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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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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 […]

Southern Nevada homeless count finds more people on the streets

By: - August 3, 2022

After a steady decline in homelessness over the last several years, recent data found an uptick in people living on the streets this year, including families.   The recent results from the 2022 Point-in-Time Count and Survey, conducted in February, showed the largest increase in homelessness since 2019 and found 5,645 people experiencing homelessness. The number […]

Congressional probe labels Siegel Group’s eviction practices ‘uniquely egregious’

By: - July 29, 2022

Though a recent U.S. House committee investigation revealed Siegel Suites used abusive tactics to force people out during the pandemic and evicted tenants even as they waited on rental assistance, the damage is already done for Ashima Carter.  Carter received an eviction notice in March 2021 even though she was approved for rental assistance from […]

Requests for affordable housing project help total five times program’s funding

By: - July 28, 2022

The Nevada Housing Division told lawmakers this week it is reviewing $2.5 billion in requests for projects seeking to address the state’s affordable housing crisis, an amount that far exceeds the $500 million investment promised by the governor earlier this year.  The division provided the Interim Finance Committee, which approved the $250 million of the […]