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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.

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Cases of babies born with syphilis rise during COVID pandemic in Nevada, CDC says

By: - April 13, 2022

Nevada had the nation’s fourth highest rate of babies born with syphilis during 2020, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Data released this week from the CDC showed the state reported 46 cases in 2020, which translates to a rate of 131.2 per 100,000 live births of congenital […]

LGBTQ groups denounce Laxalt amid growing animosity, attacks on rights

By: - April 12, 2022

Fearing the rise of legislation targeting transgender and gay people and worried about increased false accusations of grooming and indoctrination, members of the gay and trans community denounced Nevada Senate candidate Adam Laxalt for a long history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.    Members of Silver State Equality, Gender Justice Nevada and the Human Rights Campaign, all organizations […]

Rural judges push back against law mandating bail hearings within 48 hours

By: - April 11, 2022

Ahead of a law requiring a bail hearing within 48 hours of an arrest taking effect this summer, rural judges told lawmakers on Friday they worry smaller jurisdictions won’t be prepared.  White Pine County Judge Stephen Bishop, who in October began conducting hearings ahead of the law’s required implementation, cited antiquated technology, staffing shortages, insufficient […]

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Nevada ranks as 2nd most expensive state for payday loan borrowers

By: - April 7, 2022

Borrowing $500 from a payday loan? New research from Pew Charitable Trusts says Nevadans are charged an average of 602% and paying $924 for an installment short-term loan paid over the course of four months. Only in Idaho do payday borrowers pay more, according to the research. In 18 states and the District of Columbia, […]

Worried time is running out, Democrats hope to rein in prescription drug costs

By: - April 6, 2022

Democrats are being pressed to do more to rein in prescription drug prices this year, while they still have a chance. When speaking about efforts to lower prescription costs, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley admitted in a Senate Finance Committee in March the “difficulty of passing something like this in a Republican Congress,” adding, “If we […]

Faith-based group urges Clark County to do more to address housing crisis

By: - April 1, 2022

When going around to speak with neighbors in the downtown area recently, Pastor Paul Hansen started knocking on doors at a small, six-unit complex that usually rented for less than $1,000 a month.  As a member of Nevadans for the Common Good, a faith-based coalition that organizes around social justice issues including housing affordability, he […]

Civil rights groups hope to put police reforms on agenda in sheriff’s race

By: - March 29, 2022

In theory, the upcoming election for the race for sheriff is the first chance since the 2020 protests following the killing of George Floyd that Clark County voters have to elect a law enforcement official who could implement some reforms to policing.  Some civil rights groups, who cite lackluster answers and conflicting priorities by sheriff […]

Does Clark County have the authority, desire to pursue rent control?

By: - March 24, 2022

When Gina Glass moved six years ago to Las Vegas from Orange County where she was paying more than $2,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment, she let out a sigh of relief that her housing costs would go down. Her monthly rent was initially $1,350 in 2016 for a four-bedroom house, which she shared […]

Washoe County Commission denies election deniers

By: - March 23, 2022

Washoe County commissioners, citing concerns about legal authority and fearing unnecessary chaos, rejected proposed changes to local election procedures supported by 2020 election deniers pushing bogus claims of election fraud. Following more than six hours of public comment, commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday against the resolution with only Republican Washoe County Commissioner Jeanne Herman, the […]

GOP SOS hopeful imports election fraud theorists to promote Nye County measure

By: - March 16, 2022

Nevada secretary of state candidate Jim Marchant, accompanied by Republican figures from across the country who have previously promoted election fraud conspiracy theories, made a push Tuesday for Nye County to switch to hand-counting paper ballots. A Colorado official, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, recently indicted on charges of election tampering, was also invited by […]

Report details, confirms Nevada prison system missteps during pandemic

By: - March 11, 2022

The number of eligible people released from Nevada prisons declined during the pandemic and deaths among those incarcerated were high compared to other states, according to a new analysis from the Crime and Justice Institute. The recent findings sparked reactions from civil rights groups, who say the new report repeats calls they have been making […]

Experts warn increased threats on officials could spark violence ahead of election

By: - March 7, 2022

As candidate filings for the 2022 midterm elections begin kicking campaign season into full swing, some experts worry the threatening rhetoric and language being supported by Republican candidates could escalate to violence.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has already issued a warning that the midterm elections could be a rallying point for domestic extremists, […]