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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 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 ...
'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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...