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: Arkansas Governors Office

PANEL FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF—Arkansas Governor  Asa Hutchinson has formed a panel to come up with ways to spend the $1.5 billion dollars  the state is receiving from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote through the budget reconciliation process.   The Republican governor on Tuesday signed an order creating a 14-member steering committee for the state’s share of the $1.9 trillion relief measure that became law in March.

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  LESSENS PENALTIES FOR PERSONAL USE — Louisiana House lawmakers have agreed to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Tuesday night's 67-25 vote for Rep. Cedric Glover’s House bill 652 represents a major change and a sign of shifting opinions about marijuana, after similar measures have failed repeatedly  to gain traction in prior years.

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LSU Health Sheveport's Center for Emerging Viral Threats will continue administering COVID-19

vaccines this week across Shreveport and Bossier

City at multiple sites in each city.  The CEVT also has scheduled vaccine opportunities for students and staff of participating Caddo and Bossier high schools.  Also there are 1,492 vaccine providers across Louisiana who will have available doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week.

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RESTORING FUNDS?- The Jimmie Davis Bridge in Northwest Louisiana was built in the 1960’s, it is a vital link between South Bossier Parish and Caddo Parish.

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 ARK ENDS UNEMPLOYMENT  SUPPLEMENT— Arkansas is ending its participation in the federal unemployment program that gives workers an additional $300 a week. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the decision citing a shortage of workers. He directed the Department of Workforce Services to end the state's participation in the program June 26. The Republican governor said businesses in retail, restaurant and other sectors are struggling to return to employment levels before the coronavirus pandemic.

Courtesy: Governor John Bel Edwards Facebook Page

  BIDEN VISITS LOUISIANA— With a badly aging bridge as his backdrop, President Joe Biden stood in reliably Republican Louisiana on Thursday continuing his “Getting America Back on Track” tour to promote his $2.3 trillion-dollar infrastructure plan.   Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed the President and also took a moment to underscore Louisiana’s infrastructure needs.