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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Education
12:15 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Indiana Lawmaker Proposes "Truth In Education" Measure

The lead sponsor of last year's effort to allow the teaching of creationism in Indiana schools is altering his efforts this year in favor of a so-called "truth in education" measure.

Senate Education Committee chairman Dennis Kruse says the proposal would encourage students to question a broad range of topics in the classroom. Lawmakers approved such a measure over the governor's objections in Tennessee, where that has translated into questioning evolution.

Kruse led an effort during the 2012 session to allow teaching of creationism in Indiana's public schools.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Charlie Strong 'Very Annoyed' By Rumors of Job Interviews

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he won’t discuss any rumors that he’s a candidate for coaching vacancies as the Cards prepare for their Sugar Bowl matchup next month.

Strong spoke to reporters a day after learning that the Cards will play Florida in the BCS game January 2nd in New Orleans.

Last week as the Cards were preparing for their season finale at Rutgers, Strong shot down a report that he had interviewed for the Auburn coaching job.

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Paul Barth Bond Hearing Set For This Week

A hearing will be held this week in U.S. District Court on the bond conditions set for Paul Barth, the former McMahan Fire Chief who pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 intended for the Crusade for Children charity.

Prosecutors requested the hearing after Barth did not disclose two real estate transactions that could have impacted his ability to pay restitution.

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Local News
9:31 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

College Football: Louisville Cardinals Headed To Sugar Bowl

The University of Louisville football team will play Florida on January 2nd in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

The pairings for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) were announced tonight.

It’s U of L’s first BCS berth since the 2006 season, when the Cards clinched a spot in the Orange Bowl.

The 22nd ranked Cards finished the regular season with a 10-2 record and a share of the Big East Conference title.

Florida, from the Southeastern Conference, is 11-1 and ranked fourth in the country.

Local News
7:22 pm
Sat December 1, 2012

Cards Soccer Team Falls at Maryland; Football Bowl Pairings Coming Sunday

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team fell short in their bid to reach the Final Four of the NCAA tournament, losing 3-1 at Maryland today.

The Cards were vying for their second-ever trip to the College Cup national semifinals. They finish the season with a 14-6 record. Maryland moves on to play Georgetown Friday.

Local News
3:34 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Report On Indiana Raw Milk Study Released

The Indiana Board of Animal Health has released a report on its study on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk for human consumption.

The Indiana General Assembly ordered the study amid a growing chorus of calls for the legalization of raw milk sales in the Hoosier State.

Advocates say unpasteurized milk contains nutrients that are destroyed by the heating process required by state law, and the raw product tastes better.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

U of L Men's Soccer Team To Play For Final Four Berth

The University of Louisville men’s soccer team can advance to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament with a victory tomorrow at Maryland.

The Cards are 14-5 on the season and 3-3 on the road, with one of those losses coming at Maryland in late August.

Coach Ken Lolla says his team is ready for the rematch.

"Psychologically, I think it helps us that we got pounded a little bit (in the first game)," he said. "Our guys are looking to have another crack at them. We’re a much different team, so we’re looking forward to going back there."

Local News
11:19 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Cards Topple Rutgers 20-17; Projected for Major Bowl Game

University of Louisville athletics

The University of Louisville football team is headed to its first top-tier bowl game in six years after defeating Rutgers 20-17 tonight in New Jersey.

Teddy Bridgewater and Will Stein shared duties at quarterback, and it was Bridgewater’s two touchdown passes in the third quarter that gave the Cards their first lead of the game.

Rutgers tied the game at 17 midway through the fourth quarter, but a 29 yard field goal by John Wallace with less than two minutes remaining put U of L ahead for good.

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Local News
9:52 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Reports: Charlie Strong Denies Interviewing for Auburn Job

Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong
Credit File photo

The Birmingham News reported Wednesday night that Louisville Cardinals head football coach Charlie Strong interviewed for the same position at Auburn University, but Strong denied through other media outlets that any such interview ever took place.

The Birmingham paper's story said Strong interviewed within the past couple of days, perhaps by telephone. The story cited an unnamed source, "someone familiar with the process."

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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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