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
4:56 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

College Basketball: U of L vs Notre Dame; UK hosts Florida; IU at Michigan

In college basketball, the Louisville Cardinals return to action tomorrow for an eagerly awaited rematch with Notre Dame.

The Irish beat the Cardinals in five overtimes last month in South Bend.

This is the Cards regular season finale and, and coach Rick Pitino says it’s probably the most important home game of his 12 seasons in Louisville.

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4:18 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Indiana House Democratic Leader: Keep Divisive Issues Out of Session's Second Half

Rep. Scott Pelath

The top Democrat in the Indiana House of Representatives is giving his Republican colleagues a good grade for avoiding divisive social issues during the first half of the legislative session, as he requested.

But  Minority Leader Scott Pelath  said that could change if the GOP majority takes up some controversial abortion legislation that has cleared the Senate.

Republicans hold a supermajority in both chambers, and in a floor speech Thursday, Pelath said so far House Republicans have earned a B-plus for steering clear of volatile social issues.  

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Local News
3:52 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Cards Rise in College Basketball Polls

The Louisville Cards have moved up this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today men’s college basketball polls.

U of L is number eight in the AP survey, up two spots from last week.   The Cards are sixth in the USA Today coaches poll, up from ninth last week.

Gonzaga captured the top spot in both polls.  The Zags are the number one team for the first time in school history.

Indiana dropped to second in both surveys after losing at Minnesota last week.

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Indiana Bill Would Outlaw Videotaping of Farm, Industrial Operations

File photo

A bill moving through the Indiana General Assembly would make it illegal to photograph or videotape a farm or industrial operation with the intent to defame, embarrass or otherwise harm the business.

The measure’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Travis Holdman, says it’s intended to prevent what he calls vigilante groups from disrupting the operation of a private business.

"We  don’t know what’s going to be next, folks, if we don’t protect our private property, to hold sacred what goes on on our private property,"  Holdman said in a floor speech last week. 

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Local News
2:58 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

College Basketball: Cards Visit Syracuse; UK at Arkansas; IU Hosts Iowa

The Louisville Cards are back on the road this weekend. 

U of L visits Syracuse in the teams’ second matchup of the year.   The Orange won the first game January 19th in Louisville by two points.

This is the final regular season road game for the Cards.  They have two more home games next week against Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

Saturday's  tipoff at the Carrier Dome is at noon.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Pat O'Brien to Talk About His Recovery from Alcoholism at Dinner for The Healing Place


Friday night, The Healing Place will hold its 9th annual Celebrate Freedom Dinner, marking the success of those who have been helped by the Louisville addiction recovery facility and homeless shelter.

The guest speaker for the dinner is Pat O’Brien of Fox Sports Radio.

4:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Pence Promises to Promote Tax Cut "Relentlessly"

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signs into law the first bill of the General Assembly to reach his desk
Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he’s going to take lawmakers at their word that they’ll revisit his proposal for a ten-percent income tax cut later in the General Assembly session.

A state budget passed this week by the House does not include the tax cut, with the GOP-controlled chamber opting instead to boost spending on education and transportation.

But the first-term Republican governor says he’s been assured that a tax cut has not been taken off the table.  

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Local News
3:44 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Calvin Borel Again a Finalist for Racing Hall of Fame


Three-time Kentucky Derby winning Jockey Calvin Borel is among the finalists for the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame.

The list of finalists also includes jockeys Garret Gomez, Alex Solis, Craig Perret and the late Chris Antley, along with retired trainer Gary Jones and four thoroughbreds.

This is Borel’s third straight year as a finalist.   In an interview prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby, Borel said he believes he’s earned his place in the hall of fame.

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4:30 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bill Regulating Abortion Drug Access Clears Indiana Senate


The Indiana Senate has passed a bill that would place tougher requirements on clinics that provide only abortion-inducing drugs.    It would also require women who seek them to undergo an ultrasound exam.

The Republican-controlled chamber voted 33-16 for the measure, sponsored by Sen. Travis Holdman

"I am not active in a right-to-life organization.  Introduced this bill because (of) my own religious conviction and my respect for life and the health of women," Holdman said in a floor speech. 

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Local News
3:11 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

IU Holds Top Spot in College Basketball Polls

Indiana is No. 1 in the Associated Press men’s college basketball poll for the fourth straight week, while Gonzaga moved to No. 2 for the first time in school history.

The teams also have the top two spots in the USA Today coaches poll, followed by Duke and Michigan.   Miami and Kansas are number five in the AP and coaches polls, respectively.