Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle

Michael Lyle (MJ to some) has been a journalist in Las Vegas for eight years. While he covers a range of topics from homelessness to the criminal justice system, he gravitates toward stories about race relations and LGBTQ issues.

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Environmental groups redoubling outreach to people of color

By: - August 16, 2018

Communities of color are more vulnerable to environmental health hazards, the impacts of climate change and environmental injustices. National reports continue to confirm the persistence of environmental racism — how racial minorities are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues like pollution. A study released this year in the American Journal of Public Health  found African Americans […]

Democrats make fun of Heller headgear purchase

By: - August 9, 2018

The Nevada State Democratic Party is making fun of Sen. Dean Heller for an unusual campaign expenditure: $217 worth of Make America Great Again hats. The group mocked the purchase, and said it was improperly marked on the Federal Election Commission second quarter report as “MAGA Hats” instead of attributing the expenses to the “Trump […]

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Groups encourage DACA renewals

By: - August 3, 2018

While there is a national push from immigrants’ rights organizations encouraging DACA recipients to complete their application renewals early, local groups are trying to raise funds to assist with fees. “We’ve had requests from DREAMers left and right needing assistance,” says Leo Murrieta, the director of Make the Road Nevada. The push for renewing as soon […]

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DA race over, but push for reform isn’t

By: - August 3, 2018

A 55-year-old white male was arrested July 31 because of a citation he received in February for expired license plates, registration violations and making an improper U-turn. His cash bail, according to Clark County Detention Center records, totaled $2,005. Unpaid tickets for driving without a license and speeding at least 20 miles over the limit […]

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On anniversary of benefits, groups worry about fate of Medicare, Medicaid

By: - July 30, 2018

Fifty-three years ago, Medicare and Medicaid were born to ensure vulnerable populations — low-income seniors, people with disabilities, children — have access to health care. On its anniversary Monday, progressive groups such as Battle Born Progress, Mi Familia Vota and Planned Parenthood Affiliates warned about continual risks to those programs. “Over a million Nevada residents […]

No on 3 declines to endorse Question 6

By: - July 26, 2018

While Yes on 3 recently endorsed Question 6, No on 3 declined Thursday to support or oppose the renewable energy ballot initiative. “The Coalition to Defeat Question 3 is focused solely on defeating Question 3 for many reasons, including the negative impact it would have on Nevada’s current and future pro-renewable policies,” Tracy Skenandore, a […]

Energy ballot measures: Who’s on first?

By: - July 26, 2018

Environmentalists oppose Question 3. Question 3 supports Question 6. Question 6 is supporting, well, Question 6. Sorry, no flow chart yet. The Sierra Club, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Western Resources Advocates issued a joint statement Thursday opposing Question 3, which would amend the Nevada constitution to allow customers to […]

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Waiting for Meals on Wheels

By: - July 26, 2018

In 2017, Nevada lawmakers pledged funding to address the nearly 1,000 people waiting to take part in a Meals on Wheels program. A year later, the waiting list still has 800 people on it. The Legislature approved $3.4 million to fund home-delivered meals until 2019, increasing the budget by $1.9 million. The state was able […]

High heat suspected in deaths of three homeless this week

By: - July 20, 2018

Three homeless people were found dead this week near the downtown Las Vegas I-15 corridor. Though the exact cause of death is still unknown, the City of Las Vegas says “high heat recently is suspected as a contributing factor.” “It is heartbreaking that these deaths are occurring,” said Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear in […]

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Transgender homeless struggle to find shelter, resources

By: - July 20, 2018

When Bobby Evans became homeless almost a year ago, she was referred to the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. “I got there and thought, ‘Nope, not for me,’ ” she says. She was fearful about staying at a shelter that didn’t have a facility specific for transgender women. Babylyn Galit, who got the same referral when she […]

Silver State Health Services to receive funding for sobering shelter

By: - July 17, 2018

Other than jail, there is no temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness to go when they are inebriated. Silver State Health Services is planning to open a 20-bed sobering facility on Salvation Army’s campus to house them. “We could go up to 35 beds in the next couple years depending on funding,” says Ryan Linden, […]


March for Our Lives focuses on November election

By: - July 17, 2018

Whether from Las Vegas, Chicago or Parkland, Fla., young people in the March for Our Lives movement want to end gun violence, enact common sense legislation and defeat politicians who stand in the way. At the July 16 Road To Change town hall at Sierra Vista High School, students made sure to identify Attorney General […]