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.

PANEL FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF—Arkansas Governor  Asa Hutchinson has formed a panel to come up with ways to spend the $1.5 billion dollars  the state is receiving from the latest federal coronavirus relief package. Democrats passed the bill in Congress without a Republican vote through the budget reconciliation process.   The Republican governor on Tuesday signed an order creating a 14-member steering committee for the state’s share of the $1.9 trillion relief measure that became law in March.

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER LOCATIONS FOR VACCINES:

LSU Health Sheveport's Center for Emerging Viral Threats will continue administering COVID-19

vaccines this week across Shreveport and Bossier

City at multiple sites in each city.  The CEVT also has scheduled vaccine opportunities for students and staff of participating Caddo and Bossier high schools.  Also there are 1,492 vaccine providers across Louisiana who will have available doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week.

 ARK ENDS UNEMPLOYMENT  SUPPLEMENT— Arkansas is ending its participation in the federal unemployment program that gives workers an additional $300 a week. Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced the decision citing a shortage of workers. He directed the Department of Workforce Services to end the state's participation in the program June 26. The Republican governor said businesses in retail, restaurant and other sectors are struggling to return to employment levels before the coronavirus pandemic.

  BIDEN VISITS LOUISIANA— With a badly aging bridge as his backdrop, President Joe Biden stood in reliably Republican Louisiana on Thursday continuing his “Getting America Back on Track” tour to promote his $2.3 trillion-dollar infrastructure plan.   Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards welcomed the President and also took a moment to underscore Louisiana’s infrastructure needs.

ARKANSAS COVID VACCINE GOAL— Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has set a goal to have half of the state’s population at least partially vaccinated against the coronavirus within the next three months. Hutchinson on Tuesday announced the goal as the state continues to lag most of the country in vaccinations.

ARKANSAS CLEAN POWER-  Electric energy customers in Arkansas will be getting more solar or wind-generated power in the near future.  According to a press release Entergy Arkansas,  a utility of New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation, is seeking proposals to add 300 megawatts of solar and wind capacity to its electricity generating  portfolio  by 2026.

FROM KANSAS TO LOUISIANA-  This story is about how social media took  a simple post and made it go viraL but it actually started with a low-tech message in a bottle sort of approach.  Letecia Flores-Gonzalez is a mom with 4 year old twin daughters: Luna and Gianella.  They live in Liberal, Kansas.  In December Letecia came up with a different way for her daughters to send a letter to Santa Claus.

"It came about sending a letter to Santa," Letecia said. "I was thinking, okay what can I do to make something different, memorable for them."

  DECRIMINALIZING MARIJUANA? - The Louisiana House will debate whether to decriminalize recreational marijuana use by adults. Lawmakers on the House criminal justice committee  voted 7-5 Tuesday to send the proposal by Republican Richard Nelson of Mandeville to the House floor for debate.   Nelson said that 70 years of prohibiting marijuana  hasn’t  worked to slow its use and cited  a statewide poll that shows 2/3rds of those who responded favored legalization.

LOUISIANA VACCINE DEMAND?— Louisiana officials hailed the opening of a federal mass vaccination site in Baton Rouge fewer than two weeks ago.  But Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that the location isn’t seeing enough traffic from people seeking the thousands of coronavirus vaccine doses available.   

 LA MINIMUM WAGE BILL SB-49 –  Efforts  for  raising Louisiana’s minimum wage got a boost yesterday as a Senate committee advanced a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.   And it’s no secret that raising the wage limit has been on Governor John Bel Edwards’ priority list for this legislative session as he mentioned during his monthly radio program “Ask  The  Governor” yesterday.

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