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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.

ACLU sues City of Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience over age restrictions

By: - September 9, 2022

Nearly two decades after a court ruled the Fremont Street Experience is a public forum, a space protected from free speech infringement, the ACLU of Nevada is suing the City of Las Vegas again over recent efforts to restrict people younger than 21 and street performers inside a pedestrian mall. In a lawsuit filed this […]

County awards $120 million to create and preserve 3,100 affordable housing units

By: - September 7, 2022

Clark County commissioners approved nearly $120 million in federal funding Tuesday that will create or rehabilitate about 3,100 units in efforts to address the affordable housing crisis.  Many of the projects are aimed at housing for renters who earn between 50% to 60% of area median income, which Deputy County Manager Kevin Schiller said is […]

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AARP poll focusing on older voters shows slight lead for Cortez Masto, Sisolak

By: - September 1, 2022

A newly released poll from AARP shows Nevada Democrats hold a narrow lead in the races for U.S. Senate and governor. The results, which focused on voters older than 50, showed Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has a 4 point lead over her opponent, Republican former attorney general Adam Laxalt, while incumbent Democratic […]

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Proposal would require counties to return state money for voting machines if they don’t use them

By: - August 31, 2022

With more counties planning to switch to hand-counting ballots, a proposal borne from unfounded claims of election fraud, lawmakers are mulling a bill that would require counties to return money allocated for voting machines if they go unused. The proposed legislation, which is just entering the draft phase, wouldn’t be retroactive, so any county that […]

Return to sender: Sisolak declines NDOC’s proposal to crack down on mail, greeting cards

By: - August 31, 2022

A Nevada Department of Corrections proposal to prohibit certain mail, including greeting cards and colored drawings being sent to people who are incarcerated, was temporarily shot down by Gov. Steve Sisolak at Tuesday’s Board of Prison Commissioners meeting. Sisolak didn’t completely shut the door on the proposal adding that “I’m not saying no not ever.”  […]

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Election deniers win the day, Nye County exempted from rule for hand-counting ballots

By: - August 26, 2022

The Secretary of State’s office approved a temporary regulation on hand-count paper ballots, a proposal that stemmed from unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, that was amended based on feedback from election deniers and exempts Nye County from complying. Because Nye County plans on using a process with hand-counting and mechanical tabulation, […]

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Nevadans react to Biden’s student loan forgiveness

By: and - August 25, 2022

Around 330,000 Nevadans are saddled with more than $11 billion in student debt.  After President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for individuals earning less than $125,000 a year, or $250,000 as a household, some who have dealt with […]

Told need ‘has not peaked,’ lawmakers allocate more ARPA funds for rental assistance

By: - August 24, 2022

On the same day lawmakers approved millions of dollars to go toward children’s mental health, county officials and legal service providers explained how additional rental relief funding could help alleviate pressure on the child welfare system. Rental assistance and eviction prevention programs prevented a feared tsunami of evictions in the first year of the pandemic, […]

White House projections tout impact of climate, health law on Nevada

By: - August 18, 2022

New projections released by the White House boast how clean energy tax credits and rebates, caps on insulin, and prescription drug pricing reform included in the Inflation Reduction Act will lower costs for Nevadans. President Joe Biden signed the climate, health care and tax law Tuesday. Various provisions of the bill will start to take […]

Health provisions in new federal legislation promise relief for Nevadans

By: - August 16, 2022

An estimated 22,000 Nevadans relying on Medicare are expected to have their copays for insulin capped at $35 per month with the passage of Inflation Reduction Act, according estimates by health care groups.   While the tax, climate and health legislation, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law Tuesday, included long-sought after reforms […]

State can’t stop move to hand-counting paper ballots, so attempts to regulate it

By: - August 15, 2022

Ahead of Nye County’s planned switch to hand-counting paper ballots, an idea borne from conspiracy theories around mass voting fraud that officials including Nye’s former elections clerk warned is prone to human error, the Nevada Secretary of State is attempting to provide some order to what election groups fear will be chaos. The proposed temporary […]

NLV went way out of its way to slam the door on rent stabilization, critics say

By: - August 9, 2022

The City North Las Vegas sided with its city clerk’s interpretation of the law used to reject the Culinary Union’s rent stabilization ballot initiative, but some experts think the union has a legal case and city officials reached their decision through a “bad faith” reading of state law.  The Culinary Union intends to sue the […]