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
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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Local News
4:01 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

U of L Approved For Fellowship In Child Abuse Pediatrics

The University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics has been granted permission by a national accreditation council to offer a fellowship to doctors in child abuse pediatrics.

The three-year program is one of 25 in the country dealing with physical and sexual child abuse, neglect, prevention and advocacy.

Fellowship director Dr. Lisa Pfitzer says it will function much like a physician’s residency, with emphasis on clinical work.

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Local News
4:30 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Huge Milton-Madison Bridge Truss To Be Hoisted

Photos from miltonmadisonbridge.com

A major step in the replacement of the Milton-Madison Bridge will begin today,  weather permitting.

A 600-foot section of the bridge’s new truss will be lifted onto temporary piers.

Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the section, weighing more than 1,700 tons, was constructed on a nearby barge

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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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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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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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