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
3:50 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

More Indiana Counties Under Drought Disaster

Photo courtesy of USDA

The lingering drought has led the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a natural disaster in 14 more of Indiana's 92 counties.

The USDA added the north-central Indiana counties today.  Along with adjacent counties, they qualify for low-interest relief loans from the federal government.

Fifty counties earlier had been declared natural disaster areas.  

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Local News
4:57 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Drought Reveals Remnants of Indiana Town Submerged in '67

Photo from WANE, Fort Wayne, Indiana

The extended drought has brought has given people in northeastern Indiana a glimpse of history. 

Receding waters in the Salamonie Reservoir have revealed the remains of Monument City.   It was one of several small towns bulldozed and submerged to make way for the Army Corps of Engineers flood control project. 

What was left of Monument City had been under water since 1967, but the reservoir is now 14 feet below its regular summer level, revealing stone foundations, roads and the remnants of trees.

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3:14 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Maker's Mark Helping Raise Funds For U of L Facility

Photo by Rick Howlett

The University of Louisville has begun raising funds for an $8 million academic center for student athletes.  The project is getting a boost from Maker's Mark. 

The bourbon maker is donating proceeds from a commemorative bottle featuring U of L football coach Charlie Strong.

More than 8,000 of the bottles went on sale at retail outlets last Friday and quickly sold out.

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Local News
3:42 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Indiana Website Offers Immunization Tracking

Photo from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

The Indiana State Department of Heath has launched a new website aimed at making it easier for parents to keep track of their children’s vaccination records.

The site, paid for with federal stimulus dollars, is called MyVaxIndiana.

Parents can log into the site with a personal identification number provided by their doctor, health department or child’s school.

Local News
4:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Program Provides Pediatric Legal Services

A program that helps children and their families with legal issues related to their medical care is being launched at some Louisville facilities.

It’s called Doctors and Lawyers for Kids.  

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Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty
12:04 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

The Modjeska: A Star On Stage, Sweetly Remembered

The modjeska owes its name to a Victorian-era candy maker's infatuation with a Polish actress.
Melisa Goh NPR

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 10:20 am

In the back room of Muth's Candies in Louisville, Ky., Jonathon Skaggs and Bobby Masterson are busy dipping marshmallows into a copper pot.

The pot is filled with a top-secret hot caramel mixture. Skaggs and Masterson tap the excess golden caramel off each candy before placing it on a board to cool.

Masterson says it's a rhythm repeated hundreds of times each day.

"They're good ... they're a big-time seller in here in Kentucky, especially right here in Louisville," Masterson says. "There's a lot of people that come and get 'em."

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Local News
4:08 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Portion Of I-65 Southbound To Be Closed For Repairs

The southbound lanes of Interstate-65 between downtown Louisville and the Watterson Expressway will be shut down this weekend to allow for paving.

Motorists who come into Louisville via the Kennedy Bridge will be rerouted on Interstate-64.  The closure begins at 7:00pm this  evening and continues through 5:00am Monday.

It’s one of several major repair projects underway in the Louisville area causing traffic delays and detours.

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Local News
5:52 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

All of Indiana Under Water Shortage Warning

Photo courtesy of USDA

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Indiana officials have issued a water shortage warning for all 92 counties in the Hoosier state, asking local governments, businesses and residents to voluntary conserve as much water as possible.

Facilties that draw more than 100,000 gallons of water each day are being asked to curb consumption by 10 to 15 percent.

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Local News
5:34 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

EDGE Outreach Gets New Name, Logo

The Louisville-based non-profit that provides portable water purification systems for developing countries and disaster areas is changing its brand.

EDGE Outreach is now called WaterStep.

Founder Mark Hogg says the new name and logo better reflect the group's mission of providing clean drinking water where it’s needed around the world, and is a reference to a shoe-recycling program that generates some of its operating funds.

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Local News
5:28 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Officials Tracking Spread of Deer Disease

Photo from USDA

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Kentucky wildlife officials are seeking the public’s help in tracking the health of the state’s deer herd.

They’re trying to locate deer suffering from a fatal disease that’s prevalent in warm weather.

It’s called epizootic hemorrhagic disease—EHD---which has been found in white-tailed deer across the southeastern U.S. since 1966.  

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