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.


Local News
2:03 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

College Football: Cards Drop in Rankings; Perry Out for Season

The University of Louisville football team has dropped out of the top ten in the national rankings following the Cards 45-26 loss at Syracuse Saturday, their first defeat of the season.

U of L fell from 9th to 20th in the AP poll and from 10th to 18th in the USA Today/coaches poll.

The Cards also dropped from 9th to 19th in the BCS standings used to determine college football’s national champion and top-tier bowl match-ups.

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Local News
6:33 pm
Sun November 11, 2012

Cards Win Season Opener Over Manhattan, 79-51

Russ Smith scored 23 points and Peyton Siva added ten as the second-ranked Louisville Cardinals defeated visiting Manhattan 79-51 today in their regular-season college basketball opener.

The Cards jumped out to an early 12-3 lead en route to victory over the Jaspers, coached by former U of L assistant and Rick Pitino protege Steve Masiello.

U of L takes on Samford Wednesday in early round play of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.

Local News
3:49 pm
Sat November 10, 2012

College Football: Cards Lose at Syracuse; IU Falls 62-14


The Louisville Cards were dealt their first loss of the college football season, falling 45-26 Saturday at Syrcause.

The Orange led 31-13 at halftime, and the Cards were unable to mount an effective rally in the second half. U of L is now 9-1 on the season and 4-1 in Big East Conference play with games remaining against Connecticut and Rutgers. The Cards have next Saturday off.

In Bloomington, Wisconsin routed Indiana 62-14, snapping the Hoosiers’ two-game winning streak. IU falls to 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten Conference.

Local News
11:18 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

College Basketball: UK Squeaks Past Terps, IU Rolls Over Bryant

Kyle Wiltjer scored 19 points and Jarrod Polston provided a career-best ten points off the bench to lead the Kentucky Wildcats to a 72-69 win over Maryland in their regular season opener at the Barclays Center Friday night in Brooklyn, New York.

The third-ranked Wildcats led by as many as 15 points early in the second half, but the Terps came back and had a chance to tie the game at the buzzer.

UK faces number eight Duke Tuesday in Atlanta.

The top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers defeated Bryant 97-54.

Local News
3:14 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

College Football: Cards Visit Syracuse; IU Hosts Wisconsin


The tenth-ranked Louisville Cardinals take their perfect record into the Carrier Dome tomorrow to face Big East Conference rival Syracuse.

Louisville has a school-best 9-0 mark following last week’s victory over Temple.

Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw a career-high five touchdown passes in that game.

Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson is impressed with Bridgewater’s growth this season.

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3:02 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Coin Toss May Decide Northern Ky. Council Race

The winner of a northern Kentucky city council seat may be decided by the flip of a coin.

One of the six seats for the Walton City Council is undetermined after two people on the ballot tied for sixth place.

Robert McDonald and Olivia Ballou both received 669 votes. McDonald tells the Kentucky Enquirer that one person who feels bad about the outcome is his wife, who didn’t vote Tuesday.

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12:34 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Houston Official Chosen to Lead Greater Louisville Inc.

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An economic development official from Houston has been selected as the new president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro’s chamber of commerce.

Craig Richard will lead the business group starting January 7.

He’s been chief economic development officer of the Greater Houston Partnership since 2008, and has held similar positions in Dallas and Arlington, Texas and in Virginia.

Richard succeeds Joe Reagan, who left GLI at the beginning of the year to lead the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

3:28 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Pence Begins Transition To Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence says he’s wasting no time getting started on his transition to office.

Pence and current Governor Mitch Daniels held a press conference today to discuss the process.

The Republican congressman defeated Democrat John Gregg in the gubernatorial race.

The GOP also gained enough seats in the Indiana House on Tuesday to have supermajorities in both legislative chambers, meaning they can conduct business even if no Democrats are present.

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Local News
12:26 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

UK's Phillips "Grateful" For Coaching, Playing Opportunities

Fired University of Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips says he hoped to have another season to get the program back on the winning track, but he understands that quicker results were expected.

Phillips, who came to the program 22 years ago as a player, then worked his way up the coaching ladder, made his first public comments Tuesday about the decision to replace him.

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Local News
3:23 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Strong "Shocked" At Cards' Progress This Season

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he expected the Cards to improve over last season but he never dreamed that this team would have a 9-0 record and a top-ten national ranking, given the youth of his recruiting classes.

"I’m shocked that we’re this far along, I’ll say that. I am shocked that we’re this far along in our third year. Because, when you look at it, when you get your team to the junior-senior group of guys then that’s when you feel like you’re going to be solid," he said.

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