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. | Twitter


Local News
8:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

What We're Reading | 9.15.13

Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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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3:41 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

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

John Arnold
Credit Jonathan Meador/WFPL News

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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Local News
7:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats are No. 1 in the State — in Specialty License Plates

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats kickoff their annual football game Saturday with the team in red as big favorites. But, if you're heading to Lexington—or just driving around the state—what type of license plates are you most likely to see?

Well, University of Kentucky plates. The UK logo is on 25,533 specialty license plates, according to  2012 data provided to WFPL from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Charts | Louisville Alcohol-Related Arrests by Metro Council District


The Louisville Metro Council tonight will consider a proposal that cuts off packaged liquor sales at 2 a.m. (At the moment, the limit is 4 a.m.) Stores need a special permit to stay open until 4 a.m., and the majority of them are in West Louisville.

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Local News
2:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Jeff Mosley Appointed Metro Louisville Economic Growth, Innovation Director

Jeff Mosley
Credit Louisville Metro Government

Jeff Mosley will be Louisville's new director of Economic Growth and Innovation, Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Wednesday.

Ted Smith previously served as Louisville director and chief of Economic Growth and Innovation,  but will now carry only the chief title. Smith will focus on increasing Louisville's "innovation and workforce development efforts," a news release said.

Mosley will oversee the department's daily operation.

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Local News
7:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Ken Fleming: Local Option Sales Tax is an Option, but Louisville Must Address Taxes, Revenue

Janet Kelly and Ken Fleming
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

Louisville Metro Councilman Ken Fleming sees nuance with the potential adoption of a local option sales tax in Kentucky and in the city. But he doesn't see nuance if nothing is done.

“We’ll keep flipping around like a fish on a dock," Fleming said on Tuesday.

The East Louisville Republican was introducing on Tuesday a study he'd commissioned on the effects of a local option sales tax, which generally allows local governments to issue a sales tax to fund projects.  

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Local News
4:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

University of Louisville, Norton Healthcare to Meet on Kosair Children's Hospital Issue

Kosair Children's Hospital
Credit Kosair Children's Hospital

The University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare officials will meet next week to discuss issues surrounding Norton's intention to partner with UK Healthcare in running Kosair Children's Hospital, the university and healthcare system said on Tuesday.

"Both organizations have agreed that there be a meeting early next week to discuss the legal issues which Norton believes must be resolved before productive discussions can occur regarding an update to the existing 2008 academic affiliation agreement," said Thomas Johnson, a spokesman for Norton.

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6:30 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Withdrawal of Large Donations Rare, but Centre College's Reputation Shouldn't Suffer

Credit Centre College

The failure of a $250-million donation to Centre College to come through is an uncommon event in higher education fundraising, but the Danville liberal arts college should weather it fine, said the leader of a professional organization for education advancement.

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