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Rick Howlett

Rick has been a member of the WFPL News team since 2001 and has covered numerous beats and events over the years.   Most recently he’s been tracking the Indiana General Assembly and the region’s passion for sports, especially college basketball.

  • A celebration of Muhammad Ali's life that focused on children happened Wednesday in Ali's hometown of Louisville, Ky. The festival included music, dance and educational activities and intended to remind young people that they, like Ali, "can become the greatest at whatever they choose."
  • For generations, the day before the Kentucky Derby was unofficially considered "Louisville's Day at the Races," when locals could enjoy Churchill Downs without the huge Derby crowds, high admission prices and general madness. But over the past few years, "Oaks Day" has become popular among out-of-towners who come in early and make a whole weekend of it. Now, locals gather on the Thursday before the Derby.
  • University of Louisville is investigating claims that a former staffer hired escorts to have sex with basketball players and recruits. In a new book, Katina Powell claims she provided escort services to teenage recruits for four years.
  • Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, are wrapping up a four-day U.S. visit with a stop in Louisville, Ky. Louisville has been bustling with preparations, but the city is accustomed to royal visits.
  • This Saturday, the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals will square off in men's college basketball. It's one of the game's most intense rivalries. The Cardinals are the defending national champions. Kentucky won the title the previous year after defeating Louisville in the Final Four. The teams' modern rivalry dates back 30 years, when Louisville was coached by Denny Crum and Joe B. Hall was at the helm at Kentucky. The two Hall of Fame coaches, once fierce competitors, are now on the same team, hosting a popular radio show.
  • University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately — and not just basketball. Monday's big victory by the school's men's basketball team over Michigan is just the latest success for an athletic department that is quickly becoming one of the country's most admired.
  • There once was a candy maker who was infatuated with an actress. Now, there's a candy shop in Louisville, Ky., that's been selling his tribute to her for decades.