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
12:59 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Dieng to Return For Cardinals's Game Against Wildcats

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats square off tomorrow in their annual regular season basketball battle.

U of L has lost four straight to the Wildcats, including their Final Four matchup back in March in New Orleans, but the Cardinals are back this season with an experienced team and bring a 11-1 record and No. 4 ranking to the game.

It will also mark the return of Cards’ center Gorgui Dieng the lineup. He’s missed the last seven games with a broken hand.

Local News
3:42 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Registration Underway for Pence Inaugural Events

Online registration has begun for events surrounding next month’s inauguration of Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence.

Most of the events in Indianapolis are free and open to the public but registration is required.

They include a family-oriented event on Saturday, January 12 at the Dallara IndyCar Factory, a worship service on Sunday, January 13 at the Indiana Convention Center, and the inauguration itself on Monday, January 14 at the Indiana Statehouse.

Local News
11:27 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

WKU Loses in Little Caesars Bowl, 24-21

In college football, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fell to Central Michigan 24-21 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Wednesday night in Detroit.

With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, WKU passed up an opportunity for a game-tying field goal on fourth down, instead attempting a pass play deep in Central Michigan territory. But the Chippewas broke up the play to secure the victory.

Western Kentucky finishes the season with a 7-6 record. The Hilltoppers were led by interim coach Lance Guidry , who took over when Willie Taggart left for South Florida.

Local News
4:27 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Many Digging Out From Heavy Snowfall

The storm's aftermath in Bloomington, Indiana
Chris Rall via Indiana Public Media

The huge winter storm system that dumped as much as a foot of snow on parts of Indiana is moving eastward and out of the region.

The heaviest snowfall has been recorded in central and western Indiana, but there have been significant accumulations in counties closer to the Ohio River and in far western Kentucky.

Much of Indiana was under a blizzard warning today as the blowing, drifting snow came at a pace of three inches per hour in some places. The winter weather snarled traffic and left hundreds of travelers stranded at the Indianapolis International Airport.

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Local News
12:27 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

It's Hilltoppers vs Chippewas in Little Caesars Pizza Bowl

Before the Bobby Petrino era begins at Western Kentucky, there's a bowl game to play — the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against Central Michigan tonight.

The game is at Ford Field in Detroit, not far from the campus of the Chippewas (6-6). The Hilltoppers (7-5) will be led by interim coach Lance Guidry.

Petrino's hiring has almost overshadowed the play of the Hilltoppers. They are in their first bowl since becoming a top-tier college football school in 2009.

Local News
10:23 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Winter Storm Pounding Indiana; Louisville Spared Major Snowfall

Heavy snowfall in Bloomington, Indiana
Chris Rall via Indiana Public Media

The Louisville Metro area remains under a winter weather advisory until 7:00 this evening, with about an inch of snow and sleet accumulation expected.

Louisville sits on the southern edge of a huge winter storm system moving across the upper Midwest.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Winter Weather System Bringing Heavy Snow, Travel Delays to Region

Forecasters are keeping a close eye on a storm system moving through the region.  It's expected to bring heavy snow and other winter weather to sections of Kentucky and Indiana.

Blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of western Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, along with the southcentral Indiana counties of Dubois, Orange, Washington, Jefferson and Scott.

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Local News
1:00 pm
Tue December 25, 2012

Louisville's Merton Institute Closing Down

merton.org

A Louisville-based center that offers spiritual guidance based on the teachings of Thomas Merton will dissolve next week.

The Merton Institute for Contemplative Living will close December 31. It was founded 17 years ago, but Executive Director Vanessa Hurst says the institute does not have the financial means to continue.

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Local News
6:00 am
Tue December 25, 2012

Year-long Renovations Complete at Brown Hotel

Louisville’s Brown Hotel has just undergone a $4 million renovation of its guest rooms.

Hotel manager Brad Walker says all 293 rooms were given a makeover, reflecting the nearly 90 year old hotel’s place in Kentucky’s history.

"So many hotels have the same look room after room, but we’ve got ten different wall coverings in the guest rooms, and a half dozen different drapes and chair fabrics, we’ve got about a dozen different looks there. So from floor to floor and room to room there’s all kinds of colors and flavors and a lot of different looks," Walker said.

Local News
4:04 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Daniels Authorizes Pay Hikes for Indiana State Workers

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has approved performance-based pay raises for thousands of state workers.

There will be three tiers of raises: Three percent for those whose job performance meets expectations, five percent for those exceeding expectations and eight percent for workers who are evaluated as ‘outstanding.’

Daniels predicts about ten percent of state employees will get no raise for failing to meet expectations or being in need of improvement.

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