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
9:00 am
Sun August 18, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.18.2013

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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:

Gabe Bullard: Is Elizabethtown the worst movie ever made? Is it full of lies and plot holes? Yes, says Videogum. Yes, indeed. Read The Hunt for the Worst Movie of All Time.

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Local News
7:17 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds

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People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.

They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an $86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Bullitt County's 1912 Test for Eighth-Graders is Difficult

This image is making the rounds on the Internet this week. It's a test apparently given to eighth-graders in Bullitt County in 1912.

The gist of all the commentary can be summarized this way: "Some of these questions are really difficult to figure out."

The test was  posted on the Bullitt County History website, which is a project of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society. Here's a section:

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Local News
7:07 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Led Nation in 2012-13 Men's Basketball Attendance

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The Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team did not have a great 2012-13 season. Fresh off a national championship, they finished 21-12 and had a disappointing run in the National Invitational Tournament.

The Louisville Cardinals, on the other hand, finished 35-5 and won the national title.

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Education
4:51 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

JCPS Administrators Give Presentation on Vision 2015 Strategic Plan

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Jefferson County Public Schools heads back into session on Tuesday. It will be Superintendent Donna Hargens' third academic year—and the third year for the school district's strategic plan, Vision 2015. 

In that span of time, JCPS had made many changes—including the adoption of national Common Core standards, student assignment changes and several collaborations to address student achievement.

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Education
2:45 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Report: Louisville Improves Standing for College Degree-Holders (But We're Still Behind)

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In the Louisville area, 25.4 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree—moving Louisville ahead of two peer cities in an annual progress report on educational attainment.

But even with that progress toward the city's top economic development goal, Louisville still ranks 14th out of 16. In last year's report, Louisville ranked last.

The KentuckianaWorks Human Capital Scorecard—released Wednesday—looked at Census data from 2009 to 2011.

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Local News
7:29 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Police: VIPER Unit Has Helped Reduce Violent Crime in First Year

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  Louisville Metro Police's VIPER Unit has helped reduce violent crime in nine out of 10 areas they've targeted, and they've also helped with the confiscation of 270 illegal guns—half of which were in the hands of convicted felons, officials said.

Police officials updated the Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday as the VIPER UNIT approaches the one-year-anniversary of its creation.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Councilman David James Defends Vote in Shanklin Removal Trial

David James talks to reporters on Tuesday.
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Louisville Metro Councilman David James said he believes Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin "made many mistakes" in the events that led to her removal trial last month, but that she hadn't acted to profit herself or her family.

James spoke to reporters Tuesday to expand on why he voted against removing Shanklin from the Metro Council. 

James, a Democrat whose Sixth District stretches from Old Louisville to the California neighborhood, said he's still found himself discussing the Aug. 1 decision, and he's concerned that race has become an element of those conversations.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences  people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Won't do Autographs at Football Fan Day

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The Louisville Cardinals football team won't do its annual autograph session during Sunday's Fan Day because of a national controversy over the signing of memorabilia.

Instead, the Cardinals will hold a tw0-hour practice in full pads for fans to watch. Parking and admission to Fan Day is free.

In a statement, Cardinals football Coach Charlie Strong said: 

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