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
10:53 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

NCAA Baseball: U of L Beats Kennesaw State in Super Regional

University of Louisville freshman Nick Solak hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping the Cardinals rally to a 5-3 win over Kennesaw State on Friday in an NCAA super regional.

The Cardinals (49-15) scored three runs in the eighth to come from behind and move within a victory of their second straight College World Series berth and third since Dan McDonnell was hired as coach in 2007.

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Local News
4:07 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

NCAA Baseball: Louisville Cards to Face Kennesaw State in Super Regional

The University of Louisville baseball team will play Kennesaw State next weekend for a chance to advance to the College World Series.      

The Cards will host a best-of-three super regional series against the Owls, who defeated Alabama today in their regional final in Florida. 

U of L advanced to the super regional with a 4-1 victory Sunday night over Kentucky.

Cards Coach Dan McDonnell says his upperclassmen have responded well to his call to be strong team leaders.

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Local News
12:16 am
Mon June 2, 2014

NCAA Baseball: Cards Beat Cats, Advance to Super Regionals

University of Louisville

For the second straight year, the Louisville Cardinals are headed for the super regionals of the NCAA baseball championship.

U of L beat Kentucky 4-1 in a weather-delayed regional game Sunday night at Jim Patterson Stadium to advance to the next round. U of L is trying for its second consecutive College World Series appearance.

The Cards will host either Kennesaw State or Alabama next weekend in the best-of-three super regional round.

In the Bloomington regional, Indiana and Stanford will square off this afternoon in their final matchup.

Local News
9:47 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

NCAA Baseball: U of L Defeats Kansas, Advances to Regional Final

University of Louisville

Anthony Kidston pitched seven solid innings and Louisville used a three-run fourth inning to help get past Kansas 6-3 in an NCAA regional baseball game Saturday at U of L’s Jim Patterson Stadium.

Kansas will play Kentucky in an elimination game Sunday, and the winner will play the Cardinals at 4:00pm.

UK defeated Kent State to stay alive in double-elimination regional play.

The winner of the regional round advances to the super-regionals and a chance to play in the College World Series in Omaha.

Local News
12:29 am
Sat May 31, 2014

NCAA Baseball: Louisville Cards Win Regional Opener

In college baseball, the Louisville Cards defeated Kent State 5-0 Friday night in opening round play of the NCAA championship at U of L’s Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cards will face Kansas today at 5:00pm in the double-elimination regional. The Jayhawks defeated Kentucky 10-6 in a weather-delayed opening game. UK and Kent State will face off in the elimination game at noon.

In Bloomington, the Indiana Hoosiers defeated Youngstown State and will take on Stanford today

Local News
9:55 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Louisville Metro Council Committee Approves Natural Gas Fee

Mayor Greg Fischer
Credit File photo

A Louisville Metro Council committee has narrowly approved an ordinance that would raise the natural gas bills of most LG&E customers in the city by three percent to generate new revenue under Mayor Greg Fischer’s budget proposal.

The council’s budget committee voted 4-3 Thursday for the measure, which will be considered by the full council next week.

Fischer has said the franchise fee would result in an average cost of $20 per year for customers.

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Local News
5:20 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

U of L, UK and IU Open Play Friday in NCAA Baseball Championship

Credit University of Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals,  Kentucky Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers all beging play Friday  in the opening round of the NCAA baseball championship.        

The Cardinals and Wildcats are are playing in the Louisville regional at U of L’s Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Wildcats take on Kansas at 2:00pm, while the top-seeded Cardinals face Kent State at 6:00pm.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Group Says More Accessibility, Spending Needed in Louisville's Parks System

Rendering of Beckley Creek Park in southeastern Louisville
Credit Parklands of Floyds Fork

Louisville sits near the bottom of the 60 largest U.S. cities in the latest rankings of park systems conducted by the Trust for Public Land.      

But the Washington-based organization says the city’s score will likely improve as the new 21st Century Parks initiative is completed.

Peter Harnik is director of the Trust’s Center for City Park Excellence.    He says Louisville is tied for 58th place with Indianapolis in this year’s rankings.

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Local News
11:28 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Kent Oyler to Become President and CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc.

Credit Greater Louisville, Inc.

Greater Louisville, Inc. the Metro Chamber of Commerce, has named a new president and CEO.

Kent Oyler most recently served as managing partner of OPM Services, a financial services and investment firm.  GLI says Oyler has founded or co-founded more than 18 other businesses.       

Oyler replaces Craig Richard, who resigned in February amid the organization’s financial and other struggles.

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Local News
10:41 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Announcement Planned Soon on Deal to Bring Pro Soccer to Louisville

A formal announcement is expected next month that Louisville is getting a professional soccer team.

Architect Wayne Estopinal is among a group of local investors behind a plan to bring the successful Orlando City franchise to Louisville.           

Mayor Greg Fischer’s new budget proposal includes a $581,000 appropriation to make Slugger Field soccer compatible.

Estopinal says the soccer team would begin play at the ballpark next spring.

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