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
3:46 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Cards Will Try to End Losing Slide at Georgetown

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will try to snap a two-game losing streak  Saturday when the Cards visit Georgetown.

Coach Rick Pitino’s team was ranked number one in the country a week ago, but has since fallen to Big East Conference opponents Syracuse and Villanova.

"Like I said to you guys before the season, we are going to have our peaks and valleys," Pitino said at his Friday press conference.  

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Politics
3:35 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

GOP Legislative Leaders: Gay Marriage Amendment Not a Priority Now

The top two lawmakers in the Republican-led Indiana General Assembly say a push to write the state’s ban on gay marriage into the state Constitution isn’t a priority for them right now.

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long say they’re more focused now on measures to improve job training and boost spending on schools.

Two Republican House lawmakers have introduced resolutions that would send the gay marriage issue to voters in 2014 if  approved by the General Assembly.

Education
4:36 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Indiana Senate Panel Passes Cursive Writing Bill

Wikipedia

A bill that would require Indiana’s elementary schools to teach cursive writing is on its way to the floor of the state Senate.

The chamber’s Education and Career Development Committee voted 7-4 today to advance the measure sponsored by Republican Jean Leising.

Leising says she’s concerned about a new state education department policy that makes the teaching of cursive writing optional but requires that students become proficient in keyboard use.

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Local News
4:04 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

NCAA Delays Action in Miami Recruiting Probe Pending Internal Investigation

Clint Hurtt
University of Louisville

An investigation of alleged rules violations at the University of Miami athletic department---some involving a current University of Louisville assistant football coach---has been put on hold.

Earlier this week, the NCAA was said to be ready to release its notice of allegations regarding illegal recruiting activity at Miami, but now the process has been delayed while the organization investigates itself.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Strong's U of L Contract Extension, Pay Raise Approved

The University of Louisville has approved an eight-year contract extension for football coach Charlie Strong.

The deal will pay Strong an annual base salary of $3.7 million, plus numerous performance bonuses, making him one of the country’s highest-paid college football coaches.

U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich says Strong deserves it.

"I think he’s already lived up to it and earned it and in every aspect of his coaching ability, he’s got an A+ from me," he said. 

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Politics
8:20 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Pence Pushes for Tax Cut in State of State Speech

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence used his first State of the State address to lobby for a personal income tax cut, an expansion of Indiana's school voucher system and improved vocational training.

The Republican's speech tonight didn’t reveal much new information about what he wants to accomplish. Instead, he's used it to push for a handful of priorities he's laid out since taking office last week.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Bill Would Close Early Release Loophole for Indiana Sex Offenders

People sent to prison for sex offenses couldn't receive credit toward an early release by earning college degrees under a proposal supported by an Indiana Senate committee.

The Indiana Senate's corrections committee voted 8-1 today to advance the measure.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Merritt cited the case of a former high school swim coach who was released after serving less than two years of an eight-year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached.     The man was able to use his education credits to help shorten his time in prison. 

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Local News
1:06 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Report: NCAA to Cite U of L Assistant Hurtt

University of Louisville

University of Louisville assistant football coach Clint Hurtt could be accused this week of violating NCAA rules when he was an assistant at the University of Miami.

A source tells CBS Sports that Hurtt, who’s U of L’s recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach, will be cited for unethical conduct for alleged recruiting violations at Miami, where he was on staff from 2007 to 2009.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Considering Criminal Code Overhaul

fbi.gov

A proposed overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code has cleared its first legislative hurdle but will be the focus of much more debate in the weeks to come.

Last week, an Indiana House committee approved the legislation, which proposes the first major changes to the state’s criminal code since 1977.

Supporters say the state is long overdue for an adjustment of punishment for certain crimes.

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Politics
4:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Pence to Address Indiana Lawmakers This Week

Indiana’s new governor will deliver his State of the State address to lawmakers this week.

Governor Mike Pence is expected to reiterate his call for a ten-percent cut in the state income tax and urge lawmakers to approve other elements of his budget proposal, which includes a one-percent increase in education spending and modest hikes for other programs.

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