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
6:48 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Louisville Metro Police's VIPER Unit Commander and a Detective Are Under Investigation

Credit Louisville Metro Police

The commander and a detective in a Louisville Metro Police unit focused on violent, repeat offenders are under investigation, police confirmed Thursday.

Lt. Johann "Kit" Steimle and Detective Carl Payne have been reassigned to administrative duties, said Alicia Smiley, a police spokeswoman.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Same-Sex Marriages Are Recognized in Kentucky at the Moment. Here's What That Means.

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage certificate.
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 Update 5:26 p.m.: Conway's Statement

Here's word from Attorney General Jack Conway:  “I received Judge Heyburn’s final order and am in the process of reviewing it.  I have 30 days to determine whether or not to file an appeal in this case, which is why I asked Judge Heyburn for a stay of his order this morning.    I will be determining promptly, in consultation with Gov. Beshear, whether or not to file an appeal in this case.”

Update 5 p.m.: What This All May Mean

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Local News
9:59 am
Thu February 27, 2014

UofL Archive Seeks Louisville's Punk Music Scene Materials

The Louisville band Squirrel Bait's 1987 album, "Skag Heaven."
Credit Squirrel Bait

Louisville's punk music scene has kept an interest in preserving its history. Next month, the University of Louisville will collect materials from the city's punk music (and related genres) for the Louisville Underground Music Archive.

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Local News
7:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Judge to Soon Issue Final Opinion in Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Case

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A federal judge intends to issue on final ruling on whether Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages within the next day.

The action could mean that same-sex couples married outside of Kentucky would be officially recognized by the state immediately, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case—Bourke v. Beshear—said on Tuesday. But state Attorney General Jack Conway could appeal the case (he has 30 days) and then ask for a stay on recognizing out-of-state same-sex couples.

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Education
6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Here Are The 12 Semi-Finalist Ideas In The JCPS Schools of Innovation Competition

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Last year, Jefferson County Public Schools asked the community to submit their ideas of new school concepts. 

The initiative, called Schools of Innovation, is meant to foster new approaches to education. The school district's goal is to apply one of the 12 concepts to a school starting in the 2015-16 school year.

JCPS got 48 complete submissions and a review panel has narrowed them to 12 semifinalists. 

Here they are.

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Local News
4:47 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Inch of Snow Possible in Louisville Tuesday Night

Credit National Weather Service

Louisville practically got T-shirt weather on Saturday.

On Tuesday night, Louisville may get yet another round of snow.

Louisville and surround areas are under a winter weather advisory from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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Local News
10:53 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Goshen Under Boil Water Advisory Following Main Break

Credit Louisville Water Co.

The Louisville Water Co. on Tuesday is advising people in the Goshen area to boil water following a break in a 12-inch main the night before.

Louisville Water Co. advises customers in the area to:

-Bring all water used for drinking, food preparation and cooking to a rolling boil for three minutes before consuming

-Not use chilled water lines on refrigerators

-Not use ice from automatic ice dispensers

Here's a map: 

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

JCPS' Schools of Innovation Semi-Finalists Are Being Released This Week

Credit Hanna-Barbera

Louisville this week gets its first look at the semi-finalists for Jefferson County Public Schools' Schools of Innovation competition. 

Last year, JCPS asked the community to submit new, innovative concepts for schools—and 48 people or groups did. Its tied to the state's Districts of Innovation program, which frees districts of some regulations in an effort to drive new approaches to education.

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Local News
11:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky Felon Voting Rights, Louisville Health and More

An effort is underway to improve health in Louisville, the Kentucky General Assembly makes a move on restoring felon voting rights and the latest on the Corvette Museum sinkhole—we'll discuss these stories and more today on Byline.

First up, Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador checks in from Frankfort on the latest in the 2014 legislative session. We'll also hear a feature on the latest action in the push to restore voting rights to felons in Kentucky.

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Local News
6:13 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Strong Winds Likely in Louisville With Thursday Night Storm

Credit National Weather Service

Just a quick head's up about the weather in Louisville on Thursday evening.

It's been warm in Louisville through the day (in the low 70s in the afternoon), but the National Weather Service said a "strong" cold front is moving into the area.

With that, Louisville may get severe weather Thursday evening, the weather service said in its 4 p.m. update. The best chance is between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Here's more on the timing:

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