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
6:03 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Travel Advisory Issued as Snow Exits Louisville Area

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Update 10:10 p.m. Sunday: Travelers Advisory Issued

The snowfall that started Sunday afternoon is ending in the Louisville area, leaving behind wet roads that may freeze in spots overnight, the National Weather Service said.

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Local News
12:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Byline Today: 'Ban the Box,' School of Innovation Finalists and Jim Lehrer

This week, Louisville Metro Council decided that the city and its vendors shouldn't ask about criminal histories on job applications. Meanwhile, Jefferson County Public Schools announced the finalists in a community competition to design a new school. And where was Sherman's March to the Sea planned, anyway?

We'll talk about these stories and more today on Byline.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear Picks Ashland Firm to Appeal Federal Judge's Same-Sex Marriage Order

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Update 5:30 p.m.: The Contract

The contract between the state and the Ashland firm runs from Thursday through June 6. There's a $100,000 cap on payments to the firm, the document said.

Here's the structure: $125 per hour for partners; $90 per hour for associates;  and $40 per hour for paralegals.

Here's the contract. 

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Education
1:50 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Ray Wallace, IU Southeast's Next Chancellor, Wants People to Finish Degrees and More Outreach

Ray Wallace
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IU Southeast next chancellor said one place of emphasis will be finding people in Southern Indiana and Louisville who've started but never finished degree programs.

The demographic research shows that the region has plenty of people who fit that description, said Ray Wallace, who this week was appointed IU Southeast's next leader.

So that's one area he'll want to focus.

“We need to do a better job, I think, in terms of working with people to complete their degrees," Wallace said.

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Local News
7:01 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Local Option Sales Tax Gets Support From All Living Kentucky Governors

Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's push for a local option sales tax in Kentucky has gotten support from all the state's living former governors.

Fischer is again scheduled to testify Tuesday to a House committee about the taxing option, which would allow communities to impose a temporary sales tax to fund specific projects with voter approval.  Fischer expects the committee to vote on the proposal.

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Education
8:18 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Here Are the Finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation Competition

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The finalists in Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition are The Catalpa School, the Louisville Reach Academy, the Metro Museum Magnet School and the Next Generation Community School. 

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Local News
3:10 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

James McNair Joins Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

James McNair
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Veteran finance and business reporter James McNair is the newest addition to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. 

McNair's nearly 30 years in journalism includes positions at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Miami Herald, where he's done work to uncover fraud and unethical business practices.

He's worked since 2007 as an independent researcher for hedge funds, in which "he is responsible for combing through records, digging through corporate filings and assisting the company in analyzing the health of businesses," a news release said.

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Education
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Listen to Details From the 12 Semifinalists in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens kicks off Friday night's School of Innovation forum.
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Jefferson County Public Schools will on Monday night unveil the finalists from the 48 community submissions to design a new school.

The school district plans to open the winning School of Innovation design in the 2015-16 academic year. Last month, JCPS unveiled 12 semifinalists in the competition. Submitters included several teams of JCPS teachers, a group of Louisville museum leaders and a team of educators from Michigan.

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Local News
7:01 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Kentucky Pushes Back Deadline in Search for Attorneys to Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Order

Gov. Steve Beshear
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The  deadline for attorneys seeking to take up the state's appeal of a federal judge's same-sex marriage order has been pushed back, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office said.

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Local News
11:41 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Byline Today: Same-Sex Marriage, Joan Rivers and March Madness

The latest on the same-sex marriage lawsuit in Kentucky, political happenings in Louisville and statewide, and March Madness approaches.

First up, Kentucky Public Radio's Jonathan Meador  will give an update on this week's news from the state Capitol. I'll join in to talk about Gov. Steve Beshear's decision to file an appeal in the on-going same-sex marriage lawsuit.

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