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
4:36 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Board Meeting Walkout Deepens Rift Between Indiana Schools Chief, Governor

Indiana Department of Education

A meeting of Indiana's State Board of Education turned chaotic today, with state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz abruptly announcing an adjournment and walking out.

It happened during discussion of a proposal to allow a new agency controlled by Republican Gov. Mike Pence to be involved in evaluating certain academic standards.

Ritz, a Democrat who is also the board’s chairwoman, said later at a press conference streamed by WRTV in Indianapolis that the proposal was improper.

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Local News
1:11 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Set Up the House: The First Beer's on Coach Walz for Thursday's U of L Women's Game

Coach Jeff Walz
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University of Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz is offering some fans a special treat for Thursday night's  game against LSU.

The coach is buying a round of beer.

Thursday is $2 beer night for certain brands as the Cards take on the Tigers in a semifinal game of the preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament at the KFC Yum Center.

Walz will spring for cold ones for the first 2,500 fans of legal drinking age.

He says it’s a gesture of gratitude to loyal Cards fans.

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Local News
10:38 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

College Basketball: No. 2 Michigan State Topples No. 1 Kentucky

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Three Michigan State players scored in double figures and Branden Dawson tipped in a miss with less than six seconds left to give the number two Spartans a 78-74 victory over top-ranked Kentucky Tuesday night in Chicago.

It was the earliest meeting of 1 vs. 2, and the first since 2008, and the matchup did not disappoint for many who saw it as a sneak preview of the Final Four.

Local News
1:37 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

With a Challenge to 'Warm Hearts and Heal Wounds,' Louisville's Kurtz to Lead U.S. Bishops

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, left, was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Tuesday
Catholic News Service/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Kurtz is among group of new leaders elected today in Baltimore, as the bishops adjust to changing priorities under Pope Francis.

It is the first such gathering for the American bishops since Francis was elected and said the church was too focused on divisive social issues.

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Local News
5:32 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

College Football: Cards Move Up in Polls; UK's Stoops Says Team "Has Some Work To Do"


The Louisville Cardinals have moved up three spots in this week’s college football coaches poll. 

U of L is 13th in the latest USA Today/coaches poll and 19th in the AP poll, up one spot from last week.

The Cards defeated Connecticut last weekend and are in a three-way tie for second place in the American Athletic Conference, along with Cincinnati and their next opponent, Houston.

Coach Charlie Strong says he’s concerned about the costly penalties his team committed at UConn.  The Cards were flagged a dozen times.

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Local News
12:04 am
Sat November 9, 2013

UK, IU Win Basketball Openers; U of L Rolls Over UConn in Football

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In college basketball, Kentucky and Indiana both easily won their regular season openers Friday night.

UK defeated UNC-Asheville 89-57, while IU beat Chicago State 100-72.

The Louisville Cards begin their season today at 1:00pm against College of Charleston. Prior to the game, U of L will raise its 2013 NCAA championship banner.

In college football, U of L defeated Connecticut 31-10 Friday night. The Cards improve to 8-1 on the season.

Today, Kentucky hosts Missouri, which UK coach Mark Stoops says has more than earned its number nine national ranking.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Louisville Cards Football Team Visits UConn; Basketball Team to Hang NCAA Title Banner

In college football, the Louisville Cards will try to notch their eighth win of the season Friday night at Connecticut.

U of L is aiming for a top-tier bowl bid, while the Huskies are a team in transition and are still looking for their first victory.

Connecticut fired head coach Paul Pasqualoni four games into the season, and the Huskies have lost three straight under interim coach T.J. Weist.

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Local News
4:49 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Judge Hears Arguments in Suit Pitting Indiana Schools Chief Against State School Board

Indiana Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz

An Indiana judge could decide by Friday whether state schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's lawsuit against the other members of the State Board of Education may proceed.

Deputy Attorney General David Arthur argued Tuesday that Ritz could not file suit in her role as a state official without approval from the attorney general. But Ritz lawyer Michael Moore contends the suit should proceed because the state school superintendent has standing as a separate constitutional office.

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Local News
3:38 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

College Football: U of L Preps for UConn; UK's Montgomery Suffers Season-Ending Injury

The University of Louisville football team returns to action Friday after a week off.

The Cards (7-1), ranked 16th in the latest coaches’ poll, travel to Connecticut to take on the 0-7 Huskies.

U of L coach Charlie Strong says he likes the way his players have bounced back from their only loss of the season, a 38-35 upset last month at the hands of Central Florida.

The defeat ended any possibility of U of L vying for a national championship, but Strong says the Cards can still position themselves for a top-tier bowl bid.

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Local News
4:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

U of L Fifth in AP Preseason Women's Basketball Poll

The Louisville Cardinals are ranked fifth in the Associated Press’ preseason women’s college basketball poll.

U of L made it to the NCAA title game last season, losing in the final to Connecticut.

The Huskies, who won their eighth national championship, are the unanimous top choice in the AP poll.  UConn is followed by Duke, Stanford, Tennessee and Louisville.

The Kentucky Wildcats are ranked seventh in the preseason poll.