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
4:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month

Southside Christian Child Care on Klondike Lane

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lebowski Fest Rolls On In Louisville Tonight

Walters at the 2013 Lebowski Fest in Louisville.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.

As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film "The Big Lebowski," a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night's bowling party at Strike & Spare.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Judith Jennings, My Morning Jacket Among The Governor Award In The Arts Recipients

Jim James at a past Forecastle Festival.
Credit Forecastle Festival

My Morning Jacket, the City of Danville and the technical services staff at Rupp Arena are among the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council announced winners in nine categories on Wednesday. 

The recipients will get the awards in October. 

"It is my great honor to recognize these individuals, both native sons and daughters of Kentucky and others who have chosen to make their homes in Kentucky and enrich our state's unique culture," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a released statement.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet

Churchill Downs patrons using electronic betting machines in June.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Churchill Down's spring meet concluded with a 6-percent decline in the average number of horses running per race and a slight decrease in average daily purses.

The spring meet ended on Sunday.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hey Louisville, Keep the Fireworks Away From Buildings and People This Fourth of July

Sign from the Powder Keg firework store in Jeffersonville.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville's chief fire investigator has a request for the city: Be careful with those fireworks this week.

Louisville Fire & Rescue typically deals with a three- to four-times increase in runs on the Fourth of July and days surrounding it, Major Henry Ott said.

Because of this, firefighters dealing trash fires or brush blazes may not be in place to deal with more serious structure fires, he added.

Ott noted fireworks that shoot in the air or explode are prohibited in Louisville. 

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Local News
9:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

University of Louisville Officially Joins the Atlantic Coast Conference

University of Louisville's mascot Louie, right, and Georgia Tech's mascot Buzz hug while all the ACC mascots are presented during UofL's induction ceremony into the ACC at Fourth Street Live.

The University of Louisville on Tuesday officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ACC is the Cardinals' fourth conference since athletics director Tom Jurich arrived in 1997. At different times during his tenure, UofL's conferences suffered from questionable stability. The ACC allayed those concerns  in November 2012 with an offer for UofL to join.

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Local News
12:24 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Says

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Update 2 p.m.: An Appeal

Gov. Steve Beshear plans to appeal a federal judge's opinion on Tuesday that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

On the other side, plaintiffs' attorney Dan Canon said he's pleased with the judge's order—even if, unlike other states, an immediate stay was issued preventing same-sex couples from immediately being allowed to marry.

"We’re optimistic that same-sex couples will in the very near future be able to get marriage licenses in Kentucky," Canon told WFPL on Tuesday afternoon.

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Local News
11:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Today: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Stops By For A Live Hour-Long Interview

Greg Fischer during a past interview with WFPL News.
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will be asked about the new city budget and other recent developments this afternoon when he stops by the WFPL studios for an hour-long interview.

Tune in to 89.3 or stream here at at 1 p.m. to hear Gabe Bullard's interview with the mayor.

We'll also take calls at (502) 814-TALK. 

Or you can ask questions on Twitter. Just reply to us at

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7:06 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Interactive Timeline: The Louisville Cardinals' Path to a New Conference, The ACC

Fans celebrating the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team's run to the 2013 national championship on Cardinal Boulevard.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The Louisville Cardinals join the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday—officially landing the school in a stable conference after a couple of uncertain years.

Louisville leaves behind the American Athletic Conference after a single season. Starting with the 2014-15 season, UofL will face conference opponents such as the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels and the Florida State Seminoles, the reigning college football champions.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

You'll Soon Have to Pay Louisville Parking Meters on Saturdays

A Louisville parking meter.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Soon, you'll get a parking ticket for not paying Louisville meters on Saturdays.

The city has for years had laws requiring motorists to feed the meters on Saturdays, but the Parking Authority of River City rarely enforced the rules, PARC said in a news release Friday. 

PARC is changing that—and it's also increasing meter rates.

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