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. 

 Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal. Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood.

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Local News
2:42 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Watch: Main Break Turns Baxter Avenue Into a River

Water main break at Baxter Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Update: The Louisville Water Co. expects the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Baxter Avenue to be closed "for the next few days," a spokeswoman said. The deluge was stopped and crews were excavating late Thursday afternoon to figure out precisely which main broke. 

The Courier-Journal's Scott Utterback sent out this photo via Twitter of the big hole left behind. 

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

What's Next as Kentucky Begins Restoring Its Child Care Subsidy Program

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 Because of action by the General Assembly in the just-closed legislative session, more low-income working Kentucky families will be eligible for the state's subsidy to help  them cover child care costs, state officials said.

But the state agency that runs the Child Care Assistance Program is still "analyzing options" for how to implement the increase for the 2014-15 fiscal year, officials tell WFPL.

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Local News
10:46 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Byline Today: Louisville Settles Whistleblower Suit

This week, a whistleblower lawsuit against Louisville Metro Police was settled, the Kentucky General Assembly session closed and a renown education expert visited Louisville. We'll talk about these stories and more this afternoon on Byline.

First up, Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador will discuss what did (and didn't) pass in the Kentucky General Assembly's just-closed 2014 legislative session.

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Local News
9:41 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Louisville Metro Police Officer Accused of Offering Help In Criminal Cases for Sex

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A detective from a  high-profile Louisville Metro Police unit was charged Monday with official misconduct for allegedly offering help with their court cases in exchange for sex and sexually explicit text messages, court records said.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Should Louisville Police Buy Drones?

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Louisville authorities unveiled on Friday an impressive new security camera system that shows what's happening in parts of the city in real-time, with the ability to zoom and pan. The purpose is to allow police to respond to problems practically as soon as they start.

But some Louisville Metro Council members want to take the efforts even further.

We're talking unmanned aircraft fitted with cameras.

Yes, drones.

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Local News
5:08 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Here's What Louisville Authorities Will See From The City's New Security Camera System

Louisville Metro Police Det. Brandon Lincoln discusses the city's new camera system.

At the end of last month, Louisville officials announced that the city would install dozens of new security cameras that would monitor Waterfront Park in real time. It was a reaction to a string of violence on March 22 in downtown Louisville.

Those cameras are now operational.

Here's a glimpse of what they'll be able to see:

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Local News
12:34 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Byline Today: Teens React to Downtown Violence; UK-UofL Faceoff in the NCAA Tournament

Big things that happened this week: Louisville teenagers react to the string of violence in downtown last weekend; a sweet retirement package at Kindred; and another Wildcats-Cardinals showdown in the NCAA Tournament. We'll talk about these stories and more today on Byline.

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Local News
6:55 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Louisville Police Agencies Make Plans for Friday's Kentucky Wildcats-Louisville Cardinals Game

Louisville Cardinals fans watching the 2013 national championship game.
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Louisville Metro Police and other agencies have made plans for addressing potential traffic and crime issues stemming from Friday night's NCAA Tournament showdown between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Louisville Cardinals.

Police have issued details of its details. They include "multiple roving units" meant to patrol  possible criminal activity following the game, plus traffic enforcement in case of cruising. Police plan to allow traffic to move through the areas they're concentrating on, unless a public safety risk is found.

Authorities said they'll focus on:

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Local News
12:52 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

24 Security Cameras are Coming to Waterfront Park Following Downtown Louisville Violence

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The city's response to Saturday night's violence in downtown Louisville now includes increased surveillance of Waterfront Park with 24 new security cameras. 

Mayor Greg Fischer announced the cameras on Wednesday. The cameras and installation, including the required fiber network, will cost about $227,000.

The first part of the camera expansion at the park will up working by Thunder Over Louisville on April 12, when hundreds of thousands of people will be at Waterfront Park.

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Local News
8:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville?

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Louisville Metro Police are increasing their visibility downtown after a string of violent incidents Saturday night, but community activists say there are underlying issues that should also be addressed.

The series of events, via police, plays out like this:

A group of young people, perhaps 200, were gathered at Waterfront Park on Saturday evening. Some began assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old near the Big Four Bridge; when a bystander intervened, they assaulted and robbed him. Officers responded and broke up the gathering—and that's when the real mayhem began.

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