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
9:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

What We're Reading |2.10.12

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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: All you need to know about this piece is that it's about Frank Ocean. Go read it. Read Frank Ocean Can Fly.  

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

State Sen. Julie Denton Files Bill to Limit Constables' Powers

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Legislation that would abolish or greatly reduce the powers of Kentucky's constables was filed last week in the General Assembly, but the head of the Kentucky Constables Association says his group is creating a draft bill that would provide them training.

State Sen. Julie Denton, a Louisville Republican, filed a bill that would remove constables' peace officer powers from the Kentucky Revised Statutes—meaning that constables would lose police powers, such as the ability to make arrests. Constables could still serve court papers.

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Business
7:10 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Maker's Mark Reduces Alcohol By Volume to Meet Demand

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It's now going to take a little more Maker's Mark to get you tipsy, not that Maker's is the sort of bourbon one drinks just to get tipsy.

Nonetheless.

Maker's Mark is reducing its alcohol by volume by three percent in an effort to meet increased demand, says an e-mail from executives to Maker's Mark Ambassadors.

Update 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Here's a Q&A with Maker's Mark chief operating officer Rob Samuels, where he explains the decision.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Byline: The Rubbertown Explosion Investigation, State of the Commonwealth and Jennifer Lawrence

The Kentucky General Assembly gets back to work, investigation results are released in the fatal 2011 explosion in Rubbertown and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence talks Oscars today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the week in Frankfort as the legislative session resumes and Gov. Steve Beshear makes his State of the Commonwealth address.

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Local News
8:58 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Downed Power Lines Closes Gene Snyder Freeway Late Thursday

Downed power lines in the roadway on Thursday evening have closed the Gene Snyder Freeway in both directions at Ky. 22 and Ky. 146, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.

Crews from Louisville Gas & Electric were making repairs. Until they're finished, traffic is being detoured off the interstate, the transportation cabinet said.

The cabinet said the roadway is expected to be closed until about midnight.

Politics
12:50 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

President Obama to Discuss Spending Cuts, Tax Reform; WFPL to Carry Special Coverage

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President Obama will hold a news conference Tuesday to discuss fiscal matters. WFPL will carry NPR's live special coverage  starting at 1 p.m.

NPR says:

Officials tell the White House press corps that the president "will call on Congress to pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms to avoid the economically harmful consequences of the sequester for a few months." He's scheduled to issue that call around 1:15 p.m. ET.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Drastic Cuts to Kentucky Child Care Assistance Leave Low-Income Families With Few Options

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Shironda Young waited two years to get her job as a cook. It's become the best job she's ever had.

Now, Young may have to give the job up because of recently announced cuts to a state program that gives financial assistance for child care to low-income working families.  Young cooks for a university; she doesn't work in the summer. The staff at the day care for her four children have told her that she'll likely be denied entry into Kentucky's Child Care Assistance Program when she reapplies in fall 2013.

"I'll probably have to quit my job," Young said. "I absolutely have nobody to watch my kids. I can't afford day care—it's like $500 a week."

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.3.13

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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:

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Local News
9:17 am
Sat February 2, 2013

It Snowed. More Snow Possible. Watch for Slick Spots, Public Works Says.

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It snowed in the early morning Saturday.

More may be on the way. The National Weather Service says snow is likely Saturday, mainly between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. A slighter chance of snow endures through Sunday morning. Jefferson and surrounding counties in Kentucky and Indiana remain under a winter weather advisory until 7 a.m. Sunday.

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Education
2:46 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

With More Snow in Forecast, JCPS Cancels Weekend Sports

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With more winter weather in the forecast, Jefferson County Public Schools is canceling all school activities—including athletics—this weekend.

Snow is expected in southern Indiana after midnight, reaching north central Kentucky early Saturday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Louisville has a 30-percent chance of snow—accumulating to less than an inch— mostly after 3 a.m. Saturday, the weather service said. And the chance of snow is forecast to increase through the day Saturday, with a chance remaining to early Sunday afternoon.

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