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
4:52 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

College Football: Cards Host EKU; UK Seeks First Win For Stoops


The Louisville Cardinals return to college football action Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, where they will host Eastern Kentucky.    The Cards are ranked eighth in the country this week in the AP and USA Today/coaches polls. 

Coach Charlie Strong recorded his first Louisville victory against the Colonels in 2010.   

Both teams won their opening games this season.  Strong says he is pleased with his team’s 49-7 victory over Ohio.

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Local News
3:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Months After Fatal Ambush, Resolve Still Strong to Find Bardstown Officer's Killer

Photos of slain Officer Jason Ellis are a common sight on Bardstown storefronts.
Rick Howlett

It’s been just over three months since the ambush shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. 

The 33-year-old lawman was attacked while on his way home from work on the Memorial Day weekend.

Police say they have not identified any suspects but continue to follow up on leads.  

As the days pass without an arrest, many are working to keep the case fresh in people’s minds.

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Local News
10:55 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Richie Farmer to Plead Guilty in Corruption Case

WFPL file photo
Rick Howlett

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner and UK basketball star Richie Farmer has reached a plea deal with prosecutors in a government corruption case that would put him in prison for some two years.

Defense attorney Guthrie True filed a motion for a change of plea this morning,  signaling that he has reached agreements to resolve all pending and potential criminal and ethics charges. If convicted, Farmer could have faced 10 years in prison.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

U of L Advances in College Football Polls

The Louisville Cards moved up a spot this week in college football’s Associated Press and USA Today/coaches polls.

U of L is ranked eighth in both polls after a 49-7 season-opening win over Ohio University Sunday.

The Cards take on Eastern Kentucky University Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Alabama captured the top spot in both college football polls this week.

Local News
8:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

After 123 Years, September Racing Resumes at Churchill Downs

Rick Howlett

For the first time in more than a century, there will be live racing during the month of September at Churchill Downs.

"The fall meet used to be staged during September on nine occasions between 1875 and 1890, so this is obviously an unusual occurrence, the first time that we’ve had three meets in the calendar year," said track spokesman Darren Rogers. 

The home of the Kentucky Derby will have 12 racing dates this month, including two night racing cards.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Facing High Expectations, Cards Open 2013 Season Sunday

The Louisville Cardinals return to action in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the first time since their Sugar Bowl upset of Florida.

U of L takes on Ohio in the teams’ season opener Sunday afternoon.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are ranked ninth in the country, their highest-ever preseason ranking.

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Local News
11:34 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Indiana University Wins Football Opener, 73-35

The Indiana Hoosiers began their college football season with a record-breaking 73-35 win over visiting Indiana State Thursday night.

IU's Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more touchdowns.

The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978.

IU returns to action next Saturday in Bloomington, hosting Navy.

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Local News
3:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

GE Exhibit Envisioning High-Tech Home of 2025 Coming to a Close

The designs include a kitchen counter/appliance unit that can be moved outside

There are just a few days left to visit a downtown exhibit that envisions a high-tech home in the year 2025.

The illustrative panels were put together by teams of designers at General Electric’s Appliance Park.

GE Industrial designer Chris Bissig says there are many innovative ideas  highlighted in the exhibit at U of L’s Cressman Center, including a washer/dryer that turns the clean clothes into pellets for storage.

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Former UK Basketball Star Wayne Turner Joins U of L Staff


University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has announced that former Kentucky star Wayne Turner is joining his staff as an assistant.

Turner played for Pitino for two seasons at UK, and helped the Wildcats reach three consecutive NCAA championship games.   He was part of UK’s 1996 and 1998 title teams, the second with coach Tubby Smith.

Pitino said in a statement that Turner will live with U of L players while helping coaches with game preparation, scouting and recruiting.

Local News
4:26 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Reward Boosted for Information in Bardstown Officer's Slaying

Officer Jason Ellis was shot to death on May 25.
Bardstown Police Department

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the ambush shooting death of a Bardstown police officer three months ago.

Officer Jason Ellis was attacked when he stopped to pick up tree limbs on a highway exit ramp while driving home from work.

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