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
2:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pence Defends Deletion of Facebook Gay Marriage Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his staff's decision to delete pro-gay marriage comments from his Facebook page that he says included personal attacks.

Pence said Thursday that his social media policy allows for differing opinions without personal attacks. He says it mirrors the online commenting policy of many news organizations.

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Local News
2:36 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Business Group Says It Has Financing to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom

WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

The Louisville business partners who plan to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park say they’ve secured the financing needed for the redevelopment.

The group, led by businessman Ed Hart, initially had until late April to have financing in place. They were later given a month-long deadline.

The announcement that Hart's group has financing in place comes days before the deadline.

The lease agreement has already been executed, a fair board spokeswoman tells WFPL.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Rauch Planetarium to Unveil New Projection System

Rauch Planetarium

The University of Louisville’s Rauch Planetarium will reopen this Saturday with an upgraded projection system.

The planetarium has been closed for a month to allow for the installation of the $215,000 digital system.

Director Tom Tretter says audiences will now get a 360-degree visual experience when watching shows under the planetarium’s 55-foot dome.

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Local News
2:26 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Lexington Doctor Sworn In as AMA President

American Medical Association

A Lexington doctor has begun her term as the new president of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Ardis Lee Hoven was sworn in as the 168th president of the physicians  group at the AMA’s annual meeting this week in Chicago.

Hoven, who is an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, will spend much of the year traveling on behalf of the AMA.

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Local News
4:17 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Still Alive in College World Series, Indiana Hoosiers to Face Oregon State Beavers Wednesday

The Indiana Hoosiers return to action tomorrow in the College World Series, taking on Oregon State.

The Hoosiers are one game away from elimination after a 5-4 loss Monday night to Mississippi State.

IU coach Tracy Smith says his team struggled to generate any offense against the Bulldogs, striking out 14 times.

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Local News
1:44 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Court Upholds Fines Against Indiana House Democrats Over Labor Bill Protest

The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld fines levied by state House Republicans on Democrats for their legislative walkouts over a labor bill.

In 2011, Indiana House Democrats fled to Illinois to protest a right-to-work bill that also brought union demonstrators into the House gallery, and staged another, shorter walkout in 2012, the year the bill was passed. 

House Speaker Brian Bosma levied thousands of dollars in fines against the Democrats for their absence. 

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Local News
7:00 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Cards Eliminated From College World Series, 11-4; Indiana Suffers First Series Loss

The season is over for the University of Louisville baseball team.

The Cards were eliminated from the College World Series today in Omaha, losing 11-4 to Oregon State.

The Beavers capitalized on four U of L errors and broke the game open with a seven-run fourth inning to stay alive in the double-elimination series.

The Cards, who lost their series opener Sunday to Indiana, finish the season with a 51-14 record.

Oregon State will play Indiana Wednesday in an elimination game.  The Hoosiers fell tonight to Mississippi State, 5-4.

Local News
3:58 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

ACLU Sues Indiana Over Changes in Disabled Woman's Benefits

A lawsuit filed against Indiana's social services agency claims it wrongly barred a disabled woman from Medicaid waiver programs and left her without enough income to survive.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed the lawsuit on behalf of 27-year-old Karla Steimel  in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

Steimel has cerebral palsy and other medical needs.

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Local News
3:48 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on ISTEP Glitches

Indiana Public Media

The president of the company that administers the ISTEP  standardized test to students across Indiana is scheduled to defend her company before a panel of state lawmakers this week.

Nearly 80,000 students were frozen out of the online portion of the test last month because of computer glitches.

CTB/McGraw-Hill  President Ellen Haley is scheduled to testify before the legislative panel Friday.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz also announced last week that the state has hired an independent contractor to review the test results.

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Local News
9:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Community Groundbreaking for Downtown Bridge to be Held Tuesday

Federal, state and local officials are inviting the public to take part in a groundbreaking this week for a new downtown Louisville bridge.

The downtown crossing is part of the larger Ohio River Bridges Project, which includes the redesign of the Spaghetti Junction interchange and new bridge in eastern Jefferson County.

Spokeswoman Mindy Peterson says if all goes according to schedule, traffic should be moving on a new downtown bridge in less than three years.

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