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6:04 am, 7:04 am, 8:04 am

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. 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.

  • - Governor-elect Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas has announced her first cabinet member.- Louisiana voters will still get to decide whether to strengthen the state's law to prevent anyone who isn't a United States citizen from voting in one of three proposed amendments to the state Constitution on the Dec. 10 ballot.- Forbes has released its list of America's Largest Private Companies for the year and twenty Texas companies made the cut.
  • - French President Emmanuel Macron paid a visit to Louisiana, the U.S. state most closely aligned with his country historically and culturally.- It’s been a year since the COVID-19 variant omicron emerged, and physicians are continuing to discover the long-term effects of the virus.- More than 400 churches across Texas will leave the United Methodist Church.
  • - Potential Republican candidates for the Louisiana Governor’s race have indicated that they are awaiting U.S. Sen. John Kennedy's decision on whether he will run.- Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick says he's focusing on bringing up tax relief and new power plant construction for the next legislative session.- Louisiana's unemployment rate dropped to a new record low in October.- Legendary Rock and Roll guitarist / Louisiana native James Burton is currently hospitalized following hip replacement surgery.
  • - The landmark trial over Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming care for children is expected to wind down by Friday.- A Caddo District Judge denied a request for an injunction to stop the demolition of a burned out building that once housed the popular Humpfrees Dancehall in the historic Shreve Square.- Texas Governor Greg Abbott has the head of the embattled Department of Family and Protective Services.- Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, marking a historic moment between Louisiana and France.
  • - The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents has voted to join the University of Texas System.- Governor John Bel Edwards paid a visit to Shreveport to announce his endorsement of fellow Democrat State Senator Greg Tarver for Mayor.- ExxonMobil's plans to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from its oil operations in the Permian Basin by 2030 could set a new standard for the industry most associated with contributing to climate change.
  • - Early voting for the Shreveport Mayoral, City Council, and School Board run-off elections kicked off yesterday AND will continue until December 3rd.- Republican Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser says he'll run a poll on Dec. 10th to help with his decision on a gubernatorial bid.- Severe weather will affect much of the Red River Radio listening area today.
  • - Arkansas Governor Republican Asa Hutchinson says Republican leadership needs to disavow and not associate with anyone known for white supremacist views.- A recent report from the Pew Research Center shows that people have more trust in local news sources than national outlets or social media.- And Shreveport’s Regional Airport has a new director who is no stranger to North Louisiana.
  • - Republican U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he has decided not to run for Louisiana governor next year.- The executive director for Louisiana's office of Broadband Development and Connectivity says the state should receive $1.2 billion in federal money for high-speed internet in all 64 parishes.
  • - The head of Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice resigned Friday, amid a deepening crisis inside the state’s youth detention facilities.- The unemployment numbers are out and show job-market resiliency for the month of October.- - The director of the Arkansas state Employee Benefits Division has warned of future budget shortfalls for state employee insurance plans.
  • - A man who spent nearly four decades behind bars for a 1983 killing has won his freedom after New Orleans prosecutors joined defense lawyers in asking to have his conviction overturned.- Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport are conducting a clinical trial to see how well an mRNA flu vaccine performs against the standard flu vaccine.