Rick Howlett (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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


4:07 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Stevens Returns to Kentucky Derby

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Jockey Gary Stevens is returning to the Kentucky Derby starting gate this year. After seven years of retirement, Stevens will be back in the irons aboard Derby starter Oxbow.

50-year-old Stevens says he began to feel the urge to return to the saddle about a year and a half ago, and became more serious about a comeback after starting a new training regimen. He says stepping away and working as an NBC racing analyst have given him a fresh perspective.

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7:25 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Orb is the Early Favorite in 20-Horse Kentucky Derby Field

The post positions are set for Saturday’s running  of the Kentucky Derby.

Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Derby and a full field of 20 horses.

Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago. McGaughey is in racing's Hall of Fame, but the 62-year-old trainer has yet to win the Derby in six previous tries.    He says he's happy with the post position draw.

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8:24 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Election Day Alcohol Sales Bill Not Dead

Kentucky lawmakers came as close as ever this year to repealing the state’s ban on Election Day alcohol sales. The bill isn't dead yet, but appears unlikely to gain final support and reach the governor's desk.

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4:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Benedict's Resignation Sign of 'Deep Humility'

Credit Shealah Craighead / wikimedia commons

The head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville says he’s grateful for Pope Benedict’s spiritual leadership over the past eight years.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was appointed to his post by Benedict nearly six years ago.

Kurtz says like most everyone, he was taken aback by the pope’s announcement that he will resign, effective at the end of month.

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8:24 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Overlay Option Chosen for New Western KY Area Code

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a new area code for western Kentucky.  The new area code, 364, will be added to the current 270 footprint in early 2014. PSC Spokesman Andrew Melnykovich says with the overlay people who currently use 270 won’t have to change numbers, but there will be a different dialing pattern.

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3:47 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Broadcasters Renew Call For Cell Phone Radio Receivers

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association is joining other industry-related groups in urging cell phone companies to install radio receivers in all their phones.

"Everybody has a cell phone, let’s face it. And the need for such a service on these phones becomes very noticeable, especially in the event of severe weather," said KBA President Gary White.

"You know, we had some tornadoes back earlier this year. We’ve got all of the activity that’s happened up on the east coast now. Let’s face it, we’re going to get more and more severe weather as we move on."

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Restoration & Preservation
11:51 am
Mon September 17, 2012

2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference Comes to Princeton This Week

The 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference begins this week in of Princeton.

The two-day conference will include sessions on selling historic properties, best practices for preserving endangered historic sites and converting schools and other public buildings into affordable housing.

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4:44 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Ham auctioned for $300,000 at KY State Fair

Kentucky State Fair, Facebook

The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $300,000 at a charity auction Thursday. Since 1964, the top ham has been auctioned at the close of the Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast. This year’s top bidder was Louisville optometrist Dr. Mark Lynn.

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4:30 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame nomination deadline approaches

Charles W. Anderson, Kentucky's first African American legislator

There’s one week left to nominate human rights advocates for the 2012 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. 

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4:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

KY State Parks celebrate 50 years

Fishing at Lake Barkley

Special events are planned in the coming months at six Kentucky State Resort Park lodges. The lodges are turning 50 years old. Parks spokeswoman LaDonna Miller says the celebrations will begin next month.

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