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


2:25 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Beshear Talks Kentucky's Emergency Response

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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is urging motorists to stay off highways to allow emergency crews to clear snow and stalled vehicles. Heavy snowfall across the region led Beshear to declare a state of emergency for the second time in a month.

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6:02 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Ky. House Passes $3.3 Billion Bond Bill for KRS Funding

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A bill that would authorize $3.3 billion in bonding to fund Kentucky’s ailing pension system for teachers has passed the Kentucky House of Representatives.

The Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System only has 53 percent of the money it needs to make future payouts to about 141,000 retired teachers. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the risks of borrowing to fund teachers’ retirements are outweighed by not taking action.

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3:23 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Kentucky Ag Commissioner James Comer Files for Governor

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Republican James Comer has officially filed to run for Kentucky governor. The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with his running mate, state Senator Chris McDaniel of northern Kentucky.

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10:00 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Voter Turnout Key to Kentucky Senate Race, Political Scientist Says

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 7:31 pm

The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell, 46 to 44 percent. 

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2:13 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Bluegrass Poll: Grimes Takes 2-Point Lead Over McConnell In Kentucky Senate Race

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:21 pm

The latest Bluegrass Poll in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race gives Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes a two-point lead over incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell.

The survey of likely voters has Grimes with 46 percent support and McConnell getting 44 percent. Libertarian candidate David Patterson has three percent, with seven percent of voters undecided. The margin of error is plus or minus four points.

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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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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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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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