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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Education
4:51 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

More Than 8,000 Indiana School Vouchers Awarded For 2012-13

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More than eight thousand Indiana public school students have been awarded vouchers allowing them to use public funds to attend private schools this academic year.

That’s more than double the number awarded last year.

Adam Baker with the Indiana Department of Education says the program approved by the Republican-led General Assembly in 2011 allows for 15,ooo vouchers this year.

"Next year, there’s actually no cap on the number of vouchers available, so we’re hoping that we continue to see this number rise year by year," he said.

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Local News
4:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Battle of Perryville Sesquicentennial Approaching

This fall marks the 150th anniversary of Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle.     Planning is well underway for the October re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War, with more than seven thousand casualties. It also marked a strategic tipping point for the Union, which would control Kentucky for the rest of the war.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Strong Rallies Cards Fans At Kickoff Luncheon

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong brought his team to the downtown Marriott Hotel today  to greet a sold-out crowd at the Cards’ annual kickoff luncheon.


There are high expectations for Strong’s third Cardinal team, which is favored by many to win the Big East Conference title.U of L tied for the conference crown last year and earned its second consecutive bowl appearance.


Strong says he wants to bring consistency to a program that has won only seven conference titles going into its 94th season.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Public Meeting Set On VA Hospital Design

Map courtesy of Dept. of Veterans Affairs

A meeting is set for tomorrow night to hear input about the design of Louisville’s new Veterans Affairs Medical Center to be built starting in 2014.

The public meeting is from 6:00-8:00pm at the Clifton Center. The new 110-bed hospital will replace the VA's current 60-year-old medical center in Louisville and is to be finished in 2018.

The federal government recently paid $12.9 million for property at Brownsboro Road and Interstate 264—known as the Midlands--for the hospital.

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Local News
4:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The Healing Place Begins Campaign To Raise $1 Million

A Louisville-based agency that provides drug and alcohol recovery services for the homeless has launched a campaign to raise $1 million by the end of year.

The Healing Place founder Jay Davidson says the money is needed to help avoid cutting some of its support services.

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Education
3:27 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Former Indiana Chief Justice To Lead U.S. Legal Education Panel

Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard will lead a task force looking into the state of legal education across America.

The panel was appointed by the American Bar Association.   Shepard says it will examine the way schools prepare their students to practice law, and the economic state of the profession.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Forage Sales Directory Available For Drought-Stricken Farmers

Photo courtesy of Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council

Drought-stricken Kentucky farmers in need of hay or other forages for their livestock can seek help through a state Department of Agriculture website.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says a forage sales directory is up and running that can match up farmers with forages for sale with those whose pastures and fields have been dried up by the drought.    A similar program is also available for farmers in Indiana.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Madison County Judge Appointed To Indiana Appeals Court

A Madison County, Indiana circuit judge has been appointed to the state Court of Appeals.

Governor Mitch Daniels today selected Judge Rudy Pyle to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carr Darden. 

The 42 year old Pyle is a former Madison County prosecutor and state police trooper.  

The Indiana Court of Appeals has 15 members representing five districts.  This is Daniels’ third appointment to the court. 

Local News
2:31 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Hiring Underway For State Fair Jobs

Applications are now being accepted for hundreds of job openings at the Kentucky State Fair.

The ten-day fair begins next week and spokeswoman Amanda Storment says they’re hiring maintenance staff, admission gatekeepers tour guides and other personnel.

"We need as many as 800 temporary workers in addition to 200 full-time workers we have here," Storment said.

Wages start at $7.25 per hour and vary with position.   Hiring will continue during the fair, which runs August 16 through 26.

Local News
2:08 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Drought Expected To Affect Kentucky State Fair Entries

The Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run next week and the summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the fair’s agricultural entries.

Much of Kentucky has been in the grip of the hot, dry summer, with farmers in the western half of the state bearing the brunt of the disaster.

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