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
7:06 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Pairings Set For 2014 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals are a No. 4 seed in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament pairings and will open play Thursday against Manhattan.

Many thought U of L would earn a higher tournament seed after winning the American Athletic Conference Tournament. Manhattan is coached by Steve Masiello, a protégé of Cards’ coach Rick Pitino.

Louisville and Manhattan will face off in the Midwest Region Thursday in Orlando, Fla.

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Local News
5:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

College Basketball: Louisville Cardinals Roll Over Rutgers, 92-31

The Louisville Cards have easily advanced to the semifinals of the men’s American Athletic  Conference Tournament in Memphis.

U of L crushed Rutgers 92-31 today and will play Houston Friday evening at 7:00.   Chris Jones led the Cards with 18 points, but four others also scored in double figures.  

Houston upset SMU in their quarterfinal game.  

The Indiana Hoosiers have been eliminated from the men’s Big Ten Tournament.  IU lost to Illinois 64-54 this afternoon in first-round play.  

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Local News
4:54 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

College Basketball: U of L Prepares for Inaugural AAC Tournament

The Louisville Cardinals open play Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament in Memphis.

U of L will face Rutgers in the 3:00pm game.  The Scarlet Knights defeated South Florida in the first round.

Cards coach Rick Pitino says a strong showing this week would boost his team's seeding in the NCAA tournament.  

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Local News
9:59 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

College Basketball: Louisville Cardinals Fall in Women's AAC Tourney Final

The University of Louisville women’s basketball team fell short in their bid for an American Athletic Conference Tournament title Monday night. The third-ranked Cardinals lost to number one Connecticut 72-52 in the AAC championship game in Uncasvlle, Conn.

U of L players will now wait a week to find out when and where they’ll play in the NCAA Tournament. The pairings are set for the men’s AAC Tournament in Memphis. Louisville opens play Thursday afternoon against either Rutgers or South Florida.

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Local News
4:01 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

College Basketball: Senior Day at U of L; UK Visits Florida, IU at Michigan

U of L Senior Tim Henderson
University of Louisville

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team closes out the regular season tomorrow against Connecticut.

It’s the final home game for senior players Russ Smith, Luke Hancock, Stephan Van Treese and Tim Henderson.

Henderson, a Louisville native, earned his spot on the team as a walk-on, and was the hero of last year’s Final Four game against Wichita State, sinking two key three-pointers to lead the Cards to the championship game.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Hillary Clinton to Speak in Louisville

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak in Louisville next month.

Clinton will deliver the keynote address at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly on April 26. The group’s chief executive says Clinton, a lifelong Methodist, will speak to a gathering of more than seven thousand participants at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

This won’t be Hillary Clinton’s first speech in Louisville. She delivered a talk at the University of Louisville in 2010, when she was Secretary of State.

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Local News
4:28 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

UK's Calipari Trying to Get Players 'Thinking Right' After Late-Season Skid

UK Basketball Coach John Calipari
University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari says he takes the blame for his team’s recent struggles.

The Wildcats have dropped two straight games—including a home loss to Arkansas and Saturday’s upset at South Carolina—heading into the final week of the regular season.  

Calipari was ejected from the South Carolina game after receiving two technical fouls.   He's also come under some criticism for not attending his post-game press conference. 

UK fell from 17th to 25th in this week’s AP poll.  

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Local News
11:24 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Winter Storm Dumps Ice, Sleet and Snow on Region

Local and state crews continue the job of clearing the latest round of snow and ice from roadways today.

The winter storm has moved out of the Louisville area, but most roads are still slick and hazardous.

Freezing rain, sleet and several inches of snow forced the closure of area school districts again Monday, including Jefferson County Public Schools.

Highs today will only reach the mid 20s, with overnight lows dipping into the single digits.  

Local News
5:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Maker's Mark Announces $67 Million Expansion

Rick Howlett

Maker’s Mark is announcing plans for a $67 million expansion of its distillery in Loretto, Ky.

The bourbon maker says it will expand operations with an exact replica of its two existing stills, boosting production by 50 percent.

Construction of  a new still is expected to take about 18 months to complete.   Maker’s Mark will also build a series of warehouses over the next seven years for aging the increased volume of bourbon.

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Local News
10:51 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Fund for the Arts CEO Barbara Sexton Smith Announces Retirement

The leader of the Louisville area’s Fund for the Arts says she’ll retire from the post later this year.

Barbara Sexton Smith announced today that she’ll leave the job of president and CEO after the 2014 Fund for the Arts campaign.    

Sexton Smith has been with the organization for 16 years and was appointed three years ago to replace Allen Cowan as CEO.    She says she put off retirement plans to take the job then,  and new leadership is part of the Fund’s overall strategic plan.

Sexton Smith told WFPL  she plans to stay active in the arts.

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