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Red River Radio Local Newscast 8:04 AM 04.26.22 with Chuck Smith

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— Groups advocating for more aid to low-income students have questioned the fairness of the TOPS awards going to higher-income families.
— The U.S. Department of Energy says it plans to lend up to $107 million to expand an Australian-owned plant that produces materials for electric car batteries in Louisiana.
— Shreveport's Fairgrounds Field is to be demolished at a cost of more than half-a-million dollars with a chunk of that going to remove a protected bat species that has taken residence in the stadium.

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.