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.

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LA VOTING MACHINES  — A proposal that started moving forward in the Louisiana state Senate would rework the way Louisiana shops for voting machines.  The legislation comes after two failed efforts to replace the state’s voting system ended in controversy.   The proposal is from Senate Republican leader Sharon Hewitt  from  Slidell.

"The Senate Bill 221 is the Voting Systems Bill that I believe will provide a much more open, transparent, fair and accountable process for procuring voting systems," Hewitt explained.

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TYLER CAFE VACCINE INCENTIVE-  Earlier this month it was announced that April is National Minority Health Month by The Centers for Disease Control. And while health agencies are trying to reach out  to communities of color to promote better healt,  a local businessman in Tyler, Texas is doing his part by getting more people, not just minorities --to get coronavirus vaccines.  Courtney Esteen,  owns  Flavors Daiquiri Café in Tyler, Texas  and he’s trying to help people overcome their skepticism  and reluctance to getting a Coronavirus vaccine.

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  “LSUS Vaccination Day”.  This event will be open to the public so please encourage friends, family, neighbors to come to the UC between 10 and 2 on Tuesday, April 20.  Free munchies on site and LSU employees and staff can use their vaccination card to receive a free beverage of choice at Stacks Coffeshop in Noel Library.  Hope to see you there!!!

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TX CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY - The Texas House on Thursday gave an initial OK to a bill that would allow handguns to be carried without a permit, marking a win for gun rights activists but a blow  to  those  who have been fighting for more gun restriction  measures.

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CORONAVIRUS VACCINES IN LOUISIANA— More than a million people in Louisiana have completed their coronavirus vaccine series. That's about 22% of the state’s population. The latest health department data was released Thursday. Officials hailed the benchmark.  But that vaccination rate remains far below the threshold  scientists say is needed to stop the uncontrolled spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. Louisiana has launched a broad statewide effort to try to overcome vaccine reluctance.

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TAX REFORM RESISTANCE?  — Republican state legislators are attempting to rewrite Louisiana’s complex corporate tax laws. Yesterday two measures, House Bills 292 and 293, both sponsored by state Rep. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, would assess corporations a flat 6% income tax rate while no longer permitting them to deduct their federal tax payments  on their state income tax returns. Riser told the Louisiana House Ways and Means committee that his bills  would help simplify Louisiana’s taxes which presently deter companies from doing business in the state.