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.

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In a $16 billion deal this week, Japanese beverage giant Suntory announced it plans to purchase Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam bourbon and the owner of other popular bourbon brands like Maker's Mark.

Those and most other bourbons are made in Kentucky, and the deal has some hoping the drink's growth in the global market won't come at the expense of its uniquely Kentucky heritage.



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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. Three months after the killing of a police officer, a quiet Kentucky town is still looking for answers. Bardstown, Kentucky, is home to about 12,000 people. It's picturesque, recognized last year by Rand McNally as the most beautiful small town in America.

But since a Bardstown officer was shot in what appeared to be a carefully planned ambush, there is lingering anxiety. Rick Howlett of member station WFPL reports.

University of Louisville fans have had a lot to cheer about lately — and not just basketball.

Monday's big victory by Louisville's men's basketball team over Michigan is just the latest success for the school and for an athletic department that is quickly becoming one of the country's most admired.

In January, the football team upset fourth-ranked Florida to win the Sugar Bowl, and coach Charlie Strong turned down a lucrative offer from the University of Tennessee to continue rebuilding the Louisville program.