Joseph Lord

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. | Twitter


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8:58 am
Fri July 3, 2015

Aetna to Buy Louisville-Based Humana For $37 Billion

Credit Doctors Fees, 401(K) 2012, Flickr Creative Commons

Louisville-based Humana has agreed to be sold to Connecticut-based rival Aetna for $37 billion, the companies announced early Friday.

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12:09 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Gov. Steve Beshear: Kentucky Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Starting Today

Credit Ludovic Bertron, Wikimedia Commons

  Update 12:40 p.m.: Beshear’s Full Statement

Here’s Beshear’s full statement:

“The fractured laws across the country concerning same-sex marriage had created an unsustainable and unbalanced legal environment, wherein citizens were treated differently depending on the state in which they resided. That situation was unfair, no matter which side of the debate you may support.

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8:49 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Federal Judge John G. Heyburn II Dies


John G. Heyburn II, a federal judge who in recent years made national headlines by striking down Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban, died Wednesday, according to The Courier-Journal.

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3:13 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Here’s the Initial Line-Up For Forecastle Festival 2015

Credit Willie MacLean

This year, Forecastle Festival will be both familiar and new.

The three-day music festival will feature Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-songwriter Sam Smith, southern rock/jam band Widespread Panic and indie stalwarts Modest Mouse, organizers announced Tuesday.

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1:45 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

BBC Visits Louisville to Talk Kentucky and Politics

Thoroughbreds at a Kentucky horse farm. Former Courier-Journal editor David Hawpe talks to the BBC about Kentucky, though horses don't really come up.

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 11:35 am

The countdown to election day is in the single digits, which means the spotlight is even stronger on the big U.S. Senate matchup between Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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2:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:21 pm

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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10:12 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Following Expansion, Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Gained 3,200 Kids In About a Month

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 6:02 am

Last year, a budget shortfall led to the slashing of a subsidy program that helped low-income Kentucky families cover the cost of child care. 

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9:28 am
Tue July 22, 2014

27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:55 am

Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.

That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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12:06 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Kentucky's Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Says

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 4:21 pm

Update 2 p.m.: An Appeal

Gov. Steve Beshear plans to appeal a federal judge's opinion on Tuesday that Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

On the other side, plaintiffs' attorney Dan Canon said he's pleased with the judge's order—even if, unlike other states, an immediate stay was issued preventing same-sex couples from immediately being allowed to marry.

"We’re optimistic that same-sex couples will in the very near future be able to get marriage licenses in Kentucky," Canon told WFPL on Tuesday afternoon.

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9:09 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Plaintiffs Respond to Beshear's Procreation Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage in Kentucky

Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon's marriage licenses.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:35 am

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that same-sex unions harm procreation is a "myopic" view of marriage, argues a response filed on behalf of Kentucky same-sex couples seeking recognition for their out-of-state marriages.

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