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Local News From Red River Radio with Chuck Smith
6:06, 7:06, 8:06

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.

  • — Attorneys for an abortion clinic and other abortion rights advocates are arguing against the Louisiana attorney general's request that the state’s Supreme Court allow enforcement of Louisiana’s ban on most abortions.— Governor Asa Hutchinson announced plans to call lawmakers back into session next month to take up tax relief plans because of a record state budget surplus.— Endangered Texas horned lizards have fallen on hard times but a program at the San Antonio Zoo is trying to turn that trend around.
  • Red River Radio Local Newscast 8:04 AM 07.05.22 with Chuck Smith— Louisiana has followed a nationwide trend of workers leaving their jobs since the onset of the pandemic, a phenomenon economists call “The Great Resignation”.— The Texas Department of State Health Services reports that monkey pox is spreading in the state.— Portions southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana, east Texas and southeast Oklahoma will see temperatures reaching the upper 90's along with heat indices as high as 110 degrees making for an uncomfortable workday.
  • — Louisiana’s attorney general is warning doctors against performing abortions, despite a judge’s order blocking the state from enforcing its ban on the procedure.— Military medical facilities will continue to perform some abortions in states that ban the procedure.— Federal funding to help hospitals hire more nurses to address staff shortages ends this Friday.
  • — The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked a lower court’s ruling that Louisiana must add a new congressional district before the 2022 elections.— A Harris County judge has blocked Texas officials from enforcing a pre-Roe abortion ban.— Louisiana House Speaker Clay Shexnayder has indicated he will run for Lt. Governor in 2023.__ Recent drownings making the news reflect a disturbing trend: a big jump in boating deaths that experts say can be easily prevented.
  • — A New Orleans judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing enforcement of Louisiana’s Anti-Abortion trigger laws that were to go into effect after Friday’s U.S. Supreme court ruling overturning Roe v Wade.— A huge effort is underway to restock a prehistoric species of fish in East Texas at Caddo Lake.
  • — A large group of Louisiana GOP members gathered in Lafayette over the weekend for the state’s Republican Party conference.— Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a conference in California.— Authorities say five people were shot and injured during an outdoor event in East Texas that featured a trail ride over the weekend.— A federal appeals court has upheld an Arkansas law requiring state contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel.
  • — The U.S. Justice Department is opening a sweeping civil rights investigation into the Louisiana State Police amid mounting evidence that the agency has looked the other way in the face of beatings of mostly Black men, including the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene.— A federal judge has refused to delay her order for Louisiana to redraw its congressional districts while the state's top elections official appeals.— A special Texas House committee met for the first time Thursday to investigate the Uvalde school massacre, including the much-criticized slow response by law enforcement.— AAA offices in Dallas, Texas say costs for refineries producing a more expensive “Summer Gas Blend” along with the war in Ukraine and inflation are contributing to the rising prices.
  • — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed a bill that he calls a rollback of the state's 2017 prison reform efforts.— Two more Texans have been accused of rioting and assaulting police officers in the January 6th capitol insurrection.— Arkansas lawmakers are raising concerns about students’ achievement and test performance.— Louisiana teachers are set to get a $1,500 a year pay- raise, thanks to the budget passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
  • — Louisiana Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has called a special legislative session to draw new congressional district boundaries after a federal judge threw out a map adopted earlier this year.— A brand new facility involved with cutting-edge medical technology such as radiopharmaceutical and translational research, as well as clinical imaging and diagnostics and therapies, is having a grand opening in Shreveport.
  • — Transgender athletes will be banned from competing on college and K-12 female athletic teams in Louisiana.— Governor John Bel Edwards says he'll call the state's Republican-dominated Legislature into a special session to draw up new congressional districts.— A panel in Texas that was tasked to decide if the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should continue to exist has released its findings.— Electric vehicles registered in Arkansas are up 43% in the first five months of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021.