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.

Airs Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 6 p.m. During a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, the question remains, who will American voters choose to lead our country? American voters finally get their chance to voice their opinions today over the cacophony of rhetoric. NPR News and Red River Radio will follow closely and bring you the latest update throughout election night. Join us beginning at 6 p.m. for live anchored Special Coverage from NPR news featuring a rotation of NPR hosts Lulu Garcia Navarro, Ari Shapiro, Ailsa Chang, Michel Martin, and Sarah McCammon, and joining them will be the NPR Politics unit, NPR correspondents, editors and member station reporters, as well as elected officials, political analysts and other guests. And an anxious nation awaits the results of critical contests around the country and Red River Radio will provide you the latest updates Tuesday Night, November 3, beginning at 6 p.m. on Red River Radio.

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LOUISIANA COVID-19 UPDATE - The latest numbers from the Louisiana Department of Health,  show just under 174,000 Covid-19 cases,  with more than 161,000 presumed recoveries and 5,507 Covid-19 related deaths.  Louisiana is in it’s 8th month of the Coronavirus Pandemic and if that weren’t enough—the state is still recovering from severe storms, and on top of that—there’s economic pressures with disruptions, businesses have had to restrict operations, there’s been closures,  job lay-offs and upcoming election worries too.

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COVID 19 VOTING PRECAUTIONS — Louisiana officials are asking for a federal appeals court to weigh in on a federal judge’s order expanding mail voting and early voting in the state. But they stressed that they are not trying to block the order ahead of the Nov. 3 election.  Republican Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin  filed a notice  Tuesday that he's appealing the  Sept. 16th  ruling by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick who  ordered the state to reinstate  coronavirus pandemic voting plans that were successfully  used  for last summer’s elections.

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TEXAS VOTING -   Early voting in Texas is already underway but voters who want to drop off their mail in ballot will have to go to one single countywide location.  The latest ruling from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court  has backed up  Governor Greg Abbott’s order to limit drop-off locations.  A three-judge panel held that Abbott’s order actually expanded voter access, rather than limiting it. The judges wrote that before Abbott’s order to expand early voting in July, voters could only drop off their mail-in ballots on Election Day itself.

Arkansas PBS

ARK CONGRESSIONAL  RACE – The race for Arkansas’ District 2 Congressional seat has become unexpectedly tight  as incumbent  Republican  Rep. French Hill and Democratic challenger Joyce Elliott have clashed over President Donald Trump's tax cuts and the efforts to repeal the  Affordabale Care Act  in their only debate last night. During the debate which was televised by Arkansas PBS,  Congressman  Hill criticized Elliott  over her opposition to the  2017  tax cuts.

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ARK COVID-19-  The number of Arkansans hospitalized with covid-19 increased by 22 on Sunday to a record high of 576.    Arkansas coronavirus hospitalizations were at record levels Tuesday through Friday before dropping by six on Saturday. The total on Saturday is still the third-highest number of coronavirus hospitalizations in Arkansas since the pandemic began.  The state’s  Covid-19 death count  rose Sunday by 17, to 1,569.  In an interview with CNN on Sunday morning, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was concerned about the increase in hospitalizations.