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
2:17 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

College Football: UK Will Try to End Five-Game Losing Streak, Faces Alabama State

The University of Louisville football team has the weekend off.    The 7-1 Cardinals resume play next Saturday at Connecticut.

The Kentucky Wildcats are back in action Saturday night, taking on non-conference opponent Alabama State in a homecoming game.

Coach Mark Stoops’ UK team has dropped five straight games, including an especially frustrating 28-22 loss at Mississippi State last week on national television.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kentucky Tops Men's AP College Basketball Poll; U of L is Ranked Third

The Kentucky Wildcats, with the nation’s top recruiting class, are ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press' preseason Top 25 men’s college basketball poll.

It's Kentucky's third preseason No. 1 and first since 1995-96 when the Wildcats won the national championship. The other preseason No. 1 was in 1980-81.

The Wildcats finished 21-12 last season and were upset by Robert Morris in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Kentucky beat out Michigan State in a close vote for the top spot.

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Local News
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Indiana Legislative Panel Urged to Take Action Against Sex Assaults on Teen Girls

Indiana state lawmakers are being urged to find ways to better protect the state’s young people against sexual assaults, particularly teenage girls.

A legislative panel heard from several experts about the problem today. 

The Centers for Disease Control says just over 17 percent of Indiana girls in grades 9  to 12 have reported being raped.   The national average is 10-and-a-half percent. 

Therapist Malia Crosby, who was sexually assaulted when she was 16, says those numbers are probably low because many young people are reluctant to report such crimes.

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Local News
2:55 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

One Hundred Louisvillians Sought for Project Exploring Structural Racism

Louisville’s Center for Health Equity is looking for 100 volunteers age 18 and older to take part in monthly discussions about structural, or institutional, racism in the community.

Participants in the project, called the Healing Possible Quorum—100 Louisvillians for Change, will meet over the next nine months, with the goal of identifying and helping reduce structural racism in areas such as employment, education, transportation, environmental quality and criminal justice.

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Local News
11:31 am
Sun October 20, 2013

College Football: Hoosiers' 47 Points Not Enough to Top Michigan

Devin Gardner set school records with 584 yards of offense and 503 yards passing and matched a Michigan mark with five touchdowns to help the Wolverines outscore Indiana 63-47 Saturday.

Michigan (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) lost two fumbles in the second half that gave the Hoosiers (3-4, 1-2) a chance to win in Ann Arbor for the first time since 1967.

Thomas Gordon had two interceptions in the fourth quarter, including one inside the Wolverines 10 with 2:57 left, to avoid an upset.

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Local News
3:46 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

College Football: Central Florida Hopes to Spoil Cards' Party

The University of Louisville football team returns to action tomorrow night, hosting Central Florida in U of L’s second straight nationally televised contest.

This will be the Cards’ 100th game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, and the Knights could be the toughest opponent of the season for coach Charlie Strong’s team.

"They’re a team that doesn’t beat themselves," Strong said this week.

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Local News
12:53 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Louisville's Memory Cafe Gives People With Dementia, Caregivers a Place to Take a Break

Mike and Susan King at the Louisville Memory Cafe
Rick Howlett

Louisville has joined a growing number of U.S. cities in creating a place for people with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia—and their caregivers—to socialize and share a meal.  

It's called the Memory Café, a concept that perhaps can be best defined by what it’s not.

It’s not an adult daycare for people with dementia. It doesn't provide medical care. And it’s not a support group in the traditional sense. 

As odd as it may sound, it is a place for people who suffer from memory loss to share...memories.         

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Local News
3:27 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

College Football: Rebuilding UK Wildcats Hope to Stem Crimson Tide

The Kentucky Wildcats host the nation’s top-ranked team Saturday night, as the Alabama Crimson Tide come to Commonwealth Stadium

UK has a three-game losing streak but is coming off a better-than-expected performance last weekend at South Carolina.

First-year coach Mark Stoops says his team will have to play with more consistency to challenge the undefeated Tide.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

College Football: U of L Hosts Rutgers in Rivalry Finale

The 8th-ranked Louisville Cardinals take on Rutgers tonight at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.  

Both programs will move to separate conferences next season, but before their rivalry comes to an end, the schools will square off in their lone meeting as American Athletic Conference members.

Coach Charlie Strong’s Cardinals are undefeated in five games heading into the contest, which will be televised nationally by ESPN.  

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Local News
8:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters Turning to Older Volunteers for Help

With hundreds of at-risk children on its waiting list to be paired with adult mentors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana has launched a program aimed at recruiting older volunteers.

With the help of Humana, which is studying the effects of volunteerism on well-being, Big Brothers Big Sisters has begun what it calls the Legacy Program, which seeks mentors 55 and older. The organization’s Kristen Milosevich says such pairings have already produced positive results.

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