Rick Howlett

Rick Howlett has been with WFPL since 2001 and has held many different titles, including Morning Edition Host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. In addition to his duties as Broadcast Managing Editor and director of WFPL's Newscast Unit, Rick produces radio features and spot stories. His beats include the Indiana General Assembly and the region's passion for sports.

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Louisville’s Heroin Treatment Centers Feel Strain of Surging Addiction Rates

February 25, 2015

In recent years, Kentucky has seen a surge of heroin addiction— a situation created in part by a legislative crackdown on prescription drug abuse. Read Story

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University of Louisville Provost to Step Down

February 4, 2015

University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz is stepping down after 13 years in the post. Read Story

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Expanding Mentoring Program

January 25, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana officials say a new mentoring program launched this school year has been a success and will be expanded next year. Read Story

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University of Louisville Gets $12.6 Million Gift for Music, Athletics

January 20, 2015

The University of Louisville's School of Music and athletics department will share a $12.6 million gift from retired pilot and investor Max Baumgardner of Louisville. Read Story

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26 People Have Died of the Flu So Far in Kentucky

January 8, 2015

Kentucky health officials say there have been at least 26 flu-related deaths in the state during the current influenza season. Read Story

Metro Louisville CFO on Unpaid Leave After Intoxication Arrest

January 4, 2015

The chief financial officer for Louisville Metro Government is on unpaid leave following his arrest Friday night on public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges. According to police and media reports, Steve Rowland  and the director of the Louisville Metro Council … Read Story

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Two Louisvillians Share Stories of Heroin Addiction

December 19, 2014

The 2015 Kentucky General Assembly session begins next month and the state’s heroin epidemic has  a prominent spot on the legislative agenda. More than a half-dozen heroin-related bills have been prefiled, as lawmakers seek answers to a problem that has shattered thousands … Read Story

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Metro Council Panel Criticizes Louisville Animal Services in Injured Dog Case

December 17, 2014

“The committee met one road block after another, and this is in the report, that prevented quick resolution of the inquiry and at times seemed designed to halt the investigation altogether," said Kelly Downard, a Council Republican. Read Story