Rick Howlett

Broadcast Managing Editor

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.


Local News
4:35 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

College Football: Western Kentucky Upsets Undefeated Marshall in Overtime

Brandon Doughty threw a Conference USA-record eight touchdown passes, the last in overtime to Jared Dangerfield followed by a 2-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal that lifted Western Kentucky over No. 19 Marshall 67-66 today.    

Marshall's Rakeem Cato had seven touchdown passes but threw four interceptions.

 Doughty broke the previous conference record of six TD passes set on eight occasions. Western Kentucky (7-5, 4-4) foiled Marshall's bid for the fourth perfect season in school history.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

College Football: Bowl Bids, Governor's Cup At Stake As Kentucky Visits Louisville

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The 24th ranked Louisville Cardinals are looking to close the regular season with another Governor's Cup victory against rival Kentucky and solidify their credentials for a possible Orange Bowl invitation.

Standing in the Cardinals' way is a Wildcats squad seeking its first postseason appearance in four years, and Kentucky can become bowl eligible by ending a three-game losing streak against Louisville and five-game overall slide.          

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Local News
4:59 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Eve Vigil Remembers Louisville Child Who Died of Starvation

Dozens of people will gather in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood Wednesday evening  for a vigil to remember a child who died of starvation on Thanksgiving Eve of 1969.

Organizer Stan Siegwald  says the death of nine-year-old Bobby Ellis led volunteers to establish of a food collection and distribution charity that’s still in operation today.       

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Arts and Humanities
10:25 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Jamie Hyneman Previews 'Mythbusters' Show in Louisville

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The principal co-hosts of the Discovery Channel's “Mythbusters” are coming back to Louisville this week. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have a new stage show based on the popular television series, in which they set out to confirm or debunk questions about natural science, urban legends and old sayings.

I recently spoke with Jamie Hyneman about the series and their appearance at the Kentucky Center on Tuesday night.

Listen below: 

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Local News
10:56 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Interview: Who Was Pappy Van Winkle and Why Is His Photo on a Bourbon Bottle?

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Kentucky’s signature spirit is in the midst of an unprecedented popularity surge, and bourbon lovers can’t seem to get enough of one particular brand: Pappy Van Winkle.

It has won international praise, and the theft of more than 200 bottles of Pappy from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort last year has drawn worldwide attention. The crime has not been solved.

The craze led Doug Proffitt of WHAS-11 to explore the history of Pappy Van Winkle—the man.

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Local News
7:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Churchill Downs Cancels Racing For Second Straight Day Because of Frozen Track

Churchill Downs' frozen main track on Tuesday.
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For the second day in a row, Churchill Downs is cancelling its live racing program because of a frozen main track.

The racetrack announced Thursday that it's canceling live racing for Thursday. 

This week’s plummeting temperatures forced officials to call off racing Wednesday. They were hoping that warmer temperatures and sunshine would allow the maintenance crew to get the track back in racing shape, but they’ve have been hampered by high winds.

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Local News
12:20 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Old Cardinal Stadium Demolition Begins Today

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The first phase of demolition of the old Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center is scheduled to begin today.

Workers will take down and salvage the stadium’s metal bleachers.

Last year, the fair board decided to stop using the grandstands because of safety concerns. The entire stadium has fallen into disrepair and engineers hired by the state have recommended all of it be torn down. 

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Local News
11:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Louisville Prosecutor-Turned-Author Releases Fourth Crime Novel, 'Deadline for Murder'

Linda Atkins
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Some 200 authors will showcase their recent works on Saturday at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort.

They include Linda Atkins of Louisville, who just published her fourth crime novel, "Deadline for Murder."

Atkins is a former Jefferson County prosecutor and defense lawyer who 14 years ago decided to call on her experience to launch a writing career.

Her first three novels followed the adventures of criminal defense attorney Hilary Adams. Atkins tells WFPL that Adams is back in "Deadline for Murder"—with a new job.

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4:07 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Open Enrollment for Kentucky's Health Exchange Starts Saturday

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The second round of open enrollment for Kentucky’s health insurance exchange begins Saturday.

At a news conference on Monday, Gov. Steve Beshear said improvements have been made to the Kynect website and more people have been hired to answer questions and help process applications.

Some 521,000 Kentuckians signed up for coverage during the first enrollment window. Beshear said there are many more Kentuckians who don’t have coverage, including those who don’t think they need it.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Louisville Hosting Slow Money Gathering This Week

Louisville is the site of the fifth annual Slow Money gathering, which began Monday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.       

The slow money movement was launched by Colorado native Woody Tasch. It matches organic farmers and like-minded entrepreneurs in the food system with investors.    

"Over the last four years, over a thousand investors have put more than $38 million into 350 of these small organic food enterprises," Tasch said.

(You hear a full interview with Tasch below.)

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