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
4:53 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U of L Gets $5 Million Donation for Soccer Stadium

The University of Louisville says construction of a new campus soccer stadium could begin as early as June.

Officials say they’re ready to get moving on the project now that they’ve received a $5 million donation from longtime school supporters Dr. Mark Lynn and his wife, Cindy.

The $17.5 million facility will be located on Floyd Street, across from the football practice fields.  The site is currently a parking lot.    U of L still needs to raise about $3 million to fully fund the project. 

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Local News
4:45 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

U of L's Jurich: Hurtt Will Remain On The Job While Answering NCAA Charges

Clint Hurtt

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says there will be no change in status for assistant football coach Clint Hurtt while he responds to allegations that he broke NCAA rules in his previous job.

Hurtt received a notice of allegations from the NCAA yesterday and has 90 days to respond.  

The NCAA has been investigating claims that University of Miami recruits were given improper benefits.      Clint Hurtt was a Miami football assistant from 2007 to 2009.

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Politics
2:33 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Indiana Panel Approves Bill to Require Drug Testing for Some on Welfare

A bill that would require some Indiana welfare recipients to be drug tested has cleared a second state House committee.

Under Republican Rep. Jud McMillin’s proposal, all applicants for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program would have to fill out a written form to screen for possible substance abuse.

Those identified as possible drug abusers would have to undergo a drug test.  If they fail, they would have to go into a treatment program to continue receiving benefits.

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Local News
9:50 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Officials Urging Kentuckians to Fill Out Transportation Survey

Officials are urging citizens to make their voices heard about Kentucky’s transportation needs by filling out a survey.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Ryan Watts says there’s a February 25 deadline to fill out the survey, which will help the agency update its long-range plans to accommodate the state’s transportation needs.

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Local News
2:49 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Pitino Again a Finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

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University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is once again a finalist for election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Pitino is among 12 finalists for the Class of 2013; others include former players Tim Hardaway and Gary Payton, and former coaches Jerry Tarkanian and Guy Lewis.

The U of L coach, who has taken three different schools to the Final Four and won a championship at Kentucky in 1996, was also a finalist last year but did not make the final cut.

Education
3:03 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

School Safety Bill Clears Indiana Senate Panel

Indiana lawmakers say they hope to improve security at schools around the state by offering grants toward hiring police officers and buying safety equipment.

A bill approved today by a state Senate committee would set up a two-year matching grant program allowing schools up to $50,000 a year. Bill sponsor Sen. Pete Miller says he hopes $10 million a year will be set aside for the program, so that 200 grants could be awarded.

"This is a first step toward school safety," Miller told the Senate Appropriations Committee.  

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Politics
1:11 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Indiana Legislative Committee Approves Casino Bill

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A bill aimed at helping Indiana’s casinos compete with new facilities popping up in neighboring states has cleared a state legislative committee.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 8-4 today to advance the measure.

Among other things, the bill would lower taxes on all casinos, allow riverboat casinos to move their operations inland, and permit live table games at two Indianapolis-area horse tracks.

Panel chairman Sen. Luke Kenley says lawmakers should act to help the industry, which is up against increasing competition.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Bill Clears Indiana Senate Panel

The Indiana Senate Public Health Committee is advancing a proposal to expand Medicaid using the state's health savings account plan.

The panel voted 9-3 today to request that the federal government allow Indiana to use its Healthy Indiana Plan to cover the roughly 400,000 residents who would qualify under an expansion.

The measure, which has the backing of Gov. Mike Pence, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.   A similar proposal has been introduced in the House.

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Politics
12:19 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Indiana Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Won't Get Vote

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The chairman of an Indiana House committee says the panel won't vote on a bill that would end Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales.

House Public Policy Chairman Bill Davis says he's decided against holding a committee vote on the measure.    Davis' decision means Indiana residents who want to buy carry-out alcohol on Sundays will have to wait at least another year.

Local News
2:45 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

IU Still No. 1 in AP Poll; U of L Drops to 12th; UK is 25th

Indiana remains at No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 men’s college basketball poll despite losing a game last week, surviving a week of upsets to become the first team in over a month to hold onto the top ranking.

The Hoosiers lost to Illinois on a last-second basket Thursday but rebounded with a win at Ohio State on Sunday.

IU dropped to second place in the USA Today coaches poll, which gave the top spot to Duke.

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