Chuck Smith

News Producer

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years'  experience to Red River Radio  having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host,  talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor  for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television.  He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant.   In pursuit of higher learning,  Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles.   He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.

Courtesy: University of Texas Libraries

EPA METHANE ROLLBACKS -  Oil and gas drillers across Texas could soon be allowed to emit a lot more methane into the air.    According  to  Houston Public Media, the  Environmental Protection Agency  is moving to roll-back some Obama-era rules on monitoring oilfield methane leaks.   The Trump Administration says its proposal would save energy companies about 484 million dollars in regulatory costs.

Courtesy: GB Sciences

MORE PATIENTS ALLOWED - Yesterday,  Louisiana's State Board of Medical Examiners voted 8-1 to remove a cap established in 2016 that limited physicians to dispense medical marijuana  to  only  100  approved  patients per physician.

Courtesy: publichealth.org

TEXAS IMMUNIZATIONS OPT-OUTS: The number of Texas students forgoing vaccinations for non-medical reasons is on the rise and  has grown steadily since state lawmakers started allowing parents and legal guardians to opt out about 15 years ago. According to the Texas Standard,   as of the 2017-2018 school year, more than 56,000 kids had at least one conscientious exemption from a vaccine. That accounts for just over one percent of the total student population in the state.

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