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.


Arts and Humanities
8:01 am
Sat October 25, 2014

War of the Roses and Its Familial Devastation to be Explored at Louisville Library

The infamous King Richard III
Credit Richard III Society

Historian Dan Jones continues his exploration of the British monarchy during the Middle Ages with his new book, "The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors."

Jones will talk about his book and British royal families past and present Monday evening at the Louisville Free Public Library.

I spoke with him recently. Listen:

On the infighting and self-destruction of the Plantagenet dynasty in the 15th century:

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Local News
12:07 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Salvation Army Looking For Holiday Bell Ringers

Credit Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s holiday Red Kettle campaign begins November 14 across Louisville.    

The organization typically has about 800 volunteer bell ringers who collect donations, but is also hiring dozens of paid, seasonal part-time workers.    

Spokesman David Yarmuth says about 100 bell ringers are needed.  The job pays $7.25 an hour and workers typically put in an eight-hour shift.

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Local News
8:07 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Belle of Louisville Centennial to be Marked With Six-Day Riverboat Celebration

Credit festivalofriverboats.com

The Centennial Festival of Riverboats begins Tuesday along Louisville’s waterfront.

It’s a six-day celebration of the riverboat, as well as commerce on the Ohio River and the 100th birthday of the Belle of Louisville.

Festival chairman Neville Blakemore says it’s extraordinary for a paddle-wheeler like the Belle to endure for a century.

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8:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Voter Turnout Key to Kentucky Senate Race, Political Scientist Says

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell, 46 to 44 percent. 

It’s a six-point swing for Grimes since the previous Bluegrass Poll, conducted in late August. The poll also said Libertarian candidate David Patterson had three percent. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent. 

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1:07 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Bluegrass Poll: Grimes Takes 2-Point Lead Over McConnell In Kentucky Senate Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

The survey of likely voters has Grimes with 46 percent support and McConnell getting 44 percent. Libertarian candidate David Patterson has three percent, with seven percent of voters undecided. The margin of error is plus or minus four points.

It’s a six-point swing for the Grimes campaign. The previous Bluegrass Poll in late August had McConnell with a four-point lead.

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IdeaFestival 2014
11:57 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Tyler Cowen on Succeeding in Today's Job Market

Tyler Cowen
Credit Submitted photo

George Mason University economics professor Tyler Cowen says this age of technology is creating new economic and social realities. In his most recent book—and in an IdeaFestival presentation this week in Louisville—Cowen explains why being “pretty good” at something does not necessarily guarantee a path to success in today’s world.

He spoke recently with WFPL’s Rick Howlett.

On what he tells his students about succeeding in today’s job market:

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Local News
10:29 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Former Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden Agrees to Plead Guilty

Danny Rodden
Credit www.clarkcosheriff.com

The recently retired Clark County sheriff has agreed to plead guilty to charges stemming from his alleged relationship with a prostitute.

A plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday calls for former Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden to plead guilty to two counts of making false statements to the FBI and one count of counseling the destruction of evidence. The agreement calls for Rodden to pay $300 to the court and for prosecutors to recommend a minimum sentence.

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Local News
10:21 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Officials: E.coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Milk Consumption

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Kentucky health officials believe they have determined what caused an outbreak of bacterial infection that sent several children to the hospital last month.     

"What we have been able to find out during the course of the investigation involving an E. coli outbreak in North Central Kentucky—which involved five children—was that raw, unpasteurized milk was the only common food source consumed by all the children affected by the outbreak," said Beth Fisher, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Public Health. 

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IdeaFestival 2014
12:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Wynton Marsalis on the Role of Art and Creativity

Wynton Marsalis
Credit Submitted photo

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed trumpeter, composer, bandleader and educator. He's the managing and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program in New York City; his numerous accolades include the Pulitzer Prize for Music and nine Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical recordings.

On Wednesday, he will deliver a lecture and perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of IdeaFestival. (The 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra launches its new season.) 

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Local News
12:26 am
Sun September 28, 2014

Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Presented at Louisville Gala

Football Hall-of-Famer and civil rights activist Jim Brown received the Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Humanitarian Award
Credit Muhammad Ali Center

An Academy Award-winning actress, a pro football Hall-of-Famer and six young people from around the world were among those honored Saturday night by the Muhammad Ali Center for their humanitarian work.        

The second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were presented during a Louisville gala that included a red carpet procession.

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