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
11:28 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Byline Today: Same-Sex Marriage Opinion, Love in Aisle 4 and More

This week, a federal district judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same sex marriages. We'll talk a good deal about that decision and its ramifications today on Byline.

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Local News
6:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow (Again) Expected in Louisville Area

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Update 4:33 p.m.: Latest

Downtown Louisville is getting a rain/snow mix at the moment, but the National Weather Service is still forecasting two to four inches of snow (with more to the north) and cautioning about the Friday afternoon commute. 

In its latest update, the weather service said the mix will convert to snow in the afternoon through evening as it heads south. 

Update 12:04 p.m.: UofL Closing Early

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Local News
2:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Mediation Ordered in University of Louisville, Norton Dispute Over Kosair Children's Hospital

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A judge has ordered the University of Louisville and Norton Healthcare into mediation in the on-going dispute over Kosair Children's Hospital.

Norton operates Kosair Children's Hospital, which sits on state-owned land in downtown Louisville. Its lease calls for the land to be used to the benefit of the state and UofL. Norton announced over the summer that it'd agreed to partner in operating Kosair Children's and Lexington's Kentucky Children's Hospital with its operator, University of Kentucky HealthCare.

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Local News
12:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages, Federal Judge Rules

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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages—and the ruling may prelude further strikes against the state's 2004 same-sex marriage ban.

District Judge John G. Heyburn wrote that refusing to recognize same-sex marriages from outside the state violates the U.S. constitution's equal protection clause.

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Local News
6:23 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Another Very Cold Morning in the Louisville Area

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Temperatures in the Louisville area are expected to be in the single-digits—with sub-zero wind chills—on Tuesday morning.

Jefferson County Public Schools and most others in the Louisville area are, by all indications, open and running on a normal schedule.  Bullitt County Public Schools are operating on a two-hour delay.

The temperature at 5 a.m. in Louisville was 8 degrees, with a wind chill of -6, the weather service said. The high temperature is expected to be just 27 degrees.

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Education
4:30 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Will Have Class on Feb. 24-25 Because of Missed Days

Snow in Old Louisville earlier in February.
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Update 8:22 p.m.: School Board Gives OK

Jefferson County Public Schools students are to be in class on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25, although the dates were initially on the academic calendar to be off days.

The change is being undertaken because of eight missed school days because of winter weather.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Launches New Data Website

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has created a new website meant to improve access to its data.

The DataMart includes state highway traffic counts, county-by-county spending numbers, road project information, traffic fatality data and more.

It can be accessed here.

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Local News
6:05 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools, Others Closed Monday Because of Winter Weather Again

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Jefferson County Public Schools and many other school districts are closed Monday because of winter weather that moved into the Louisville area Sunday afternoon.

About 2/3 of an inch of snowfall in Louisville before midnight, according to preliminary National Weather Service data. (More may have fallen after midnight, but that data wasn't available yet.) Ice also remained on some untreated roads from last week's winter weather. 

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Local News
11:08 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Byline Today: Louisville Music Venues, Nye-Ham Debate—and What's With the Weather?

Louisville has gotten its share of winter weather, an event at the Creation Museum in Northern Kentucky drew national attention, and did we mention the weather? We'll discuss these stories and much more today on Byline.

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Local News
10:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Updated: Louisville Water Co., MSD to Immediately Start Sharing Some Services, Staff

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Update 1:47 p.m.: A Little More

Leaders of the Louisville Water Company and the Metropolitan Sewer District will begin a consolidation effort that could save nearly $100 million in expenses over the next 10 years.

Greg Heitzman, executive director of Metropolitan Sewer District, said a bulk of the saving will come from shared support services and attrition.

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