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
5:02 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Hart Willing To Consider Resuming Kentucky Kingdom Talks

Louisville developer Ed Hart says he’d be open to resuming talks with the state fair board to get the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park back up and running, but such negotiations don’t appear likely.

A week ago, the Koch family pulled out of its agreement to reopen the park as Bluegrass Boardwalk.   The owners of Indiana’s Holiday World cited potential problems that could arise from leasing the property from the state.

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Local News
3:27 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Former Fire Chief Pleads Guilty In Charity Theft Case

2010 file photo by Rick Howlett

The former chief of the McMahan Fire Department has admitted to taking some $200,000 collected for the Crusade for Children.

Under a plea agreement announced today, Paul Barth faces a recommended sentence of three years and five months in prison for mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

He must also pay $190,000 in restitution to the crusade and more than $8,000 to the McMahan Fire District.

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Education
12:09 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Daniels Preparing For New Role As University President

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks at Purdue University following his election by school trustees. Looking on is trustees chair Keith Krach. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University)

The Purdue University Board of Trustees made it officials today, selecting Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels to be the school’s 12th president.

Daniels will assume the post when his second and final term as governor ends in January.

"The balance of this calendar year I will use the time not consumed by my current duties to begin the process of earning by learning.   Effective immediately, I will recuse myself from any partisan political activities or commentary," Daniels said.

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Sports
11:38 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Artist LeRoy Neiman Dies; Subjects Included Ali, Derby

Artist LeRoy Neiman is flanked by boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, left, and photographer Howard Bingham. They were in Louisville for the grand opening of the Muhammad Ali Center in 2005 (Photo by Rick Howlett)

Artist LeRoy Neiman has died at age 91 in New York.

Neiman was best known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting and leisure events with bright quick strokes. He was a contributing artist at Playboy magazine for many years and was the official painter of five Olympiads.

Local News
10:29 am
Thu June 21, 2012

BREAKING: Daniels Selected As Purdue University's 12th President

File photo by Rick Howlett

The Purdue University Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to appoint Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to be the school's 12th president. 

He will succeed France Cordova, whose retirement is effective next month.

The governor will assume the post when his term ends in January.

Purdue, based in West LaFayette, is Indiana's second-largest public university.

 

 

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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