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
12:33 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Update: Power Restored To Most In Downtown, Clifton Outage

Louisville Gas and Electric Company says a downed wire in the East Market Street area caused about 1,900 customers to lose power late this morning.

A spokeswoman says service had been restored to all but about 77 affected customers, with the rest expected to be back online by early afternoon.   

Local News
12:03 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Power Outage Affecting About 1,900 LG&E Customers

Louisville Gas and Electric Company crews are working to restore power to about 1,900 customers in an area that includes the Clifton neighborhood and sections of East Main and Market streets downtown.

A company spokeswoman says all customers should have their power restored by 2:00pm.

The cause of the outage, which occurred last this morning, is under investigation.

Education
5:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Ramsey Says U of L Growing, But Laments Drop In Government Support

University of Louisville President James Ramsey says his institution and higher education in general face an uncertain future as long as government funding continues to be slashed.

Ramsey delivered his annual State of the University address today.

He says while U of L has seen growth over the past year at its Belknap, Shelby and Health Sciences campuses, there have been some setbacks, including another cut in state funding that forced a tuition increase.

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Local News
4:57 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Gospel Music Convention Leaving Louisville

After two decades in Louisville, the National Quartet Convention will move south in two years.

What’s billed as the world’s largest gathering of Southern gospel musicians and fans will relocate to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2014.

The convention’s executive director says in a release that economic realities are forcing the event to seek a smaller venue and a different setting to adjust to a shift in demographics.

Local News
3:59 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

White Appealing Three Felony Convictions

Former Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White is appealing three of the six felony convictions that got him ousted from office earlier this year.

The appeal filed in the Indiana Court of Appeals challenges White’s convictions on charges of perjury on his marriage license application, submitting a false voter registration application and casting a fraudulent ballot.

The brief does not contest White's three other felony convictions.

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Local News
2:25 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Cards Climb Into Top 20; Face North Carolina Saturday

The Louisville Cardinals have moved up four spots in the latest national college football polls.

U of L is ranked 19th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 20th in the USA Today/coaches poll following Saturday’s 35-7 win over Missouri State.

Coach Charlie Strong says it’s too early to tell if the Cards are really one of the 20 best teams in the country.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

New Milton-Madison Bridge Section To Be Hoisted Today

Illustration of completed project from MIltonMadisonBridge.com

Crews have begun a second major step in the replacement of the 82 year old Milton-Madison Bridge over the Ohio River.

A 727-foot section of steel truss will be hoisted into place today on temporary piers alongside the existing bridge.

The 2,000 ton section was preassembled on the Kentucky side of the river and is being floated to the site on barges.

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Local News
7:10 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

College Football: U of L Beats Missouri State; UK Notches First Win

The Louisville Cards improved to 2-0 on the season with a 35-7 victory today over visiting Missouri State.

Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown  passes, U of L’s running backs added two more scores and Matthew Nakatani kicked two field goals for the 23rd ranked Cards.   The Bears dropped to 0-2.

U of L faces North Carolina next week at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. 

The Kentucky Wildcats rolled over Kent State 47-14 in Lexington. UK evens its record to 1-1 and will host Western Kentucky next Saturday night

Local News
4:06 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Ellis Park May Take On Partner

The owner of western Kentucky’s Ellis Park racetrack says he’s nearing a deal to take on a business partner.

A company associated with New York Saratoga Casino and Raceway wants to buy a 30-percent stake in Ellis Park. Owner Ron Geary says his new partners would take over day-to-day opertations.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is reviewing the proposed $4 million deal.

Local News
3:38 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

College Football: Cards Host Missouri State; UK Looking For First Win

Photo of U of L's Senorise Perry courtesy of uoflsports.com

The Louisville Cardinals return to college football action tomorrow, hosting Missouri State.

The 23rd ranked Cards are coming off a season-opening victory over Kentucky.

Senior center Mario Benavides  says he’s not worried about his team becoming complacent against the unranked Bears, who were trounced by Kansas State last week 51-9.

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