Rick Howlett

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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After years of planning, fundraising and a legal battle with the state, the Ark Encounter theme park opens to the public Thursday near Williamstown, in Northern Kentucky.

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General Electric’s Louisville-based appliance division has a new owner.

GE Appliances is now part of the China-based Haier Company. The multibillion-dollar sale was finalized on Monday.

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University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino says he believes his program won’t face any additional sanctions when the NCAA completes its investigation of rules violations.

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Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will not run in the Belmont Stakes next month.

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Thousands of Louisvillians held their own Kentucky Derby celebration at Churchill Downs Thursday. Rick Howlett of member station WFPL paid a visit to the track in what for many has become the new edition of “Louisville’s Day at the Races.” 

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The 2016 General Assembly achieved its main goal—passing a two year state budget—at the last minute of the session, but the legislature also passed well over 100 laws that have been signed by Gov. Matt Bevin so far.

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The refusal by U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders in the chamber to conduct hearings on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court was the focus of this month’s Louisville Forum discussion. 

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