Chuck Smith

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years'  experience to Red River Radio  having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host,  talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor  for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television.  He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant.   In pursuit of higher learning,  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.

ARK TRANSGENDER BAN IN GIRLS’ SPORTS — Arkansas' Republican attorney general and lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would prohibit transgender athletes from playing in girls' and women's sports teams at schools.  Yesterday Attorney General Leslie Rutledge  called the legislation a preemptive effort in response to an executive order President Joe Biden signed that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in school sports and elsewhere.          

SHREVEPORT WATER – As of Tuesday afternoon,  a little under 12,000 Shreveport residents were still experiencing water service disruptions as the city water department was working to make repairs on more than 70 water main breaks caused by last week’s freezing temperatures.    During the city council meeting yesterday Mayor Adrian Perkins said those residents are expected to have some water pressure restored soon.  Shreveport Water & Sewerage Director William Daniel  told the city council that as water service is restored, customers may experience some odor to the water

GOV EDWARDS GETS VACCINATED -   Gov. John Bel Edwards has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, a day after he expanded access to the shots to include Louisiana government officials involved in pandemic response work.  The 54-year-old Democrat got his Pfizer shot along with Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin  and several other state officials who are newly eligible under Louisiana’s latest criteria.  Edwards said more than 500,000 people in Louisiana have received a coronavirus vaccine so far.

Senator Bill Cassidy’s Vote — Yesterday Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana joined Democrats in voting against ending former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a surprise reversal. Cassidy was among six Republican senators who sided with Democrats on the question of whether a former president can be tried after leaving office. The Louisiana senator’s position was a switch from January, when he voted to end the proceedings on the grounds that they were unconstitutional.  Cassidy explained to CNBC Cable News the reasons behind his vote.

 ARKANSAS COVID-19 VACCINATION LOCATIONS

LA GAS TAX?  Louisiana has approximately a  $15 billion dollar- backlog in transportation infrastructure projects  and fuel taxes we pay at the pump go towards fixing and maintaining roads and bridges.. but   The state of Louisiana has the 7th lowest gas tax in the nation as past proposals to increase fuel tax revenues have been defeated in the legislature.  

GOVERNOR  EXPANDS COVID VACCINE ELIGIBILITY—Yesterday  Louisiana  Governor John  Bel Edwards lowered the coronavirus vaccine eligibility age to 65.  People 70 and older had been allowed to receive the two-dose vaccine. That will drop to 65 starting Monday and place Louisiana in line with more than half the nation’s other states.  

  ARKANSAS STAND YOUR GROUND  — An Arkansas House Committee  has  rejected  legislation that would have eased the state’s restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense.   The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday rejected the so-called “Stand Your Ground” Senate Bill 24  proposal that would have removed  “the duty to retreat” requirement in confrontations.  Rep. Aaron Pilkington, R-Knoxville, was one of the House sponsors for bill.

TX STATE OF STATE- Texas Governor Greg Abbott shared his vision for what state lawmakers should prioritize  this  year.  During his State of the State address last  night  the Republican leader highlighted perennial conservative issues -- from border security to further restricting abortion access.  He  also  outlined  emergency items including  expansion of broadband access, changes to  elections  that  Abbott says  will  increase security,  civil liability protections during the pandemic,  as well as discouraging cities from reducing police funding.

ARKANSAS COVID-19 VACCINES— Republican  Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas  says the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine has been “seamless” under the administration of President Joe Biden but he did say that getting all the doses allocated into the arms of Arkansans is a challenge. Appearing on the Sunday morning ABC news interview program “This Week” Hutchinson explained his state’s vaccination strategy.

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