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
12:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

There's a New Arrival at the Louisville Zoo: Beer

The Louisville Zoo
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This weekend, the Louisville Zoo will have a new beverage option at some of its concession areas.

One for parents.

The zoo will begin selling beer  Saturday at its African Outpost, Walkabout Café and the Ville Grille venues.

Spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd says the addition of year-round beer sales will help boost revenues, and officials are confident it won’t disrupt the zoo’s family atmosphere.   

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Local News
1:06 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Meteor Shower Expected to Light Up Louisville's Sky Early Saturday

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Celestial debris scattered by a comet more than a century ago is expected to produce an impressive meteor shower this weekend for the Louisville area. 

University of Louisville Professor of Atmospheric Physics Dr. Tim Dowling says the Earth will pass through a debris field from Comet 209P/LINEAR late Friday into Saturday, with the display visible in the northern sky.  

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Local News
11:59 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Racing Officials: California Chrome Can Wear Nasal Strip During Belmont Stakes

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and his competitors will be allowed to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes next month.   

Stewards at Belmont Park today granted a request from trainer Art Sherman for the colt to wear the strip, which helps with breathing.

The decision came after consultation with the equine medical director of the New York State Gaming Commission, who says the strips do not enhance performance or pose a safety risk.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

As the 'Decadent' Derby Approaches, Louisville and Kentucky Honor Hunter S. Thompson

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Forty-four years ago, the Kentucky Derby and its surrounding spectacle played a major role in spawning a new kind of writing style, created by another Louisville product, the late Hunter S. Thompson.

This Derby week, the  father of Gonzo journalism got some new appreciation  from his native city and state.    

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Indiana Officially Drops Common Core Education Standards

The Indiana Board of Education has approved new math and English standards to replace the Common Core benchmarks in K through 12 classrooms this fall.     

The board voted 10-1 this morning to endorse the new education standards .

Some Common Core opponents told the board that the new benchmarks are no more than watered-down versions of the contentious national standards.

But board member Dr. Brad Oliver says Indiana’s students will be better served with a state-developed system.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Yom HaShoah in Louisville: Survivors Share Stories for Holocaust Remembrance Week

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This Sunday marks the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance Week.  In Louisville, the Jewish Community Relations Council will mark the remembrance, Yom HaShoah, with an event Monday night at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.        

It’s called “Pouring Out the Heart:  Learning from Personal Holocaust Stories.”  

The recollections of two sisters from Russia who now live in Louisville are included in a locally-produced film that will be unveiled at the event.  

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Local News
5:22 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson Returning to UK Wildcats Next Season

Sophomore forward Alex Poythress and freshman center Dakari Johnson have announced they will return for another season of college basketball with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Poythress and Johnson were key contributors to the Wildcats' NCAA title-game run.    

His postseason performances fueled speculation that he might enter the NBA draft,  but Poythress said in a release that he wanted "to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump."

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Local News
3:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

UK's Julius Randle to Enter NBA Draft

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University of Kentucky basketball player Julius Randle is leaving the Wildcats after one season to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to be among the top five picks in the June 26 draft.

Randle led UK in scoring and rebounding during the Wildcats NCAA Tournament run, which ended with a loss to Connecticut in the title game.   

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Local News
3:38 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Developer Ready to Rejuvenate Crumbling Colonial Gardens Property

Officials with a local development company say they’re eager to get started with the revitalizaton of the historic Colonial Gardens property in south Louisville.     

Louisville-based Underhill Associates reached an agreement with the city last week to redevelop the long-vacant complex at the corner of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive adjacent to Iroquois Park.

The city bought the property for $430,000 last year and is providing the site and a construction grant to Underhill.   

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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

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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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