Rick Howlett (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

Churchill Downs

This Saturday night, Travis Stone will make his debut as the new track announcer at Churchill Downs.

A week later, he’ll call the biggest race in sport—the Kentucky Derby—before a crowd of more than 150,000 people.

Stone is just the eighth person in the track’s long history to hold the job, and at age 30, is also the youngest.

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International spirits company Bacardi Limited has made its entry into the booming bourbon market with the purchase, announced today, of a Louisville-based bourbon maker.

Murray State University

Another weekend of postseason college basketball action kicks off tomorrow.

Dangerously Cold

Feb 19, 2015
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Health officials are urging people to use caution if they have to be outdoors during the bitterly cold weather.

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Legislation backed by Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach would create a retirement savings program for Kentuckians whose employers don’t offer a plan.

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Kentucky lawmakers will again consider the so-called “AT&T deregulation” bill this session. The measure failed to make it out of the House last year after winning Senate approval.

The annual Battle of the Bluegrass is tomorrow at the KFC Yum Center as the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals square off in men’s college basketball.

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Various agencies and businesses across Kentucky are joining forces to keep impaired drivers off the roads this holiday season.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign runs through New Year’s Day. State and local police will have beefed-up patrols and set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the holiday season. 

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Demolition begins Monday on a portion of Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Workers will take down and salvage the stadium’s metal bleachers. The entire stadium has fallen into disrepair and engineers hired by the state have recommended all of it be torn down. But Amanda Storment with the state fair board says the financing for that is not in place yet.


A Jefferson County Public Schools teacher has filed a lawsuit against the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System over its lack of funding. Plaintiff and DuPont Manual High School teacher Randolph Wieck says the system that supports over 140,000 teachers in Kentucky is at least $20 billion dollars in debt.

“We have raced to the bottom and we’re neck and neck with the worst funded teachers plan in the country,” Wieck said.