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Red River Radio Local Newscast 8:04 AM 03.24.22 with Chuck Smith

- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency and called the damage “devastating" as he surveyed the New Orleans neighborhood that was struck by a tornado Tuesday evening.
- Catalytic converter theft is on the rise in Shreveport and this week the City Council adopted a number of new laws to address this growing problem.
- Gas prices in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana are close to four dollars or more a gallon and thieves are getting more sophisticated at stealing gas.

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.