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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Food & Drink Week
3:23 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Legal Showdown Brewing Over Indiana Beer Temperature Regulation

Wikipedia

The state of Indiana is one the last places in the U.S. that regulates the retail sale of beer by temperature.

In the Hoosier State, only package liquor stores are permitted to sell cold, or to be more exact, “chilled” beer.    At convenience and grocery stores, the beer must be room temperature.

Some of those establishments are challenging the law in federal court, but Indiana’s liquor store industry isn’t staying quiet.

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Local News
4:27 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

College Football: Cards Honor Seniors; UK Visits Georgia; IU Takes on Ohio State

University of Louisville football fans will bid farewell to 20 senior class players tomorrow at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.   

U of L, ranked 21st and 15th in the AP and coaches polls, takes on Memphis in the final home game of the season.

Coach Charlie Strong says this group of players helped him build the program when he came on board in 2010.

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Local News
3:49 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kennedy's 'Vital and Useful' Life Inspired Naming of Louisville Bridge in His Honor

JFK in Louisville in 1962
WHAS Television

The world will mark the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination Friday. 

Here in Louisville, just days before the tragedy, state and local leaders were preparing to dedicate a new, but still unnamed bridge connecting Louisville and southern Indiana.    

Doug Proffitt and his colleagues at WHAS Television have spent about a month searching the station’s film archive for a report on the convergence of events that led to the naming of the John F. Kennedy Bridge.

Local News
3:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentucky's Jobless Rate Rose Slightly in October

Courtesy of GE

Kentucky's unemployment rate has inched upward again, rising to 8.4 percent in October.

The jobless rate went up one-tenth of a point from September.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training blames the increase in part on the partial federal government shutdown as well as baby boomer retirements.

The government shutdown resulted in the temporary furloughs of many federal employees and contractors.  

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

U of L's Ware Says He'll Plead Guilty to Traffic Offenses

Kevin Ware
University of Louisville

University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware says he’ll plead guilty next week to reckless driving and speeding charges.

The junior guard was cited last month in Barren County for driving 95 miles per hour in a construction zone along I-65.

Ware says he missed his original court date this week because of a mix-up on his part.

Cards coach Rick Pitino said after Tuesday night’s game against Hartford that he gave Ware an earful about the incident but saw no reason to suspend him.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Indiana Lawmakers Hold Organizational Session, Brace for Gay Marriage Battle

Indiana lawmakers convened today for an organizational session in advance of the 2014 General Assembly, which is gearing up for a political fight over gay marriage.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma says there are many pressing matters to consider during the short 30-day session, such as Indiana’s high unemployment rate, unmet education needs and road improvements.

But Bosma says the GOP-led legislature will also decide whether to move forward with a proposal to write a same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Louisville Cardinals' Kevin Ware Misses Court Date for Reckless Driving, Speeding Citation

Kevin Ware
University of Louisville

University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware was cited last month for reckless driving and speeding in Barren County, Ky., and missed a court appearance today to respond to the charges.

WHAS Television first reported that the junior guard was pulled over by police on the night of Oct.26 and charged with driving 95 miles per hour in a construction zone that had a 55 miles per hour speed limit.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

U of L's Strong: No Discussions Yet With Bridgewater About Going Pro

In college football, the University of Louisville Cardinals are back at work this week, preparing for their home season finale against Memphis.

The 9-1 Cards are coming off a 20-13 victory over Houston. 

It’s been widely speculated that junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will enter the NFL draft after this season, but coach Charlie Strong says they haven’t discussed it. 

Strong even suggested today that the door might be open for Bridgewater’s return.

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Local News
4:15 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

College Football: U of L Faces Houston; UK at Vandy; IU Visits Wisconsin

U of L Football Coach Charlie Strong
WFPL file photo/Rick Howlett

The Louisville Cardinals are back in action tomorrow against visiting Houston.

This is U of L’s first Saturday night game in several years.     Coach Charlie Strong has mixed opinions about the 7:00pm kickoff.

"I like those 3:30 (Saturday) games because you’re sitting there all day and you’re so anxious and you want to go play.   But I think just for the crowd it’s better (on) a Saturday night because they have all day to tailgate and get around their friends and have a good time, then they’ll come into the stadium and cheer us on," he said. 

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Local News
3:32 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Louisville Archbishop Expects a 'Steady Pace' With National, Local Duties

Rick Howlett

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says he doesn’t expect to have any difficulties balancing his new role as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with his leadership of the archdiocese.

Kurtz was back in Louisville and meeting with local reporters Friday morning.   He was elected to a three- year term as president of the national group on Tuesday in Baltimore.

The 67 year old Kurtz says the job will require extensive travel, but he’ll be able to do a lot of work online from Louisville and will “keep a steady pace” fulfilling his local duties.

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