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
3:17 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Latest 'Battle of the Bluegrass' to be Fought in Indianapolis

For the second time in three years, the Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats will play each other in the men’s NCAA tournament Friday night. The teams will face off in the tournament’s Sweet Sixteen round in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Richie Farmer's Path From Kentucky Wildcats Star to Politics to Prison

Richie Farmer in 2010
Rick Howlett

As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA  basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.

Richie Farmer is scheduled to begin serving a 27-month sentence Tuesday at a facility in West Virginia

The former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner pleaded guilty last year to corruption charges related to his two terms in that office.

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Local News
1:16 am
Fri March 21, 2014

NCAA: Louisville Cardinals Escape Manhattan, 71-64

Luke Hancock sank two three-pointers late in the game to help the Louisville Cardinals pull away from Manhattan 71-64 in the men’s NCAA tournament.

The 13th seeded Jaspers kept it close against the defending champs and appeared poised to pull off an upset, but a Russ Smith three-pointer and Hancock’s clutch shots in the final minutes allowed the Cards to advance to Saturday’s third round.

Today’s (Friday’s) tournament action has Eastern Kentucky facing Kansas at 4:10pm, and Kentucky meeting Kansas State at 9:40pm. Both games are in St. Louis.

Local News
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

'Louisville and the Great War' Exhibit Recalls Camp Zachary Taylor Army Installation

Camp Zachary Taylor in 1917. The view is to the north from what is now Poplar Level Road and Taylor Avenue. The farmhouse in the foreground was the residence of Camp Taylor Commander Gen. Henry Hale and stll stands.
Ken Maguire/Camp Zachary Taylor Historical Society

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

Three years after it started, the United States joined the fighting. And Louisville played an important role in the massive mobilization effort that was launched to get soldiers ready for the battlefield.

That role is the focus of an exhibit at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum in Old Louisville.

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Local News
7:23 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kentucky Comes Up Short in SEC Basketball Tournament Final, 61-60

Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.

Florida (32-2) built a 16-point lead early in the second half, but Kentucky nearly pulled off an improbable comeback to hand the Gators their first loss since early December. Two missed free throws gave the Wildcats (24-10) a final possession, but James Young slipped trying to drive into the lane.

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Local News
7:06 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Pairings Set For 2014 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals are a No. 4 seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament pairings and will open play Thursday against Manhattan.

Many thought U of L would earn a higher tournament seed after winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Manhattan is coached by Steve Masiello, a protégé of Cards’ coach Rick Pitino.

Louisville and Manhattan will face off in the Midwest Region Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

College Basketball: Louisville Cardinals Roll Over Rutgers, 92-31

The Louisville Cards have easily advanced to the semifinals of the men’s American Athletic  Conference Tournament in Memphis.

U of L crushed Rutgers 92-31 today and will play Houston Friday evening at 7:00.   Chris Jones led the Cards with 18 points, but four others also scored in double figures.  

Houston upset SMU in their quarterfinal game.  

The Indiana Hoosiers have been eliminated from the men’s Big Ten Tournament.  IU lost to Illinois 64-54 this afternoon in first-round play.  

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Local News
4:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

College Basketball: U of L Prepares for Inaugural AAC Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals open play Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament in Memphis.

U of L will face Rutgers in the 3:00pm game.  The Scarlet Knights defeated South Florida in the first round.

Cards coach Rick Pitino says a strong showing this week would boost his team's seeding in the NCAA tournament.  

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Local News
9:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

College Basketball: Louisville Cardinals Fall in Women's AAC Tourney Final

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team fell short in their bid for an American Athletic Conference Tournament title Monday night. The third-ranked Cardinals lost to number one Connecticut 72-52 in the AAC championship game in Uncasvlle, Conn.

U of L players will now wait a week to find out when and where they’ll play in the NCAA Tournament. The pairings are set for the men’s AAC Tournament in Memphis. Louisville opens play Thursday afternoon against either Rutgers or South Florida.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

College Basketball: Senior Day at U of L; UK Visits Florida, IU at Michigan

U of L Senior Tim Henderson
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team closes out the regular season tomorrow against Connecticut.

It’s the final home game for senior players Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese and Tim Henderson.

Henderson, a Louisville native, earned his spot on the team as a walk-on, and was the hero of last year’s Final Four game against Wichita State, sinking two key three-pointers to lead the Cards to the championship game.

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