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
5:10 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kentucky Officials Gathering Data for Health Improvement Plan

Officials are asking for the public’s help in assessing Kentucky’s greatest health needs.

The state Department for Public Health is putting together a State Health Improvement Plan, and is collecting data through an online survey.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Craig Humbaugh says officials want as many people as possible to complete the survey, which asks participants to prioritize needs and areas where more resources should be committed.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Angel's Envy Bourbon to be Produced in Renovated Louisville Building

Rendering of planned Angel's Envy Distillery
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Another bourbon distillery will be constructed in downtown Louisville.

The makers of Angel’s Envy bourbon announced today that they’ll build a distillery and visitors’ center in the long-vacant Vermont American complex on Main Street across from Louisville Slugger Field.     The $12 million investment is expected to create 40 new jobs.

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Local News
12:02 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Kroger Buying Harris Teeter Supermarkets

Kroger says it has agreed to buy Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. for about $2.44 billion in cash.

The deal was approved by both companies' boards.

North Carolina-based Harris Teeter operates 212 stores in southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets, along with a pair of distribution centers and a dairy facility. Its fiscal 2012 revenue totaled about $4.5 billion.

Local News
4:12 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

1970 Kentucky Derby Winner Reburied at Derby Museum

Dust Commander's remains were transported in this handcrafted box
Rick Howlett

Nearly 22 years after his death, the remains of a Kentucky Derby champion have been moved to a new grave.  

Dust Commander now rests near the track where he captured the Run for the Roses in 1970.

A ceremony was held Monday morning in the Kentucky Derby Museum garden, where Dust Commander was buried alongside four other Derby winners. 

Dust Commander died in 1991 and was originally buried in an unmarked grave on a farm in Paris, Kentucky that later changed ownership and was divided.

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Local News
10:01 am
Mon July 8, 2013

School Moving Ahead With Plans to Take Down Historic Plantation Home in Bardstown

Anatok in May, 2013
Rick Howlett

Officials at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown are going forward with a campus expansion plan that includes the deconstruction of Anatok,  a nearby antebellum mansion owned by the school.

Under a mediation agreement, preservationists were given until May 31 to raise $500,000 to transform the home, built in 1847, into an arts center and classroom space.

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Louisville Zoo Again Offering Train Rides

Four years after a derailment that left nearly two-dozen people injured, the Louisville Zoo is again offering train rides.

Director John Walczak says the zoo has spent $800,000 for two new trains and nearly $300,000 dollars on track maintenance.

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Local News
1:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Indiana Auditor Tim Berry to be New State GOP Chair

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has picked state Auditor Tim Berry as the new Indiana Republican Party chairman.

Berry will leave his job at the Statehouse to run the party full time and Pence campaign manager Kyle Robertson will take over as the state party's executive director.

Berry is from Fort Wayne and is in his second term as state auditor after serving eight years as state treasurer.

He will replace Eric Holcomb, who resigned last month to become U.S. Sen. Dan Coats' state chief of staff.

Local News
11:41 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Few Indiana Businesses Cited in First Year of Statewide Smoking Ban

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Officials say only a tiny percentage of businesses covered by Indiana's first statewide smoking ban have been cited for violations in the year since the law took effect.

State Excise Police say just 108 of the 300,000 Indiana businesses covered by the ban have been written up.   The law took effect in July of 2012.

It bans smoking in most indoor workplaces, including all restaurants, and requires people to stand at least eight feet from an entrance before lighting up.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

U of L Hospital to Pay $2.8 Million to Settle Medicare Billing Case

University of Louisville Hospital has reached a $2.8 million settlement with the federal government to end allegations that it submitted false Medicare billing claims.

The agreement, announced today, covers a five-year period that began January 1, 2006.

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Local News
11:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Historic Gatehouse at Crescent Hill Reservoir Open for Tours

The Crescent Hill Reservoir Gatehouse, built in 1879
Rick Howlett

Louisville Water Company is allowing a rare look inside one of its historic buildings.  

The Crescent Hill Reservoir gatehouse is open for tours, but just for a limited time.

The reservoir is a popular spot for runners and walkers, but most of the time the gatehouse is off-limits to the public.

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