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 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
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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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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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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