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
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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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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Politics
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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