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
8:28 am
Sun February 2, 2014

As Much As 5 Inches of Snow Possible in Louisville by Monday Morning

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Update 4:35 p.m.: Snowing

So it's snowing in Louisville. 

In its update Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service said the heaviest snowfall will be in the evening hours. It's forecast to continue into Monday morning, "mainly before 4 a.m."

Here's the latest map, which is pretty close to the old one:

City and state road crews were preparing to take to the roads in the afternoon. 

Earlier: Accumulating snow is again in the forecast for the Louisville area.

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Education
7:00 am
Sun February 2, 2014

Report: Two-Thirds of Kentucky Fourth Graders Aren't on Target in Reading

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Most Kentucky children aren't entering the fourth grade reading at grade level, according to a Kids Count report issued last week.

The gap in reading proficiency between children from low and high income families widened to about 30 percent from 2003 to 2013,  said the report, issued by Kentucky Youth Advocates. That happened in 11 others states.

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Local News
8:03 am
Sat February 1, 2014

In Push to Increase Earned Income Tax Credit Use, Free Tax Service Offered to Some Louisvillians

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Free tax services will again be offered to qualified Louisvillians in an effort to boost the number of residents who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

This year, 27 sites will offer free tax preparation to some Louisvillians, organized by the Louisville Asset Building Coalition and other groups.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the money can help families and the local economy.

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Local News
11:25 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky Primary Filing Deadline, Kindergarten Readiness and More

On Byline today, we'll take a look at the candidates who filed for offices in Metro Louisville and beyond, hear about kindergarten readiness and more.

Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador will discuss the happenings this week in Frankfort during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2014 session.

WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will talk about the primary filing deadline for Louisville Metro offices, where 13 people are in the Metro Council's ninth district but Mayor Greg Fischer is facing just one challenger.

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Education
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Graphics | How Ready For Classes Were Kindergartners at Each Jefferson County Public School

Christina Bush, assists kindergartner Jazlyn Caldwell, age 5.
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Slightly more than half of this year's Jefferson County Public School kindergartners entered school ready, which, of course, means slightly less than half weren't.

For JCPS, the breakdown is: 47.7 percent weren't ready, 52.3 percent were ready. (Here's more on what "ready" means.)

Here's a further breakdown of the JCPS kindergarten screener data. 

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Local News
4:00 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

UofL Asks For Mediation in Kosair Children's Hospital Dispute With Norton Healthcare

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The University of Louisville is asking for court-ordered mediation in its ongoing dispute with Norton Healthcare over the operation of Kosair Children's Hospital.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Here's Who's Running for Louisville Metro Offices in 2014

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have a Republican challenger in the 2014 election. And the Democratic primary for the Louisville Metro Council district being vacated by Tina Ward-Pugh will have 13 candidates. Four Council members will have no challenger at all, barring independents entering the races.

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Politics
5:34 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Will Anyone Challenge Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer?

Greg Fischer
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Barring an unforeseen development, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will have no serious Democratic primary or Republican challenger in the 2014 election.

The filing deadline for the primary elections closed this afternoon. It won't be known for sure who's in the race until the official rosters are released on Wednesday afternoon; as of Tuesday's last update, no candidates besides Fischer had filed to run for Louisville mayor.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Jim Wood Resigns as CEO of the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Jim Wood
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Jim Wood no longer leads the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The bureau announced Tuesday that Wood's resignation was effective at a board meeting the same day. 

Wood has been the Convention and Visitors Bureau's president and chief executive  for 11 years; a search for his replacement begins immediately, the bureau said.

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Local News
3:05 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Metro Louisville's SummerWorks Program Aims for 2,000 Jobs for Young People

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Metro Louisville has set a goal of 2,000 young people getting jobs through the city's SummerWorks program.

The program helps place young people in summer jobs, working with companies including Norton Healthcare and Norton Healthcare.

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