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
5:28 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Kennedy Bridge Repairs Begin Thursday Night

Photo from Wikipedia

A major repair project begins tomorrow  on the Kennedy Memorial Bridge.

The span, which carries Interstate-65 traffic over the Ohio River, will be reduced to two lanes in both directions while crews repair and resurface the bridge deck.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the $18 million project will continue through the end of July.

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Local News
1:56 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Purdue Trustees to Vote on Presidential Nominee Thursday

The Purdue University Board of Trustees will vote tomorrow  morning on the nominee to become the school’s 12thpresident.

The job is expected to go to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Neither Daniels nor the university will comment publicly about the appointment, but sources have told the Indianapolis Star and WISH-TV that Daniels will take over the post being vacated by France Cordova, who’s retiring. 

Daniels declined to answer questions from reporters Wednesday morning about his future following an economic development announcement event in Indianapolis.

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Local News
2:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Report: Gov. Daniels To Be Next Purdue President

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels will become the 12th president of Purdue University when he leaves office, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The newspaper says it has confirmed that Daniels will succeed France Cordova, who’s leaving Purdue next month.

The Purdue Board of Trustees is expected to vote on the selection Thursday.

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Local News
2:18 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

BREAKING - Indy Star: Daniels To Become Purdue President

The Indianapolis Star says it has confirmed that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will become the 12th president of Purdue  University.


Local News
1:37 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

High Court Asked To Review Indiana Robocall Ban

An automated phone messaging company wants the nation’s highest court to review Indiana’s state law banning robocalls. 

FreeEats.com has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for the review.  The law was upheld last December by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The law bars anyone from auto-dialing Hoosiers unless the recipient first gives permission to a live operator or by e-mail.

FreeEats.com, which placed thousands of political calls on behalf of another group during a 2006 congressional campaign, contends the law infringes on free speech rights.

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7:01 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Union Rags Wins Belmont Stakes

Union Rags surged past Paynter in the stretch to capture the 144th Belmont Stakes today in New York.

It was Union Rags' first race since a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

The Bob Baffert-trained Paynter nearly led wire-to-wire in the mile-and-a-half race but could not hold off Union Rags, with John Velazquez aboard, at the finish.

Atigun was the third-place finisher.





3:46 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

I'll Have Another Retired; Dullahan New Belmont Favorite

Photo by Adam Coglianese, from belmontstakes.com

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another’s racing career is over.

The colt’s handlers withdrew him from tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes after a swollen tendon was discovered in his left foreleg.     Owner Paul Reddam says he'll be retired. 

I’ll Have Another was the 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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11:56 am
Fri June 8, 2012

I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont Stakes

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another has been scratched from tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Doug O’Neill says he pulled the colt from the race after he showed early signs of tendonitis in his left front leg.    O’Neill told radio talk show host Dan Patrick that he’s not sure how I’ll Have Another was injured, but he’s not taking any chances by running him Saturday.

I’ll Have Another was positioned to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since

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11:38 am
Fri June 8, 2012

BREAKING NEWS--Trainer: I'll Have Another Won't Run in Belmont Stakes

Trainer Doug O'Neill said this morning that Triple Crown contender  I'll Have Another will not run in tomorrow's Belmont Stakes.

O'Neill told radio host Dan Patrick that the colt has the start of tendonitis in his left front leg and has been pulled from the race.

O'Neill and the horse's connections will hold a press conference at 1:00pm. 

This story will be updated.


2:38 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

D. Wayne Lukas Back at Work After Being Kicked by Horse

File photo by Rick Howlett

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas returned to work today at Belmont Park, a day after he was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

The 76 year old Lukas needed several stitches after one of his horses reared up and struck him in the top of the head.

Lukas was back at the track today for the Belmont Stakes post position draw, and joked about his trip to the emergency room.

"I got a severe headache---that’s the bad news.   The good news was that I got a date with the head nurse and I sold both doctors a racehorse while I was there," he said.