Rick Howlett (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

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

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Culture
3:04 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Clinton's Harper's Country Ham State Fair Grand Champion Brings $350,000 at Auction

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The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $350,000 at a charity auction today. Harper’s Country Hams of Clinton produced the  grand champion country ham.

The sale was conducted during the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 50th annual country ham breakfast.

History was made on a couple of fronts at this year’s auction.   For the first time in a half-century of sales, the auctioneer was a woman — Danetta Allen of Mt. Vernon, Ky.

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Government
4:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Auditor: Kentucky Emergency Management Misused Funds, 'Caught Red-Handed' Altering Documents

Kentucky's Auditor says the state agency responsible for responding to weather disasters and other emergencies used taxpayer funds to pay for $100,000 in alcohol, entertainment and other disallowed expenditures—and officials altered documents to hide it.

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Society
3:54 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee Laid to Rest in Frankfort

A longtime Kentucky bourbon maker who’s credited with helping spark the industry’s comeback has been laid to rest.

Elmer T. Lee died last week in Frankfort at the age of 93. He was the master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace Distillery.

His most notable contribution to the bourbon industry came in 1984, when he introduced Blanton’s, a single-barrel brand of bourbon.  The introduction sparked a trend toward small-batch bourbons that revived the industry.

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Society
9:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Angel's Envy Distillery Plans To Open in Louisville

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Another bourbon distillery will be constructed in downtown Louisville.

The makers of Angel’s Envy bourbon announced Tuesday that they’ll build a distillery and visitors’ center in the long-vacant complex across from Louisville Slugger Field. The $12 million investment is expected to create 40 new jobs. 

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Government
6:47 am
Wed July 10, 2013

KY offers new health survey to assess health needs

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health is asking citizens to complete an online survey to help officials put together a state health improvement plan.  The survey asks participants to prioritize areas where they believe more resources should be committed. 

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Society
11:40 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Louisville Zoo Resumes Offering Train Rides

Four years after a derailment that left nearly two-dozen people injured, the Louisville Zoo is again offering train rides.

Director John Walczak says the zoo has spent $800,000 for two new trains and nearly $300,000 on track maintenance.

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Sports
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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Culture
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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Politics
8:24 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Election Day Alcohol Sales Bill Not Dead

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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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Society
4:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

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

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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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