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Red River Radio Local Newscast 8:04 AM 04.20.22 with Chuck Smith

— A gas well explosion on Barksdale Air Force Base in Northwest Louisiana mid-day yesterday sent two men to the hospital.
— Legislation to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana was voted down 5-1 in a state Senate committee.
— COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas have held under 800 since last week, reaching their lowest levels since statewide reporting began more than two years ago.
— Sarah Sanders continues to far outpace her rivals in fundraising and campaign spending ahead of next month's Republican primary for Arkansas governor.

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.