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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Arts
7:45 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence is the Favorite for Best Actress. But What Does That Mean?

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Going into tonight's Academy Awards, Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence is the favorite to win Best Actress—but no shoo-in.

Lawrence, star of Silver Linings Playbook, would become the second-youngest Best Actress winner in history and the win would be another indicator—on top of the $408-million domestic gross for last year's Hunger Games, in which she also starred—that the 22-year-old is among Hollywood's elite.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun February 24, 2013

Little Hope Remains for Staving Off Child Care Subsidy Cuts in Kentucky General Assembly Session

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Little hope remains for staving off drastic cuts a child care subsidy program for low-income, working Kentucky families to pay for child care costs before the first round of cuts go into effect in April.

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Local News
12:16 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

On Byline Today: Safe Neighborhoods, Frank X. Walker, Oscar Picks and More

A new face for Louisville violence prevention efforts, an interview with new Kentucky poet laureate Frank X. Walker and the happenings in the General Assembly are coming up on Byline.

Mayor Greg Fischer recently announced that Anthony Smith will be the city's new safe neighborhoods director. WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss what this means.

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Local News
10:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Freezing Rain Possible Thursday Evening in Louisville

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Louisville motorists should be cautious Thursday evening of slick roads as the temperature drops and anticipated rainfall turns into freezing rain, the National Weather Service said.

The most likely times for freezing rain are after the evening commute hours through midnight, after which temperatures are expected to rise above freezing, said Mike Callahan, hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville. 

"I think we'll get through the rush hour OK," Callahan said on Thursday morning.

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Politics
7:07 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Last-Minute Casino Gambling Amendment Introduced in the Kentucky House

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Just as the deadline for filing new bills was to expire, a bill to amend the Kentucky constitution to allow for casino gambling was introduced Tuesday afternoon in the state House.

The bill would require the Kentucky General Assembly to allow and create regulation for casino gambling at no more than seven locations. The revenue, the bill says, would be used "job creation, education, human services, health care, veterans programs, local governments, public safety, and the support of the horse industry; create the Equine Excellence fund of dedication funds from gambling."

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Business
10:56 am
Tue February 19, 2013

General Electric Temporarily Lays Off Appliance Park Shift Because of Slow Sales

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General Electric will temporarily layoff the second shift of its Appliance Park refrigeration production because appliance sales have been slower than expected, the company announced Tuesday.

The layoff in the refrigeration production plant begins Feb. 25 and is expected to last about five weeks, said a statement from GE Appliances spokeswoman Kim Freeman. The five-week timeframe is to "allow excess inventory to be depleted."

The shift has 550 employees, Freeman told WFPL.

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Local News
7:15 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Strong Southerly Wind Gusts Expected for Monday; Wind Advisory Issued

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Strong wind gusts are expected Monday in the Louisville area, leading the National Weather Service to caution motorists driving high-profile vehicles on west-east roadways such as Interstate 64.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Advisory for Jefferson County and surround counties in Kentucky and Indiana. It goes into effect at 10 a.m. Monday and expires at 10 p.m.

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Business
12:36 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Maker's Mark Not Lowering Alcohol by Volume After All

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In response to criticism, Maker's Mark has decided not to reduce the alcohol by volume of its bourbon after all.

The distillery had recently moved to 42-percent alcohol by volume; the switch back to the traditional 45-percent alcohol by volume is immediate. The Loretto, Ky., distillery has posted this statement to its website—which Sunday afternoon wasn't loading properly—and Facebook page. 

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Local News
7:46 am
Sun February 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.17.13

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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: The Paul Harvey "God Made a Farmer" pickup truck Super Bowl Ad (isn't that the title of a Tom Wolfe book?) is now famous. It's certainly stirring. But Alan Guebert at the Daily Yonder points out that it's not entirely accurate. Read It Takes a Myth to Sell a Myth.

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Arts and Humanities
7:41 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Oscars, Talk Show Nerves and Persistent Paparazzi; The WFPL Interview

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Calling Jennifer Lawrence a "Hollywood It Girl" doesn't come close to encapsulating what the Louisville native has become in her short career. "It Girl" implies an ingenue, untapped potential, an uncertain future. For a two-time Oscar nominee who also starred in a film that's grossed $408 million domestically, "It Girl" doesn't quite cut it—even if Lawrence is only 22.

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