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 heââ

Sports
10:12 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Announcement Planned Soon on Deal to Bring Pro Soccer to Louisville

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 9:41 am

A formal announcement is expected next month that Louisville is getting a professional soccer team.

Architect Wayne Estopinal is among a group of local investors behind a plan to bring the successful Orlando City franchise to Louisville.           

Mayor Greg Fischer’s new budget proposal includes a $581,000 appropriation to make Slugger Field soccer compatible.

Estopinal says the soccer team would begin play at the ballpark next spring.

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NPR Story
3:09 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

UK's Aaron Harrison Not Suprised by Wildcats' NCAA Success

Aaron Harrison

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 11:54 am

The University of Kentucky Wildcats are preparing for their matchup against Wisconsin Saturday night in the men’s NCAA Final Four.     

UK advanced to the national semifinals Saturday with a three-point victory over Michigan.   

Some had begun to give up hope of any UK tournament success as far back as early March, when the slumping Wildcats lost at 10-18 South Carolina.        

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The Salt
4:17 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Soon To Be Big In Japan, Jim Beam's Roots To Stay In Kentucky

In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., maker of Jim Beam and owner of other popular bourbon brands, including Maker's Mark.
Bruce Schreiner AP

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 9:48 am

In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam bourbon and the owner of other popular bourbon brands like Maker's Mark.

Those and most other bourbons are made in Kentucky, and the deal has some hoping the drink's growth in the global market won't come at the expense of its uniquely Kentucky heritage.

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Society
9:30 am
Tue December 3, 2013

USC Professor's Work on Nuclear Proliferation Receives Grawemeyer 'World Order' Award

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 9:02 pm

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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Business
12:53 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Longtime Bourbon Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson Dies at 75

Rick Howlett

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 8:52 am

One of the legends of Kentucky’s bourbon industry has died.

Longtime master distiller Lincoln Henderson died Tuesday at the age of 75.

Henderson spent 40 years as master distiller for Louisville-based Brown-Forman Corporation, helping develop brands such as Woodford Reserve and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel.

Henderson came out of retirement in 2006 to start a new brand, Angel’s Envy, with his son and grandson.

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Sports
4:26 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Cards Prepping for College World Series Showdown with IU

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:54 pm

The University of Louisville baseball team is preparing for the program’s first College World Series appearance since 2007, and just the second in school history.       

This will be the first trip to the tournament in Omaha, Nebraska for coach Dan McDonnell’s players, but he’s been there twice, both as a player (with the Citadel in 1990) and a coach (U of L in '07).

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Sports
4:28 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

How Louisville Went From 'Little Brother' To Powerhouse

Louisville forward Chane Behanan celebrates after defeating Michigan in the NCAA basketball championship on Monday. It was the school's first basketball title since 1986.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 6:34 pm

University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately — and not just basketball.

Monday's big victory by Louisville's men's basketball team over Michigan is just the latest success for the school and for an athletic department that is quickly becoming one of the country's most admired.

In January, the football team upset fourth-ranked Florida to win the Sugar Bowl, and coach Charlie Strong turned down a lucrative offer from the University of Tennessee to continue rebuilding the Louisville program.

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Government
2:35 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

Tuesday Second Court Furlough Day

Photo courtesy Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Tomorrow marks the second of three furlough days in Kentucky’s state judicial system. Courthouses across the state will be closed as part of the system’s budget cutting plan. Most court operations, including pre-trial services, driver license branches and bond processing will be shut down.

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Sports
2:55 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

I'll Have Another Retired; Dullahan New Belmont Favorite

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 3:02 pm

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another’s racing career is over.

The colt’s handlers withdrew him from tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes after a swollen tendon was discovered in his left foreleg.     Owner Paul Reddam says he'll be retired. 

I’ll Have Another was the 4-5 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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Sports
11:43 am
Fri June 8, 2012

I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont Stakes

Originally published on Fri June 8, 2012 10:57 am

Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another has been scratched from tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Doug O’Neill says he pulled the colt from the race after he showed early signs of tendonitis in his left front leg.    O’Neill told radio talk show host Dan Patrick that he’s not sure how I’ll Have Another was injured, but he’s not taking any chances by running him Saturday.

I’ll Have Another was positioned to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since

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