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

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. 

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.  

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.

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.

Three racehorses won the Triple Crown in the 1970s, and none have won the ultimate thoroughbred distinction in the subsequent decades.  

Today, Kentuckians choose the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, state legislature, and a host of local offices.

The victors in some of today's primaries are a foregone conclusion, perhaps. But other races—Louisville Metro Council District 9, for example—are quite competitive. Still, state election officials expect less than 30 percent of registered voters to show up to the polls.

The Kentucky Derby is American horseracing's most prestigious race, but the $2-million minimum purse surely spices things up for thoroughbred owners with talented 3-year-old horses.

  The favorite for Friday's Kentucky Oaks will start the mile and 1/8 race from the outside post.

The post draw was held Tuesday. Untapable will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik and is trained by Steve Asmussen. Fashion Plate, written by Gary Stevens and trained by Simon Callaghan, starts from the seventh position and is the second choice at 6-1.

Post Position

So the lawsuit that sought to force Kentucky to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage has been appealed and U.S. District Judge John Heyburn has extended a stay in the case.

What happens next?

Update 5 p.m.: Request for Proposal Issued

The state has issued its request for proposal for an attorney to handle the appeal of a federal judge order that Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.

Here's the document. 

The proposals are due by noon Friday.