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
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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Local News
2:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Back Home in Texas, UK's Randle "Just Excited to be Playing" in Final Four

The men’s NCAA basketball tournament resumes this weekend with the Final Four.

The two national semifinal games will be played Saturday night in Arlington, Texas, with Florida facing Connecticut and Wisconsin squaring off with Kentucky.    The winners advance to the national championship game Monday night.      

The venue, AT&T Stadium, is not far from the Dallas neighborhood where UK’s Julius Randle grew up, but the Wildcats’ leading scorer says he’s thankful to be in a Final Four anywhere.

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Local News
7:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Heavy Rains, Floods Cause Travel Problems, Affect School Schedules

Heavy rains overnight have caused flooding and scattered road closures, many of them in southern Indiana, where officials have been clearing several mudslides.

New Albany-Floyd County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay today and West Clark Community Schools are closed.

Motorists are urged to use caution and not drive into standing water.

Flash flood warnings and watches remain in effect this morning for parts of the region

Rain is expected to clear out of the Louisville area later today, followed by cooler temperatures.

Local News
4:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Calipari Trying to Keep Wildcats Hungry for Title Run

The Kentucky Wildcats are in Arlington, Texas to prepare for their showdown with Wisconsin in the men’s NCAA Final Four.         

Kentucky defeated Kansas State, Wichita State, Louisville and Michigan to reach the national semifinals, a path that coach John Calipari compared to a minefield.

"And now my whole mission is to make sure we’re not satisfied.   That this team is still striving," Calipari said Thursday at a joint press conference with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. 

The Badgers are making their first Final Four appearance since 2000.

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