored flags wafted softly in ...
Sandoval signs 3 marijuana bills into law, vetoes one
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Medical marijuana cards will now cost as low as $50 for Nevada patients, edible products will come in opaque, child-proof packages and a 10 percent excise tax on sales of ...
U.S. men escape Estadio Azteca with 1-1 tie against Mexico
Sunday, June 11, 2017
They played to win and not to lose, according to their manager, and the United States escaped with a 1-1 tie Saturday in Estadio Azteca, thanks to a goal for the ages from their captain.
Nevada pot industry still hoping for July 1 recreational sales kickoff despite restraining order
Friday, June 9, 2017
An order issued by a Nevada court in Carson City to prevent the state’s new marijuana regulating body from moving forward with a July 1 start date for recreational weed sales has the industry holding its breath but ...
Recreational pot advocates pleased with Nevada Legislature’s strides
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Legislators in favor of propelling Nevada’s marijuana industry will have most of their wishes fulfilled if Gov. Brian Sandoval keeps a commitment to sign at least one of ...
ESAs' loss of earmarked money from pot tax is rainy day fund's gain
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
A 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales initially proposed to help pay for Education Savings Accounts will instead bolster Nevada’s rainy day fund after legislators chose not to move forward with the school voucher program ...
Las Vegas’ latest marijuana trend: enhanced yoga
Monday, June 5, 2017
Retired Army Ranger Tim Ray sat on a yoga mat with his long legs crossed, inhaling from a double-barrel wooden mouthpiece with two marijuana joints sticking out. Ray, whose 12 years in the military included stints in Afghanistan and Iraq, exhaled smoke from his mouth and nose — a combination of Stardawg indica and Jack Herer sativa strains — to help relax his mind for an ...
What to know about Clark County's new academic calendar
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Students in the Clark County School District will come back from summer two weeks earlier this year, starting classes Aug. 14.
Vetoed pot bills are dead as Senate moves not to vote again on them
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Two marijuana bills passed through the Nevada State Legislature but vetoed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval earlier this week were officially thrown out during a Senate Floor session on Saturday. ...
Nevada tribes a step closer to legally growing, selling marijuana
Friday, June 2, 2017
Native American tribal governments in Nevada will now be able to negotiate directly with the governor’s office on marijuana, thanks to legislation passed Friday. Senate Bill 375, which opens the door for legal negotiations on ...
Squashing of pot tax, ESA funding leaves political leaders fuming
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Republicans walked out of the Senate chambers after disagreements over Education Savings Accounts led a proposed tax on recreational pot to fail twice ...
Nevada governor vetoes 2 marijuana bills, others awaiting action
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed bills to create apprenticeships in the legal marijuana business and to add opioid addiction to the list of qualifying medical conditions for ...
8 marijuana bills awaiting fate in final days of Legislature
Thursday, June 1, 2017
With only five days left in Nevada's legislative session, much of marijuana’s future in the state is still in limbo. Four marijuana regulation bills are still making ...
With recreational weed sales coming, what will happen to medical marijuana in Nevada?
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Denver dispensary is called Medicine Man and was founded on serving medical marijuana patients. Yet, since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana sales three years ago, few of ...
UNLV student has passion for science, wins national scholarship for efforts
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Payne’s passion for science and work in Dr. Brian Hedlund’s microbiology lab at UNLV paved the way for his recent selection as a 2017 Goldwater Scholar, which is given to 240 university students each year. Payne, a 20-year-old junior, is the first ...
Croatia surprises Mexico in international friendly, wins 2-1
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Lovre Kalinic had 12 saves and forwards Duje Cop and Fran Tudor scored back-to-back goals in a span of less than a minute in the opening half to lead Croatia to a 2-1 victory over Mexico ...

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