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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Arts
9:32 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Documentary Studies How America Coped With Civil War Deaths

Historians now estimate that 750,000 people died in the American Civil War, two-and-a-half percent of the population.

The Union and the Confederacy were both ill-equipped to deal with the carnage as the fighting escalated.

Filmmaker Ric Burns’ new documentary, Death and the Civil War, which premieres tonight on public television, focuses on how the war forced Americans to improvise ways of coping with battlefield casualties and honoring their war dead.

Local News
5:09 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Horse Trainer Dutrow Appealing New York Racing Ban

Photo from bloodhorse.com

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr. is asking New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board for equine drug violations, saying it raises substantial civil rights issues.

In asking the Court of Appeals to hear Dutrow's case, attorney Michael Koenig says it should decide whether the appearance of bias by racing board Chairman John Sabini cost the trainer his right to a fair proceeding.

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Local News
4:38 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

College Football: Cards Preparing For FIU; UK Visits #14 Florida

Photo from d1collegefootball.com

The University of Louisville football team will be on the road for the next three games, starting next Saturday night at Florida International. U of L is 3-0 for the first time since 2006, but nearly blew a 29 point halftime lead last Saturday against North Carolina. The Cards held on for a 39-34 victory.

Coach Charlie Strong says his team hasn’t yet learned how to play a complete game.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Kentucky Preservation Conference To Be Held In Princeton

The 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference begins this week in the western Kentucky community of Princeton.

The two-day conference will include sessions on selling historic properties, best practices for preserving endangered historic sites and converting schools and other public buildings into affordable housing.

Diane Comer with the Kentucky Heritage Council says this is the first year the biennial conference will be held away from a major metropolitan area.

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Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Fund Drive Launched For Lexington's Kentucky Theatre

Photo by Raymond Adams from kentuckytheatre.com

The  Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington is preparing to celebrate its 90th birthday and a group of local volunteers is working to raise up to $1.5 million for renovations to the movie house.

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Local News
10:36 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

College Football: WKU Tops UK

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 32-31 tonight in overtime at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington.

Western won the game with a trick pass play on a two-point conversion.

The Wildcats sent the game into overtime with a touchdown pass play with 24 seconds left in regulation. 

UK scored the first touchdown in overtime, but the Hilltoppers answered with a touchdown and the two-point conversion.

Kentucky falls to 1 and 2 on the season.  Western is 2 and 1.  

Local News
7:11 pm
Sat September 15, 2012

College Football: Cards Hold Off UNC 39-34

The Louisville Cardinals survived a second-half surge by North Carolina to defeat the Tar Heels 39-34 today at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The game appeared to be all but over at halftime with U of L leading 36-7, but North Carolina came roaring back in the second half, outscoring the Cards 27-3.

UNC had a chance to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but the 19th ranked Cards broke up a pass play with less than two minutes remaining.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

College Football: Cards Host UNC; UK vs WKU

The Louisville Cardinals return to college football action tomorrow, hosting North Carolina.

Coach Charlie Strong says the game will be a major test for the 19th ranked Cards, as they line up against the unranked but solid Tar Heels.

"I think this weekend we will find out exactly where we are as a football program and the steps that we need to continue to make the changes to this program to get it headed in the right direction," Strong said.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Daniels Appoints Judge Loretta Rush To High Court

Gov. Mitch Daniels has named a Tippecanoe County judge as the first woman on the Indiana Supreme Court in 13 years.

Daniels announced the appointment of Loretta Rush today.

Rush is the first female justice since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999 after five years on the court.

The 54-year-old Rush, a Pennsylvania native, says she puts an emphasis on the needs of children.

In 1998, she survived an attack by a former juvenile client who invaded her home and tried to kill her husband.

Local News
4:52 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Suu Kyi To Speak At U of L

Photo from indiavision.com

Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi will speak later this month at the University of Louisville.

The pro-democracy activist spent two decades imprisoned in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma. In April, the government recognized her election to the Myanmar parliament and she was only recently allowed to travel outside the country.

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