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
6:21 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Extreme Cold Moves Into Louisville Area; JCPS, Other Schools Closed Tuesday

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Update 3:51 p.m.: JCPS Will Stay Closed, Too

Jefferson County Public Schools will remain closed on Tuesday because of the extremely cold weather.

Wind chills are forecast to be in the -19 to -23 degrees range between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Tuesday, said Mike Paddock, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.

Winds are expected to ease up in the mid-morning Tuesday—the high temperature is expected to be about 13 degrees, Paddock said.

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Local News
1:05 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Officials Urge Preparation as Extreme Cold Approaches Louisville Area; JCPS Closed on Monday

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Go here for Monday's updates.

Update 7:12 p.m.: More Schools Closed

Bullitt County Public Schools and New Albany-Floyd County Schools aren't opening on Monday because of the weather, either.

That brings the list to:

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

What We're Reading | 1.5.14

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Education
7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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Local News
7:46 am
Sat January 4, 2014

Report: Louisville Cardinals Football Coach Charlie Strong Offered Texas Longhorns Job

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Louisville Cardinals football coach Charlie Strong has been offered the same position with the Texas Longhorns, the Associated Press reports.

Citing an unnamed source, the AP added that Strong is expected to take the job.

But WDRB's Rick Bozich reports that Strong has not yet taken the Texas job and is to have a staff meeting Saturday morning. Bozich writes:

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky General Assembly Preview, Traffic Fatalities Spike and More

The Kentucky General Assembly faces a session with many issues and not so much money, traffic fatalities spike in Jefferson County, and Mayor Greg Fischer discusses his first three years in office—these stories and more are coming up today on Byline.

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Local News
9:58 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Louisville's 33-Percent Traffic Death Spike, By the Numbers

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At the end of 2013, Kentucky's traffic fatality rate was the lowest since 1947. 

But Louisville—and the rest of Jefferson County—was an outlier. As I reported last week, Jefferson County traffic deaths spiked in 2013. 

In 2012, 66 people died in Jefferson County traffic accidents.

In 2013, the final number of Jefferson County traffic deaths is 88—a 33-percent spike.

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Local News
2:09 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

65 Percent of Kentuckians Support a Statewide Smoke-Free Law, Survey Says

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Support for a statewide smoking ban is at its highest level in Kentucky since annual polling on the issue began in 2010, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

In fact, 38 percent of Kentucky smokers support a statewide smoke-free law said the Kentucky Health Issues Poll results released Thursday.

Among all Kentuckians surveyed, 65 favor a statewide smoking ban—up from 48 percent in 2010.

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Local News
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Another Louisville Record Store is Moving to Frankfort Avenue

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Until last fall, Frankfort Avenue had no record stores.

Soon, it'll have three.

Matt Anthony's Record Shop is moving to the Crescent Hill neighborhood. It'll be joined in the same storefront by Paul Wheeldon's Second Hand Books. Both small shops are currently in the Tim Faulkner Gallery in Butchertown.

The shop(s) will be at 2354 Frankfort Ave., which is near the restaurants El Mundo and Sari Sari. 

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Local News
8:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Six Percent of Kentucky Kids Live With Extended Family—and They Need More Support, Report Says

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For Jeanne Miller-Jacobs, the decision to take into her home three children after her son and daughter-in-law got into legal trouble was akin to a house fire with her family inside.

"You can’t stand there and think, ‘Well, if my house burns down, what am I going to feed my kids tomorrow,'" said Miller-Jacobs, who lives in Erlanger.  "Or if it’s cold outside, ‘What, am I going to put a jacket on them?’ You just don’t think about that.

"You think about, 'I have to go get them and everything else will work out and fall into place.'”

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