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Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years.  He started his career at View Neighborhood News, the community edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. During his seven years with the R-J, he won several first place awards from the Nevada Press Association and was named its 2011 Journalist of Merit. He left the paper in 2017 and spent a year as a freelance journalist accumulating bylines anywhere from The Washington Post to Desert Companion. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues. Born and mostly raised in Las Vegas, Lyle graduated from UNLV with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is currently working on his master's in Communications through an online program at Syracuse University. In his spare time, Lyle cooks through Ina Garten recipes in hopes of one day becoming the successor to the Barefoot Contessa throne. When he isn’t cooking (or eating), he also enjoys reading, running and re-watching episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” He is also in the process of learning kickboxing.

Democrats include youth violence prevention bill in reconciliation package

By: - September 15, 2021

When U.S. Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford was 19, his father was shot and killed. He almost lost his mother as well, who struggled with drug addiction before she became sober 26 years ago. Nearly three decades later, Horsford sat at the West Las Vegas Library on Monday listening to a group of predominantly Black youth […]

Board of Health approves vaccine mandate for prison staff, state health workers

By: - September 10, 2021

In order to prevent COVID-19 from surging at prisons and state-licensed health facilities, the Nevada Board of Health voted Friday to mandate employees at those facilities get vaccinated.  Only four of the six board members were present Friday, but they voted unanimously to require Nevada Department of Correction’ staff and state health workers to become […]

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House reconciliation package would provide path to citizenship

By: and - September 8, 2021

A provision tucked in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would direct Congress to chart a path for citizenship for millions of undocumented people. If passed, the House provision would provide a pathway to citizenship for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, often referred to as Dreamers; farmworkers; those who hold a Temporary […]

Nevada prisons flunked pandemic response, new report says

By: - September 1, 2021

Nevada failed to keep its incarcerated population safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to findings by the Prison Policy Initiative, a public policy think tank focusing on the criminal justice system. In a report released this week that graded all state correctional agencies in responding to Covid, Nevada, like 41 other states, received an F. […]

OSHA teams with Mexican Consulate to prevent labor abuses in NV construction

By: - August 31, 2021

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday it’s partnering with the Consulate General of Mexico in Las Vegas to protect Mexican nationals working in the Nevada construction industry from health and safety abuses. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) representatives and members of the consulate are planning to provide Spanish-language training resources about whistleblower protections […]

Officials hope $75 million will leverage much more for ‘public purpose’ projects

By: - August 30, 2021

The elusive idea of “Infrastructure Week” circulated by the Trump Administration promising a trillion-dollars to fix the nation’s deteriorating and neglected roads, bridges and airports never quite materialized. Nevada’s “Infrastructure Week,” which kicked off in mid-August with the launch of the State Infrastructure Bank, though substantially smaller in scope, seems to be actually taking shape. […]

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Prisons cracking down on visitation to stem Covid while ignoring unvaccinated staff, critics say

By: - August 26, 2021

Families and prisoner advocacy groups are questioning Nevada Department of Corrections’ Covid-19 mitigation efforts they say places the burden of preventing outbreaks on inmates and those visiting rather than on corrections staff, which have struggled to boost vaccination rates.  In order to control Covid spreading within Ely State Prison following multiple positive cases among staff […]

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Big expansion of NV home care workforce if budget hews to Biden’s plan

By: - August 19, 2021

Major federal investments in home care services could add 4,345 workers in Nevada, according to a recent study.  In June, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute released an analysis of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, a massive infrastructure passage that also included a $400 billion investment in home care services. The […]

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480 affordable housing units in the works. Only tens of thousands more to go.

By: - August 18, 2021

Even though the 480-unit complex Decatur Commons won’t be completed until at least January, there is already a list of more than 3,000 people interested in applying for one of the income-restricted apartments.  Gov. Steve Sisolak toured the structure Tuesday to get a better understanding of the project and the crucial role it and developments […]

Titus says infrastructure bill & $3.5T budget resolution ‘have to go together’

By: - August 13, 2021

Requiring employers to provide paid family and medical leave was one of the many priorities laid out by Senate Democrats this week in a $3.5 trillion budget resolution framework.  Speaking Thursday at the “Paid Leave for All” national bus tour, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus called it “an investment in human infrastructure,” and just as important […]

New report warns of potential homeless surge following the pandemic

By: - August 12, 2021

If Nevada isn’t careful, the state could see a spike in homelessness in the next couple of years.  A new report from Brookings Mountain West at UNLV released Monday — “How Did Homelessness Change During the Great Recession and Recovery” — draws on lessons from the foreclosure crisis starting in 2007, which was followed by […]

Labor Secretary returns to Las Vegas to promote immigrant protections

By: - August 10, 2021

As Labor Secretary Marty Walsh returned to Nevada Monday to speak on strengthening protections for immigrant workers, many who were essential workers during the pandemic, Senate Democrats announced their budget reconciliation package will create a pathway to citizenship.  The $107 billion budget line in the $3.5 trillion framework would create a “lawful permanent status for […]