Rick Howlett (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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


7:23 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Old Cardinal Stadium Demolition Begins Today

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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.

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12:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Teacher Files Lawsuit Against KY Teachers' Retirement System

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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.

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3:18 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

KY Attorney General Voter Fraud Hotline Ready for Tomorrow's Election

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Officials are encouraging Kentuckians to report any instances or suspicions of voter fraud on Election Day.

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7:13 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Presented at Louisville Gala

Football Hall-of-Famer and civil rights activist Jim Brown received the Muhammad Ali Lifetime Achievement Humanitarian Award
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An Academy Award-winning actress, a pro football Hall-of-Famer and six young people from around the world were among those honored Saturday night by the Muhammad Ali Center for their humanitarian work.        

The second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards were presented during a Louisville gala that included a red carpet procession.

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1:20 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Weather Channel Seeks Tornado Footage

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Producers from the Weather Channel are asking for help in gathering video of the tornadoes that ravaged Kentucky and Indiana on March 2nd, 2012.

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4:36 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Agriculture Forum Turns Into Political Slugfest Between Grimes, McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes
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What was supposed to be a forum on agriculture turned into a political slugfest as the candidates in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race traded blows today.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes questioned Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's effectiveness. She highlighted McConnell's prolonged absence from Agriculture Committee meetings and blamed him for a lapse in the federal farm bill that provided crop insurance for farmers.

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2:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Rise and Fall of Richie Farmer

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 As the University of Kentucky Wildcats prepare for their NCAA  basketball tournament showdown with Louisville on Friday, one of the most popular players from UK’s storied past is reporting to federal prison.

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3:55 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Larry Collmus Is The New Voice of Churchill Downs

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Larry Collmus will be the new race caller at Churchill Downs starting on April 26.

Among Collmus' duties will be announcing the Kentucky Derby on May 3. He becomes the seventh announcer at the historic track.

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2:54 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Louisville's Kurtz to Lead U.S. Bishops

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Louisville Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Kurtz is among group of new leaders elected today in Baltimore, as the bishops adjust to changing priorities under Pope Francis.

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12:17 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Muhlenberg County to Get New Gas-Fired Power Plant

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Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities are asking for approval to build a new 700 million dollar natural gas-fired generating plant in western Kentucky, and a smaller solar-powered station at one of their existing sites.

Spokeswoman Chris Whelan said the new gas-fired facility in Muhlenberg County will be similar to the station being built at Cane Run in Jefferson County. The companies are phasing out three of their coal-fired plants.

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