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
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

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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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Education
9:00 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Jefferson County Public Schools and Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement on Contract

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Principals would hire teachers from an expanded list of transfer prospects under a tentative labor contract agreement reached Friday by Jefferson County Public Schools and the teachers' union.

The negotiations between JCPS and the Jefferson County Teachers Association began June 3 and were accompanied by calls for the union to make concessions from a couple of groups, which argued that the current contract impedes needed changes for struggling schools.

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Local News
11:35 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Byline Today: JCPS Teacher Contract Negotiations, Immigration and More

A group of African American ministers this week called on Jefferson County Public Schools to open up its labor negotiations with teachers, the U.S. secretary of education was in town and putting focus on immigrants while the reform debate rages on in Congress. These topics and more will be discussed today on Byline.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Education Secretary Arne Duncan Tells Louisville: Early Childhood Expansion Would Solve Problems

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Louisville on Thursday to push a proposed expansion of early childhood programs that, he argues, would have a wide-ranging effect on the nation's economy and even crime rates.

The idea is pretty straight forward: Children who enter Kindergarten with basic skills are more likely to do well in school and become productive members of society.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Louisville Traffic Deaths Up Significantly From 2012

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A Pontiac Bonneville on Tuesday night was heading northbound on Taylor Boulevard behind a truck. The truck turned left, and so did the Bonneville—right into a motorcycle heading south on Taylor.

Louisville Metro Police believe the truck obstructed the view of the Bonneville's driver.

The motorcycle driver suffered a serious head injury, police said.

A passenger on the motorcycle died at University Hospital.

That woman is the latest traffic death in Louisville—and traffic deaths in the county have dramatically spiked since 2012.

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Local News
4:58 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Police: Suspect in Gardiner Lane Shootings Appears to be Among the 3 Dead

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Update 8:30: The person suspected in the fatal shootings in an apartment on Gardiner Lane on Wednesday afternoon appears to be among the three dead, Louisville Metro Police say.

Three people died in the shooting; one was at University Hospital in critical condition, police say.

The dead are a juvenile girl, a 38-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, says Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD spokesman. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured person is a woman in her 60s.

Police believe it's a "domestic-related shooting," Mitchell says.

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Education
3:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

African American Ministers Call for JCPS-JCTA Contract Negotiations to be Done Publicly

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About two dozen African American pastors on Tuesday called for Jefferson County Public Schools and the Jefferson County Teachers to open ongoing contract negotiations to the public.

The pastors also called for the new contract to allow principals more leeway to dismiss underperforming teachers, students more access to teachers before and after school hours and for struggling students to be paired with more experienced teachers.

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