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.


5:30 am
Sun July 15, 2012

U of L Launches Kentucky Teen Institute

The University of Louisville is convening its first-ever Kentucky Teen Institute this week.   

More than two dozen teenagers and adult advisors from across the state are spending several days tackling issues that affect teen health such as obesity, pregnancy, drugs, bullying and suicide.

Institute director Stacie Steinbock says the teenagers will be expected to come up with a plan of action to take back to their hometowns.

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3:31 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

I-65 Section To Be Shut Down For Weekend Repairs

A three-mile stretch of Interstate 65 northbound in downtown Louisville will be shut down this weekend to allow for repaving work.

The northbound lanes of I-65 from the Watterson Expressway to Chestnut Street will be closed from 7:00 this evening  until 5:00am Monday. 

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it’s more efficient to shut down the entire stretch than to allow limited traffic and pave one lane at a time.

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5:36 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

U of L's Albiero To Join Portugal's Olympic Coaching Staff

Arthur Albiero

 University of Louisville swimming coach Arthur Albiero  will join Portugal’s coaching staff for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The team will also include two U of L swimmers, Carlos Almeida and Pedro Oliveira

Albiero is a native of Brazil and has coached the U of L team for nine years.

Almeida is the NCAA national champion in the 200-breast competition.  Oliveira will be making his second appearance for Portugal in the Games.

Local News
4:17 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

I-65 Ramp Reopenings Delayed Again

For the second time this week, the reopening of a busy portion of Louisville’s Spaghetti Junction has been delayed.

The exit ramps from Interstate-65 northbound to I-64 west and east and northbound I-71 have been closed since June 25 as part of the larger Kennedy Bridge repair project.

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12:30 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Official: Indiana Abortion Law Violates Medicaid Rules

Planned Parenthood of Indiana has won an administrative victory in its opposition to a state law that seeks to block Medicaid funding for the reproductive services organization.

But the standoff with the state over the 2011 statute is far from over.

A federal hearing officer has upheld an earlier ruling by Medicaid officials that the state law denies women the freedom to choose their health care providers.

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5:30 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Velazquez On The Mend From June Spill

Photo by Adam Coglianese, from nyra.com

Information for this story also came from the Associated Press

Jockey John Velazquez says he continues to heal from an injury suffered in a spill last month at Churchill Downs and hopes to be racing again later this month.

Velazquez says doctors have cleared him to begin exercising horses next week.  He suffered a broken collarbone June 16 when the horse he was riding in the ninth race at Churchill broke down.

Velazquez won the Belmont Stakes aboard Union Rags June 9 and is hoping to ride the colt in the Haskell Invitational on July 29.  

4:18 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Sixteen To Be Inducted Into HS Basketball Hall of Fame

Harlan High School's Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones (Photo from Kentucky HS Basketball Hall of Fame)

The newly-established Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame will induct its first class Saturday.

The inaugural class has 16 members---players and coaches from the 1940s through the 1990s.

The class includes Louisville Male High School’s Darrell Griffith and Seneca’s Wes Unseld, both of whom would go on to play for the University of Louisville and in the NBA.

Rex Chapman of Owensboro Apollo and Richie Farmer of Clay County will be inducted.  They both went on to star at the University of Kentucky.  Chapman also played in the NBA.

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4:45 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Nominations Sought For Civil Rights Hall Of Fame

The deadline to nominate someone to be considered for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame is next Monday, July 16.

Cynthia Fox with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights says anyone 18 and other can nominate a person for the honor.

Nominees can be living or deceased and does not have to be currently active in civil rights.

Local News
4:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Six State Park Lodges Turning 50

The lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. (Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Parks)

Half a dozen Kentucky State Resort Parks lodges are turning 50 years old this year.

Parks spokeswoman LaDonna Miller says special events are planned at each resort to commemorate the milestones.

"The parks are actually older than that but this was a great building expansion in 1962, so these lodges this year turn 50.

3:44 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

McConnell Assails Health Care Law In Rotary Speech

WFPL file photo
File photo

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky repeated his call today for the repeal of President Obama’s federal health care overhaul upheld last month by the Supreme Court.

In a speech to the Louisville Rotary Club, the Senate Republican Leader called the Affordable Health Care Act  “too arrogant and too overreaching.”

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