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
5:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Project Wants Thoughts on Minimizing Toll Costs for Low-Income, Minority Drivers

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The Ohio River Bridges Project is seeking public comment on a report looking at the economic impact of tolls on low-income people and racial minorities.

The report recommends making TARC buses exempt from tolls that will be on the East End and downtown bridges. In a news release, the bridges project says: 

Many of the mitigation measures focus on the availability and use of transponders – the electronic, vehicle-mounted devices used to record trips across a tolled bridge. Among the transponder measures recommended for consideration:

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Lease Finalized; Reopening Slated for May 2014

Ed Hart (left) and members of his investment group. (And a lion.)
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Kentucky Kingdom will reopen next spring, said Ed Hart, the Louisville businessman leading the effort to get the amusement park operating again.

The lease between an investment group Hart leads and the Kentucky State Fair Board has been fully executed now that the requisite financing has been secured, Hart announced Thursday.

Plans include a new rollercoaster and doubling size of the Hurricane Bay water park. Existing rides such as Thunder Run, the Great Wheel and Mile High Falls will also be ready, the new operators said.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Now it's a Flash Flood Warning

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Louisville is under a flash flood warning until 8:30 p.m., the National Weather Service says.

The weather service says it's gotten reports of minor flooding in flood-prone areas. It argues people to not drive on water-covered roads.

Here's what it looked like earlier outside of our office on Fourth Street:

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Local News
2:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

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The Louisville business partners who plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say they’ve secured the financing needed for the redevelopment.

The group, led by businessman Ed Hart, initially had until late April to have financing in place. They were later given a month-long deadline.

The announcement that Hart's group has financing in place comes days before the deadline.

The lease agreement has already been executed, a fair board spokeswoman tells WFPL.

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Local News
12:40 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Supreme Court Rulings, Gay Marriage Won't Come to Kentucky Anytime Soon

Chris Hartman speaking at Wednesday's rally.
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Whether same-sex couples can be married in Kentucky will be a matter to be settled in the future after a pair of Supreme Court rulings issued Wednesday, leaders on both sides of the argument say.

Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, says the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act is a reason for celebration from his cause's supporters.

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Food and Dining
12:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

The Paula Deen Buffet at the Horseshoe Casino is Going Away

Paula Deen
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Gooey gobs of mashed potatoes will no longer be part of the casino buffet experience at Horseshoe Southern Indiana across the river in Elizabeth—at least not with the Paula Deen branding attached to it.

Horseshoe's parent company, Caesars Entertainment, has announced that Deen and the casino chain aren't renewing the contract after she admitted  to using the N-word, as revealed by the National Inquirer in a report on  her deposition for a discrimination lawsuit.

The statement:

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Local News
8:51 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Kentucky Won't Use Private Prisons for the First Time in Nearly 30 Years

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For the first time in almost 30 years, Kentucky will have no inmates in private prisons after the state declined to enter into a new contract with a facility in Marion County.

J. Michael Brown, the state's justice and public safety secretary, announced on Tuesday the decision to leave behind the Marion Adjustment Center.

MAC has 794 inmates, including 232 non-secure custody inmates and 562 secure custody inmates, according to a news release. The state has 120 to move out all of them once the contract expires on Sunday.

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Local News
11:41 am
Mon June 24, 2013

What's Next in the JCPS-JCTA Contract Process

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Late Friday, Jefferson County Public Schools announced that it had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor deal with the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

The changes would, among other things, expand the field of potential job candidates for principals who have vacancies for teachers. It also means that teachers wouldn't get a cost of living pay increase next year. For more, check out Friday's story about the agreement.

So what happens next?

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

What We're Reading | 6.23.13

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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:

Gabe Bullard: My wife recently went to San Francisco for a work trip. What made the most jealous about her trip, though, was that she arrived just in time to catch a Gary Winogrand exhibit. I could look at his street photography all day. Fortunately, I got the next best thing, a lengthy post on the Awl about Winogrand and his photography. Read 

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report Into Plane Crash at Seneca Golf Course

The panel of a Cessna 172 M.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report from the June 11 crash of a Cessna 172 M at Seneca Golf Course. The report doesn't outline a cause for the crash, but it does note the the plane was doing touch-and-go landing—and that the crash happened on the fourth attempt.

Here's the narative from the NTSB:

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