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
2:20 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Mark Stoops Is New Kentucky Wildcats Football Coach

Mark Stoops
Credit Florida State University

Update: The University of Kentucky has confirmed that Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops will be the Wildcats' new football coach, according to a statement on the football program's website.

From the statement:

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Local News
1:37 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Indiana State Police Chief: Legalize and Tax Pot

The leader of Indiana State Police has no objection to legislative efforts to ease penalties for marijuana possession in the Hoosier State.    He says if it were up to him, marijuana would be legal.

When asked about the drug in a budget committee meeting, ISP Superintendent Paul Whitesell said he’s spent some 40 years trying to enforce various marijuana laws.

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Education
10:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Study of Nonviolent Resistance Receives Grawemeyer Prize

Erica Chenoweth

A study of the effectiveness of non-violent civil resistance is being honored with the University of Louisville’s 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order.

University of Denver Professor Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan, a U.S. State Department foreign affairs officer, went back more than 100 years for data on all known uprisings involving more than 1,000 people that related to a country’s secession, overthrow of a dictatorship or removal of a foreign occupation.

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Local News
3:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

College Football: Big East Title, Bowl Bid At Stake As Cards Visit Rutgers

The University of Louisville football team will play this week for a share of the Big East Conference championship and a likely berth in a top-tier bowl.

The Cards travel to Rutgers Thursday for a nationally televised game.

U of L has lost two straight games after a 9-0 start, but coach Charlie Strong says his players have not lost confidence as they prepare for their regular season finale.

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Local News
10:01 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Dutch Composer's Multimedia Work Wins Grawemeyer Music Prize

Michel van de Aa

The 2013 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition goes to Dutch composer Michel van der Aa.

The 42 year old van der Ah is being honored for his 30 minute work "Up-close," which blends concerto with film. The piece is performed with a large screen onstage near a cellist and string ensemble. The musical and visual art begin to intertwine as the work progresses.

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Local News
4:22 pm
Sat November 24, 2012

College Football: Cards Fall to UConn in Triple Overtime; UK, IU Lose Season Finales

The Louisville Cards suffered their second straight loss, dropping their home finale 23-20 to Connecticut today in triple overtime.

The Huskies held U of L scoreless for most of the game, but the Cards were able to send it into overtime with a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.

UConn won it with a field goal in the third overtime after intercepting a Teddy Bridgewater pass.

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Local News
3:41 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Local Groups Stage Walmart Protest

Walmart

A group of demonstrators led by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union gathered at a south Louisville Walmart today to protest the retail giant’s labor practices.

It was among dozens of Black Friday demonstrations at Walmart stores across the country.

The protesters want Walmart to improve workers’ wages and benefits; they also allege the company has been intimidating employees to prevent them from organizing.

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Local News
2:35 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Morehead State's Woods Given One Game Suspension for Player Confrontation

Morehead State has suspended basketball coach Sean Woods for one game after he appeared to shove an Eagles player during Wednesday night's loss at No. 8 Kentucky.

Woods will sit out Monday night's game against Norfolk State.

The first-year Eagles' coach appeared to push Morehead State point guard Devon Atkinson in the back and screamed at him after the senior fouled out with 5:51 remaining.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri November 23, 2012

College Football: Cards Need Win to Keep Conference Title Hopes Alive

The University of Louisville football team plays its home finale tomorrow against Connecticut.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals need a victory over the 4-6 Huskies to keep their Big East Conference title hopes alive going into their last regular season game at league-leading Rutgers.

"It’s not what anyone is going to do to us, it’s what we’re going to do ourselves. What’s key for us is just our effort, our preparation heading into these next two games and just making sure that we are mentally and physically locked in," Strong said this week.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Parklands Project Steadily Moving Forward

The developers of a 4,000 acre public parks system along the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville say the project is on schedule for completion in 2015.

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is being opened in phases. Earlier this month, several amenities were made available to the public in Beckley Creek Park, one of four parks in the system. They include hiking and biking trails and a fishing pier.

Two indoor projects--an education center and a meeting facility---will be finished in February.

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