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
9:55 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Black Friday Shopping Collides with Labor Concerns

Credit Wikipedia Commons

It happens every year. 

Tummies full from Thansgiving dinner, shopper across the nation queue at the doors of retailers offering normally unspeakable bargains on television sets, clothing and toys, toys, toys to kick off the holiday shopping season.

Retailers love Black Friday. Judging from their dependable response, shoppers love it, too.

But perhaps not all store employees. And tension among workers -- over Black Friday hours and unrelated labor issues -- are manifesting in 2012 in ways not previously seen.

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Local News
2:06 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Black Friday Protest Planned for Louisville Area Walmart

Angry over what they say are unfair labor practices, protesters are planning to demonstrate at a Louisville area Walmart on Friday -- traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.

But organizers won't announce which Walmart will be the site of the demonstration until Friday morning, said Harold Embry, organizing director for the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 227, based in Louisville.

As many as 50 people are expected to participate, Embry said. 

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Local News
8:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Louisville Cardinals Stuck in Conference Realignment Turmoil, Again

This week, Maryland and Rutgers bolted from the ACC and the Big East, respectively, to the Big Ten (or B1G, as they call it now).

Just like that, the appearance of a fragile peace among college athletics conferences shattered.

The re-arranging again jolted the University of Louisville -- not that the last round of conference realignment ended ideally for the Cardinals, stuck in a Big East whose football membership spanned from San Diego to Annapolis.

So where does this leave UofL? Searching still, it seems.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Report | Louisville Affordable Housing Assessment

The Louisville Metro Affordable Housing Trust Fund has issued a report assessing the affordable housing needs in Louisville. Here is the report:

Local News
10:28 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Louisville Metro Seeking Public Comment on Insight/Time Warner

Louisville Metro government will host four public meetings in November seeking public input on the cable television service provided by Insight/Time Warner.

The meetings will be:

  • 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the East Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Southwest Government Center, 72189 Dixie HIghway
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St.
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at the South Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop

The city is seeking comments on: 

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Kentucky or Illinois? Whose Claim to Lincoln's Legacy is Best

Abraham Lincoln

The opening today of the film "Lincoln" is expected to renew interest in the United States' 16th president -- and to send those people to the sites dedicated to memorializing him. 

Lincoln led a nomadic life, especially when he was young -- he was born in Kentucky but spent much of his youth in Indiana, before he settled in Illinois. And, of course, he ended his life in Washington, D.C., the first American president to be assassinated.

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Local News
6:00 am
Sun November 18, 2012

What We're Reading | 11.18.12

Incoming Purdue University President Mitch Daniels
Credit Purdue University

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

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Local News
7:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

NBA Report Renews Pros, Cons Discussion of Pro Hoops in Louisville

The New York Times Magazine cover, featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Last week, The New York Times Magazine published a lengthy story that can be summarized in a sentence: The NBA is doing well in Oklahoma City.

The piece discusses the Oklahoma City Thunder's surprising on-court successes, the city's embrace of star Kevin Durant and how a middle-sized Midwestern city landed a pro basketball team in the first place. And there's this discussion with Oklahoma City's police chief, Bill Citty:

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Business
11:44 am
Thu November 15, 2012

And So 'National Papa John's Appreciation Day' is Declared

The politics of ordering a pizza for Friday's dinner just got significantly more complicated than the usual arguments over toppings.

In response to criticism of Papa John's chief executive John Schnatter's comments criticizing the Affordable Care Act, Freedomworks -- the conservative organization closely tied with the Tea Party -- issued a statement Thursday urging people to make Friday "National Papa John's Appreciation Day."

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Local News
12:56 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

I-71 Traffic Moving After Fatal Early Morning Wreck

Louisville Metro Police traffic investigators are trying to determine how the driver lost control Wednesday morning of a AAA Rescue Ranger pick-up truck on Interstate 71, causing a chain-reaction that left the driver dead, police said.

The AAA Rescue Ranger driver has not been identified.

The accident happened at about 6 a.m. Wednesday and left northbound I-71 near the Watterson Expressway closed for hours, said Dwight Mitchell, a Louisville Metro Police spokesman. Traffic was moving on I-71 in the area by the early afternoon, according to TRIMARC.

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