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
4:50 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Memorial Service, Documentary Screening to Mark Carroll County Bus Crash Anniversary

theimpactmovie.com

Tuesday, May 14 marks the 25th anniversary of the deadliest drunk-driving crash in U.S. history.  

Twenty-seven members of a Radcliff church group, most of them children, were killed when their bus was struck by a pickup traveling in the wrong direction on Interstate 71 in Carroll County, Kentucky.

The group was returning home from an amusement park outing.

The anniversary will be marked with a memorial service, and the screening of a new documentary about the tragedy.

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Local News
4:09 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Prosecutor Opposes Request for Seven Month Delay in Richie Farmer Trial

WFPL file photo by Rick Howlett

A federal prosecutor is objecting to a request by Richie Farmer’s attorney that the former agriculture commissioner’s criminal trial be delayed until February.

Farmer’s trial on charges of misappropriating government resources was originally set for July, but his attorney, Guthrie True, wants to move it until early next year, saying he needs more time to prepare.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Taylor filed a court brief this week asking that the trial be scheduled for sometime this fall,  saying a delay until February would be excessive.

Local News
1:38 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Remains of Indiana Civil War Veterans Get Permanent Home at Arlington

The new columbarium court at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

The cremated remains of two Civil War soldiers from Indiana have been given a final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Union soldiers were brothers, Zuinglius and Lycurgus McCormack.   Their remains had sat on an Indianapolis funeral home shelf for more than 100 years, unclaimed and largely forgotten.

On Thursday, the national cemetery dedicated a new columbarium court,  designed to hold the cremated remains of more than 20,000 eligible service members and family.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Funeral for Former Indiana Gov. Otis Bowen is Friday

Gov. Otis Bowen in 2012
Indiana University/Midwest Vision Photography

Flags are flying at half-staff at state facilities across Indiana in honor of former Governor Otis "Doc" Bowen.  

Bowen died Saturday at a northern Indiana nursing home.  He was 95.

Bowen was Indiana’s Republican governor from 1973 to 1981.

He became secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1985, taking charge of the federal government's response to the spread of AIDS after the Reagan administration had been criticized by activists for a slow initial response.

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Local News
6:15 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Princess of Sylmar Wins The Kentucky Oaks

Princess of Sylmar is the 2013 Kentucky Oaks champion.

With jockey Mike Smith aboard, the longshot filly surged down the stretch to win the race, overtaking second place finisher Beholder and Unlimited Budget, who came in third.

Princess of Sylmar was one of four Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Oaks.

The morning line favorite, Dreaming of Julia, finished fourth after recovering from a rough start.

Local News
10:59 am
Fri May 3, 2013

O'Neill Seeking Derby Repeat With Goldencents

Wikipedia

Trainer Doug O’Neill will join some elite company if Goldencents wins the Kentucky Derby tomorrow.

O’Neill  is trying to become just the seventh trainer to win back-to-back Derbys.      

Last year, he trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Goldencents will break from the number eight post, which came as a relief to O’Neill  as he watched this week’s post position draw.

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Local News
10:23 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Field for 139th Kentucky Oaks Down to 10

Rick Howlett/WFPL

More than 110,000 fans are expected at Churchill Downs Friday for the 139th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

Oaks Day has long been considered “Louisville’s Day at the Races,” and in recent years has also become platform to heighten awareness of breast cancer and raise money for research.

As for the Oaks itself, the field is down to 10 filles after Flashy Gray was scratched, reportedly because of a bruised heel. The morning line favorite is Dreaming of Julia.

Local News
7:40 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Orb is the Early Favorite in 20-Horse Kentucky Derby Field

Trainer Shug McGaughey
Rick Howlett

The post positions are set for Saturday’s running  of the Kentucky Derby.

Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Derby and a full field of 20 horses.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago. McGaughey is in racing's Hall of Fame, but the 62-year-old trainer has yet to win the Derby in six previous tries.    He says he's happy with the post position draw. 

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Derby Post Draw is This Afternoon; Albarado to Ride Golden Soul

A full field of 20 horses is expected for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The Derby post positions will be drawn later today.

An unexpected addition to the field was announced yesterday when the owners of Giant Finish announced that he would run.

Giant Finish has enough points in the new Derby qualifying system to take the 20th spot in the field, bumping Fear the Kitten from the list of 20 starters.   Fear the Kitten could get into the race if there's  a scratch.  

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks

Dreaming of Julia
kentuckyderby.com

A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks.

The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this  morning at Churchill Downs.

The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd Pletcher-trained entries.    Jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.

Dreaming of Julia is coming off an impressive victory last month in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, which she won by nearly 22 lengths. 

She'll  break from post position eight in the Kentucky Oaks.

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