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
5:35 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

New Louisville Water Co. President Discusses Possible Future Working With MSD

Jim Brammell
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The Louisville Water Company has selected a new leader as the utility continues its exploration of a possible merger with the Metropolitan Sewer District.

Jim Brammell was unanimously named the water company’s chief executive  on Thursday. His predecessor Greg Heitzman was appointed in May to lead the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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Local News
3:06 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Kentucky State Fair to Have a Free Parking Lot on Weekends (if You're Willing to Ride a Shuttle)

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In recent years, the Kentucky State Fair officials have witnessed issues with traffic congestion around the gates into the fairgrounds on the weekends.

They have a plan to address it during next month's fair—by spreading out the parking options.

This year, the Kentucky State Fair will have two new cheaper parking lots open on weekends in a bid to reduce traffic congestion around the fairgrounds.

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Arts and Humanities
6:49 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Fandom Festival to Bring William Shatner, Stan Lee and 'Walking Dead' Cast Members

William Shatner
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Here's your chance to see Khal Drogo, Merle Dixon and James T. Kirk up close.

Over the years, San Diego Comic-Con has spawned an annual pilgrimage for people obsessively interested in nerd culture. It's where filmmakers and television showrunners debut trailers and news for upcoming seasons and where celebrities come in close contact with fans.

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Arts and Humanities
3:33 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

In Louisville for Fandom Fest, Jason Mewes Talks 'Clerks,' Drug Addiction and Being Jay

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Jason Mewes can't escape it—he is Jay, the obnoxious stoner in several Kevin Smith films.

He's played other characters in films since 1994's "Clerks," but, he tends to always gravitate toward the character.

Not that he's trying to escape it.

In town for a showing of his latest film, Mewes stopped by WFPL on Wednesday to discuss the film, his life as "Jay" and his struggles with drug addiction. 

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Local News
2:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Watch Part of the Milton-Madison Bridge Explode (on Purpose)

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Using controlled explosives, workers on Tuesday morning blasted a 700-foot section of the Milton-Madison Bridge (connecting Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., of course) into the Ohio River.

Here's video provided by the Milton-Madison Bridge Project:

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Politics
6:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell Take Turns Criticizing Obama During VFW Convention

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Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul each criticized the Obama Administration while speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ National Convention, though they focused on separate issues.

For Paul, a main theme was U.S. military intervention overseas.

In a speech Monday, Paul criticized Obama for sending aid to Egypt both before and after the ouster of the dictator Hosni Mubarak.

“Common sense tells us that we probably shouldn’t be sending our aid to military dictators or to the Muslim Brotherhood," Paul said.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Courier-Journal Executive Editor Bennie Ivory is Retiring

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Courier-Journal Executive Editor Bennie Ivory's long tenure leading the paper's newsroom ends on Friday.

Ivory announced his retirement today.

The Courier-Journal reports: 

Ivory, a 62-year-old native of Hot Springs, Ark., said he plans to stay in Louisville in retirement but will spend more time with his granchildren and visiting Arkansas.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sun July 21, 2013

What We're Reading | 7.21.13

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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: Some facts about Chuck E. Cheese:

1. It was started by an Atari employee.

2. Chuck was supposed to be a coyote.

3. It was almost named Rick Rat's Pizza

4. The animatronics were to entertain parents, not kids.

5. The concept is a market inevitability. That is, had Chuck E. Cheese not been created, a similar business would have likely sprung up.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Study: A Louisville Family of Four Needs $61,171 Per Year to 'Get By'

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The federal government has a figure for how much it takes to not live in poverty—for a family of four, it's $23,550. That's the federal poverty level.

It's useful information for determining who is eligible for certain benefits.

But anyone who has read finance news in the past five years know that  even people who aren't at risk of being in poverty (as defined by the government) are struggling. After all, some family out there are earning $23,551—and making twice that is still less than $50,000.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

When a Lebowski Fest Founder Met 'Big Lebowski' co-writer Joel Coen and Frances McDormand

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For 12 years now, Will Russell and others have put Lebowski Fest—an annual celebration of the 1998 cult favorite film "The Big Lebowski."

But, until recently, Russell has had virtually no contact with Joel and Ethan Coen, the brother duo who wrote and directed the film, along with others ranging from "Raising Arizona" to Academy Award winners "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."

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