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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Politics
11:27 am
Thu June 28, 2012

McConnell: Ruling Underscores Need To Repeal "Obamacare"

Here is a statement released by

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Politics
11:09 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Rep. Young: Health Care Law Still "Bad Public Policy"

Indiana Congressman Todd Young (R-Bloomington) released this statement on today's Supreme Court health care ruling:

“Because of the negative effect on our economy and job creation, I’m disappointed that the so-called individual mandate requiring every American to purchase health insurance will stand.  However, I am pleased that the Court has affirmed that our federal government is constitutionally limited in its ability to regulate Americans’ lives.

 

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Local News
10:49 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Yarmuth Praises High Court ACA Ruling

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth released this statement following today's Supreme Court Ruling upholding President Obama's health care overhaul:

“Today, the Supreme Court made a decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act that is in step with the Constitution and the majority of Americans.

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Politics
5:23 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Gail Collins To Speak In Louisville Thursday

New York Times national columnist Gail Collins speak tomorrow night at the Louisville Free Public Library.

Collins will discuss her new book, As Texas Goes…, which looks at how Texas has historically influenced federal government policies but in recent years has been a hotbed of anti-Washington sentiment.

Collins said she decided to write the book after attending a Tea Party rally in 2009.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Work Begins On Third Phase of Parklands Project

Construction has begun on another phase of the Parklands of Floyds Fork, the nearly 4,000 acre park system under development in eastern and southeastern Louisville.

Ground was broken today on a section that will include a half-mile, tree-lined walk called the Humana Grand Allee .   It’s being funded with an $8 million donation from Humana and its employees.

The Parklands’ Scott Martin says this is the third of the project’s four major phases along the Floyds Fork watershed.

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Local News
2:29 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Heat Wave To Grip Area For Several Days

Illustration from louisvilleky.gov

A heat wave that will linger over the region for the next several days will produce high temperatures in the triple digits.

That has health officials cautioning those who have to be outside to consume plenty of liquids and avoid overexertion.

University of Louisville Hospital emergency department physician Laura Tudor says low humidity levels will make coping with the heat a bit easier.

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Local News
11:26 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Southbound I-65 On Kennedy Bridge Reduced To One Lane Until July 4

Photo from Wikipedia

Southbound traffic on the Kennedy Memorial Bridge has been reduced to one lane until early July 4th.

Traffic was already reduced to two lanes in each direction for a bridge deck resurfacing project.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews will need to put down more concrete than originally planned, requiring the additional southbound lane closure.

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Local News
5:12 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Indiana Finalizing Guidelines For Tornado Sirens

Photo from noaa.gov

From the Associated Press

Indiana officials are working to formalize regulations for tornado sirens, but some counties could decide not to install them. 

The regulations being finalized by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security allow each county to decide whether it needs sirens.

The agency recommends sirens for counties with more than four homes per acre and for urban and commercial areas with more than 2,500 people present per square mile during the day. Sirens also are recommended near major highways. 

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Local News
1:17 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Participants Sought For Long-Term Cancer Study

The American Cancer Society will soon begin enrolling local participants in a nationwide study on the causes of cancer.

Stephanie Feger with the society’s Louisville branch says 300,000 people are being recruited across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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Local News
4:53 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Some TARC Routes Spared From Cuts

The Transit Authority of River City’s Board of Directors has approved several service reductions that will take effect in August, but the cuts are not as steep as originally proposed.

Under a plan approved by the board today, half of the cuts proposed two months ago will be spared, due to lower than estimated diesel fuel costs,  a boost in occupational tax revenue in May and in response to public input.  TARC gets much of its funding from the occupational tax.

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