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.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Kentucky Bourbon Festival Kicks Off Tuesday in Bardstown

Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell in 2011
Credit Rick Howlett

The annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival begins its six-day run Tuesday in Bardstown and surrounding venues.            

  The popularity of Kentucky’s signature spirit has soared over the past several years, and festival executive director Linda Harrison says so has attendance at the event.        

"Last year we had 52,000, roughly, from 46 states and 15 different countries, and we anticipate that attendance will be even greater this year," she said.

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Local News
1:55 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Lack of Psychiatric Resources Leads to Issues For Indiana County Jails, Sheriffs Say

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Local law enforcement officials in Indiana say many county jails across the state have become last resort stops for the mentally ill.

A legislative study committee heard Monday  from county sheriffs who said local communities have a lack of resources for people in need of psychiatric help. Many of the mentally ill end up in jails instead. The sheriffs also said staff members are ill-equipped to provide needed care.

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Local News
1:52 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

USA Harvest Founder Stan Curtis Gets 2-Year Prison Sentence

Stan Curtis

A federal judge has sentenced the founder of USA Harvest to a two-year prison term for keeping thousands of dollars in donations to the charity for himself.

Stan Curtis pleaded guilty in July to taking for himself more than $183,000 in donations he solicited on behalf of the now-defunct USA Harvest, which used volunteers to pick up surplus food from restaurants, hotels and other places and deliver it to missions, shelters and people in need.

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Local News
7:05 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Weather Channel Seeks Footage of March 2012 Tornados In Indiana and Kentucky

Damage in Henryville from the May 2012 tornado.
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Weather Channel producers are asking for help in gathering video of the tornados that ravaged Kentucky and Indiana on March 2, 2012.

The footage could be used in two programs in the channel’s “Tornado Alley” series that will air next spring.

Executive producer Kim Kantner said there are no restrictions on the type of video that can be submitted.

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Local News
11:51 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Louisville Cards Win ACC Debut Over Miami, 31-13

In college football, Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth followed a big defensive performance as the Louisville Cardinals beat visiting Miami 31-13 in their season opener Monday night.    

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and for Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school. Petrino, who left the program in 2007, was hired in January to succeed Charlie Strong after he left for Texas.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun August 31, 2014

A Unique Honor for a Unique Player: Louisville Bats to Retire Corky Miller's Jersey

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For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Louisville Bats will retire a player’s jersey.

The honor goes to catcher Corky Miller, who has spent most of his professional career with the Bats and has become a popular figure in Louisville over the past decade.    

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Local News
2:22 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Jim Brown, Susan Sarandon Among Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award Honorees

Susan Sarandon
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The Muhammad Ali Center has completed its list of recipients of the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards to be presented next month.     

The four announced today are:   NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, the rapper Common, actress Susan Sarandon and entrepreneur Mick Ebeling.   They will be honored for their philanthropic, civil rights and other work.

Like Ali, Jim Brown has been an outspoken civil-rights advocate who was at the top of his sport in the 1960s.    

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Local News
3:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Ford: Addition of Luxury SUV Line Means 300 New Jobs at Louisville Assembly Plant

The Lincoln MKC
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Ford Motor Company says the addition of a new vehicle line at the Louisville Assembly Plant has created hundreds of new jobs.          

Director of Manufacturing John Savona and other Ford officials announced details Monday of the production boost, which is well underway at the Fern Valley Road facility.

"(We're making) an additional $129 million investment to support the new Lincoln MKC vehicle at LAP.   And we’re also pleased to announce that we’re adding 300 jobs to support production of the Lincoln MKC," Savona told WFPL. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Kentucky State Fair Dunking Booth Clown Can Make a Zinger Sing

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One of the Kentucky State Fair's most popular attractions is, of course, the midway. There are the thrill rides, but the midway is also lined with game booths with the promise of prizes like stuffed animals and other toys.

There’s one midway booth where the reward is something more intangible.      

Walk to the far end of the midway and you might hear the singsong taunts of Bozo the Dunking Clown.

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Local News
6:43 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Clark Memorial Bridge Reopens Ahead of Schedule

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The Clark Memorial Bridge has reopened about a week ahead of schedule.

The bridge was closed to all traffic July 8 to allow for construction on the Indiana approach related to the Ohio River Bridges Project. The bridge reopened late Thursday night.

Project spokeswoman Mindy Peterson said northbound motorists will have to follow a new traffic pattern.

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