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February 19, 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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How to protect your creative ideas
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
The Las Vegas Valley is full of creative thinkers and new ideas. Attorneys involved in protecting those ideas estimate that as many as 1 million new concepts for products and services hit the Las Vegas market annually, and thousands are eventually issued government-approved protection as “intellectual property.”
Some things to know about getting married on Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas
Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
Up to 1,000 eager couples are expected to flock to Las Vegas on Valentine’s Day to tie the knot in the marriage capital of the United States. The Feb. 14 marriages will be among some 80,000 anticipated in Clark County this year at ...
Strong-bonded couple dancing their way to 75th anniversary in Las Vegas
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
The anniversary festivities will come one day after Onesino celebrates his 100th birthday with family and friends over a family meal ...
Comparing recreational marijuana: Nevada vs. California
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018
Almost 100 dispensaries across San Diego, San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley are among California stores licensed to sell recreational marijuana. A study from the University of California, Davis, estimates the state’s industry, once fully operating, could be worth as much as ...
Council members tackle strategic plan for Las Vegas’ future
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Creating new iconic spaces for Las Vegas’ 43 million annual visitors, residents and businesses will allow the city to remain the entertainment capital of the world for the near future, members of ...
Las Vegas marijuana dispensaries offer Valentine’s Day deals on weed
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Five pairs of customers and those who referred them will be selected for a free candle-lit dinner ...
Deadline approaching for aid for Oct. 1 victims and families
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
Victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas have until Jan. 31 to apply for aid from a local fund ...
Cheba Hut in Las Vegas makes no secret about its pro-pot stance
Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
A framed picture of the Mona Lisa with a joint protruding from her mouth adorns the wall at Cheba Hut, Las Vegas’ only pot-themed sandwich store. Cheba Hut is located next to The+Source dispensary at 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd., falling in line with the chain’s other 19 locations ...
Porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleged affair with Trump, to appear at Las Vegas strip club
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
An adult entertainer who claimed she had an affair with President Donald Trump will be performing at a Las Vegas strip club Friday. Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, was allegedly paid $130,000 in ...
Nevada Democrats protest Laxalt’s absence in pot banking letter
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
If the marijuana industry doesn’t soon have easier access to protected banking, legal pot companies will continue to face safety hazards while hauling around large amounts of cash, argued three prominent Nevada Democrats, condemned Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt for ...
Porn expo boss says performers, not companies, driving industry in age of social media
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
With almost 35,000 attendees from 35 countries and over 800 industry stars set to participate, the annual AVN Adult Entertainment Expo arrives this week at the Hard Rock Hotel for the ...
Showcase Theater closes, leaving Strip without a movie house
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
The only movie theater on the Las Vegas Strip has closed after more than 20 years, a manager said today. The eight-screen at the Showcase mall ...
Five thoughts: Katy Perry at T-Mobile Arena (January 20)
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
Her production was second to none.
Nevada marijuana biz rakes in $5.5 million in November
Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Tax proceeds from Nevada’s marijuana sales exceeded expectations in November, adding to already better-than-average figures from the four previous months of legal recreational pot sales. The industry brought in more than $5.5 million in November ...
Is this man the new best friend of illegal pot sellers?
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018
A possible federal crackdown presents a risk to Nevada buyers in the safety of both the buying experience and the quality product. Instead of shopping for highly regulated and tested marijuana products …
MGM Resorts, Three Square expanding program to feed the needy
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018
Serving the homeless in Southern Nevada meals of “dignity and class” may provide the inspiration they need to take the next steps ...
Tax Commission approves new marijuana regulations
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
Just over six months after sales of recreational marijuana began in Nevada, the state’s Tax Commission today approved permanent regulations to govern the industry. The eight-member commission voted ...
What would a pot shutdown look like in Nevada?
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wasn’t joking when he said he believed marijuana use in the U.S. “should be minimized.” On Jan. 4, the Department of Justice head rescinded Obama-era guidelines — most notably the Cole and Wilkinson memorandums — that provided marijuana-legal states an opportunity to operate their ...
Pence thanks troops, pushes military funding at Nellis rally
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
In the second of two Las Vegas stops on Thursday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence extended an emphatic thanks to troops on hand while pushing President Donald Trump’s agenda to increase military spending before a temporary budget agreement to keep ...
Las Vegas plan to develop, open marijuana lounges on hold after Sessions' move
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018
Las Vegas’ plan to be the first major U.S. city to develop and open lounges for marijuana consumption is now in limbo in the wake of recent action by federal authorities. Officials representing the city of Las Vegas and Clark County said Monday that neither entity is immediately proceeding with previously discussed ideas to implement the lounges after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued ...
Nevada pot industry holding breath after U.S. shift on marijuana
Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
A memo today that said federal authorities would be rescinding a Department of Justice document that protected states’ rights to establish legal marijuana operations was ...
Did you miss the ACA deadline? Don’t panic
Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
Obamacare enrollment has ended, but agents can still help you get health insurance.
10 things to know before celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Las Vegas Strip
Friday, Dec. 29, 2017
Las Vegas will welcome an estimated 330,000 visitors from across the globe for its New Year’s Eve celebration. For those on the Strip, that means big parties, large crowds, and — without the proper preparation — potentially dangerous circumstances. Officials have put together tips for ...
Police: Dispute over ‘respect’ preceded triple shooting
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017
After gunfire erupted at a southeast valley house Friday afternoon, the suspect in a triple slaying told the homeowner to take care of her dog “because she was ...
Security beefed up on Strip for New Year's Eve
Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
The Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee nearly tripled the security budget to keep locals and tourists safe on the biggest party night of the year in Las Vegas.
Las Vegan reunited with mother, sisters after more than 40 years apart
Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
Las Vegan Kim Morrison left her war-torn village in Vietnam as a teenager and hadn’t seen her mother or sisters since. In November, nearly 40 years later, she returned to her homeland. Armed with photos and names, she traveled the countryside interviewing strangers, until she was reunited with her long lost family.
Vegas ready to welcome 300k for NYE party on Strip, downtown
Metro Police next week will discuss heightened security measure in wake of Oct. 1 mass shooting
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017
Officials didn’t answer questions regarding heightened security in the wake of the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip. They deferred questions ...
Here's how to keep the peace with family at holiday get-togethers
Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
Sitting down at a holiday dinner with family and relatives can present a daunting challenge for many in the Las Vegas Valley and across the country ...
Nevada marijuana tax brings in $5.8 million in October
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
Tax proceeds on Nevada’s marijuana sales is continuing an upward trajectory, establishing a new monthly high in October during the fourth month of the ...
UNLV celebrates 'a huge deal' in winter graduation ceremony
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
Graduates at Tuesday’s ceremony ranged in age from 19 to 75, and originate from 31 U.S. states and 42 international countries. About 85-percent ...
The status of immigration under Trump: A look at TPS
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Since the election of President Donald Trump, immigrants have felt uneasy about their status in this country. We look at the possibility of a wall along the border with Mexico, the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the travel ban, the H-1B Visa program and Temporary Protected Status.
Trump's travel ban, border wall spark controversy: Locals fight back
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Since the election of President Donald Trump, immigrants have felt uneasy about their status in this country. We look at the possibility of a wall along the border with Mexico, the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the travel ban, the H-1B Visa program and Temporary Protected Status.
A Dreamer's lament: 'I don’t want these to be the last holidays that I spend with my family'
Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Since the election of President Donald Trump, immigrants have felt uneasy about their status in this country. We look at the possibility of a wall along the border with Mexico, the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the travel ban, the H-1B Visa program and Temporary Protected Status.
Dispensaries trading free weed for holiday donations
Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017
Rob Ruckus, a worker at Inyo Fine Cannabis dispensary in Las Vegas, grabbed a tub of more than 50 canned food items Thursday morning to load into his pickup truck. Over the last couple weeks, donated food — items such as ...
Holiday health fair organizers offer help with insurance enrollment
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
An event Friday in the southeast valley will offer locals a final chance to connect with licensed professionals and enroll in a 2018 health care plan ...
Marijuana leaders, city officials discuss pot lounge ordinance
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Officials want to make Las Vegas the country’s first city to allow marijuana smoking lounges, and hope to do so by ...
Police: Sergeant feared for others’ safety before shooting
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
After being cornered by Metro Police officers last week, an attempted robbery suspect with a baseball bat shattered the front door and got into a central valley convenience store, prompting a sergeant to ...
Agassi says latest charter school ‘a dream come realized’
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
With more than 1.2 million students nationwide waiting to get into public charter schools, it is important to expand such opportunities, charter advocates said today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new school in the east valley ...
Nevada marijuana industry sees L.A. legalization as ‘mostly positive’
Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
News that recreational marijuana sales could begin in Los Angeles as early as next month was greeted warmly by leaders in Nevada’s weed industry on Wednesday. Legal recreational sales in L.A. would more likely benefit the pot industry here than hurt it, advocates said. “It’s mostly positive. We’ve heard from ...
What you need to know before feeding your dog or cat marijuana
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
By some estimates, up to 8 million dogs and cats in the U.S. use medical marijuana. They aren’t smoking it and they aren’t getting high, but many pet owners are using it to ...
Last rounds on the Strip: Golf course made big impressions, but succumbs to economics
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
For more than a decade, the Wynn Golf Course has pampered guests and impressed players with its manicured playing surface. The only course on the Strip, it was a tribute to the Desert Inn Golf Club and revered by local dignitaries and visiting celebrities. But this month, the last rounds will be played at the Wynn.
Security company honors employee killed in Strip shooting
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
Angelica Cervantes fought back tears as she embraced Jay Purves, Nevada vice president for Contemporary Services Corp., in a small parking lot just off the Las Vegas Strip. In sight, less than 1,000 feet away, were the grounds where ...
Benny Tso, Chairman, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.
Joe Brezny & Scot Rutledge, Industry Advocates
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.
Tick Segerblom, State Senator
Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
These are some of the men and women responsible for cannabis' overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada.
'A problem and a dilemma:' Nevada gaming committee tussles on marijuana’s future in casinos
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
The group of gaming leaders, politicians and attorneys made their opinions clear during the nearly five-hour public session, painting a hopeful picture for the plant’s future in ...
Legalization a boon to more than just marijuana markets
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
Legalization of marijuana in eight states ­— including Nevada — in last year’s election has opened the floodgates for pot businesses to make money. That’s according to ...
Minority chambers offer a guiding hand to entrepreneurs, small businesses
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
More than 2,300 combined members in the Las Vegas Urban, Asian and Latin chambers of commerce — including MGM Resorts International, Boyd Gaming and Wynn Las Vegas — bring billions of dollars each year for the Las Vegas economy. The three chambers are among the largest local organizations that focus on helping minorities with business networking, outreach and political representation.
Miss Universe contestants come from far and wide, relish Las Vegas opportunity
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017
Farah Sedky moved her hands expressively, beaming as she described her first trip to the United States this week for Sunday’s Miss Universe pageant at Planet Hollywood. Miss Egypt said she isn’t just a beauty queen but a citizen using ...
'A great stocking-stuffer': Deals on recreational marijuana enter Black Friday frenzy
Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
American shoppers will take to malls, warehouses and brick-and-mortar outlets Friday for what has long been one of the most lucrative days for retail companies across the country. In Nevada, for the first time, Black Friday will include legal recreational marijuana. And just like big-box retailers, pot stores are rolling out the deals in hopes that ...

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