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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Politics
12:46 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

WFPL to Carry Special NPR Coverage of 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

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WFPL will have NPR's live coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Friday of discussions between President Obama and congressional leaders on the impending "fiscal cliff" -- the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to go into effect next week.

Obama is meeting at 3 p.m. with  Sens. Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid, the Senate minority and majority leaders, respectively, and House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Paducah & Louisville Railway to Stop Taking Mileage Claims in January from Train Derailment

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Jan. 19 is the last day to file a detour-mileage claim with the Paducah & Louisville Railway stemming from the Oct. 29 train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

P&L Railway has made 5,000 reimbursements to people affected by the train derailment for out-of-pocket expenses for matters such as mileage, childcare and relocation, P&L said. The rail company has also reimbursed first-responders and schools for some costs.

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Local News
10:02 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Up to 3 Inches of Snow Possible in Louisville, National Weather Service Says

Snow in Louisville in 2009.
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Louisville may get as many as three inches of snow overnight through Saturday, leading to travel difficulties.

A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday. At first, rain will begin falling in the Louisville area on Friday afternoon, but the precipitation will change over to a rain/snow mix after sunset and then all snow around midnight, the National Weather Service said.

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Local News
12:01 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Read | 2012 Kids Count County Data Book

Kentucky Youth Advocates have released the annual 2012 Kids Count County Data Book, which offers a county-by-county breakdown of "the path that Kentucky students follow starting from birth to the transition to adulthood based on educational outcomes at each of those stages."

Among the suggestions are the implementation of a state-level earned income tax credit. 


Local News
3:55 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Study: Tourists Spent $1.4 Billion in Louisville in 2012

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The 12.7 million people who visited Louisville in 2011 spent $1.4 billion locally, creating $173 million in tax revenues and sustaining 22,100 jobs, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau says. Meanwhile, the LCVB said its marketing efforts on behalf of the city increased room occupancy of leisure travelers by about 25 percent.

Those figures come from a study released Thursday conducted by the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville.

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Local News
2:15 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

How Kentucky's 2014 Senate Election May Play Into the 'Fiscal Cliff'

Mitch McConnell
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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that Congress is on track to have no deal before the Dec. 31 deadline for the "fiscal cliff."

One key to the negotiations is the brokering abilities of Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the minority leader.  A recent New York Times story notes this:

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Local News
11:14 am
Mon December 24, 2012

No Snow on Christmas for Louisville, but Maybe on Wednesday

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Louisville looks to have a wet Christmas night -- and maybe snow on Wednesday.

Rain is expected to move into the Louisville area Tuesday evening, and the precipitation would stay until Wednesday evening, said Tom Reaugh, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The temperature will drop through Wednesday, which means the rain would transition to snowfall as the day goes on.

Louisville may get about an inch of precipitation through Wednesday, Reaugh said. As much as two inches are possible further north. That, of course, could change as Wednesday gets nearer.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

Ten Years After I-AA National Title, WKU President Pleased to Step Up in Class

The Western Kentucky Hilltopper after winning the 2002 Division 1-AA national championship.
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Outwardly, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers' 34-14 victory over McNeese State was a cause for big-time celebration for WKU President Gary Ransdell.

The Toppers won the 2002 Division I-AA national championship.

Inwardly, the championship stirred another reaction. The playoffs for the I-AA division -- now known as the Football Championship Subdivision -- had cost WKU money. The first-round playoff game drew just 3,300 people to Bowling Green's Smith Stadium. The title game had no payout.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun December 23, 2012

What We're Reading | 12.23.12

Each week, members of the WFPL news team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard: At some point on Christmas Eve, someone, whether by appointment or accident, will flip to A Christmas Story on television. The 24-hour marathon of this movie on cable makes it a leg-shaped lava lamp of the holidays. You can't look away.

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Local News
11:58 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Maker's Mark Bourbon House Subject of Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge
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A Louisville man is claiming that the Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge at Fourth Street Live refused to allow him to host a party at the venue because all of the party-goers would be African-American, says a lawsuit filed this week in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Andre Mulligan alleges that the Maker's Mark Lounge "officials" asked him about the "'ratio' of 'black people' to 'white people' at the planned party during a meeting, the lawsuit said.

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