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President Trump To Visit Bossier, LA Tonight

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

PRESIDENT TRUMP VISIT -   Final preparations are underway for President Donald Trump’s visit to Bossier City today as the president will attend a political rally in support of gubernatorial Republican candidate businessman Eddie Rispone who, according to polls is in a very close race with incumbent Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards.  The event will take place in the CenturyLink Center in  South Bossier City which is situated along the Red River.   Seating capacity is reported to be just under 15,000 seats and already people have been camping out in the parking lot to be first in line.   Security is going to be tight as Bossier Parish Sheriff Julien Whittington explains.

Credit Courtesy: BPSO
Courtesy: BPSO
Julian Whittington - Sheriff - Bossier Parish, LA

Yesterday  controversy  arose  as  a  story    circulated   saying   that  Shreveport  Mayor  Adrian  Perkins  had  advised  City of Shreveport First Responders  not  to  assist  with the Trump Rally in Bossier. A  quick  press conference  was  announced  late  yesterday  afternoon  and  Mayor  Perkins  had  this  to  say.     

Credit Courtesy: Mayor Perkins Facebook
Courtesy: Mayor Perkins Facebook
Adrian Perkins - Mayor for City of Shreveport, LA

Perkins  issued  a  letter  to the Shreveport City  Council   citing  state and local ordinances  concerning  the city providing public  support  and property  for  political  rallies  and events. The mayor also invited the city council to amend the city ordinance and lobby legislators to change the state laws.

Credit Courtesy: BPSO
Courtesy: BPSO

AS FOR THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE EVENT –State and Local Law Enforcement agencies have issued an advisory – to be aware of traffic conditions as some streets and roads will be closed  in the CenturyLink Center area to better manage increased traffic and provide security for the presidential motorcade.  Carpooling is encouraged as parking space will be limited.  To learn more about restrictions and other useful information for the event click the document image to the right.

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. 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.