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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3:48 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Churchill Downs Gets Approval For September Dates

Churchill Downs has been given the go-ahead to offer a third racing meet starting next year.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted Tuesday to give the track a third live racing meet in September.

The schedule will be added to Churchill's traditional spring and fall meets.

The 12 additional dates will be Churchill's first all-September meet since 1890. The dates have traditionally gone to Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.

Local News
2:35 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Jurich Pressing Pitino to Extend Contract

University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich wants men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino to sign a another contract extension that would keep him at U of L until he’s 70 years old.

Pitino’s current contract expires in 2017, but Jurich says he’s been after the coach to sign on for an additional five years.

The two joked about it briefly during a press conference Monday.

"We get to extend your contract, don’t we?" asked Jurich.

"Yeah," Pitino fired back. "So I can die on the court."

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Local News
4:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Tom Jurich Looks Back On 15 Years at U of L

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University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich is marking a professional milestone this week.

It was 15 years ago that Jurich came to U of L from Colorado State University.

Jurich says the Louisville athletic department has been successful because of its staff of talented people.

Among other things, Jurich and his team have overseen a major upgrade of its athletic facilities since he arrived in 1997.

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Local News
8:34 pm
Sat October 20, 2012

College Football: U of L 27, USF 25; UK Falls to Georgia 29-24

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals came from behind late in the game to edge South Florida 27-25 Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

U of L led 14-3 at halftime, but the Bulls came back to claim a 25-21 lead with just over three minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

The Cards retook the lead with a Teddy Bridgewater touchdown pass to Eli Rogers and South Florida was unable to score on its final possession.

U of L improves to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big East Conference. The Cards will host Cincinnati Friday night.

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Local news
12:41 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

College Football: U of L vs USF, UK-Georgia, IU at Navy

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After three straight road games, the University of Louisville football team returns to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium Saturday.

The 14th ranked Cards take on South Florida, which has struggled to a 2-4 record this season. Coach Charlie Strong’s team is 6-0 and coming off a 45-35 win at Pittsburgh last weekend, but Strong says there’s still plenty of room for improvement, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Stan Curtis Due In Federal Court This Week

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A federal court appearance is scheduled this week in Louisville for Stan Curtis, the man who received worldwide acclaim for his efforts to provide food to the needy.

Curtis is accused of stealing donations from one of his charitable organizations.

A bill of information issued last month accuses the 63 year old Curtis of mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false income tax return.

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Local News
2:24 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

College Football: U of L 45, Pitt 35; Arkansas 49, UK 7; OSU 52, IU 49

Louisville’s Senorise Perry ran for four touchdowns and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 304 yards and another score to lead the Cards to a 45-35 victory at Pittsburgh today.

The Panthers led 21-17 at halftime but U of L scored three quick touchdowns in the third quarter to grab the lead for good and win their Big East Conference opener. They also snapped a four-game losing streak to Pitt.

The 16th ranked Cardinals remain undefeated at 6-0 and are bowl-eligible for the third straight season.

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Local News
2:48 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

College Football: U of L at Pitt, Wildcats vs Razorbacks, IU-OSU

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After a week off, the University of Louisville Cardinals return to the football field Saturday.

U of L plays its third straight road game with a visit to Pittsburgh.

To accommodate television coverage, the game will have an unusual kickoff time of 11:00am, which doesn’t bother Cards’ coach Charlie Strong.

"It’s going to be an early rise. So we get up early. When you get up you don’t have much time at all, it’s time to go play the football game. Which is good, I like that, I like getting up," Strong said.

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Local News
5:21 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

After Redistricting, Voters Urged to Preview November Ballots

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is urging voters to check out prospective ballots at a state website before the November elections.

Lawson says voters should go online to see which candidates will appear on their ballots Nov. 6 and to check whether they were placed in a new district.

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Local News
4:55 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

One-Stop Outreach To Homeless Will Be Held Wednesday

Photo courtesy of Coalition for the Homeless

Several Louisville agencies are joining forces again this year to offer various services to the homeless in a one-stop environment.

The 2012 Project Homeless Connect/VA Stand Down is Wednesday at The Salvation Army on the old Male High School campus on Brook Street starting at 8:30am.

Natalie Harris with the Coalition for the Homeless expects hundreds of homeless people to get assistance at the event, many of them veterans.

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