Rick Howlett (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino said with the return of some key players next season, along with some new faces, the Cardinals will have another strong team.

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Classic Empire is the early 4-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, which has a full 20-horse field. The colt will break from the number 14 post on Saturday with jockey Julian Leparoux aboard.

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  Officials from the University of Louisville on Thursday appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions to respond to allegations related to a sex scandal involving the men’s basketball program.

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The Belle of Louisville steamboat is getting a new companion vessel. The Belle’s management team and the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation are purchasing the Georgia Queen based in Savannah. 

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Some Louisvillians are concerned that legislation moving through the General Assembly to allow students to attend the public school closest to their homes rather than their assigned school district would re-segregate the public education system in the city.

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Gov. Matt Bevin said he’s been impressed with Trump’s picks for cabinet positions and is encouraged by the administration’s pledge to cut federal regulations.


Former Kentucky Lt. Gov. and Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson has a new job in his hometown after serving in the Obama Administration.

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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.