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
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

Credit Louisville Bats

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

Credit Rick Howlett

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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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Bobby Petrino Says Cardinals Aiming High in 2014 Season

Coach Bobby Petrino addresses the U of L Football Kickoff Luncheon at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.
Credit Rick Howlett

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino says his team’s number one goal is to win a national championship.      

Petrino, his staff and players greeted thousands of fans downtown today  at the Cardinals’ annual kickoff luncheon.

Bobby Petrino has begun his second head coaching stint at Louisville.

Petrino abruptly left U of L in 2007 for a NFL coaching job, but was hired back this year to replace Charlie Strong, who’s now the head coach at Texas.

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Local News
12:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Churchill Downs Track Announcer Leaving for New York Racing Circuit

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Churchill Downs is launching another search for a track announcer.

After less than a year on the job, Larry Collmus  is leaving for the New York Racing Association, where he will be the announcer at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga race tracks.        

Collmus replaces Tom Durkin, who’s retiring after 43 years on the New York racing circuit.

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Local News
11:53 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Rory McIlroy Wins PGA Championship at Valhalla

Credit Rick Howlett

Rory McIlroy  has won his  second straight major golf championship and the fourth of his young career.

The 25 year old McIlroy  rallied on the final nine holes to capture the PGA Championship today  at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisvillle.              

The tournament finished in near-darkness, with the  final two groups essentially morphing into a foursome as they raced to beat nightfall.

A nearly two-hour rain delay set up the possibility of a Monday finish.

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Local News
12:25 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

PGA: Kentucky's Kenny Perry Grateful for 'One More Time' at Valhalla

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This week’s PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville will likely be the last appearance by Kenny Perry in any of professional golf's four major championships.     

The Franklin, Kentucky resident is expected to begin focusing exclusively on the Champions Tour for golfers 50 and over.

"(I'm) just excited for the opportunity to go out the back door one more time, as they say, one more time," Perry said Tuesday. 

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