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: LDH

 LA COVID-19 VACCINE HOTLINE - Louisiana Department of Health goes live with a COVID-19 vaccine hotline as part of the Bring Back Louisiana campaign.

The hotline, at 1-855-453-0774, will help residents schedule vaccine appointments, find vaccine providers in their area and connect people with medical professionals who can answer vaccine-related questions.

Courtesy: Reveille Magazine

 LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST LSU OFFICIALS— An associate athletic director at Louisiana State University has filed a $50 million lawsuit accusing university officials of retaliating against her for reporting repeated racist remarks and inappropriate sexual behavior by a former head football coach.  Sharon Lewis’ lawsuit said she was denied pay raises and subjected at times to verbal abuse after going to officials with the allegations against then Coach Les Miles.

Courtesy: Wikimedia - Infrogmation of New Orleans

SUPERDOME UPGRADE COSTS  — Plans for $450 million in upgrades to New Orleans’ iconic Superdome have been disrupted because of financial troubles caused by the pandemic.  That's what the  operations director Evan Holmes with ASM Global that manages the Superdome  told state lawmakers during a budget hearing Wednesday.

"Obviously we got  pretty whacked when it came to Covid," Holmes said. "When you're in the business of sports and entertainment, you rely on what we call the opposite of social distancing of event activities."

Courtesy: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

GULF SNAPPER COUNT - A three year independent study led by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi reports there are three times as many Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico than previously thought.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

TX INSULIN RATE LEGISLATION - An Austin area Democrat is leading a bipartisan effort in the Texas legislature to cap the price of insulin, which has increased by 12-hundred percent over the last two decades.  State Representative James Talarico, who has Type 1 diabetes, outlined his proposal Tuesday morning.

"My legislation, House Bill 40, which I am honored to joint author with Representative Price, would cap out of pocket costs for insulin at 50 dollars a month and require HHSC and the Attorney General to investigate rising insulin prices," Talarico explained.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

(UPDATE: The majority-Republican Legislature on Tuesday -04-06-21  voted to override Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto.

CITES GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE- Arkansas’ governor has vetoed legislation that would have made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments for transgender youth.  Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday rejected the measure that would have prohibited doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment or surgery to minors, or from referring them to other providers for the treatment.