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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COVID19 CASES IN NURSING HOMES   More than 50,000 residents of nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities, have died from COVID-19, and the death toll continues to mount.

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BP  TO  REDUCE OIL AND GAS PRODUCTION -   Energy giant BP, formerly known as British Petroleum Company, which has its U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas says – it will significantly cut oil and gas production over the next decade.  The announcement comes after the oil and gas industry has experienced multi-billion dollar losses this year. 

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LOCAL AUTHORITY - Texas State health officials say over  9,100  new  Covid-19 cases have been reported  along with 245 new deaths. This brings Texas’ total Covid cases to over 451,000 and more than 7,200 deaths.  Schools reopening during the  Coronavirus  pandemic has created controversy as there has been some confusion as to who has legal authority to say when schools can reopen.  Speaking at a Texas Division of Emergency Management Warehouse in San Antonio yesterday Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said who has the final say. 

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THREE MORE WEEKS - Governor John Bel Edwards announced yesterday that even though Louisiana has seen some progress regarding Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, he'll continue Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate and the business restrictions he enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak for the time being.  The Covid-19 mitigation rules were set to expire this Friday but will continue until August 28th.  Edwards explained there are fewer people showing up at Hospital Emergency Rooms with Covid-19 symptoms.

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NW LA DIGITAL SURVEY- As working and online-learning becomes more common these days – thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic – having high-speed digital access to the internet is crucial.  The Caddo Parish School system seeks to identify areas without adequate internet access and is asking citizens to take part in the Northwest Louisiana Digital Survey which was launched earlier this week.
Otis Ellis is Chairman for The Digital Infrastructure Committee and explains how the citizens of Caddo can participate.     

Courtesy: Arkansas Dept. of Health

ARKANSAS COVID-19 RISING - The state of Arkansas has experienced a steady rise in Covid-19 cases and deaths from  mid June  through July.  Arkansas reported 637 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday. The Arkansas Department of Health says the new tally bring the state’s total to 43,810 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.  Officials say the state has a 10% positivity rate for new cases.