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
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Metro Louisville Launches $38,000 Competition for Vacant Lot Reuse Concepts

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Metro Louisville is seeking proposals for innovative uses of vacant properties.

The competition will award two people or groups $15,000 prizes and ownership of a vacant lot to implement their long-term,permanent plans. Two more $4,000 prizes and one-year leases will be awarded to people or groups for temporary plans, which would use the space until permanent development can happen.

The competition is now accepting proposals from people or groups here. The applications must be turned in no later than Feb. 24.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Greg Stumbo: Kentucky Legislators Unlikely to Restore Child Care, Kinship Programs This Session

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Cuts to two state subsidies benefiting Kentucky children have been under criticism from youth advocates since they were announced, but a top state legislator indicates that little will be done to restore the programs in the 2014 General Assembly session.

The Child Care Assistance Program gives subsidies for day care costs to low-income parents, so they can work. The Kinship Care program offers $300 per month to adults caring for the children of family members, as an alternative to the costlier foster care.

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Local News
7:02 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Extreme Cold Leads to Water Main Breaks in Louisville

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Update 1:40 p.m.: It's Not Quite as Cold

The Wind Chill Warning covering Louisville and the surrounding area expired Tuesday morning.

At 1 p.m., the temperature in Louisville was 11 and the wind chill was -2, according to the National Weather Service. The high temperature is forecast to be 14 degrees on Tuesday. 

The high temperature for Wednesday in Louisville is forecast to be 34 degrees, the weather service said.

The weather service added that Louisville has some possibility for wintry mixes on Thursday and Friday.

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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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