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
7:31 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

IU Advances in NCAA Tournament, 83-62

The  Indiana Hoosiers won their men's NCAA tournament opener today, easily defeating James Madison 83-62 in Dayton, Ohio.

Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 16 points and was one of five Hoosiers to score in double figures.  

IU, the number one seed in the East Region, will take on Temple Sunday in third round action.  The Owls advanced with a 76-72 win over North Carolina State.

The Louisville Cards resume tournament play Saturday in Lexington, taking on Colorado State.

Local News
9:40 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Roll in NCAA Tournament Opener, 79-48

The Louisville Cardinals have advanced in the men’s NCAA tournament, easily winning their opener 79-48 over North Carolina A&T tonight in Lexington.

Russ Smith led the Cards with 23 points and eight steals.    

U of L, the tournament’s top overall seed, will face Colorado State Saturday in third round tournament action at Rupp Arena.

The 16th-seeded Aggies finished their season with a 20-17 record.      

Local News
4:23 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Louisville Cards Begin NCAA Title Quest in Lexington

U of L Senior Guard Peyton Siva
Rick Howlett

With the number one overall seed, a Big East Tournament title and a nine-game winning streak on its resume,  the University of Louisville begins play in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament tomorrow  in Lexington.  

The Cards take on North Carolina A&T, which defeated Liberty in Tuesday’s play-in game.  It was the Aggies’ first-ever NCAA tournament victory.

U of L senior guard Peyton Siva says the Cards are clicking—as a team--at the right time.

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Local News
2:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Indiana Gambling Bill Gets House Makeover

Wikipedia

An Indiana House committee has made some major changes to a Senate-approved gambling bill.

In a close vote, lawmakers on the House Public Policy Committee today removed a provision that would allow live table games at two racetracks that already have slot machines.  

The tracks’ owner says the games could create more than 600 new jobs, but the panel chairman contends it would amount to an expansion of gambling and create competition for Indiana’s casinos.

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Local News
10:04 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kentucky Wildcats Ousted From NIT by Robert Morris, 59-57; Bellarmine Falls in NCAA Div. II

NCAA/NIT

The season is over for the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team.

The top-seeded Wildcats were defeated 59-57 tonight by Robert Morris University in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Robert Morris jumped out to an early lead before a sellout home crowd of 3,000 in Moon Township, Pennsylvania and held off several Kentucky runs.   

UK missed a three-pointer as time expired and Robert Morris fans stormed the court in celebration.   The Colonials will face either Providence or Charlotte in the second round of the NIT. 

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

With the NCAA's Top Seed, Pitino's Cards Set Sights on Next Goal

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says his team has worked hard to earn its top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, but the Cards are not dwelling on the designation.

Pitino says its one of many steps toward the ultimate goal of winning a national championship.

"When we lost three in a row, we set goals.   We set regular season goals, we set tournament goals, we set seeding goals.  Now you go on to your next goal.  Until it ends, you just keep putting forth goals to your basketball team," Pitino said today. 

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Local News
8:00 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

U of L, UK Begin Play Sunday in Women's NCAA Tournament

NCAA

The pairings are set for the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

The Louisville Cards will face Middle Tennessee State Sunday in opening round play at the KFC Yum Center.     U of L is seeded fifth in its region.     If the Cards win they’ll take on either Dayton or St. Johns in the second round.

The Kentucky Wildcats are a number two seed and will take on Navy Sunday in Queens, New York.   If UK advances, the Wildcats will face either Purdue or Liberty in second round play.

Local News
3:52 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

UK Preparing for NIT Opener at Robert Morris; Bellarmine Resumes NCAA Div. II Play

NCAA/NIT

The Kentucky Wildcats open play tomorrow evening in the men’s

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Local News
9:46 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Why Kentucky Bans Alcohol Sales on Election Days

Booze
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

The ban on alcohol sales during the 6 a.m. to 6p.m. polling hours was a Prohibition-era response to what was already a well-established tradition in Kentucky—buying votes with liquor.

The problem goes back to the Antebellum period. Back then, it wasn’t unusual for saloons to double as polling places at the time. Corrupt politicians did whatever they could to make voters happy.

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Local News
9:11 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Meeting to Be Held on Changes To Indiana's 812 Area Code

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will hold a public field hearing tonight in Jeffersonville on a plan to add a new area code to the current 812 region.

Officials say the 812 region covering southern and south-central Indiana is running out of numbers.

People who attend the hearing will learn about the options available for introducing a new area code and be able to comment on the plans.

The overlay method would allow current 812 customers to continue using the code, but they would have to have to dial ten digits instead of seven for local calls. 

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