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
7:39 am
Sat May 3, 2014

What You Could Buy With the Amount Kentucky Derby Horses Auctioned For

2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb
Credit kentuckyderby.com

The Kentucky Derby is American horseracing's most prestigious race, but the $2-million minimum purse surely spices things up for thoroughbred owners with talented 3-year-old horses.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Churchill Downs Inc. Sees Growth in Online Betting (But Drop at Simulcast Windows)

Churchill Downs
Credit Rick Howlett/WFPL

There are a couple of reasons Churchill Downs' total betting handle was 16-percent lower in the first three months of 2014 than the same period of 2013.

The winter weather was particularly awful.

Or fans preferred to bet from the comfort of their homes. 

(Or both.)

Churchill Downs Inc., the racetrack's parent, also operates TwinSpires.com, an online betting service. The total handle decrease above—and a 10-percent decrease in net pari-mutuel revenues—were part of an annual filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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Local News
5:24 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

WFPL's Gabe Bullard is Going to Harvard to be a Nieman Fellow

Gabe Bullard
Credit Louisville Public Media

Bad news first. Gabe Bullard, WFPL's director of news and editorial strategy, is leaving.

The good news. It's only for 10 months, and he'll spend that time as a Nieman Fellow—a prestigious fellowship awarded to a select few journalists who get to study their field at Harvard University.

The Nieman Fellow's 2014-15 class was announced Wednesday. It includes 24 journalists representing The Wall Street Journal, NPR's Morning Edition, The Washington Post and more.  (Here's a full list.)

And Gabe.  

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Local News
2:58 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

LEO Weekly Bought By Group Led By John Yarmuth's Son

 Update: LEO Weekly's incoming principal owner, Aaron Yarmuth, said he plans to immerse himself "in all things LEO" once the purchase is finalized.

Yarmuth said he's agreed to the purchase with LEO's current owner, SouthComm Communications. He's in the process of finalizing the list of local investors who'll join him.

As far changes, Yarmuth said he's interested in pushing LEO more into the digital realm—something that wasn't a concern when his father founded the paper in 1990.

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Local News
1:31 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Kentucky Oaks Favorite Untapable Gets Outside Post

Untapable
Credit Reed Palmer/Churchill Downs

  The favorite for Friday's Kentucky Oaks will start the mile and 1/8 race from the outside post.

The post draw was held Tuesday. Untapable will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik and is trained by Steve Asmussen. Fashion Plate, written by Gary Stevens and trained by Simon Callaghan, starts from the seventh position and is the second choice at 6-1.

Post Position

1. Please Explain (Jose Lezcano, 50-1)

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Environment
6:55 am
Tue April 29, 2014

What's Next With the Bluegrass Pipeline?

Opponents of the Bluegrass Pipeline protested in Frankfort last year.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

Monday morning, one of the companies behind the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline announced that it was suspending capital investment in the project.

The company, Williams, has not returned a telephone message. But the company did issue a Q&A that addressed several lingering issues.

Among them, Williams said the suspension of investment into the proposed natural gas liquids pipeline didn't come about because of opposition from landowners or environmental groups.

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Environment
9:52 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Company Suspends Capital Investment in Bluegrass Pipeline

Proposed route of the Bluegrass Pipeline.
Credit Williams

A partner in the controversial proposed Bluegrass Pipeline has suspended investment in the project.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Mayor Fischer is Interested in Toughening Louisville's Curfew Law, but Police Write Few Citations

Credit Louisville Metro Police

One idea floated in the aftermath of the string of violence by young people last month in downtown Louisville is strengthening the city's curfew law.

At the moment, Louisville doesn't permit people 18 and younger from being out after 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends (with several exceptions). The curfew ends on all days at 6 a.m.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Here Are the Four Winners of Louisville's Competition for Innovative Vacant Lot Use

At the beginning of the year, Louisville officials asked the community for innovative ideas to reuse vacant lots.

Louisville has more than 5,000 vacant lots and has been trying to find ways to address the issue. The competition, called Lots of Possibilities, would address just a few of them. 

"The hope is that their ideas will have a ripple effect and inspire other creative and innovative uses," Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement.

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Local News
2:22 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Highlands Area

Water main break at Baxter Avenue and Eastern Parkway.
Credit Gray Smith/Louisville Public Media

The boil water advisory for parts of the Highlands following a water main break has been lifted.

The Louisville Water Co. adds:

Please note, if your refrigerator has an automatic ice machine, allow the receptacle to fill twice and discard the ice. If you have a chilled water line on your refrigerator door, allow it to run for approximately one minute before using the water.

The water company said quality tests confirmed that the water from taps is safe to drink.

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