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
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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Sports
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.

 

 

 

 

Sports
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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Sports
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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Sports
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.

 

Sports
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. 

Sports
1:13 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

I'll Have Another Favored To Win Belmont, Triple Crown

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another is the 4-5 early favorite to win the Belmont Stakes.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner leads a 12 horse field.    He’ll run from post position No. 11, which is fine with trainer Doug O’Neill.    

"Being in the 11 hole, we’re able to kind of see how the pace sets up and if they’re crawling we’ll be hopefully leading the crawl and if they’re flying we’ll be sitting in behind the horses flying," O'Neill said at today's post position draw at Belmont Park in New York.

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Local News
5:30 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Indiana Hires Firm to Review Accounting Errors

Indiana is hiring an international accounting firm for an audit of how the state lost track of more than $500 million in tax revenue it had collected.

The State Budget Committee announced the hiring of Deloitte LLP Monday.

The firm will likely brief state budget officials in July on the scope of the audit that's needed. Officials say the external audit won't start until after that briefing.

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