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
2:40 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

U of L No. 1 in College Basketball Polls; Beats UConn 73-58

For just the second time in program history, the Louisville Cardinals sit atop the latest Associated Press college basketball poll.   The Cards are also number one in the USA Today coaches poll.

U of L captured the top spot Monday in both polls following weekend losses by previously unbeaten Duke and Michigan.

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Politics
12:39 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

In Inaugural Address, Pence Urges Hoosiers to "Tell Indiana's Story"

Republican Mike Pence became Indiana’s 50th governor today, taking the oath of office this on a cold morning outside the Statehouse.

With the temperature in Indianapolis around 20 degrees, the ceremony, and Pence’s inaugural address, were relatively short.

Pence called on Hoosiers to take steps to improve themselves and to better the state.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Clark Bridge Repairs Begin; Rush Hour Delays Likely

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Motorists who use the Clark Memorial Bridge will likely endure some rush hour delays as repair work gets underway this week.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the work will require around-the-clock lane reductions.

"The contractor is allowed two, 30 day segments," Clifford said. "It will be 30 days for one half of the bridge and 30 days for the other half because we’ll be reducing the bridge from four lanes down to two lanes, so we’ll always have one lane going in each direction."

Local News
7:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Pence To Be Sworn In As Indiana's 50th Governor Today

Indiana’s new governor will be sworn in today outside the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Republican Mike Pence will become Indiana’s 50th governor during an 11:00am ceremony, taking the oath of office along with Lt. Gov.-elect Sue Ellspermann and Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault says the incoming Republican governor hasn’t revealed much about his inauguration speech.

"He promises that it will be short out of respect for cold weather, and that it will be aspirational," she said.

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Business
2:25 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Koch Family Members In Legal Battle Over Control of Holiday World

A judge has placed control of Indiana’s Holiday World theme park in the hands of the widow of the park's late president.

A Vanderburgh County circuit judge has ruled that Lori Koch is majority owner of the holding company that operates Holiday World & Splashin' Safari. She's the widow of former park president Will Koch, who died in June 2010.

Dan Koch had served as Holiday World's president following his brother's death, but Lori Koch fired him after the judge's ruling.

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Education
3:55 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Indiana Education Panel Hears Cursive Writing Bill

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A bill that would require Indiana school districts to teach cursive writing was the focus of a legislative hearing today

In 2011, the Indiana Department of Education dropped its requirement that schools include cursive writing in their curricula, telling them that students are expected to become proficient in keyboard use.

Republican state Sen. Jean Leising says that’s troubling.

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Local News
4:23 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

College Basketball: Cards Visit Seton Hall; Behanan Out With Ankle Injury

After a week off, the third-ranked Louisville Cardinals return to the basketball court tomorrow with a visit to Seton Hall.

U of L will have to play without forward Chane Behanan. The Cards’ leading rebounder will be sidelined for up to ten days with an ankle sprain suffered in practice Monday.

This is the Cards’ first Big East road game in what coach Rick Pitino promises will be an unpredictable conference run.

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Local News
12:09 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Dutrow Racing Ban Upheld by New York Court

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New York's top court has refused to hear another appeal by a Kentucky Derby-winning trainer on his 10-year ban from the sport for equine drug violations in that state.

The Court of Appeals, without comment , is denying Rick Dutrow Jr.'s request that the judges consider another appeal of the 2011 decision by the Racing and Wagering Board. The action appears to be the end of the appeals process for Dutrow.

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Education
12:03 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Indiana Legislative Panel Sets Hearing on Cursive Writing Bill

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Indiana lawmakers are again considering a push to require the teaching of cursive writing by the state's schools.

The issue first came up after the state Department of Education in 2011 dropped cursive writing as a required part of the school curriculum and told school districts that it expected students to become proficient in keyboard use.

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Local News
3:26 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

2013 Indiana General Assembly Begins With Calls for Focus on Education, Economy

State lawmakers returned to Indianapolis today for the start of their four-month session, which will include the drafting of a new state budget and consideration of Republican Gov.-elect Mike Pence’s proposed personal income tax cut.

With a new GOP supermajority in the House, Democrats don’t have the numbers in either chamber to hold up controversial legislation like they did last year during the bitter fight over a right-to-work bill.

But new House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath says that doesn’t mean his caucus will be silent.

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