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Red River Radio Local Newscast 7:04 AM 03.23.22 with Chuck Smith

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- A tornado tore through parts of New Orleans and its suburbs Tuesday night, flipping cars, ripping roofs off homes and killing at least one person in a region that was pummeled by Hurricane Katrina 17 years ago.
- Governor Greg Abbott has signed a state disaster declaration for 16 counties affected by the tornadoes and other severe weather that hit North and Central Texas.
- The National Weather Service is investigating damage from tornadoes in Nacogdoches and Upshur counties in East Texas.
- A state appeals court is reinstating a temporary injunction that blocks Texas from launching child abuse investigations into parents who help their transgender kids access gender-affirming care.
- A second lawsuit has been filed challenging Arkansas' new U.S. House map for splitting up the Little Rock area among three congressional districts.

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.