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
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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Local News
12:06 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Train Derailment | Crews Now Working on Hydrogen Fluoride Cars

Louisville Metro

Crews successfully finished moving early Wednesday the chemical butadiene from the train derailment site in southwestern Jefferson County. The butadiene has been delivered to a rail yard, according to MetroSafe.

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Business
9:35 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Report: Papa John's Faces Lawsuit Over Text Messages

The problem was with spam, not the pizza.

A class-action lawsuit seeking $250 million has been filed against the Papa John's pizza chain because of a 500,000 unwanted text messages sent to customers, CNN Money is reporting

The CNN story reported that Papa John's franchises sent blast text messages through a third-party services -- and, after ordering a pizza, some customers began getting dozens ads for pizza specials, sometimes in the middle of the night.

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Local News
12:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

What Would Happen If Kentucky Really Did Secede?

More than 12,000 people had by Tuesday afternoon "signed" the user-generated petition on the White House website asking for the federal government to grant Kentucky the right to secede from the Union. Many observers view the petition more as the manifestation of anger from some Americans over President Obama's re-election. But the petition does raise the question: If Kentucky could secede -- and it can't -- would leaving the Union make any sense? Dewey Clayton, a political science professor at the University of Louisville, agreed to address some questions about this sudden, informal Internet secession movement.

What benefits, if any, would Kentucky get from secession?

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Local News
7:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Petitions Ask for Kentucky, Other States, to Secede

Beriah Magoffin was governor of Kentucky when the Civil War began. He was a "states' rights" supporter, but kept Kentucky neutral.
Library of Congress

President Obama has been re-elected, a new Congress is taking shape and the American citizenry is ready to move on to tackle the various challenging issues before the nation.

Perhaps not all of the citizenry.

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Business
1:07 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

John Schnatter: Papa John's Franchisees May Cut Hours Because of Obamacare

John Schnatter, founder and chief executive of Louisville-based Papa John's, said last week that some of the company's franchisees were likely to reduce employees' hours to avoid offering health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

"That's probably what's going to happen," Schnatter told college students on Wednesday in Naples, Fla., according the Naples Daily News. "It's common sense. That's what I call lose-lose."

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun November 11, 2012

Train Derailment: No Answers Yet to Why Train Wreck Happened

Credit Louisville Metro

The clean-up from the Oct. 29 train derailment continues. Since then, residents near the site in southwestern Jefferson County have endured evacuations, road closures. There have been shelter-in-place orders as authorities dealt with dangerous chemicals, some spilled after the wreckage. And then there was the fire that injured workers.

But, as the dangers and disruptions recede, the question of how the Paducah & Louisville Railway train derailed endures. 

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Local News
7:30 am
Sun November 11, 2012

What We're Reading | 11.11.12

Maurice Sendak
Credit Harper Collins

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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