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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.

Legislation targets state’s decades-old laws criminalizing HIV

By: - April 16, 2021

Even as the science around HIV, as well as the medications to treat and suppress the virus, have advanced in nearly 30 years, the laws in Nevada criminalizing HIV have remained the same.  Nathan Cisneros, the HIV criminalization analyst at UCLA LAW School’s Williams Institute, told lawmakers at the beginning of April that 37 people, […]

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Assembly passes bill to abolish death penalty, sends it to the Senate

By: - April 13, 2021

In a historic move, the Nevada Assembly voted 26-16 to abolish the death penalty, the farthest efforts to end capital punishment have ever advanced in the state.  Assembly Bill 395, which would also convert current death sentences to life without the possibility of parole, will advance to the Senate.  “Now is the right time to […]

Siding with industry yet again, lawmakers reject affordable housing measures

By: - April 13, 2021

Lawmakers know full well about how Nevada ranks worst in the nation for affordable housing, leaving an estimated 44 percent of the residents who rent at risk of housing instability and homelessness.  Yet some affordable housing advocates and social service providers can’t help but marvel at how legislators still seem more beholden to people who […]

Bail reforms might have a chance this year

By: - April 12, 2021

While testifying on legislation addressing pretrial detention, Kendra Bertschy with the Washoe County Public Defender’s office described a broken aspect of the bail system she said leaves people behind bars even when they haven’t been convicted of a crime.  One client she referenced was a 19-year-old college student with no prior arrest who was accused […]

Lawmakers ditch move to end summary evictions, opt to study them instead

By: - April 6, 2021

After acknowledging Nevada’s summary eviction process has resulted in tenants quickly being locked out of their homes, an issue legal groups say was exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic, lawmakers converted legislation to eliminate the practice into an interim study. Assemblywoman Selena Torres, who sponsored Assembly Bill 161, presented the amended version Tuesday. She said the […]

Frierson’s landlord-tenant bill praised by realtors

By: - April 6, 2021

Less than two weeks after Democratic state Sen. Julia Ratti presented legislation to provide greater tenant protections that was maligned by the rental industry, Democratic Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson presented a tenant bill the industry likes.  Ratti’s bill mandates a three-day grace period before imposing fees on unpaid rent. That’s where her and Frierson’s proposal, […]

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Formerly incarcerated people denied housing seek legislative fix

By: - April 2, 2021

Last year, state Sen. Dina Neal heard from a group of formerly incarcerated women who struggled to find housing long after their release.  One woman in particular, Neal said, had never had an apartment in her name in the seven years she has been released from prison.  “When she was released, she got an apartment […]

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Legislature hears first bill to abolish the death penalty

By: - April 1, 2021

For the first time since 2017, Nevada lawmakers began wrestling with the question on whether Nevada should get rid of capital punishment. In Wednesday’s hearing for Assembly Bill 395, which would abolish the death penalty in Nevada and convert current death sentences to life without the possibility of parole, Las Vegas Democratic Assembly Judiciary Chair […]

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While describing abuse at prisons, trans inmates urge lawmakers to pass protections

By: - March 31, 2021

In a letter read to lawmakers Monday, Daisy Meadows, a transgender inmate at the Nevada Department of Corrections, described being raped by a male inmate. Being housed in a male facility, she is forced to live in an environment she said is hostile to transgender people.  “I’m not in any way innocent and take responsibility […]

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Following CDC announcement, state extends eviction moratorium

By: - March 30, 2021

Gov Steve Sisolak is extending the state’s eviction moratorium through the end of May, a month less than the federal moratorium, and won’t adjust it again when the two months are up.  Sisolak’s announcement Tuesday comes a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended federal protections until June 30.  “The CDC order, […]

Tenants face ‘no cause’ evictions despite CDC extending moratorium

By: - March 30, 2021

When Carter found out she was approved for nearly $1,800 in assistance to wipe out unpaid rent for the Siegel Suites apartment she and her two children, 14 and 6, live in, she thought it would be enough to prevent an eviction.  But Carter, who preferred not to use her first name out of fear […]

Proposal regulates, mandates data collection on solitary confinement

By: - March 29, 2021

“An empty cell is definitely a place you learn to live without love,” said Frank DePalma, who spent 22 years and 36 days in solitary confinement with the Nevada Department of Corrections.  Without human interactions or access to television, books or any form of entertainment, DePalma told lawmakers Friday, living in a dark, empty cell […]