Joseph Lord

Online Managing Editor

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. | Twitter


Local News
2:24 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Kentucky Plaintiffs Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Same-Sex Marriage Case

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The Kentuckians challenging the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are formally asking the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to consider the case.

The filing, a draft of which is posted below, comes less than two weeks after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

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Local News
4:52 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What's Next Now That Kentucky's Same-Sex Marriage Law Has Been Upheld

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Update 8 p.m.: What's Next

Dan Canon, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said the plaintiffs on Thursday were considering their next move—and there will be a next move.

"We are disappointed, and we think the ruling is wrong, but we do not intend to let it go unchallenged," Canon said in an emailed response to questions.

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12:08 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

BBC Visits Louisville to Talk Kentucky and Politics

Thoroughbreds at a Kentucky horse farm. Former Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe talks to the BBC about Kentucky, though horses don't really come up.
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The countdown to election day is in the single digits, which means the spotlight is even stronger on the big U.S. Senate matchup between Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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Local News
1:51 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Ohio River Bridges Project Will Start Looking For a Toll Operator, Again

What the new downtown bridge will look like.
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The bi-state board overseeing the Ohio River Bridges Project will restart the process for finding a toll services operator because of conflict of interest concerns.

The decision, made in a vote Friday, shouldn't affect the planned start date for tolling, according to a news release from the project. That's expected when the new bridges open to traffic in 2016, said a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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2:54 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Eastern Kentucky Rep. Keith Hall Indicted on Bribery Charges

Keith Hall
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Update 3:47 p.m.: More Details

State Rep. Keith Hall and a former state mine inspector have been indicted on federal bribery charges, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Hall, who represents a part of Pike County in Eastern Kentucky, is a prominent Democratic legislator and coal mine operator. Federal prosecutors allege that he paid mine inspector Kelly Shortridge $46,000 between 2006 and 2011 to ignore violations at a Pikeville mine Hall owned, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

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11:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What to Look For During Tonight's Grimes-McConnell Debate

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes debate for the first (and likely only) time tonight.

The debate begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on KET.

"This is the only chance that voters of Kentucky are going to have to see a side-by-side non-commercial comparison of the two people who want to represent them in the United States Senate," said Al Cross, a longtime political columnist.

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2:21 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell
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Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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Local News
7:02 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Following Expansion, Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Gained 3,200 Kids In About a Month

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Last year, a budget shortfall led to the slashing of a subsidy program that helped low-income Kentucky families cover the cost of child care. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

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More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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Local News
7:37 am
Sun September 7, 2014

How Louisville Managed Before and Into World War II, In Photos

"Legionnaires eating and drinking beer at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky." (August 1940)
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During the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration dispatched photographers across the U.S. to document the lives of Americans—and the work continued into World War II.

Yale University has made tens of thousands of those photos easily searchable on what it's calling Photogrammar. Hundreds of the photos are from the Louisville area.

The earlier photos are of Louisvillians farming, or fishing in the Ohio River.  The latter part of the archive shows Louisvillians at work in the World War II years.

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