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
5:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season

Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Poythress and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run.    

His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft,  but Poythress said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."

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Local News
3:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft

Credit University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle is leaving the Wildcats after one season to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to be among the top five picks in the June 26 draft.

Randle led UK in scoring and rebounding during the Wildcats NCAA Tournament run, which ended with a loss to Connecticut in the title game.   

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Developer Ready to Rejuvenate Crumbling Colonial Gardens Property

Officials with a local development company say they’re eager to get started with the revitalizaton of the historic Colonial Gardens property in south Louisville.     

Louisville-based Underhill Associates reached an agreement with the city last week to redevelop the long-vacant complex at the corner of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive adjacent to Iroquois Park.

The city bought the property for $430,000 last year and is providing the site and a construction grant to Underhill.   

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Local News
3:06 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

U of L's Montrezl Harrell to Return for Junior Season; UK's Cauley-Stein Coming Back

Credit University of Louisville

University of Louisville basketball player Montrezlll return to the Cardinals for his junior season.     

Harrell, a forward, was the Cards’ leading rebounder last season and was second in scoring average.

He had been considering making himself eligible for the NBA draft, but believes another year at Louisville will improve his status.          

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Local News
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Early, Absentee Voting Underway in Kentucky, Indiana

Courtesy of Alex Lee, Wikimedia Commons

Absentee and early voting has started in Kentucky and Indiana for next month’s primaries.

In Indiana, early voting continues through May 5, the day before the election.    Requests for an absentee ballot must be filed by April 28.     

Absentee requests must include a reason for needing an early ballot, but that’s not the case with walk-in voting.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says with various local, state and federal races on the ballot for the mid-term elections, turnout will be mixed.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Milton-Madison Bridge Slide Complete; Span Could Open in About One Week

The Milton-Madison Bridge has been moved onto its permanent home. 

Crews have finished the 55-foot slide of the new, half-mile long truss from temporary piers to refurbished supports that held the previous bridge.

The slide started back up Thursday morning after crews were forced to stop on Wednesday because of high winds.     

The bridge has been closed since a March 11 construction accident.

Local News
2:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Bobby's Kitten Leads a Field of 14 for Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes

Credit Keeneland

The post positions are set for Saturday’s running of the $750,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington.

Bobby's Kitten is the 3-1 early favorite in the field of 14.

Javier Castellano will ride the Chad Brown-trained bay colt, who drew the fifth post position for the race awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby. The winner earns 100 points, which all but assures a spot in the 140th Run for the Roses.

Bobby's Kitten has three wins and two third place finishes — one of which was in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

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Local News
2:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Calipari on NBA Rumors: 'I Have the Best Job in the Country'

An executive with the Los Angeles Lakers is denying rumors that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will become the next head coach of the struggling NBA team.    

The rumors were floated by former UK star Rex Chapman on Twitter shortly before the Wildcats’ loss to Connecticut in Monday night’s NCAA championship game.  Chapman called Calipari’s departure a “done deal.”

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Local News
10:39 am
Mon April 7, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison 'Not Afraid to Miss' Game-Winning Shots

Aaron Harrison
Credit ukathletics.com

The Kentucky Wildcats take on the Connecticut Huskies tonight for the men’s NCAA basketball championship.         

UK got by Wisconsin 74 to 73 Saturday night after Aaron Harrison put the Wildcats ahead with a long three-pointer with just under six seconds remaining.    It was Harrison’s third straight game-winning shot.

"The biggest thing is, he’s not afraid to miss.  He’s comfortable in his own skin, he knows how hard he’s worked," said Kentucky coach John Calipari.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Kentucky Soldier Who Died in Korean War to be Laid to Rest

Credit Wikipedia

Flags will fly at half-staff at all Kentucky state office buildings  Monday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died in the Korean War 64 years ago.      

The funeral for Army Corporal William Day will be held in western Kentucky.

Day was reported missing in North Korea on Dec. 2, 1950.  

His daughter, Gloria Shonrock, began searching in earnest for information about Day in 1992. His remains were eventually found among boxes of remains given to the U.S. by North Korea in the early 1990s.

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