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
7:12 am
Sun September 22, 2013

After Cuts, How Many Fewer Children Are Using Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program?

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Earlier this week, Kentucky children's advocates and others lobbied state legislators to halt drastic cuts to a program that provides financial aid to low-income working families to cover child care costs.

Those cuts, announced earlier this year, changed the eligibility requirements for the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program. They went into full effect on July 1. 

It's been two months. Here's how many kids have lost access to CCAP.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Web Publishing Veteran Neil Budde is the New Courier-Journal Editor

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The Courier-Journal's new top editor is an Internet journalism veteran with Kentucky roots.

Neil Budde was introduced Thursday as the replacement for Bennie Ivory, the Louisville newspaper's executive editor since 1997. Ivory retired in July.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013

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Louisville Metro had fewer violent and property crimes committed in 2012 compared to 2011, but Police Chief Steve Conrad is still concerned.

One reason is an increase in homicides and aggravated assaults despite decreases in the other crime categories. Conrad told me earlier this week that trends from 2012 appear to be holding in 2013 through at least July.

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Local News
7:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014

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Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.

Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.

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Local News
6:19 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad: 'We Have More Work To Do' Despite Crime Decrease

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Complex factors play into crime rates, but Louisville Metro Police's efforts in community engagement, "intelligence-led" policing and targeting repeat offenders are helping drive numbers downward, Chief Steve Conrad told WFPL on Tuesday.

"We believe that the work of the men and women that are out there doing the job is important and their efforts do have an impact on crime, but there are so many other external factors that often are beyond our control," Conrad said.

Conrad was speaking as the FBI released its annual set of national and local crime statistics. 

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Local News
1:10 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Overall Crime Drops in Louisville, but Homicides and Aggrevated Assaults Rise, FBI Says

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The number of violent crime in Metro Louisville decreased 2.4 percent from 2011 to 2012, and property crime decreased 10.5 percent during the same time period, according to new FBI statistics released this week.

Homicides—as defined by the FBI—increased from 48 to 62 from '11 to '12 and aggravated assault increased 8.4 percent, the FBI said. But robberies decreased 15 percent and "forcible rape," as the FBI calls it, decreased 19.4 percent.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.15.13

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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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Local News
6:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Parks Staff Spend Friday Investigating Russell Lee Park After 2 Rescued From Hole

Louisville Metro Parks crews and others spent Friday probing Russell Lee Park in West Louisville after a toddler and adult were rescued from a hole there the night before.

Emergency crews needed about an hour Thursday night to rescue the 2-year-old and the adult. 

The hole was about 15-feet deep, three-feet wide and lined with brick, said Marty Storch, assistant director of Metro Parks. 

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Politics
3:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

State Rep. John Arnold Resigns, Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations in Letter

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State Rep. John A. Arnold Jr. resigned Friday amid allegations that he'd sexually harassed three Statehouse employees.

Arnold, a Democrat from Sturgis, turned in his resignation letter to Gov. Steve Beshear. 

"I respect his decision to step aside so that our legislators can focus instead on the business of the state," Beshear said in a statement confirming the receipt of Arnold's letter.

Beshear said he'll begin reviewing options for a special session so that people in Arnold's seventh district will have representation during the 2012 legislative session.

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Local News
11:09 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Byline Today: Ohio River Bridges Tolls, Ban the Box and a Vacation in North Korea

This week, toll rates were set for the Ohio River Bridges Project, the Louisville Metro Council considered banning liquor sales after 2 a.m. and a new study looks at what a local option sales tax would do for Louisville. We'll talk about these stories and more today on Byline.

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