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

Legal Showdown Brewing Over Indiana Beer Temperature Regulation


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.