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
12:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Was Brrr Arrested?

The Brrr shirt at Regalo
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Update: The comments on the story have raised a few questions about the t-shirts and copyright of graffiti. We talked about that with an intellectual property lawyer. Here you go. 

You've seen Brrr's work. It's pervasive. The round face with eyes half-closed accompanied by the letters "BRRR" is drawn on walls, trash cans, overpasses and even portable toilets all over Louisville.

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Politics
6:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Steve Beshear: Abramson Would've Made a 'Great Governor'

Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson
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Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson have been friends and allies for three decades. The friendship culminated with Gov. Beshear choosing the former Louisville mayor to be his running mate for the 2011 election.

But on Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Abramson announced that he won't seek the governor's office in 2015—he instead wants to focus on advocating for education.

Speaking Wednesday in Louisville, Beshear said he and Abramson will “keep working for the next two and a half years to create jobs, to invest in education.

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Local News
3:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Beshear Discusses Auditor's Report of Misused Funds at Kentucky Emergency Management

John Heltzel
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Gov. Steve Beshear said he hasn't "taken any options off the table" in dealing with Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency spent more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures.

The audit released Tuesday also found that Kentucky Emergency Management officials intimidated employees and altered documents regarding the expenditures.

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Local News
1:08 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Texting While Driving Will Cost 3 Points Against Kentucky Driver's License

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Kentucky drivers will soon be assessed three "penalty points" against their licenses each time they're convicted of texting while driving.

The new penalty will be enacted through administrative regulations ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear, who announced the change in Louisville on Wednesday morning.

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Politics
12:26 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The State Auditor's Findings on Spending Issues at Kentucky Emergency Management

Adam Edelen
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Kentucky Emergency Management officials spent more than $100,000 in state funds on parties and other "questioned expenses"—and also threatened employees and altered documents to hide it, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor's office.

The report will be referred to several agencies, including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WFPL's Rick Howlett is working on a story about state Auditor Adam Edelen's report.

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Education
9:51 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Dwaine Greene Chosen to Lead Georgetown College

Dwaine Greene
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M. Dwaine Greene will be the new president of Georgetown College.

Greene succeeds William Crouch, who retired after leading for 22 years the private liberal arts college in Scott County, just outside of Lexington.

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Local News
6:34 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Brownsboro Road Diet Won't Expand

Greg Fischer
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The Brownsboro Road Diet won't extend to Hillcrest Avenue.

Mayor Greg Fischer said on Monday that he didn't think the public input process for the possible expansion was given enough time. So it's not happening. 

The state was planning roadwork on Brownsboro and told the city that it would consider extending the diet—if Louisville wanted it, a new release said. In response, the city set up a public comment period last month that ended on Sunday.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.4.13

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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: Google Glass is behind some of the best hand-wringing, paranoia, fantasy and apologia in writing today. Two pieces out now highlight that. The first is Gary Shteyngart's first-person account of his time with Glass in the New Yorker. It includes this description of meeting another person with Glass.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun August 4, 2013

Kentucky State Fair Starts Quest on Monday for Temp Workers

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The Kentucky State Fair will begin hiring temporary employees on Monday for this month’s festivities. 

The Fair needs 750 employees to work from mid-August to the end of the month. Some employees will need to work after the Fair closes on Aug. 25 for clean-up.

 The jobs will pay about $7.25 per hour, said Amanda Storment, a spokeswoman for the fair.

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Politics
11:52 am
Sat August 3, 2013

How to Watch Kentucky Senate Candidates' Speeches at Fancy Farm

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The race for Kentucky's Senate seat is getting about as much attention as a statewide race can get 457 days before Election Day.

That puts focus on today's Fancy Farm picnic. The incumbent, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, will speak. So will Democratic challengers, most prominently Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. And so will Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman.

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