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
2:05 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Deadline Approaching for Early Voting in Indiana

Early voting continues across Indiana for next week’s primary election.

Hoosiers can vote in advance either in person or by absentee ballot until noon next Monday, the day before the election. Today is the last day to for voters to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.

Floyd County Clerk Linda Moeller says early voting in her office has been light.

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Politics
3:46 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Former Indiana Elections Chief’s Law License Suspended

The Indiana Supreme Court has suspended former Secretary of State Charlie White’s license on an interim basis because of his felony convictions earlier this year. 

White was found guilty in February of vote fraud, perjury and theft stemming from his voter registration for the 2010 Republican primary.

He was sentenced to a year of home detention and forced to step down as secretary of state. He has said he plans to appeal his convictions.

The law license suspension is effective May 10th.

(Information for this story came from the Associated Press) 

Local News
10:21 am
Fri April 27, 2012

UK Police “Disappointed” In High Court Gun Ruling

From Alan Lytle, Kentucky Public Radio

The University of Kentucky’s chief of police says he’s disappointed in yesterday’s rulling by he Kentucky Supreme Court that students and staff members at UK and the commonwealth’s other universities may legally store guns and other deadly weapons in a car’s glove compartment, but that the schools may continue to regulate them elsewhere on campus. 

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Business
5:07 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Heaven Hill to Open Downtown Bourbon Attraction

 

Heaven Hill Distilleries today announced plans to build a downtown Louisville attraction based on its Evan Williams brand of bourbon. 

The $9.5 million Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will be housed in a company-owned building in the 500 block of West Main Street.

Evan Williams was a Welsh immigrant who settled in Louisville and set up a distillery in 1783, along what would become known as Whiskey Row.

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Local News
3:29 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Louisville Attorney Friedman Disbarred

A former attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky has been permanently disbarred over his handling of client funds in his private practice. 

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that David Friedman of Louisville withheld more than 100-thousand dollars in judgments he won for several clients, using the money for personal expenses because of financial problems.

Friedman did not contest his disbarment and admitted to six violations of professional ethics rules.

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Business
1:25 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Ali Center Apppoints New CEO

The Muhammad Ali Center has announced that Donald Lassere will be its new president and CEO effective May 14. 

Lassere has most recently served as senior vice president of Scholarship America, an education assistance program based in Minnesota.

“Muhammad and I are grateful and excited to welcome Donald as the new CEO of the Muhammad Ali Center,” Ali’s wife, Lonnie, said in a release.

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Science
3:39 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

IU Medical School, Health System Announce $150 Million Research Initiative

The Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health hospital system are launching an unprecedented $150 million research collaboration

Each institution is putting up $75 million for the five year effort, called the Strategic Research Initiative.

The research will focus on cancer, heart disease and neuroscience.

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Local News
4:58 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Economic Feasibility Study Planned for Iroquois Park Corridor

Government and community leaders are moving forward with an economic feasibility study of the Iroquois Park corridor in south Louisville.

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Business
5:02 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Kentucky, Indiana Select Finalists for Bridges Project

  

Kentucky and Indiana have narrowed the list of finalists to build their respective portions of the Ohio River Bridges Project. 

Kentucky now has three finalists for the construction of a downtown Louisville bridge and the reworking of Spaghetti Junction. Indiana has selected four finalists for an east end bridge.

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Business
1:43 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Honda Begins Acura Production at Indiana Factory

Honda has begun production of a new Acura model at its Greensburg, Indiana plant.

Company officials and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman took part in a ceremony today at the plant as workers began building the Acura ILX. 

The model’s gas-powered and gas-electric hybrid versions will be exclusively built at the Greensburg factory.

The Honda plant about 90 miles northeast of Louisville opened in 2008. It roughly doubled its workforce last year by hiring nearly one thousand new employees when it added a second production shift.

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