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
1:54 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Tom Jurich Launches 'Wide Open' Search For New Louisville Cardinals Football Coach

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University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says he’ll work as quickly as possible to find a replacement for outgoing football coach Charlie Strong.

Strong is leaving U of L after four seasons to become the head coach at Texas.    

Without mentioning names,  Jurich said Sunday he has a short list of candidates in mind, but the search is “wide open.”

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Local News
12:27 am
Sun January 5, 2014

AP: Strong Tells U of L He's Taking Texas Longhorns Job

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The University of Louisville says football coach Charlie Strong has informed Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich that he is leaving for Texas.

Strong, who was 37-15 with the Cardinals in four seasons, including 3-1 in bowl games, will replace Mack Brown.

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Local News
4:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

It's Cards vs. 'Canes in Russell Athletic Bowl; Is This Bridgewater's Final Game?

In college football, the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Miami Hurricanes Saturday evening in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

The Cards have an 11-1 regular season record;   the Hurricanes are 9-3.  The teams will share membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference when Louisville joins the league next season.

Many are wondering if this will be the final game for U of L’s Teddy Bridgewater.    The star quarterback has another year of eligibility remaining, but is considered a top prospect for the NFL draft.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Louisville Cardinals, Kentucky Wildcats 'Ready to Play' in Battle of the Bluegrass

The Louisville Cardinals and Kentucky Wildcats renew their annual men’s basketball rivalry tomorrow  in Lexington.

The defending national champion Cards are 11-1 on season.   The Wildcats are 9-3 and won the title the previous year.

UK coach John Calipari says he’s been trying to get his young team to improve its focus.

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Local News
6:57 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Once Bitter Rivals, Ky. Basketball Coaches Now Share The Mic

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Local News
3:54 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Cardinals Preparing for Saturday's Bowl Battle With Miami

The University of Louisville football team is in Orlando, Florida to prepare for Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

The 11-1 Cards will take on the 9-3 Miami Hurricanes.    

More than two dozen players on the U of L roster were recruited from the Miami area, including junior wide receiver Eli Rogers, who considered signing with the Hurricanes.

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Local News
4:13 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

I-65 North Ramp to I-64 West Has Reopened

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The ramp from northbound Interstate 65 to westbound Interstate 64 in downtown Louisville has been reopened to traffic.

The ramp was closed suddenly Friday out of concern for what appeared to be deterioration in a support column.

An inspection Saturday confirmed the deterioration.   The installation of additional supports was completed Sunday evening.  

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say inspections of all support piers along the Kennedy Bridge interchange will be conducted in the coming weeks as a precaution.

Local News
6:40 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Hundreds of Workers Turn Louisville's CafePress Facility Into 'Santa's Workshop'

Retail companies typically hire extra employees for the holiday season to meet  shoppers’ demand for their products.

At Louisville’s CaféPress, the normal workforce of about 250 has been nearly quadrupled so the company can fill thousands of online orders coming in from around the world each hour to its Riverport faciilty. 

On a mid-December morning, Keith Pataluna is running on very little sleep, but it comes with the territory.

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Local News
4:14 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

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

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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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