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
4:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

College Basketball: UK at North Carolina; U of L Faces WKU; IU vs Irish

File photo

College basketball action this weekend has the Kentucky Wildcats facing North Carolina.

With two losses this season, UK has dropped to 11th in the latest Associated Press poll.    The Tar Heels are 6-2 and ranked 18th, with victories over Louisville and Michigan State.

Saturday's tipoff at Chapel Hill is at 5:15pm.

The Louisville Cards take on Western Kentucky tomorrow  at the KFC Yum Center.

U of L coach Rick Pitino says he’s generally pleased with his players’ performance so far this season, but it’s difficult to evaluate a team in December.

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Local News
4:51 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Fine-Tuning Changes to State's Criminal Code


A group of state lawmakers and judicial officials continue to work out details of an overhaul of Indiana’s criminal code.

The General Assembly this year approved the first major changes to the law since 1977.

The new code is still a work in progress, and won’t take effect in July of next year.    Lawmakers are now looking at ways to pay for drug treatment and other programs aimed at keeping non-violent, low level offenders out of Indiana’s crowded prison system.

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Local News
4:37 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New Louisville Music Venue to be Called Mercury Ballroom

The Wright-Taylor Building in September, 2013
WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

A new music venue planned for South Fourth Street in Louisville now has a name.

The Mercury Ballroom is scheduled to open in April of next year.

It will be housed in the renovated Wright-Taylor Building near Fourth and Chestnut.   The venue is owned by Live Nation, which also operates the Louisville Palace just to the south.

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Local News
9:57 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Louisville Cardinals to Face Miami in Russell Athletic Bowl; No Bowl Bid For WKU

Louisville will play Miami in the Russell Athletic Bowl Dec. 28 in Orlando.

The Cards accepted their bowl bid last week and found out today they will face the Hurricanes.

The 18th-ranked Cardinals (11-1) entered the preseason as the American Athletic Conference favorite, but blew a 21-point lead in their lone loss of the season to Central Florida.

The loss also dealt a blow to the Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

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Local News
10:26 am
Fri December 6, 2013

It's Official: Louisville Cardinals Headed to Russell Athletic Bowl

The Louisville Cardinals have accepted a bid to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl later this month in Orlando, Florida.

U of L wrapped up the regular season with an overtime win last night at Cincinnati to finish with an overall record of 11-1 and a 7-1 mark in the American Athletic Conference.

The Russell Athletic Bowl will be played Saturday, December 28 at 6:45pm in Orlando.   The Cards’ opponent will come from the Atlantic Coast Conference, which U of L will join next season.     The opponent will be announced on Sunday.

Local News
11:40 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Cards Keep the Keg of Nails, Beat Cincy 31-24 in OT

Teddy Bridgewater made several great escapes to help No. 19 Louisville get to overtime, and Dominique Brown's 2-yard run gave the Cardinals a 31-24 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The comeback clinched the first American Athletic Conference title for Central Florida, which had a one-game lead over Cincinnati (9-3, 6-2) heading into the final weekend.

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Local News
4:40 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Cardinals, Bearcats to Battle Thursday for Keg of Nails

University of Louisville

A college football rivalry that dates back to 1929 will come to at least a temporary halt after Thursday's battle between the Louisville Cardinals and Cincinnati Bearcats.

This will be the 53rd meeting for possession of the Keg of Nails trophy and both teams’ regular season finale.    The Bearcats hold the series lead, 30-21-1, but the Cards won last year in overtime.

U of L moves to a new conference next season, so the future of the series is uncertain.

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Local News
10:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

USC Professor's Work on Nuclear Proliferation Receives Grawemeyer 'World Order' Award

The University of Louisville’s 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order goes to a professor and researcher for his writings on nuclear proliferation.

Jacques Hymans is associate professor of international relations at the University of Southern California.  He’s being honored for his 2012 book, "Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians and Proliferation."

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Local News
2:48 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

College Football: Cards Wrap Up Regular Season Thursday at Cincinnati

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals play their regular season finale Thursday night at Cincinnati.

The Cards and Bearcats are in a second-place tie in the American Athletic Conference standings.

U of L’s only loss this season game at the hands of league-leading Central Florida.

A victory Thursday would all but lock up an invitation for the Cards to the Russell Athletic Bowl December 28 in Orlando.   

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Local News
2:30 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

College Football Season Finales: Kentucky vs Tennessee, IU Hosts Purdue

The Kentucky Wildcats will host Tennessee Saturday in the college football season finale for both teams.  

Both archrivals are rebuilding their programs under new coaches.

Kentucky is 2-9 under first year coach Mark Stoops, who says it’s been a season of challenges, compounded by injuries and suspensions.

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