Rick Howlett (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Rick Howlett is a reporter based out of WFPL in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Officials have announced that the new Ohio River bridge in eastern Jefferson County will open to traffic on Sunday, Dec. 18.


Kentucky’s commissioner of public health is warning medical providers and community leaders across the state to be prepared for another possible surge in heroin overdoses this holiday weekend.


  Lexmark International, the printer and imaging systems company based in Lexington, says it has spent $10.7 million curing accounting deficiencies in the tax department formerly headed by Kentucky’s new revenue commissioner, Daniel Bork.

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A video that was taken earlier this week at a Donald Trump rally in Louisville quickly went viral. In it, a young African-American woman is seen being pushed and yelled at by a group of white men. The woman is Shiya Nwanguma. She talked to Jaison Gardner and Kaila Story, hosts of member station WFPL’s race and gender talk show Strange Fruit, about why she went to the rally and how the events unfolded.

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The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will not participate in postseason tournament play this year.

U of L President James Ramsey, Athletics Director Tom Jurich and Coach Rick Pitino made the announcement on campus Friday afternoon. 

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Just as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announces his withdrawal from the presidential race, the government reports that Kentuckians have given him more money than any of his Republican opponents for the White House.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky announced on Thursday that it began offering abortions at its new Louisville location last week.


The legacy of Muhammad Ali is celebrated in many places in Louisville, his hometown.

There’s a major downtown street named for the famed boxing champion and humanitarian. A giant photo mural of Ali overlooks the Ohio River, not far from the cultural and educational center he and his wife, Lonnie, established a decade ago.

Now, two avid Ali fans are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to turn his West Louisville boyhood home into a museum.

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  The University of Louisville says it is investigating allegations in a forthcoming book that a former men’s basketball team staff member arranged for escorts to dance and have sex with players and recruits.

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Kentucky folk music legend Jean Ritchie has died.